First Look: Sightmark Citadel Riflescope Lineup

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posted on May 21, 2018
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In 2018, Sightmark launched an entirely new line of optics, balancing the wants and needs of the modern-day rifle shooter with the budget-conscious mindset of many of today's precision-rifle owners. The result was the Sightmark Citadel riflescope collection, providing consumers with three affordable optics loaded with all the top-end features needed to succeed at ever-increasing distances.

Each option in the Citadel collection is built on a single-piece 30 mm main tube machined from 6061-T6 and features an etched, illuminated reticle with an 11-position rheostat, giving users the ability to fine-tune reticle illumination to match ambient lighting conditions. The optics are loaded with fully multi-coated lenses and are rated IP67 waterproof. Each scope is also rated dustproof, fogproof and shockproof, ensuring that it'll stand up to field conditions on your favorite rifle. Every optic in the lineup is also equipped with a throw lever on the power ring, enabling quick changes in magnification.

Designed for short-to-medium range shooting, the Sightmark Citadel 1-6x24 CR1 riflescope is perfect for many of today's modern sporting rifles. The low-profile design is equipped with a second-focal-plane BDC reticle, calibrated particularly for today's 55-grain 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. target loads popular with owners of AR-15 rifles. The optic includes capped adjustment turrets that prevent accidental changes to zero, and the illuminated reticle is powered by a single CR2032 battery. The length of the optic is 10.7 inches, height is 1.7 inches and total weight is 16.2 ounces.

Stepping up in magnification is the Sightmark Citadel 3-18x50 LR2 riflescope, providing a cost-conscious option for those needing an optic designed to reach out at increased distances for hunting, competition or plinking. Unlike the company's 1-6X optic, this model features a first-focal-plane reticle, meaning that the hash marks found in the etched reticle are accurate at any magnification power. The optic also features pop-up, locking turrets for windage and elevation adjustments. Rather than worry about removing and losing caps, simply pull the turret up, twist to the desired adjustment point, then press the turret back down to lock it into place. The 3-18X model measures 13 inches long, 2.2 inches high and weighs 26.1 ounces.

Finally, at the upper end of the lineup, the Sightmark Citadel 5-30x56 LR2 optic provides enhanced magnification to discern distant targets with ease, all without the bank-breaking price tag of many high-power optics on the market. Like the company's 3-18X model, this optic also features a first-focal-plane reticle, along with the pop-up turrets that make on-the-fly adjustments easier than ever. The overall length of the Citadel line's top-end optic is 14.9 inches, height is 2.2 inches and the total weight is 27.5 ounces.

Suggested retail pricing on the Sightmark Citadel riflescope lineup starts at $359.99 for the 1-6X, jumps to $479.99 for the 3-18X option and tops out at $515.99 for the high-power 5-30X model.

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