Standard Reticles (e.g Ret. 1)
Schmidt & Bender offers several different highly precise reticles to suit your eyesight, preferences and hunting style. Standard (non-illuminated) reticles are appropriate for most hunting situations, especially considering that Schmidt & Bender's superb optics will let you see your target easily at first and last light.
Illuminated Reticles (e.g Ret. L1)
In the past, a reticle with thick lateral bars was necessary to position the aim point on the dark body of a game animal in poor light.
Today, our luminous red dot or finely illuminated crosshairs perform this task much more efficiently…providing you with a precise aim point in near total darkness.
With any illuminated reticle, it is essential that its brightness can be easily adjusted. A reticle that is too bright will cause glare in the hunter's eye, interfering with his ability to see the contours of the game. This is because the pupil of the human eye closes quickly upon receiving any source of light.
Schmidt & Bender illuminated reticles provide 11 fully adjustable brightness settings, allowing you to adjust the reticle precisely to the ambient light. The power supply is switched off between the 11 click stops on the adjustment turret, allowing you to accurately preset the appropriate brightness, then turn it off with a slight turn of the dial. Not only does this conserve your battery, but it allows you to instantly restore your chosen setting while avoiding the risk of glare that can occur when brightness is turned up from the zero position. When a shot presents itself, the slightest turn from this standby position to the next click immediately illuminates the reticle to the appropriate intensity.
In continuous use, the small, readily available battery will last over 100 hours.
FlashDot Reticles (e.g Ret F1)
Our FlashDot technology lets you activate a bright red dot, precisely at the center of the reticle, when conditions dictate; or turn off the dot completely when conditions change.
In the field, the FlashDot acts much like the front bead on a shotgun, bringing your eye immediately to the target. This is invaluable for quick reaction shots on running game or even charging dangerous game. It is well suited to bright and harsh lighting conditions, with the bright red dot providing a precise, easily seen aim point against the dark body of a moving animal. When the dot is switched off, the regular fine crosshairs remain in view.
While the FlashDot was first conceived for daylight use, our beam splitter now allows a single scope to function as a non-illuminated riflescope under normal conditions; as a FlashDot scope in bright light; and as a fully adjustable illuminated reticle at twilight. This feature, included in some of our Zenith models, results in a single scope that is applicable to any lighting situation the hunter will ever encounter.
A digital chip automatically switches off the power after six hours of non-use. Just in case, an extra battery can be stored under the cover of the windage adjustment turret.
Police Marksman Reticles
Several of the distinctive, specialized reticles offered on Police/Marksman II scopes provide effective rangefinding capabilities. When objects of a known size are positioned between lines or dots within the reticle, the distance to the target can be estimated accurately at any magnification.
P-1 (Bryant) reticle
The P-1 Reticle was developed for Schmidt & Bender by Deputy Sheriff Robert Bryant, who has many years of experience as a SWAT team member and advisor to police departments. You will find the Bryant design very user-friendly and exceptionally efficient in high stress situations.
The horizontal lines under the crosshair make it possible to estimate distances up to 500 yards by cradling an 18" object between them. The posts, lines and the circle are all proportioned to help in rangefinding and in making allowances for wind or movement. Complete details are included with the scope.
P-3 Mil-dot reticle
The P-3 Mil-dot Reticle was developed by the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1970s as an aid for the Marine sniper in estimating distances. It has since become the military standard for range estimating within all branches of the service.
The name “mil-dot” comes from the term “millradian,” and the dot that is spaced in 1 mil increments on the crosshairs. By using the mil formula, a table can be generated based upon the size of the object being range-estimated. This table is included with the scope. The object viewed is bracketed between the dots, and by consulting the table the distance can be estimated.
P-3 Mil-dot illuminated
This unique reticle provides adjustable illumination of the crosshairs between the four dots closest to the center of the reticle. This feature greatly aids in precise shooting in very poor light and against dark backgrounds.
A third turret on the left side of the scope allows complete intensity control from off to bright with ten precise click stops. The Schmidt & Bender design turns off the reticle between click stops, allowing you to quickly restore the illumination level you have preset (according to lighting conditions) with a slight turn of the knob.This is a distinct advantage over other illuminated reticle scopes that require you to search for the proper setting when time might be of the essence, or that can ruin your night vision by coming on too bright.
The illuminated portion of the reticle is fully adjustable without removing your eye from the scope or the rifle from your shoulder.
Designed specifically for our 1.1–4 x 20 CQB scope, this sophisticated reticle is extremely fine at low magnifications, obscuring almost none of the target, while the detailed center section becomes useable for precise rangefinding at higher magnifications.
Our newest Flash Dot technology provides three different illumination levels, completely controllable in a separate turret. Stops 1 to 3 provide varying illumination intensities at very low levels, designed for use with night vision goggles. Stops 4 to 6 provide slightly higher levels of intensity to be used by the naked eye in low light conditions, allowing the shooter to determine the precise aim point against a dark target that would obscure non-illuminated reticles. Stops 7 through 11 illuminate the center dot to very high intensities. With illumination switched off, the CQB functions as a standard scope with non-illuminated crosshairs.