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Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 Riflescope helps in widest range of tactical operational environments. The PM II 5-25×56 series (the gold standard of extreme shooting) is regarded as a benchmark in its series, especially after being awarded the USSOCOM PSR contract in 2011. In this blog, we’ll review the latest Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC Riflescope belonging to the PM II 5-25×56 series, which comes with the important features –
- L/P – Parallax Adjustment and Reticle Illumination Knobs
- LT – Locking Turret
- MTC – More Tactile Clicks on both Elevation and Windage Adjustment Turret
These expanded functions of turrets helps in today’s applications, especially in the field. At elevation adjustment, there are two turns where the tactical markings are present on the second level. MTC function at the windage turret is situated at the engraved “zero”, which is also called the “zero click”. Special feature of Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scopes is the LT or Locking Turret function available on both the turrets. This locking feature protects against any unintentional or unwanted change of turret setting. Locking mechanism comes handy when you are either using the rifle in the field or transporting it.
Now that you know Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC Riflescope Scope’s special features, let’s check this scope more closely.
Optical Clarity & Resolution
Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC Riflescope comes with excellent quality lenses, enabling shooters to get crisp, clear, sharp, bright, and color neutral image. Schmidt Bender is known in the industry for its high quality glass, making them one of the leading names in the shooting and hunting optics industry. High quality of glass coupled with advanced optical coating ensures maximum light gathering capability, which in turn helps in low light visibility.
The optics on the scope are excellent with beautiful clear and crisp scope images. The diopter adjustment allowed us to get the reticle very sharp using the eyepiece adjustments and then we were able to get the target very clear using the side focus and its wide adjustment range. High-end lens provides the hunter and tactical shooter with high resolution and clear images, excellent color fidelity, and image sharpness. As the color differentiation is distinct and noticeable through the Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scope, you can easily find the games camouflaging behind the foliages. Resolution of the glass found in this Schmidt Bender scope can only be compared with that of the lenses of high-end cameras. The vivid resolution makes it easier to spot a deer camouflaging behind the timbers. Image reproduction capability in these Schmidt and Bender scopes are so good that they are even better than the spotting scopes of Zeiss or Leica having 30x magnification.
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Turrets & Zeroing
Turrets at Schmidt Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scope come with clearly marked adjustmentsand are easy to access. This model of Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 Scope comes with tactical turrets having locking mechanism. There are also capped so that the settings don’t change unintentionally. These kinds of turrets are robust as well as most reliable.
The image shows that the turret is in locked position It’s important to note that you can see the word “locked” when the turret is in locked position. Just below the word “locked”, a collar is present. When you want to unlock the turret, the collar moves up. This locking and unlocking mechanism here is easy to use, even during dark. The mechanism does not add bulk to the Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC Riflescope Locking turrets are low profile in nature and is very easy to use.
This PM II model comes with a double turn, where the turret top is used as second revolution indicator. This feature helps the shooter know at which revolution the elevation adjustment is located. In the above image you can see that the turret pops up at the top. When the turret pops up, the shooter knows that the elevation adjustment is located at the second revolution. Even when you are in darkness, you can know the turret adjustment position by just feeling top of the turret.
Parallax adjustment knob is located at the left hand side of the Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Riflescope. In fact, you can also adjust reticle illumination by using the dial, located at the left of the scope. Zeroing the scope is extremely easy. You simply have to adjust the scope and hit the aiming point to zero it. Then place the turret at the locked position. In such a case, the exposed hex head cap screws are back out 1/2-3/4 of a turn. Turret is unlocked and now it’s turned to zero. Once it’s done, you have to tighten the screws. Zeroing of the scope is now done. Zeroing process at Schmidt Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scope is extremely easy and no complicated process is there. You simply have to loosen the two screws, slide the turret to zero, and then tighten them.
Sub-zero stop feature is also available at Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC. This feature enables the shooter to move below zero even when the scope has been zeroed. Many pro shooters like this feature more than a zero-stop feature that stops on zero.
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Reticles and Brightness Control
Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC Riflescope offers a wide array of reticle options to choose from, located at both First Focal Plane and Second Focal Plane. For a detailed analysis, let’s check out the reticles in different focal planes and also the reasons to choose the focal plane reticle that suits your needs.
First Focal Plane Reticles
If you are looking for a dynamic setting, First Focal Plane (FFP) should be your choice. FFP reticles are generally chosen for –
- True tactical long-range shooting
- Precision Rifle Series (PRS) competition, and
- Specific hunting applications
If you have to constantly adjust the power zoom range as the target distance varies at short periods of time, FFP reticles are best for you. In cases of moving targets, first focal plane reticles are most suitable. In the first focal plane, the reticle proportion with respect to the magnification remains same throughout the entire magnification range. This means that the reticle size seems to remain same no matter at which magnification you are viewing. Most of the reticles are Milradian (also called Mil or MRAD based). However, MOA-based reticles are also available at FFP./p>
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Second Focal Plane Reticles
These SFP reticles at Schmidt Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scopes are most useful for –
- Long-Range Target Shooting
- Law Enforcement
- Benchrest Shooting
Second Focal Plane reticles are generally MOA-based and come with thinner lines and markings, which in turn help in target shooting. These two features are especially helpful as they don’t cover up much target area, which is again absolutely necessary for F-Class as well as Benchrest Shootings. SFP reticles are preferred because they are easy to use and at the same time non-distracting in nature. This must be added that SFP reticles are a favorite among Extreme Long Range shooting competitions as accurate values are achieved at highest power setting.
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Reticle Illumination Brightness Control
Whether the reticle is located at First Focal Plane or Second Focal Plane, the brightness knob provides 11 brightness settings. This enables the shooter to adjust the reticle illumination brightness in accordance with the available light. Suppose, the ambient light has diminished. In such a case, the shooter will hardly need the reticle to be lit. If at this point in time, the reticle remains brightly lit, the shooter will hardly be able to view the target (especially in the medium-to-long range). That’s where the 11 reticle-brightness setting helps in getting the optimum reticle and target visibility.
Schmidt and Bender PM II 5-25×56 L/P LT MTC Scopes are one of the leading hunting and shooting scope series available in the high-end rifle scope category. They are an established name in the tactical community and that’s why are the preferred choice among military and law enforcement. Besides having a great-quality glass, this scope range comes with an optimized zero stop system. Inclusion of the Sub Zero Stop, enables pro-shooters to move below zero. This sub-zero-stop feature comes handy when you need to bump the zero down, especially at the time of switching ammunition or elevation.
This Schmidt and Bender PMII 5-25×56 MTC tracks well and comes with crisp and precise adjustments, where you’ll experience exceptionally well tactical knobs. Availability of the wide range of reticle at both focal planes give you enough choice for you to select the right reticle as per your need. If you’re looking for a high-end scope for tactical purposes, this is the scope you should buy.
- Schmidt and Bender – Catalog (2018-19)
- Schmidt Bender New Products 2017
- P4L Fine Reticle – Datasheet
- Schmidt and Bender PM II Scopes – User Manual
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