Quick Comments – The Delta Stryker Riflescopes – 4.5-30 FFP and 5-50 SFP

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I normally review one scope at a time but the Delta scopes are really a family and so this review is about the FFP Stryker 4.5-30×56 and the SFP Stryker 5-50×56.

Based in Poland and seemingly quite popular in Europe and the UK, the Delta scopes are not yet a well-known ‘name brand’ in Canada though their quality and value is getting the attention of an increasing number of shooters – both the tactical and F-Class variety.

I first became aware of the Delta scopes at the end of last year when speaking with Canadian distributor and stalwart supporter of Canadian shooters Mr. Peter Dobson of Hirsch Precision in Nova Scotia.  Being the kind of guy he is Peter very kindly agreed to send me a sample of the Delta Optics Stryker in 4.5-20×56 FFP configuration for review and this is where the story begins.

When a brand that isn’t well known they usually have to do something to entice buyers – that can be price point, great warranty or simply excellent value and my sense of it is that the folks behind these Delta scopes really have focused on bringing to the marketplace a scope that is packed with features at an attractive price point and so they check the box of being a great value for the dollar spent and represent one of the best offerings to come out of LOW in Japan ( where regardless of the branding or logo these scopes, the Athlon Cronus and innumerable other scopes are actually made ) that I’ve seen.

Out of the box the Delta scopes are well packaged and they come with easy to read manuals which could, however, do with being updated with photos of the actual scopes.

Ooops – that isn’t the scope in the box ???

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Let’s look more closely at these scopes and start with the  4.5-30 FFP model and compare it to the nearest price and features competitor I own which is (another LOW product) the Athlon Cronus BTR 4.5-29×56.

Very Similar – the Delta and the Cronus

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Just like the Cronus the Delta image quality is the classic Japanese “White and Bright” versus the richer, more colourful European scopes and side by side with my Cronus I couldn’t tell the difference – to my eyes they were the same scope.  As time passed I though the Delta seemed ‘brighter’ but, truthfully it was so close that maybe it was my eyes playing tricks on me.  Regardless – the glass is very sharp and clear edge to edge.

Turrets on the Delta are crisp and feel good to the touch requiring just the right amount of effort to turn.  Likewise the mag ring and focus ring fall into that ‘just right’ category.

Delta on the left – Cronus on the Right

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In only two areas did I find that the Delta gave up anything at all to the Cronus and they were: 1. The European 10 year warranty versus the Cronus lifetime warranty and 2. For those that like a Xmas tree ret the Cronus’ is such a ret whereas the Delta is not.  On the other side of the ledger, the Delta retails for a couple of hundred dollars less than the Athlon

In testing in snowy conditions looking at trees at the snow line I couldn’t discern any real CA  at all ( unlike some scopes that cost a lot more money – not mentioning any names there Kahles !!)

No CA !

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Overall I thought the Delta 4.5-30 with its FFP and MIL/MIL configuration and excellent controls and high quality glass represents a really solid buy in the price segment and actually represents a very good buy even when compared to the pricier optics like the Vortex Razor II HD.

Moving on to the SFP version – the Delta 5-50 – I was equally impressed. I actually used this scope in F-Class competition and found I gave up nothing running this glass rather than my usual match glass (NF Competition).

Every Bit Suited for Competition – the Delta 5-50

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Available in both MIL and MOA ( I used the MOA version ) with glass and controls equal to the FFP version, the only real critique I could make of this scope is that with a 34mm tube it is a weighty piece of glass for competition but for regular LR Target work where weight isn’t an issue this wouldn’t be a problem.

Excellent Controls – Easy to Read

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Magnification to 50x

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Final thoughts are that these two scopes are a very positive addition to the available options available in the market and that is always a good thing.

