Athlon ARGOS Line Review
Our Rating: 7.8 / 10
In a Nutshell
The Argos BTR line isn’t a no-go, but it’s not an automatic go either. Consider it, but don’t buy without comparing to others in the same price range, preferably in person
What's the Scope?
Athlon’s Argos BTR line has a few different scopes to choose from, with little to no choice as far as customization goes.
Linear FOV (low zoom)
112 ft/100 yd
16.7 ft/100 yd
12.5 ft/100 yd
12.6 ft/100 yd
Linear FOV (high zoom)
27 ft/100 yd
4.5 ft/100 yd
3 ft/100 yd
3.1 ft/100 yd
Eye Relief (low zoom)
Eye Relief (high zoom)
Elevation Adjustment (MOA)
Wind Adjustment (MOA)
Athlon’s Argos BTR line is yet another example of the simple fact that you don’t have to spend a horrendous amount just to get a quality scope. You don’t always know what you’re going to get when you aren’t shelling out a lot of money, but Athlon really makes it worth your while to go with them!
The first thing you come to notice about these scopes is the clear and crisp glass. The lenses and setting on this scope line are superb. The light gathering is fairly good, all things considered. The better ones offer great vision out to the very edge of their range, and the side focus and parallax adjustments in these scopes give you a lot of opportunity for fine-tuning your vision. The parallax adjustments are super smooth and accurate, too. The 8-34x56 has some problems, though: the eye relief, which on the other scopes is very nice, is tricky on this model; clarity at the upper end of the scope’s range, which isn’t a problem on other models, starts to be lost around 20x zoom.
The reticle is nice, with a choice of mil measurements as opposed to MOA, and a choice between FFP and SFP. The illuminated reticles are a little hard to see during the day time and in harsh light. On the other hand, this feature makes the scopes easy to use in low light conditions. Not everybody is going to like the reticle, but they get the job done and make it easy to acquire your target.
Adjustments are where the scopes fall a bit short. Though they’re really accurate, and fairly crisp (though a bit on the mushy side), they’re not exactly a joy to use. They also don’t lock out of the box, and there’s no native zero stop option. You can, however, reach out to Athlon, who will send you washers to make the scope zero stop free of charge. They’re also all easy enough to zero, which is always a plus, and they hold zero pretty well.
It’s always worth bringing up a good warranty. Athlon has pretty great warranties across the board, and every scope on the line comes with a lifetime warranty that covers any potential damage or defects. This should give you a little bit of security as you set up to make a purchase that will set your wallet back some.
Athlon Argos BTR BTR 6-24x50 Review
One of the most popular scopes in the entire line is the 6-24x50, so I’m going to take a second to review it individually. I liked the 6-24x50 a lot. The optics are super clear with no fuzz or aberration around the edges. The eyebox of the scope is quick and easy to acquire, and the FFP shot makes for a comfortable shot at any zoom level.
The scope is great in the 500 to 600 yard range, and decent up to 800 yards. After 800 yards, it’s not really going to cut it for you, but really think for a second about how much range that is. The focus on the scope isn’t the best at the edge of the range, but it’s still great; comparable, even, to some scopes that cost 3x as much. The scope has great tracking, making for easy and precise shooting. Altogether, if you’re looking for a scope that makes an excellent induction into long range shooting, you can’t do much better than this one.
Should You Buy It?
Buy: Yes / No ?
This diverse line has some great offerings for different shooters. This means that there’s a pretty good chance there’s something similar to what you have in mind. So if one of these scopes strikes your fancy, and you decide for yourself that you like its features more than others you have in mind, then Yes, you should buy it. In other words, there’s no reason you shouldn’t buy one of these.
- First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as you zoom in or out.
- Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.
- Reticle etched on the glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to recoil
- The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube that has exceptional strength and superior mechanical integrity will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it
- Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability
Athlon’s Argos BTR line isn’t perfect, but its imperfections are few and far-between, and the end result is a line of scopes with a lot of strengths and hardly any weaknesses. This is backed up by Athlon’s extremely competitive warranty. These are scopes that every buyer should bear in mind.