The Z3 models offer a proven, high contrast optical system in a light weight, slim 1” tube design. Z3 scopes feature Austrian optics and mechanics, and Swarovski’s legendary quality control, lifetime warranty and outstanding customer service.
- 3:1 zoom ratio, with a large field of view
- Tried and tested optical design (Habicht AV line in a new shape)
- Square elevation and windage adjustment range
- New, slim, light weight design in a 1-inch rifle scope
- Ballistic turret is optional on the Z3 4-12×50 model
- Long-range BRX or BRH reticles are available (depending on model)
HighPowerOptics Evaluation: The optical performance of Z3 scopes is unsurpassed by any other scopes at their price point. The proven Habicht AV optical design and the microstructure internal surface provide a clear, high resolution, high contrast image that seems to pop out at you. The sight picture is clean at all magnification settings, with no vignetting at any magnification or elevation/windage setting. Mechanics, finish and quality control are outstanding. Turret clicks are crisp and accurate. At 12-14.5 oz, they are some of the lightest scopes available.
Most models are available with Plex, German 4A and the BRX and BRH ballistic drop compensator reticles. The BRX/BRH reticles can be used with any caliber. Both reticles are mil-based, with 1 mrad separation between dots when the magnification is set to the highest value. Windage hold- off marks are provided on horizontal bars located between the dots. These features make the BRX/BRH reticle incredibly versatile. For example, it is compatible with all ballistic programs that can output hold offs in mrad units. By dialing elevation 18 IPHY (5.0 mrad) up, the reticle range can be extended to at least 1,000 yds for flat shooting calibers. The BRX/BRH reticle can also be used to mil targets to determine range. The BRH is bolder than the BRX and is often preferred for hunting during the twilight hours before dawn and after dusk.
For those who prefer a ballistic compensated turret, the BT turret is available (4-12×50 model) and can be calibrated to any cartridge by the user. Combined with either a Plex reticle or the 4W reticle for precise windage hold offs, the BT turret provides a return-to- zero turret that allows accurate shots out to at least 500 yards. There are four user settable, color coded range indicators (including the cap). The ballistic turret allows nearly one full rotation of elevation adjustment, for a total of 10.5 IPHY (42 clicks) beyond the zero position. By zeroing at 100 yds, the four rings can be set to provide accurate elevation settings for 200, 300, 400 and 500 yds, for example. For many flat shooting calibers, a 200-250 yd zero will allow the BT turret to reach out to 500-600 yds. Swarovski also offers a Custom BT turret that can be mounted in place of the standard BT turret.
Micrometer Knobs are now a FREE OPTION with the purchase of a Swarovski Z3, Z5 or Z6(i) rifle scope. Indicate in the instructions box during check-out whether you want a Micrometer Knob for the elevation turret, windage turret, both turrets, or neither one.