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The Schmidt & Bender 1-8x24 PM II ShortDot CC

By Alton P. Chiu

The S&B 1-8x24 ShortDot CC combines both close combat and precision marksman capabilities into one scope. At close ranges, the FlashDot and CC mode impart red-dot-sight-like handling. At longer distances, the brilliant optics and precise turrets enable precision-rifle-scope-like performance. This versatility makes this scope a natural candidate for the modern rifleman, especially in a marksman role.

MECHANICAL DESCRIPTION

As expected of any Schmidt & Bender product, the ShortDot is robustly constructed and finely finished. All adjustments are “bump-resistant” and require deliberate user action to actuate. This avoids accidental changes and unpleasant surprises. To that end, the turrets feature positive locks while both the diopter and magnification rings are stiffly held by friction.

Size and Weight

The scope features a 30mm tube and is comparable in size and weight to similar scopes. It is 29.3cm (11.5in) long and 46.1mm (1.8in) wide at the eyepiece. Weighing 631g (22oz), it does not impede rifle handiness.

Turrets

The low profile elevation and windage turrets are sharply pushed inwards to lock and outwards to unlock. The movements feel very “binary” with no mush or hesitation; this positive tactile feedback is helpful for making adjustments in the dark. As an additional visual indicator, green bands are visible under the turret caps when unlocked. While dialling both turrets, all “clicks” are precise, tactile and audible.

The elevation turret cap has a resettable zero in addition to a zero stop. The 0.1mil (milliradian) adjustments range from -0.1mil to 10.1mils and are spread across an arc just shy of one revolution. This arrangement dispenses with revolution tracking and prevents one from “getting lost in the dial.” The amount of travel is sufficient to bring a 7.62x51mm 175gr projectile to roughly 800m. While the limited travel and closely spaced graduations may not be desirable on a target or long-range rifle scope, they provide the 1-8x24 ShortDot CC with a distinct advantage in reducing rifleman workload.

The windage turret also features a resettable zero and is locked in the same manner. The adjustments are graduated in 0.1mil and range from -5mils to...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N6 (June 2018)
and was posted online on April 20, 2018

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