The editor is impressed by the Rapier rangefinder from MTC Optics
Has the editor found the laser rangefinder to fulfil his needs?
Because I understand just how dramatically range affects our pellets’ trajectory, I find a laser rangefinder invaluable when I’m hunting. Precision shot placement is the only thing that can achieve a clean, ethical kill, so I’ll use every bit of technological advantage I can buy to help me achieve that. As regular readers will remember, I recently studied the effect that shooting upwards has on our pellets, so knowing the range and elevation angle is vital data that I can put to good use. My problem was finding a high- quality rangefinder that could offer me both.
MTC Optics offered me the chance to try out their Rapier model that has more functions than you can possibly imagine, but all I cared about was two. I want to know distance and angle to my quarry, so in part one of this test, they’re all I’ll discuss. I’ll learn about all the techo-wizardry over the next months and report back on that later.
The Rapier is pleasantly light and compact, which are qualities I appreciate. I carry far too much kit when I hunt, so any weight saving is welcome. The ergonomics are also great for me, with the rubberised casing fitting my medium sized hand perfectly. I also appreciated the fact that the ranging button fell under my trigger finger, which is just where it should be.
A very useful secondary function of any rangefinder is to act as a simple monocular, but only if it offers enough magnification and a sufficiently bright and clear image. Being able to spot a squirrel high on a branch, take the range and angle and then swap to the rifle for the shot is my ideal. Speed and efficiency can be your friends in shot preparation, so that you can take a precisely aimed shot before the squirrel moves on.
At 6x magnification and with a 24mm objective lens, I found the image quality impressive and very much what I was hoping for. Being able to spot a squirrel’s head in the deep shade ensures accurate measurements that mean so much to me. All in all, I’m very impressed with the Rapier so far, and keen to give it a long- term test over the winter during the busiest part of my hunting calendar. I’ll report back soon on its performance in the field and introduce some of its more advanced features.
ABOVE: I found the ergonomics and image clarity first class
RIGHT: A data lead and a blue tooth ear piece hint at the Rapier’s other features