With a length of 16.33”/415 mm and weighing 35 oz/995 g, the Minox ZP5 5-25x56 is a riflescope designed for long ranges and built for tough conditions. It provides mechanical precision, high optical quality and robust construction at the highest level. The large field of view of 1.7-7.6 m at 100 m with an exit pupil of 2.2-11.0 m always provides a good overview of the target and its surroundings. The M* multi-coating ensures excellent light transmission, contrast and color fidelity. The large eye relief of 90 mm ensures safety even when firing powerful calibers. The practical design of the operating elements, as well as the waterproofing up to 15 m in combination with a nitrogen filling to prevent internal fogging, show that these optics are built for professional use.
Minox ZP5 5-25x56: the long-range riflescope in detail
The ZP5 5-25x56 has 3 turrets. On the left side of the parallax compensation ring (50m to infinity) is the adjustment for the reticle brightness settings and the corresponding battery compartment. Unfortunately, the parallax adjustment does not indicate any distances, so you always have to "try out" until you find the right setting for the desired range. The THLR, MR2, MR4 and MR5 reticles are all in the first focal plane.
The typical elevation turret on top can cover a range of 28 mrad in 2 rotations, with each click moving the point of impact 0.1 mrad, i.e. exactly 1 cm at 100 m. I personally prefer the metric mrad system to the MOA angular measurement.
When adjusting the turrets, the good haptic feeling, the clearly audible and not too easy or too difficult to move clicks, and the particularly well recognizable lettering are immediately noticeable. In fact, I'd describe the click-stop as rather hard, but still absolutely within the limits of the force that can be applied horizontally and a very good prevention against unwanted adjustments. The change from the first to the second rotation of the turret is visually recognizable by the appearance of two white dots in windows at the base and haptically recognizable by the fact that during the change, an increased resistance has to be overcome. The windage turret has an adjustment range of +/- 6 mrad.
The zoom ring of the true 5x magnification is at the front end of the eyepiece. Here notches are milled all around for grip, and at the 10x magnification mark there is also an approx. 5 mm high and wide rib lever that makes it very easy to adjust the magnification.
The ring for diopter adjustment from -3.0 to +2.5 is flat-edged and without grooves, which prevents accidental adjustment. In addition, there is a counter-ring – rather sharp-edged for my taste – that can be used to lock the diopter setting. Unfortunately, there is no scale to check the diopter setting.
The included dust caps are extremely accurate and fold in tightly against the scope.
With riflescopes, contrast and edge sharpness are very important to me – the Minox ZP5 is excellent in both areas and the extremely fine lines etched in the first image plane are sharply visible in the reticle. With a RRP of 2899 euro, the ZP5 5-25x56 ranks alongside the comparable Long Range optics from Kahles and Schmidt & Bender in terms of price. In terms of optical performance, the Minox is in no way inferior to its competitors, that are often seen on the shooting range.
The Minox ZP5 in use – Wrap up
I mounted my ZP5 on a 34 mm Spuhr mount with 44.4 MOA tilt and integrated bubble level. On top of this I mounted a Picatinny rail at the front, to be able to attach a red dot sight (I use the Minox RV1 for this purpose) either as an auxiliary sight for short distances on the hunt or to find the target faster in the field.
In addition, I have attached a shooting angle compensator in front of the turret for parallax and brightness. So far I have not shot in the mountains yet or with high inclines or declines where the gravimetric distance is decisive – but what is not, can still be.
I am looking forward to using the ZP5 at ranges beyond 800m!
Our colleague Alex Losert tested the model live in Scotland some time ago and recommends the following test report on the Minox ZP5 at 1000 meters for reading. To us, this scope is a very good choice for long-range shooting sports. In the article you will also find an impressive video!