Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 Review
Our Rating: 8.4
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 fogproof 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.
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?
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 Viper PST Gen II takes incredible performance and rock solid tactical features to new heights. The 1-6x24 second focal plane riflescope is incredibly versatile and ideal for close to medium range shooting scenarios.
- Shooters who dial their turrets for bullet drop and wind compensation will appreciate the laser etched turrets, adjustable parallax and the RZR zero stop. A fiber optic rotation indicator ensures you can keep track of your turret position with ease.
- The reticle offers shooters highly functional, intuitive, and detailed hold points, yet remains uncluttered for optimal viewing and features 10 intensity levels with off positions between each setting.
- Extra-low dispersion glass increases resolution and color fidelity. XR fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission. Armortek coatings protect the lenses from scratches, oil, and dirt.
- O-ring sealed and argon purged, the Viper delivers waterproof and fogproof performance while the single-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum construction gives shooters a durable platform.
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.