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 ???
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
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
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 !
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
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
Magnification to 50x
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.