SWFA recently introduced their new and improved 1-4×24 SS Classic variable. While the market is FLOODED with variables, this optic caught my eye for a number of reasons:
- It has a multiple methods of target range estimation built into the reticle
- The center diamond is calibrated for a 200 yard zero with a variety of common 5.56 and 7.62 loads
- Having MILs instead of a BDC tailored to a specific loading will give the optic more versatility
What has me saying “geez why did no one think of this before” is that the optic uses the diamond as a quick BDC for 0-300 yards, and is subtended in MILS from there on out. Inside of 300 yards, many of the .308 and 5.56 loadings just don’t rise or fall enough to make you miss a man sized target with a 200 yard zero. Past 300 yards, the variety of loads put through a rifle really begin to show differences with regards to velocity and bullet drop, etc. Having a MIL reticle will allow you to map out the drop value for any number of loadings you may push through your rifle.
In summary, I like this entry into the market. Its 14oz (very typical weight) and otherwise looks none too special, but it’s the well thought out reticle that grabs my eye. Unfortunately, I am not in the market for a 1-4x variable at the moment, but it may suit your needs well. Click here to check it out. Here is to hoping it gets favorable reviews and has a satisfactory build quality. Price runs at $299 as an introductory special.
|Exit Pupil:||6 – 10.5mm|
|Field of View @ 100yds:||7.21 – 34.78|
|Eye Relief (in):||5.0 – 3.1|
|Diopter Compensation:||-2 ~ +1 dpr|
|Click Adjustment Value:||0.1 MRAD|
|Adjustment Per Revoultion:||5 Mils|
|Total Elevation Adjustment:||55 Mils|
|Total Windage Adjustment||55 Mils|
|Type of Reticle:||Illuminated Mil-Quad DM|
|Coating:||Fully Multi Coated|