I would like to make a comment on this scope. Ed was nice enough to send me a demo to test out and I love it. Now, I am not anyone special or anything like that, but I was an Army sniper and have been in combat having to cope with multiple optics on multiple rifles. I have been searching high and low for a good "overall" optic that I can multi-task with. Mil dots are nice, very nice to have in a hide sight as a dedicated sniper system, but when hell breaks loose it is nice to have something that you don't have to grab a slide rule or start doing the worm method in your head to range targets on the fly in the middle of a patrol with. That is what Ed's reticle is built for. In something like this I do NOT want to be spinning target turrets and reading and comparing mils to target size. I want to engage the target and kill it.
I do own the 1-4X and while the reticle for me was right on the money I did have issues with the T lock and it keeping its zero, but the 1-6X is such a huge improvement over the 1-4X mechanically. It is built well and is a solid piece of kit. I was able to take my rifle out with this scope mounted, get it zeroed and run it through its paces. I did multiple quick engagement drills from different distances to include "I'm up, he sees me, I'm down" drills, or fire team rushes, and the optic was great, very quick to engage targets with, crystal clear, and with a generous eye box.
All of my drills were conducted in full gear (body armor, helmet, full combat load of ammunition, etc.) on varying terrain ranging from rocky areas, hills, trees, and depressions. The reticle was at no time any kind of hindrance, and actually led my eye nicely to the center mass position. I was able to quickly and accurately figure range using the reticle as well. Using something like this not only takes knowledge and familiarity of the provided marks, but also a healthy dose of common sense. Once you are used to it the range estimation comes fast and natural. The reticle was easy to see in bright sunlight and picked up on target very fast as said before.
I also had the chance to use this scope at night. I was unable to run it with NOD's as I just ran out of time, but I was able, while hunting on my property in Texas to quickly and accurately illuminate a fox with my surefire, range the animal, and dispatch it quickly with a single shot through the neck. The shot was about 75 yards and illuminated reticles on 6X was used. I wish I had had a switch view on it as it does take a bit more of thought power and dexterity than what I would like to change power, but with the addition of a switch view that should be easily done.
My one regret with this scope was the fact that I had to send it back to Ed when I was done. I do plan on purchasing one with a higher and cantilever bobro mount as the one that was provided was a little low for me and didn't quite take it out far enough unless I mounted it out far. Luckily my rail on my rifle extends the entire length of the rifle with no gap. Ed, this is definitely a keeper. Thank you for letting me try it out.