You can find the latest product releases and connect directly with the manufacturers here on the Rok Blog.  If you’re a long-range hunter, you might be particularly interested in this blog post.  Mark Boardman, marketing manager of American-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics, just sent me some information on another great scope they recently released.  Check it out (you can also ask Mark questions in the comment section below).  Be sure to subscribe to the Rok Blog at the top of the blog just under Fitness/Other at “Subscribe to Blog” to be first to hear about new gear releases.


Timber to tactical – Vortex’s new Viper HS-T riflescope is sure to dazzle with its feature rich  versatility


Blending many of the best features of Vortex’s incredibly popular Viper HS and Viper PST riflescopes, the new Viper HS-T (Hunting Shooting Tactical) is positioned to be big a hit among hunters, as well as tactical enthusiasts.

Available in 4-16×44 MOA and mrad models, the Viper HS-T boasts an all-new, hashmark-based second-focal-plane reticle, perfect for accurate holds at extended ranges. Mrad reticle hashes subtend in .5 and full-value increments. MOA reticle hashes subtend in 2 MOA increments. Both are set for use at the riflescope’s maximum 16-power magnification. 

Incredibly precise, repeatable and durable target-style windage and elevation turrets built specifically for dialing top off this highly versatile riflescope’s long range performance features. And with Vortex’s CRS (Customizable Rotational Stop) system, shooters can quickly re-index their turret after temporary elevation corrections have been made. The HS-T’s 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube ensures ample travel for optimal adjustment. 

An ultrafriendly eye box with generous 4-inch eye relief and fast focus eyepiece gets shooters on target with ease. XD (extra-low dispersion) glass guarantees sharp, crisp images from edge to edge. Lenses are fully multicoated with Vortex’s proprietary XR coatings and offer superior light transmission for optimal performance in critical low light scenarios. Exterior lenses feature ArmorTek, an ultrahard optical coating engineered to protect against scratches, oil and dirt. 

O-ring sealed and purged with argon gas for 100 percent waterproof/fogproof performance. Shockproof construction withstands recoil and impact from every angle. 

Available: 4-16×44 (VMR-1 MOA Reticle), 4-16×44 (VMR-1 mrad Reticle)

Be sure to visti www.vortexoptics.com for more info.

If you’d like to ask a Vortex question directly to Mark Boardman of Vortex, post it up in the comments section below and he’ll get back to you.


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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator


  1. Good write up. My son has the Viper PST and it is as clear and crisp as the higher priced optics I have used. I really enjoy using my Vortex optics and gear.

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