Vortex Razor® HD Gen III1-10x24 FFP Product Manual

Vortex Razor® HD Gen III1-10x24 FFP Product Manual
Argon gas purged
10.1" (256.5mm)
Mounting Length
4.5" (114.3mm)
21.5 oz. (w/o battery)
Eye Relief
3.32" (84.3mm)
Field of View
1x magnification: 116' @ 100 yds. (22°)
10x magnification: 11.7' @ 100 yds. (2.23°)
At Vortex Optics, the need for high-performance, precision optics is
the driving force behind all that we do. We carefully built the Razor®
HD Gen III riflescope to provide shooters with the ultimate short and
medium-range tactical riflescope.
(Rear Mounting Length)
(Front Mounting Length)
3.4" / 86.36mm
2.5" / 63.5mm
2.0" / 50.8mm
1.81" /
Objective Lens
Reticle Focus
Elevation Adjustment Dial
Ocular Lens
1.33" /
Illumination Dial
Windage Adjustment Dial
Magnification Adjustment Ring
10.1" / 256.5mm
Images are for representation only. Product may vary slightly from what is shown.
Reticle Focal Plane
All riflescope reticles can be termed either first focal plane (FFP) or
second focal plane (SFP), depending upon the reticle’s internal location
within the riflescope. This riflescope features a first focal plane reticle.
Ocular Focus
The ocular focus is essentially a one-time adjustment used to focus
the reticle for maximum sharpness. This adjustment is slightly different
for every shooter. A clearly focused reticle is a critical component for
accurate shooting.
Ocular Focus—Reticle Focus Adjustment
First Focal Plane Reticles
FFP reticles are located within the riflescope near the windage and
elevation turrets in front of the image-erecting and magnifying lenses.
This style of reticle will visually grow and shrink as you change the
magnification. The advantage of an FFP reticle is that the reticle
subtensions used for ranging, holdovers, and wind drift corrections
are consistent at all magnifications. Usually, the reticle will appear
heavier at higher magnifications and finer at lower magnifications.
Your riflescope uses a fast-focus eyepiece
designed to quickly and easily adjust the focus on
the riflescope’s reticle. To adjust the reticle focus:
1. Look through the riflescope at a blank white
wall or up at the sky.
2. Turn focus knob fully outward
3. Turn the eyepiece focus knob inward while
taking short glances (2-3 seconds) through
the riflescope until the reticle image is as
crisp as possible.
TIP: Make this adjustment quickly as your eye will
try to compensate for an out-of-focus reticle.
WARNING: Looking directly at the sun through a
riflescope, or any optical instrument, can cause
severe and permanent damage to your eyesight.
The magnification adjustment is used to change
the magnification level, or “power,” of the
riflescope­—adjusting from low to high magnification
depending on the shooter’s preference.
Magnification Adjustment
Low magnification
example of EBR-9C MRAD Reticle
High magnification
example of EBR-9C MRAD Reticle
Rotate the indicator bar to the desired magnification.
Switchview™ Throw Lever
Arc Measurements
Make magnification adjustments smooth and easy by attaching the
included Switchview™ Throw Lever.
Riflescopes will use one of two arc measurements: Milliradians (MRAD)
or Minute of Angle (MOA).
1. Properly mount your riflescope and
have the Switchview™ ring, lever, screw,
wrench, and some lubricant available.
2. Find the center of travel on your
riflescope’s magnification adjustment ring
and place a small mark at this point as a
reference for positioning.
1 Degrees
60 MOA
1 Radian
1,000 MRAD
Bullet Drop
3. Apply one drop of lubricant to the ball of
the Switchview™ ring.
4. Slide the Switchview™ ring over the eyepiece and onto the
magnification ring. Gently spread the ring apart – just far enough to
get it over the eyepiece.
5. Carefully insert the ball of the Switchview™ ring into the socket of
the lever by GENTLY working the lever onto the lubricated ball.
NOTE: Precise tolerances ensure the ball and socket fit together
very tight.
6. Insert the Allen Screw through the unthreaded hole in the lever
and into the ring and tighten only until SNUG and the ring
doesn’t slip when rotated. If you use a torque wrench, tighten to
2.2 inch-pounds (in./lbs.). When properly installed, a gap will
remain between the two parts at the screw connection. Caution:
Do not over-tighten. Over-tightening may cause damage to the
Switchview™ and/or riflescope.
7. Test to ensure the Switchview™ lever is in the best position for you.
To adjust, simply loosen the screw and reposition the lever to a
more comfortable position. Then, retighten the screw and test the
new position.
