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Athlon Optics 8-34x56 Argos BTR Tactical Rifle Scope
With premium features at competitive price points, Athlon is changing the landscape of shooting optics for the foreseeable future. Each fogproof, waterproof and recoil shockproof scope is trail ready for any shooting conditions. With a huge 56mm objective lens and 8-34x adjustable objective, you will have no trouble zeroing in on prey whether paper, pest or small game.
The real showstopper in the Argos line is the first focal plane illuminated etched reticle. This advanced feature means your reticle zooms as you zoom in on your target, meaning you never have to change your holdovers at ANY magnification! Who wants to adjust when you can zoom and boom perfect shots all day long?
Pick up the Athlon Optics 8-34x56 Argos BTR Tactical Rifle Scope and take your shots to the next plane!
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Things I liked: Excellent optics for the price, with good clarity even at the edges. Image is very bright throughout the zoom range, although it does get darker (but still very usable) at max power. While it is a very heavy scope, it is not much heavier than other scopes that are much smaller (such as my very nice 42mm Hawke Sidewinder Tactical), so I dont think the weight is much of an issue for a scope of this size. I find it to be an excellent bench rest scope (the principle reason I purchased it) – I have it on a .22 Air Ranger and at full power at 50 yards I can easily see every detail of pellet holes in the target, including the slightly enlarged hole that results when two go into the same hole.
Things I would have changed: First, mine does not focus down to 15 yards as listed; it only focuses down to about 19 yards. Given the power of the scope, even at the minimum zoom of 8x images below that are noticeably fuzzy, and it gets much worse fast as I increase the zoom power of the scope. I bought it thinking I could live with 15 yards, but this is almost 20 this was close to a deal breaker and I almost sent it back. Second, the focus wheel rotates in the opposite direction of my other scopes (Hawke Sidewinders and UTG scopes), and I find this frustrating as I use all my different guns often. I don't know if there is an industry standard on this but there should be. This caught me by surprise. While it might seem to be a little thing, it can be very frustrating at times - especially when working at high power as the focal depth is very short and it is easy to get lost as I try to focus – and this is made worse because I sometimes end up going the wrong way.
What others should know: I love the FFP function that was a huge driver in selecting this scope, and it is my first FFP scope. I definitely will consider more of them in the future. The narrow focal depth of this scope makes it great for ranging, but unfortunately only beyond about 20 yards or so (and it is fuzzy much inside of that). This, combined with a reasonably stiff focus adjustment wheel (not a problem, just solid) also leads to an almost absolute need for a larger scope wheel on this unit unfortunately Athlon does not make one. I did buy an aftermarket 80mm one from Scope-Werks and it is great I just wish Athlon sold one at a much more reasonable price. I also found the sun shade to be a good addition, given the very wide objective if also helps to keep the lens clean and avoid accidental contact, which is easy given how wide it is. I think this scope is a good value for a dedicated bench rest scope, and will mount this on a dedicated BR gun that I plan to buy or build someday.
Things I liked: Very clear optics for the price range. Mil turrets and Mil reticle. Passes a box test with flying colors, very repeatable and predictable. On my other scopes I zero and rely upon holdover as their turrets are not as repeatable. If you like holdover shooting, this reticle is one of the best, with the classical "tree" design which makes it easy to get both windage and elevation at the same time. Etched reticle and first focal plane scope makes any holdover calculations a breeze. With a 56mm objective, high mounts are a Must.
Things I would have changed: Illuminated reticle is not super bright, so during the daytime it disappears, but then who would use an illuminated reticle against a bright background? There are no zero stops from the factory, but send the factory an E-Mail, and they will send a washer kit for free, which allows you to set a zero for your elevation. Even under moderate magnification (say 10X) the eye box (sweet spot for where your eye is), is smaller than my other scopes. With as many things as this scope does right, consider getting a scope level for this scope to further enhance your long range accuracy.
What others should know: If you have a 1MOA or less air rifle, this is a great match for your gun's accuracy. It is built stout, and a lot of people use these on their 6.5mm Creedmoor powder burners as well. For the number of features (and great clarity), this scope is a wonderful value.
Things I liked: Clear optics, easy adjustments. Bought this for a high power rifle. Sighted it in at 100 yds. went to our 500 yd. target used the suggested hold over and shoot a 8 inch 5 shoot group the first time at that target. Awesome scope, love it. I have bought 2 more.
Things I would have changed: I would add turret lock so there was no accidental movement.
What others should know: These are great scopes for air guns or rifle, I have a 4-16 x44 on my Hatsan Love .25 just plain great scope.
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Is this suitable for a springer like 97k or 56th?
Does this scope come with rings?
Do you sell a side wheel that will fit on the Athlon Argos scope?
Not at this time. Might want to try one of the custom side wheel makers. I'd head over to the GTA forum and see who they recommend.
What type of scope base is on your gun? What type of mount do you need? Weaver, Picatinny, 3/8″ or 11mm? Do you need 2-pc mounts or a 1-pc mount? 30mm or 1″? Scope mounts intro (Airgun Academy class)