Athlon Talos BTR specs
At Christmas time, I got an Athlon Talos BTR 1-4x24 from my in-laws. I mounted it on a Henry lever action .357 magnum 16Ē barrel. Henry scope base, and TPS aluminum low rings (favorite rings on the market). Here is a picture of the scope all mounted up.
This scope is my first mil adjustment scope with a mildot reticle. Itís also my first ďtactical scopeĒ. It is a second focal plane scope.
A day or 2 after I mounted it, I had a chance to get to an indoor range in ft worth with a decent size rifle range. I started at the 25 yard target, no boresight, and the scope was less than 4Ē off of bullseye. I used the mildot reticle to determine what my adjustments needed to be. I made those adjustments, and the next shot was less than 1/2Ē of from the bullseye. One click left and one click right and it was perfectly sighted in. I shout 25 rounds that day at 25-50 yards. I took it to another range today that only goes to 15 yards. I put 60-70 more rounds through the rifle using the scope on 1x. It held zero perfectly through all of those rounds.
I have/ have had 5 scopes with exposed turrets (swfa fixed 12x, falcon menace, leapers 3-9, Nikon M-223 (monarch, not p223) and a Nikon Prostaff 7). The adjustments on the Athlon are far and away the best Iíve personally had on a scope Iíve owned. These turrets have a much crisper ďclickĒ that is both audible, and tactile. I can feel each click and hear them very well. I havenít had to shoot with gloves on yet, so I canít comment on that, but I rarely need gloves anyways.
The glass is shocking great considering the price point. I was impressed while looking through it in my backyard, looking at objects on 4x at 40-300 yards away. I was just as impressed looking through it at 1x at the 15yard range today. I had my AR with the m223 (4-12) scope with me today, and I greatly preferred the Athlon glass. I got mine from camera land, Doug posts here regularly, and answers a lot of peoples questions, heís been great to work with, and he offers a THF discount. Retail on this scope is $169.99 and he did it for even less than that. Itís the nicest glass of any scope I own, itís nicer than the swfa, which I thought was also good. Iíve never owned top tier optics, so I canít compare it to anything above the $400 mark, but I shouldnít need to. This scope is sub $200 from every single optics website.
The mildot reticle is nice and simple, no frills, no Christmas tree, just a regular serviceable mildot reticle. It is illuminated with red at 10 or so varying degrees of brightness. Zero complaints with the reticle.
The fit and finish on the scope seems really excellent. Reminds me alot of the swfa scope that I had, but this one has better turrets. The metal is smooth and even, it arrived with no marks or scratches of any kind, no complaints at all.
If I had any sort of complaint, Iíd love this to be ffp, I think it would make it even more perfect, but thatís way to much to ask for at this price point.
In conclusion, for around $150 with a discount from camera land, Iíd put this up against any low power variable tactical scope that is sub $400 on the market. It will stack up incredibly well. Iím so impressed with it that I intend to convert most of my scopes to Athlon as the need arises. They have a good line of both tactical and straight hunting scopes at prices from $89-$1000. I expect that in the next couple years Athlon will have the popularity we saw from Vortex a couple of years ago. They have the same 100% coverage no questions asked warranty that vortex offers.
Iíd say anything Athlon is a buy with confidence in my book. I believe an Ares BTR will be my next purchase for my AR to replace the m223.
And Iíve mentioned it a couple of times, but if you arenít calling cameraland when you need a new scope, you should be. Doug spends a lot of time on the THF answering questions, and they have incredible pricing + THF discounts.