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Redfield Battlezone TAC.22 - Tactical and Practical

June 24, 2014
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Some of the most popular rifles in recent years have 'tactical' styling. These rifles are available from S&W, Mossberg, Remington, Walther, Colt, H&K, Ruger, Magnum Research, Beretta, Sig Sauer and a variety of other manufacturers. The common denominator is that these rifles are chambered in .22LR making them fun and affordable to shoot. Just like their big brother centerfire versions, the .22LR versions can be accessorized with all of the popular goodies, including optics.

Redfield, a name synonymous with quality optics at affordable prices, recently introduced the Battlezone TAC.22 scope for 'tactical' rifles chambered in .22LR. The TAC.22 not only has the outward appearance of tactical styling, it also has many of the same features as a tactical scope made for centerfire rifles. Two of the TAC.22's features stand out.

--- The Reticle

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The TAC.22 is equipped with Redfield's Tac-MOA reticle. Both windage and elevation crosshairs are heavy on the outer third, stepping down to a mid-thickness in the middle third and then stepping down again in the center third. Ten stadia lines are set at 2 MOA horizontally and vertically from the center until the crosshairs step up in thickness.

--- The Turrets

From the factory, the TAC.22 is equipped with finger adjustable turrets that have a very nice tactile feel and an audible click as the turrets are rotated. The windage and elevation dials are marked with MOA adjustments at 1/4" per click at 100 yards. The TAC.22 comes with a second turret dial. This dial is marked specifically for use with typical 36-grain hollow point rounds having a muzzle velocity of 1260 fps. Instead of MOA hash marks, it is marked for distances from 50 to 150 yards. This bullet drop compensation (BDC) dial takes the guesswork out of estimating bullet drop. The dials are easily changed with an allen wrench (included with the BDC dial). Both turrets are marked with revolution indicators for those instances if the dial has to be turned more than one rotation.

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Redfield Battlezone TAC.22

--- Other Features

* Nitrogen filled

* Fully multi-coated lens system

* Waterproof, fog proof, shock proof

* Fast focus eyepiece with protective rubber edge

* Black matte finish

--- Specifications

* Tube Diameter - 1"

* Length - 11.3"

* Weight - 13.6 oz.

* Objective Lens - 34 mm

* Eye Relief - 3.5"

* Magnification - 2x-7x (2.1-7.0 actual)

* Field of View @ 100 yd - 43.1 ft. to 13.2 ft.

* Windage/Elevation Adjustment Range - 80 MOA

* Parallax - 75 yards

The Owner's Manual is very well done. The manual starts out by explaining how a scope works, how to install a scope and how to sight it in. Then the manual explains how to make windage and elevation adjustments, using a BDC dial, swapping dials and optimizing adjustment travel. There is also a section about maintenance and trouble shooting tips. From start to finish, the Owner's Manual is easy to read and explains everything so that even a novice will understand.

The TAC.22 is covered by the Redfield "No Excuses" warranty. In a nutshell, it states that Redfield non-electronics products are warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship and function at a high level under normal use conditions for the original owner.

While most shooters would mount the TAC.22 on a tactical styled rifle for competitive shooting or just plinking, some shooters will see a practical use for this scope and mount it on their favorite .22 hunting rifle. The TAC.22 set up with the BDC dial would be excellent for small game hunting, making short work of pests and varmints, or taking care of a groundhog.

MSRP for the Redfield Battlezone TAC22 is $239.99; actual street prices vary. This is a lot of scope for the money when you consider all of the features, the clarity, the warranty, and that it is a practical scope for hunting. For more information, visit the Redfield website at:



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