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Swarovski Z8i hunting riflescope

Swarovski Z8i riflescope, left side

"The best riflescope in the Italian market": this is the prize that Assoarmieri, the Italian association of firearms traders and enthusiasts, awarded to the Swarovski Z8i. Let's see it in detail.

The Team of / Alberto Bosa

Swarovski Optik is an Austrian company, based in Tirol, that since 1949 specialized in the production of top quality optical instruments. A business success determined above all by innovative capacity, aesthetics and functional design and, as mentioned, excellent optical quality. So much so that at HIT Show 2018 Assoarmieri, the Italian association of firearms traders and enthusiasts, elected the Swarovski Z8i as the best scope of the year.

The tradition continues

While it is true that Swarovski has recently appeared on the market with two major innovations (the X5 line for long distance shooting and the dS, a digital intelligence riflescope), on the other hand it is equally true that the Austrian company continues to manufacture traditional optics, improving what had already been done. This is the case of the Z8i line, the natural evolution of its predecessor, the Z6i line.

Swarovski Z8i riflescope: technical features

Two reticles of the Swarovski Z8i riflescope
Flexchange. Swarovski Z8i combines two reticles in the same optic with the press of a button. This way it is possible to adapt the reticle to the hunting context.

As the name implies, the Swarovski Z8i is a scope with an 8x zoom, which makes it extremely versatile and combines a large field of view when using low magnifications with the accuracy of details when using higher magnifications.

This allows for rapid target acquisition, especially in hunts requiring rapid changes of position and high accuracy when it is necessary to shoot at long ranges.

Inclination sensor of the Swarovski Z8i
Swarolight. An inclination sensor can recognize if the Z8i is in shooting position, automatically shutting off the reticle illumination otherwise.

In addition, the design of the illumination unit and the large adjustment turrets have been refined, maintaining a 30mm main tube that fits elegantly to any type of rifle.

The parallax turret, on the left side, guarantees flawless images at any range and can be easily adjusted even in shooting position and in low light conditions thanks to the 100 m mark.

The unit that allows for turning on and adjusting the reticle illumination, both in day and night mode, is thin and integrates perfectly with the scope lines, while the buttons that control the 64 levels of brightness have been positioned on the top in order to guarantee maximum comfort of use.

The illumination system features a function that automatically stores and resets to the last brightness setting. The battery life is guaranteed by the Swarolight system that, with an inclination sensor, shuts on only when the optic is in shooting position.

Finally, some models combine the 4A-I reticle with the CD-I. This is the first reticle system that can be switched with the press of a button and can be adapted case by case according to the type of hunt performed.

A flexible ballistic turret 

The ballistic turret flex on the Swarovski Z8i riflescope
BTF. The ballistic turret flex that can be fitted on all Z8i models and can be adapted to any situation and ammunition.

The Swarovski Z8i models feature an easily attachable ballistic turret flex (BTF), which can be used as a top turret to compensate for bullet drop or wind drift and for anticipating shots when moving.

This can be configured separately from the optics and can be fitted on all Z8i models.

The BTF can be assembled using 4 narrow rings pre-setting distances or can be even supplied with a ballistic ring customized to the chosen ammunition.

Swarovski Z8i riflescope: models and prices

There are five Z8i models currently produced covering all possible types of hunting. Two are designed for driven hunts: 0.75-6x20 and 1-8x24 (both with a price tag from 2410 euro to 2720 euro); one as an all-around scope 1.7-13x42 (from 2820 euro to 3140 euro) and two others for stalking and long range shots 2-16x50 (from 2940 euro to 3000 euro) and 2.3-18x56 (with a price tag from 3170 euro to 3230 euro).

For more information on the Z8i riflescope please visit Swarovski website.

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