UTG 1-4x28 Mil-Dot Rifle Scope
Long eye relief, variable magnification scopes are one of the most useful optics that you can use in airsoft, mainly due to their flexible mounting requirements, and their ability to be used with both eyes open. UTG makes several long eye relief scopes, but this model, the 1-4x28 is designed for CQB use, and is pretty much perfect for airsoft. It is compact, and gives you true 1x zoom, and had a 30mm tube, allowing you to use modern tactical mounting systems, like the Larue SPR mount. I will discuss the various aspects of this unique optic in this review!
I obtained this scope directly from UTG, who sent it to be reviewed here on Airsoft Retreat! It is available at several retailers, including Pyramyd Air, Airgun Depot, or Optics Planet, priced at about $90. Leapers offers a good warranty, as well as after-sale support on their products, so if you happen to have any issues with your optic, it will be taken care of.
This optic comes packaged in a cardboard box, complete with removable flip up scope caps, a cleaning cloth, two batteries, an allen wrench, a Mil-dot reference card, and a manual. It does not include rings, so you will need to provide your own in order to mount the scope. Everything came individually wrapped, to prevent any damage during shipping.
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Everything included (except for the the mount)
Mil-dot reference card
Lens caps installed
As mentioned, the scope being reviewed today is an illuminated, long eye relief (about 5-6"), full metal optic, with variable zoom between 1-4, and a 28mm objective lens, hence the 1-4x28 designation. The main tube diameter is 30mm, with a mounting area of 116mm between the two flared out ends. It isn't the lightest scope in the world, coming in at 14 oz, but, depending on how you have it mounted, it won't be too noticeable. You don't have too many options as far as short dot style scopes go, as most of them are either prohibitively expensive, or made by manufacturers of unknown reputation, making the UTG a fantastic option.
The overall length without the lens caps installed is just shy of 10”, making this a very compact scope. It fits perfectly in a Larue SPR 1.5 mount, however, if using other fixed ring length mounts, you will want to ensure that it will fit between the flared out ends.
AccuShot Leapers 1-4.5 x 28 30mm Mil-Dot CQB Scope with Glass Mil-Dot IE Reticle and Lever Lock QD Rings