Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 Review
Our Rating: 8.4/ 10
In a Nutshell
Vortex brings out a solid upper-mid range offering for those looking to shell out a little bit but still wanting the best bang for their buck.
What's the Scope?
Vortex is a renowned purveyor of quality optics across the whole gamut of price ranges. This offering is no exception. With sizes and magnification ranges that suit a variety of rifles and shooting styles, the Vortex Viper PST Gen II offers a variety of features that both excel for the price range and can be easily compared to the double-the-price Vortex Razor HD. Using the first iteration of the series as a base, Vortex has tweaked, expanded, and upgraded various features in an attempt to ensure the best user experience possible for the price range.
A brief feature list for this scope series would include:
- Waterproof, shockproof, and fog-proof anodized aluminum body stands up to a variety of situations
- EBR-2C reticle offers a huge amount of information right in front of your eyes
- 10 illumination settings improve your vision regardless of the ambient lighting
- Highly tactile precision features ensure quick zeroing and resetting
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve taken the time to parse the best and worst (the latter of which, there are hardly any) of this scope series so that you know precisely what you're getting your hands on.
Let’s cut right to the chase: the most important part of a scope is the optics. That's the entire reason that you buy it in the first place. What we’ve found is that with the Viper PST Gen II, you won’t be disappointed. With optics almost as good as the two-grand company baby, the Razor HD series, the Viper PST Gen II offers a consistently great optical experience for the price range. This extends to the reticle, borrowed from the Razor HD.
The reticle is, for lack of a better word, beautiful across all of the models, with easy integration of features to help you decipher windage and elevation as well as keep track of moving targets. Its illumination offers a brilliant picture that can actually be better than what your eye can see once it starts to get a bit darker.
On top of that, adjustment tools such as the Radius Bar and the Rapid Zero Return Zero Stop make moving from target to target and shifting your range or tactical position an absolute breeze, and the simple act of zeroing in turns from a science to an art as you master the beautifully tactile and responsive precision tools contained in this scope.
In terms of form, it's yet again strikingly similar to the Razor HD in almost every way, aside from the fact that the Razor HD has a different finish, with the Viper PSTs sporting a handsome matte black across the board. This form is carried forward by excellent construction quality. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum with a durable coating, this scope will take whatever the average person may throw at it with ease. Another practical feature of this scope is Vortex’s extensive VIP Warranty, which covers any and all damage that may come to the scope over its lifetime, no questions asked. This warranty is fully transferable, too, which gives the scope ample resale value.
There aren't many negative aspects to this scope. So few, in fact, that finding cons to add to a review was actually difficult. Some other users have reported that there is some aberration at high zooms, which may well be a defect. Additionally, with every scope option being FFS, some people who prefer SFS scopes may be at a loss.
Should You Buy It?
Buy: Yes / No
After reviewing other articles in the same range, we’ve come to the conclusion that for the average buyer in this product’s demographic, it is definitely a yes to picking up this scope.
- The Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 is perfect for precision shooting and tactical operations. The L-TEC Turret System has a locking mechanism preventing accidental adjustments. A visual rotation indicator allows shooters to track of revolutions on the turre.
- EBR-7C is made for long-range competition shooting/hunting. A windage tree in the lower quadrants is for fast wind/elevation corrections. Numbers on the lower stadia have moved outside the windage dots for less obstruction around the vertical stadia.
- A 6x zoom range offers magnification versatility while the fast focus eyepiece adjusts the reticle into sharp focus. Side parallax adjustment and illumination controls have been integrated into one knob for easy access and streamlined performance.
- The APO optical system delivers stunning image quality through premium, high density, extra-low dispersion glass. All lenses are fully multi-coated with XR plus anti-reflective coatings to increase light transmission for amazing brightness.
- O-ring sealed and argon purged, the Razor delivers waterproof and fogproof performance while the single-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum construction gives shooters a durable platform. Armortek coatings protect the lenses from scratches, oil, and dirt.
Another reviewer referred to this scope as the “best $1,000 scope on the market”, and this is somewhere that we’re in consensus. This scope is more or less Vortex ripping themselves off and taking elements of the Razor HD design and implementing it in a cheaper model. The fact that it’s cheaper poises this to be a scope with optics, build-quality, and precision well above its price range.
If you’re an avid shooter, especially one wanting to get into long-range precision shooting, this scope is a great option for you if you have the money to spend on it. It’s an excellent upper-mid range candidate with a flurry of different features that will satisfy you whether you’re a practical shooter, a competition shooter, or a hunter.
Granted, the Razor HD does have slightly better optics and overall better construction quality; you get what you pay for when you pay almost $2,000, especially with scopes. If you’re someone who needs the best of the best, it’s better to shift into an actual upper range option and shell out the extra money. But the average Joe isn’t going to need all of the features that come built into something like the Razor HD Pro, and the average Joe who happens to love shooting will walk away extremely satisfied with the Viper PST Gen II.