Obsession of finding the best scope for air-guns does give reviewers tough time. However, it has almost become a habit for reviewers to keep searching. For air rifle shooting, some of the scopes we have tested and reviewed include Hawke Sidewinder 6.5-20x, KonusPro 1.5-6x44mm scope, Sightron SIII 6-24x50mm, Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm, US Optics SN3, and many more. However, we have found the scope from Vortex to be especially interesting because it provides features that can be found only in top-tier riflescopes but still they are available almost at half the price. So, in this blog we will discuss about Vortex Viper PST lineup.
Vortex Viper PST riflescopes – An Overview
Vortex Viper PST riflescopes are becoming more and more popular among the technical minded shooters who seek first plane scopes. Precision Shooting Tactical scope from Vortex come with a 30mm long main tube that holds an objective lens of 50mm diameter.
Users will find it easy to handle this scope as it comes with 0.1 mil click turrets that are significantly long, helping the shooters to adjust it swiftly even with their hand-gloves on. It has a fast-focus adjuster, which can be found just below the protective eye-ring (made up of rubber). Users can adjust parallax setting with the side parallax control along with an ocular bell that has rheostat where ten settings for brightness are there for illuminated reticle. Presence of Tactical – CRS Zero Stop turret style helps shooters quickly get the zero, thereby helping them during hunting expeditions.
If you search for all these features in other high quality riflescopes, you will surely have to shell out more than $1500. But in case of PST scopes, you can have them well within or around $1,000 price mark. While Vortex Viper PST 1-4×24 is priced at $579, the highest magnification scope in the category, Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP, comes at a price of $1049.
Vortex Viper PST Model Options Available
1. Let’s start with the short-range riflescope. The 1-4×24 model comes with two kinds of turret styles – one with Tactical-CRS Zero Stop and the other Capped. While the former turret style comes with two reticle options, TMCQ MRAD and TMCQ MOA, the Capped version comes with TMCQ MOA reticle option only. Vortex Viper 1-4×24 model comes with 30mm tube, 4″ eye relief adjustment, and 98 – 27.5′ FOV at 100 yards. While the standard model costs $579, the FFP model costs $599.
2. The next model subcategory is 2.5-10×44, which has a length of 12 inch and weight of 18.8 oz. It has 4″ eye relief adjustment, 47 – 10.9′ FOV, Tactical – CRS Zero Stop turret style, and two reticle options – EBR-1 MRAD and EBR-1 MOA. This model has Tactical – CRS Zero Stop turret style. 2.5-10×32 FFP model is also there, which has almost the same specs but comes in a slightly bigger length. While the standard model costs $699, the FFP model costs $899.
3. The third sub-category in the Vortex Viper PST series consist of 4-16×50 and 4-16×50 FFP models. Both of them have 13.7″ scope length, 30mm tube diameter, 27.4 – 7.4′ FOV, Tactical – CRS Zero Stop turret style, and dual reticle options – EBR-1 MRAD and EBR-1 MOA. While the standard model costs $799, the FFP model costs $999.
4. Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 and FFP models are the most sought after riflescopes in the Vortex Viper PST scope lineup. It has 15.5″ length, 30mm tube diameter, 4″ eye relief adjustment, 17.8 – 5.1′ FOV, and four kinds of reticle options – EBR-1 MRAD, EBR-2C MRAD, EBR-1 MOA, and EBR-2C MOA. This model weighs 23.4 oz. While the standard model costs $849, the FFP model costs $1049.
When the Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP model is tested alongside Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×50 models, the results are commendable. In normal light conditions, this model of Vortex Viper PST scope helped the reviewer zero down the target at commendable clarity and take down the target with precision. If you are looking for a good quality scope at moderate or even affordable price, Vortex Viper PST scopes are recommended.