 

 

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Minox ZP5 5-25×56 – Reviewed

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Being lucky enough to own some nice scopes presents a real “First World Problem” because it becomes harder to be super-impressed with new scopes that come along. Occasionally, however a scope does present itself that makes me say “wow” and the Minox ZP5 is one of those scopes – so for those who like a short read, you can stop here.  For those who want to find out why I say the Minox ZP5 is a “wowzer” please read on.

Minox ( apparently pronounced MEE-Nox ) is based in Wetzlar, Germany and while it is probably best known as a camera company it now makes a variety of optical instruments including riflescopes for hunting and tactical applications.

This particular model – the ZP5 – is unique amongst the Minox offerings in that it can trace its lineage back thru to the Optronika / Premier riflescopes and therefore it is a cousin of sorts to today’s Tangent Theta scope – not the same, but a shared heritage.

A solid 34mm tubed scope – the technical specs on this scope can be found here:

http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=zp_tac_technical_data1&L=02

Unlike some of the European scopes which arrive very ‘bare bones’ the Minox comes nicely packaged with a foam insert and is complete with the excellent Tenebraex scope covers from Armament Technologies as well as a comprehensive, easy to read instruction manual.  No sunshade is provided but – pro tip – the sunshade that fits a S+B 5-25×56 or Kahles 624i fits this Minox.

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Playing with the turrets find them to be crisp with a nice audible ‘click’ to them and the magnification ring while a wee bit stiff comes with a useful bump that acts as a built in throw lever.

I ordered this scope with the MR5 reticle which is really useful for the shooting I do which is (mostly) at known distances.  A PRS competitor may however prefer the MR4 which is more of a Xmas Tree design.  Turrets and ret are in MILs with 1/10th MIL adjustments of the turrets and 1/2 MIL hash marks on the MR5 ret.

Initially, mounted the scope on my custom R700/AICS and started to make my observations of the glass.

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Disclaimer: Readers of my reviews will know that to assess optical clarity and such like I use “Eyeball, Human Ver. 1.0” and so my opinions are based on what I see.  Your mileage may vary and so while I say a scope A is optically ‘better’ than scope B you may (literally) see things differently.

My observation about the Minox image is that it is noticeably brighter than most.  It is very crisp and clear and there is no fading or dulling at the max magnification.  Clarity is edge to edge and I couldn’t see any chromatic aberration at all.  It also cuts through mirage very well.  Overall, this Minox is – to my eye – a clearer, sharper and brighter image than Vortex Razor II and I am calling it brighter than my NF ATACR 5-25 and 7-35. I am putting this glass right up there with my S+B Pmii and that has been – up to now – my favorite glass.

I found this an easy scope to ‘get behind’ – it is reported to have 90mm of eye relief – and controls were easily viewable from my shooting position.  Diopter adjustment is the European style and is lockable – simple to do.

The zero stop is easily marked and is also easy to set – in my view it is not as good as say the Razor II  but it is MUCH easier to use than the NF ATACR and it allows the shooter to go 1/2 mil below zero stop if necessary.

I like the crispness of the turrets though truthfully I think I prefer the feel of the ATACR ones but I am being very picky here and it might be that I am more used to one over the other. The turrets are double turn and rather than rise up and down a ‘white dot’ appears in windows at the base of the turret when you are on the second rev ( I have learned that this is called non-translatable turret operation – huh, who knew ?) .

On a second outing I switched rifles so as to avoid rifle bias and confirmed my initial impressions.  An excellent – Tier One – optic.

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Warranty on the ZP5 is for 30 years and must be registered online.  This warranty may worry some people who are used to the ‘no fault lifetime warranty’ offered by companies in North America but it simply isn’t something I worry about.

Price in Canada is just shy of C$3800 plus tax so this is right on par with the NF ATACR 5-25, Kahles 624i and Razor II scopes and – honestly – it betters them all; some by a smidge (ATACR) and others (624i) by a lot.

I got my Minox through Go Big Tactical in Prince George BC.  Tom ( the owner ) is an excellent fellow to deal with and someone I’d have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending.  Go Big Tactical can be found online at: http://gobigtactical.ca/

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