Shepherd Scopes, a division of Salvo Technologies, showed a range of new scopes at SHOT 2019 with applications in both tactical and hunting roles. Shepherd Scopes takes advantage of their close ties to theirdefense-oriented sister companies under the Salvo Tech banner to offersome of the best optical glass and optics hardware available to thecivilian market.
The scope that caught my eye from Shepherd’s Tactical Scopes productline was the BRS 1-8X. Available with both MOA (model BRS-14) andmil-dot (model BRS-ML1) reticles, this stout scope is packed with wellthought out features and incredibly clear glass optics. The BRS is afirst-focal-plane scope, so the ranging and bullet-drop compensationfeatures of the reticle are automatically scaled to the currentmagnification level.
I was particularly impressed by Shepherd’s solution to delivering a true1X both-eyes-open capable scope, which is to specify the optics packagefor 0.95X magnification on the low end then adjust the final scopeassembly to 1X exactly. This allows them to accommodate the normalvariations in manufacturing tolerances, an area where many budget scopemanufacturers cut corners.
This scope gives you true both-eyes-open shooting ability for CQB withthe flexibility to identify and engage mid-range targets. This 1-8×28FFP scope offers an integrated throw lever, large capped turrets, and a34mm aircraft-grade one-piece tube. Fully multi-coated, extra-lowdispersion glass maximizes resolution and brightness in low-lightconditions and the scope is nitrogen filled and o-ring sealed forexcellent waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof performance. The scopeis a little on the heavy side at 25 ounces, but on the other hand thisbeast is going to survive the kind of abuse that will rapidly destroymost affordable 1-8X scopes.
The real killer here is the pricing. It’s frankly astonishing to find atrue 1-8X FFP scope with the features and glass quality that Shepherdhas packed into the product for under $1,000, much less the $849 MSRP foreither reticle option. If you’re in the market for a tactical scope,this one is worth a very close look.