Pride’s goal was to create a reticle that could be used from the short end of the cartridge’s range out to 1,000 meters. The scope that houses this new reticle, the U.S. Optics 1-8X SR-8C, is 12 inches long, offers 3.7 inches of eye relief and weighs just 1.5 pounds. With a housing made of hardcoat anodized 6061-T6 aluminum, the heavy-duty scope is zeroed at 200 meters and the “tree”-like reticle features stadia lines ranging out to 900-plus meters, all calibrated to the ballistics of the 7.62mm round above and below a 3,000-foot elevation. The reticle markings are designed to help operators with either 16- or 20-inch-barreled rifles.
In this video, you can see the first range test of the new optic at the Burbank Rifle and Revolver Club. Mounting the SR-8C on a 16-inch-barreled FN SCAR 17 rifle, experienced tactical shooters and novices alike were able to use the Pride-designed reticle to reliably engage man-sized targets from 100 to over 1,000 yards away. With an MSRP of $2100, the SR-8C will allow 7.62mm NATO carbine owners and operators to get the most performance possible out of their weapons. For a full report, check out the upcoming December 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally Sept. 30, 2014. To subscribe, go to Tactical-Life.com/subscribe.