I have been following the development of the Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm FFP tactical scope since last October. During the last SHOT Show in January 2016, the display samples at the Hi-Lux Optics booth were shown with a working reticle and illumination system. I just got the word that the Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm FFP development has reached the final certification phase, and is nearly ready for production. The Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm FFP tactical scope will be available for sale in early Fall 2016.
So, what’s the big deal about this 1-8x? The Hi-Lux will be the shortest and lightest first focal plane (FFP) 1-8x on the market with good optical performance, a wide field-of-view, and daylight bright illumination. Plus, it has a MSRP of $990 with a targeted street price of $850 or so.
The Hi-Lux CMR8’s reticle is located in the First Focal Plane and it changes its size according to the zoom range. The reticle features a double horse-shoe design with hashmarks in MILs. To the right of the small center horse-shoe, there’s a series of height and shoulder-width based rangefinder marks. With the increase of the magnification, the big outer horse-shoe in the CMR8’s reticle disappears completely while the center horse-shoe becomes enlarged as shown on the right.
I personally prefer the capped low-profile adjustment turrets with my carbine optic. What Hi-Lux did with the CMR8 is a comprised turret setup so that it comes with rather large screw-on turret caps, but if the shooter prefers exposed turrets, he can just leave the caps off. The adjustment turrets are large enough to be turned by fingers, and both also have the Hi-Lux ZRO-LOK quick return to zero system built in.
The Hi-Lux CMR8 went through a number of significant optical redesigns since SHOT Show 2016. One of the major improvement on the production model CMR8 will be the use of an expensive HD low-dispersion lens to increase sharpness and color fidelity in low light conditions.
Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm Tactical Scope Specification:
|Field of View at 100 yds:||114.8 ft at 1x, 14.5 ft at 8x|
|Eye Relief:||4 inch|
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