MRAD arc measurements are based on the concept of the radian.
There are 1,000 milliradians in a radian. A milliradian is always
1/1000th of any unit. So, 1 MRAD is 1m at 1000m, 1 yd. at 1000
yds., or 1 in. at 1000 inches. Most riflescopes using MRAD turrets
will adjust in 1/10 MRAD increments. Adjustments can be felt by
mechanical “clicks,” which subtend .10 units for each 100 units of
distance (e.g. 0.1 yd. or 0.36" at 100 yds.; 0.2 yd. or 0.72" at 200
yds.; or 1cm at 100m, 2cm at 200m).
MOA arc measurements are based on the concept of degrees and
minutes in a circle. There are 360° in a circle, and 60 minutes in a
degree. One MOA will always subtend 1.05" for each 100 yds. of
distance. In other words, if a rifle and scope were zeroed at 100 yds.
and the target is moved out to 200 yds., the bullet’s impact will be 1.05"
(1 MOA) lower on the target at 200 yds. Most riflescopes using MOA
turrets will adjust in 1/4-minute increments. Adjustments can be felt by
mechanical “clicks,” which subtend .26" for each 100 yds. of distance.
NOTE: These measurements are often rounded down to 1 MOA equaling
1" at 100 yds., and each adjustment (each mechanical click) equaling
1/4" at 100 yds.
Turrets are used to adjust the bullet’s point of impact and are marked in
either MOA or MRAD. If you are unsure of which scale is used, reference
the top of the adjustment turret.
There are two turrets on your riflescope. The turret on the top of the
riflescope is the Elevation Turret and is used to adjust the point of
impact up and down. The turret on the riflescope's right-hand side
is the Windage Turret and is used to adjust the point of impact left
and right. Vortex® riflescopes incorporate precision, finger-adjustable
Elevation and Windage Turrets with audible and tactile clicks.
Capped Turrets
The turrets on the riflescope are
capped. You will need to remove the
caps prior to making adjustments to
the turrets.
Elevation Turret
Image Sharpness—Parallax
Fixed Parallax Setting
Your scope comes equipped with a fixed parallax setting. The scope
parallax is set for 150 yards.
Locking Side Illumination Control
Your riflescope uses a variable intensity reticle illumination system.
Integrated on the side focus dial for easy access, the illumination can
be set and locked at your preferred setting.
To activate the illumination, pull out the dial and adjust by rotating the
adjustment dial in either direction. The Illumination Dial allows for 11
levels of brightness intensity; an “off” setting between each level allows
the shooter to turn the illumination off and return to a favored intensity
level with just one click.
Turret Adjustments
Your riflescope features adjustable
Elevation and Windage Turret dials
with audible and tactile clicks.
Each click moves the bullet’s point
of impact 1/4 MOA (for a MOA
designated scope) or 0.1 MRAD (for
MRAD designated scope).
Windage Turret
To make turret adjustments:
1. Remove the turret caps.
2. Following the directional arrows, turn the dials in the direction you
wish the bullet’s point of impact to go.
3. When finished adjusting, replace the turret caps.
Pull out to unlock the
Illumination Dial.
Push in to lock the
Illumination Dial.
To get the best performance from your Vortex® riflescope, proper
mounting is essential. Although not difficult, the correct steps must be
followed. Please follow the instructions below for the proper scope
mounting procedure, or go to VortexOptics.com for a video tutorial.
If you are unsure of your abilities, use the services of a qualified gunsmith.
Riflescope Mounting Checklist
 Gun vise or a solid platform/rest for your rifle
NOTE: Vortex Optics recommends not
exceeding 18 in./lbs. of torque on
the ring screws, and not exceeding
35 in./lbs. on the base screws.
If using something other than a
Vortex® mount, verify torque from
manufacturer specifications. DO NOT
use a thread locking compound on
the threads. Thread locking agents
lubricate the threads, which can
increase the applied torque. If thread
locker is used on the threads, do not
exceed 11 in./lbs. on the ring screws.
the Vortex® Torque Wrench
Mounting Kit that comes with a
complete set of bits needed to
install Vortex® scopes and rings!
