Kahles K318i

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

3.5–18x50 $3,200 Rheo­stat il­lu­mi­na­tion con­trol

Kahles has done it again. The Austrian scope­maker won last year’s ri­fle­scope test, and this stubby pow­er­house nearly won this year. The first thing you no­tice is the com­pact 12-inch length of the 34mm K318i. Then you no­tice the con­trols. As with last year’s 624i, the focus dial is tucked un­der the el­e­va­tion knob, where it’s easy to turn. The windage dial has a sur­prise too. A free-spin­ning disk keeps the ex­posed knob from turn­ing ac­ci­den­tally, with­out re­ly­ing on a cum­ber­some lock­ing mech­a­nism. The Kahles won our low-light and res­o­lu­tion tests, the SKMR3 Christ­mas-tree ret­i­cle is fast, and the con­trols are rock-solid.

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