Test Reviews

2016-04-16

MINOX ZP5 5-25x56 tested in Shooting Sports magazine

2016 has been a ground-breaking year so far and started with me going Metric. For some time I have used a variety of units on a number of scopes but whereas it didn't bother me too much when hunting, my high magnification and precision optics were always M.O.A., no Miliradian. With new metric rangefinders and 1st focal plane delivered into my life, the day has come and I am now an mRad dialler, with 1cm@100m clicks on ALL my scopes and this was the last big decision.

I have shot this MINOX scope type for over 18 months now on several guns, my own personal unit going ont a custom Remington in 260.

 

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2016-01-26

[SHOT 2016 Range Day] Review of the MINOX ZP-8

One scope to rule them all is how I would describe the MINOX ZP-8. Walking by their booth on SHOT Range Day, I was approached by a friendly MINOX representative who said, “Want to see a cool riflescope?” “Sure!” I responded. The MINOX representative handed me what appeared to be a low powered rifle scope. The representative told me to dial it up to 8 power, and dial it down. Cranking the scope up to 8 power, then dialing it down, I was pleasantly surprised when I dialed the reticle down to around 3 power and an illuminated red dot appeared on the reticle.

2015-12-23

Optics REVIEW: The MINOX ZP8 Meets 3 Gun Competition

Christian Swann reviews the MINOX ZP8 for optics use in 3 gun competition.

MINOX USA introduced the ZP8 at 2015’s Shot Show as their newest tactical line of optics. MINOX is a very old and storied German optic maker and has recently acquired Optronika, the German company that engineered the 3-15×50 Scout Sniper Day Scope for the US Marine Corps. The new MINOX ZP8 1-8x24mm is the finished development of an Optronika design. I do believe you will start seeing this brand enter the US Market soon as the go-to optic for 3 Gun competition.

2015-06-25

Shooting Illustrated Tests the MINOX ZP8 1-8x24

MINOX is probably best known for its micro cameras—tiny devices that look like something James Bond would have stowed in his tuxedo. The German company has been around for the better part of a century manufacturing quality glass, and it has, at long last, entered the tactical riflescope realm with a complete line of scopes. The most interesting to me is the ZP8 1-8x24 mm.

Beyond its 8X magnification range, MINOX put an innovative reticle into the ZP8. Called the MR10, it combines an illuminated, mil-based reticle in the first focal plane with a red dot at the center of the crosshair in the second focal plane. Using the company’s Complete Combat Reticle (CCR) technology, the red dot comes on when the magnification ring is turned slightly to roughly 1.1X and stays on until the power is increased beyond 2.5X, at which point illumination switches to the first-focal-plane reticle. This allows for easy target acquisition and engagement at close range using the red dot at low magnification, and seamless transition to more distant targets using the reticle, all by simply turning the magnification ring.

2015-06-18

Optic Review: MINOX ZP8 1-8x24mm Tactical Scope

Released at the SHOT Show 2015, MINOX USA introduced their new tactical line of optics and among those is the new ZP8 1-8x24mm model. For those that have never heard of the brand, MINOX is a very old German optic maker and it has recently acquired Optronica, the German manufacturer of the 3-15x56mm sniper scope for the US Marine Corps. The new MINOX ZP8 1-8x24mm is the finished development of an Optronica design.

The new MINOX ZP8 is a direct challenger to the two other premium 1-8x tactical scopes on the market: the Leupold Mark 8 1.1-8x24mm and the Schmidt & Bender Short-Dot 1-8x24mm. Size and weight wise, all three are practically the same at around 12-in long and 24 ounces.

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