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Vanguard Optics: Clearly Superior


Vanguard RS VII 1-7 x 44 illuminated riflescope on my Sig M400.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you are probably well aware that there is a lot of gear available to you. Sometimes, sorting through the hype and separating the wheat from the chaff can be an expensive exercise in trial and error. It doesn't have to be this way; you might get lucky, or you might find a company that just gets it right. Finding Vanguard optics has been one of these experiences: they just keep getting it right.


I bought my first Vanguard product in 2015, a pair of Endeavor 10-42 binos with Hoya ED Glass that I still carry with me today. These have been from the Channel Islands up through the Sierra Nevada, from the Gulf of Mexico to Colorado, and many points in-between.


My first Vanguard product, 7 years young and still works like new.

These binos sold me on Vanguard products, they have never let me down and are crystal clear. From birdwatching to stalking game they have gotten the job done in every setting.

I was so pleased with these that when I was looking for a riflescope, I turned to them again.



RS IV 4-16 x 44 illuminated on my 30-30.

The RS IV 4-16 x 44 has performed every bit as well as my trusty binos and the illumination works just as well during the day as it does at night. From there, I started looking at their LPVOS; the RS VII pictured above (video review below) and the RS VI 1-6 x 24 (about to get mounted) are two solid options. Both of these scopes feature the German #4 reticle and I find it to be cleaner than the traditional duplex and prefer it to my Leupold. Illumination is bright enough for daylight use, and can be dialed in for dawn/dusk without washing out the sight picture. Turrets are capped and the zero can be set without the need for tools. They have all the usual bells and whistles: multilayer anti-reflective coatings, sealed, and nitrogen purged. They also utilize the Hoya ED glass, which is not always present in other scopes.


I have never had a single problem with any of my Vanguard products; though they all carry a top-flight warranty should the need arise. To me, the best warranty is the one you never need. Virtually all scope manufacturers outsource their glass; to keep on top of QA/QC Vanguard took it to another level--they bought their own factory. Save yourself some time wading through all the options and give Vanguard a try, you will be glad you did.



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