At SHOT Show 2017, I had a chance to check out the interesting 1-8x and 1-10x rifle scopes from a small Japanese optic company name March Scopes. Unlike other big Japanese OEMs that are busy making optics for well-known American brands, March Scopes focuses on building their own innovative designs.
The new March 1-8x24mm Shorty features digital illumination control with a clickable recessed big rubber button. The turret adjustment is in 0.1 Mils per-click and each rotation of the turret is 10 Mils of adjustment. Its front section of the body is so short that March recommends just use a single scope ring after the turrets to mount the 1-8x24mm Shorty.
Like all March scopes, the new 1-8x24mm Shorty is hand-build in Japan by DEON Optical Design Corp, which owns the “March” brand.
The FMC-1 reticle option with illuminated crosshair-circle at the center.
The FMC-2 reticle with the illumination double circles and crosshair design.
The new March 1-8x24mm Shorty is not only the shortest 1-8x on the market at 8.35-inch, but also the lightest 1-8x with 1st focal plane design at just 17.11 oz. Currently, only the Zeiss V8 1-8x30mm and the Swaro Z8i 1-8x24mm have a similar sub-20 ounce weight but both of those are 2nd focal plane hunting scopes.
The March 1-10x24mm riflescope that have been in production for the last few years. It’s a 2nd focal design with four illuminated reticle options available. Size wise, the March 1-10x24mm is no bigger than most of the 1-4x rifle scopes on the market.
A bit expensive at $2600 and the exit pupil is small at 10x due to its 24mm objective size, the March is currently one of the few 1-10x scopes on the market. The new 2017 version of the March 1-10x24mm will receive the upgraded illumination control with the rubber button like the Shorty. My good friend David Fortier has an article featuring the March 1-10x24mm in the upcoming printed issue of Firearms News.