New all-round riflescope: Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR, for raised hide and driven hunts

Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR riflescope
In order to be able to change the magnification at lightning speed during a driven hunt, the Citadel 1-10x24 HDR comes with a quick adjustment throw lever.

Compact riflescopes for driven hunts and tactical shooting with up to sixfold magnification are often called “short dots”. With the Citadel 1-10x24 HDR, Sightmark is extending this range to a magnification of one to ten times, thus bringing a short dot scope onto the market that is suitable for both driven hunts and hide hunting. In combination with thermal imaging or night vision devices, it can be used at dusk and at night as well as during the day. 

Not many short dots offer a tenfold magnification, which allows easy target acquisition from 5 to 500 meters. This gives the hunter that additional distance advantage that is crucial in some hunting situations, e.g. during driven hunts or stalking. Practical and useful is also the quick adjustment throw lever included in the scope of delivery, when it has to go fast and your fingers get clammy.

The multi-coated premium glass ensures clear, crisp images in a wide range of lighting conditions. Thanks to the high edge sharpness, targets can be captured quickly and easily. The finely etched, red-illuminated reticle #4 has 11 brightness settings. Thanks to the reticle in the 2nd image plane, the riflescope is particularly suitable for hunting at close and medium ranges. For sports/tactical shooting, the Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR is also available with a CR1 reticle. The illumination control and adjustment turrets are pleasantly flat, at 0.43”/11 millimeters and 0.59”/15 millimeters respectively.

New all-round riflescope: Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR, for raised hide and driven hunts
The Sightmark can be adjusted by 100 MOA in elevation or windage.

Elevation and windage adjustment is easy to operate. Each click adjusts by ½ MOA, the total adjustment range is 100 MOA per axis. The adjustment wheel has no lock. Diopter adjustment is easy at the eyepiece – just turn it and adjust to the desired compensation. The adjustment range is between +2 and -2 diopters.

he Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR with a 30 millimeter main tube is machined from rugged 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum. All moving parts, including the eyepiece adjustment, are made of metal, which makes the scope very robust in use. The mounting rings should not be lower than 0.59”/15 millimeters, so that the eyepiece area does not rest on them.

The Citadel 1-10x24 HDR from Sightmark is IP67-rated waterproof (up to one meter for one hour), as well as dustproof, fogproof, and shock resistant up to .50 BMG caliber recoil.

Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR specs and price

Model:Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR
Price:Around 600 euro (price may vary in your country)
Reticle:4 HDR (alternatively: CR1)
Illuminated Dot:Yes
Brightness Settings:11
Objective Lens Diameter:24 mm
Eyepiece Diameter:40 mm
Main Tube Diameter:30 mm
Exit Pupil:11.15-2.2 mm
Field of View at 100 m:36.76 - 3.6 m
Diopter adjustment:±2
MOA Adjustment per Click:½ MOA
Elevation Adjustment Range:100 MOA
Windage Adjustment Range:100 MOA
Recoil Proof:Up to .50 BMG
Lens Coating:Fully multi-coated
Battery Type:CR2032, 3V
Battery Life:70 - 100 hours
Operating Temperature:-30° to 50°C
Weight:17.5 oz/496 g
Nitrogen Filled:Yes
Length:11.26”/286 mm
Waterproof:IP67 rated (1 m for 1 hour)
Material:6061-T6 aircraft aluminum

Sightmark Citadel 1-10x24 HDR: wrap-up

With the Citadel 1-10x24 HDR, Sightmark has scored a real hit: a flexible, rugged riflescope with a very good price/performance ratio. It is available for around 600 euros over the counter, or even less. Security is also provided by Sightmark's lifetime warranty.

Further information about the Citadel 1-10x24 HDR can be found on the Sightmark website.

We also already tested the Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec red dot sight. And for longer ranges you can find here the test of the Sightmark Ultra Shot R-Spec with XT-3 Tactical Magnifier.

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