 Scope rings/mount
 Torque wrench
Eye Relief and Reticle Alignment
 Reticle leveling tool, feeler gauges, or weight on a rope
After installing the bottom half of the cantilever mount to the mounting
base, place the riflescope on the bottom ring halves and loosely install
the upper ring halves. Before tightening the scope ring screws, adjust for
maximum eye relief to avoid injury from recoil:
Rings and Bases
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mount a high quality base
and rings to your firearm. The Razor® HD Gen III 1-10x24 riflescope
features a 34mm main tube. Ring height for the riflescope will depend
on the firearm and mount being used. Consult the ring and base
manufacturer for suggested heights.
AR-style rifles will usually require an extra-high mounting height on
a specialized cantilever-style mount such as the Vortex® Precision
Extended Cantilever Mount shown below.
1. Set the riflescope to its highest magnification.
2. Slide the riflescope as far forward as possible in the rings.
3. While viewing through the riflescope in a normal shooting position,
slowly slide the riflescope back toward your face. Pay attention to
the field of view. Stop sliding the riflescope back as soon as you see
the full field of view.
4. Without disturbing the front-back placement, rotate the riflescope
until the vertical crosshair exactly matches the vertical axis of the rifle.
NOTE: Using a reticle leveling tool, a plumb bob, a bubble level, or
an adjustable set of feeler gauges placed between a one-piece
base and the flat bottom of the riflescope’s center section will help
with this procedure.
5. After aligning the reticle, tighten and torque the ring screws per the
manufacturer’s instructions. Use caution and do not overtighten.
Bore Sighting
Final Range Sight-In
Initial bore sighting of the riflescope will save time and money at the
range. Do this by using a mechanical or laser bore sight according to
the manufacturer’s instructions, or by removing the bolt and sighting
through the barrel on some rifles.
After the riflescope has been bore sighted, final sight-in should be done
at the range using the exact ammunition expected to be used while
hunting or competitive shooting. Sight in the riflescope at the preferred
distance. 100 yards is the most common zero distance, although a 200
yard zero may be preferred for long range applications.
Centering of the Reticle
The Razor® HD Gen III riflescope is pre-set from the factory with the
reticle in the center of the adjustment ranges. This is the best position to
begin sight-in. If you have changed the settings and wish to reset the
reticle to the center, this can be done easily:
1. Remove the windage and elevation turret caps.
2. Turn the windage and elevation turrets clockwise until stopped.
3. Turn windage and elevation turrets counterclockwise 2.5 rotations to
approximately center the reticle.
To visually bore sight a rifle:
1. Place the rifle solidly on a rest and remove the bolt.
2. Sight through the bore at a target approximately 100 yards away.
3. Move the rifle and rest until the target is visually centered inside
the barrel.
4. With the target centered in the bore, make windage and elevation
adjustments until the reticle crosshair is also centered over the target.
Be sure the reticle is in focus. (See Ocular Focus—Reticle Focus
Adjustment section on page 5).
1. Before you begin, be sure you are in a safe environment for shooting,
know your target and what is beyond it, and be sure to follow all safe
shooting practices.
2. To start, verify your bore sight by placing a target at 50 yards, and
shoot a three-shot group. If you have a consistent group, continue by
moving your target to your desired zero distance.
3. Take another three-shot group with your target at your desired zero
distance. Next, adjust the reticle to match the approximate center
of the shot group.
NOTE: If the rifle is very solidly mounted and cannot be moved, simply
look through the scope and adjust the reticle until it is centered on
the group.
4. Adjust your point of aim back to the bullseye, and carefully fire
another three-shot group. See if the bullet group is centered on
the bullseye. This procedure can be repeated as many times as
necessary to achieve a perfect zero.
Visually bore-sighting a rifle.
Reindexing Turret Caps
After the rifle and scope have been
zeroed in, the elevation and windage
dials should be reindexed to their
zero indicators. This will allow you to
accurately keep track of elevation
or windage corrections dialed on the
turrets in the field, and quickly return
to an original zero-point setting.
1. While holding the elevation/
windage turret cap firmly between
thumb and forefinger to prevent
any rotation, use the 2mm hex
wrench to loosen and remove the
central screw on top of dial.
2. Gently pull the turret dial straight
up and off the turret post, being
careful not to rotate the post.
3. Reinstall the turret dial, lining up
the “0” mark with indexing mark
on the scope body and replace
the central screw on top of dial.
4. Replace the turret cap.
the central
Lift and
turret cap.
• Be sure to blow away any dust or grit on the lenses prior to wiping
the surfaces.
Your Vortex® riflescope requires very little routine maintenance other
than periodically cleaning the exterior lenses. The scope's exterior may
be cleaned by wiping with a soft, dry cloth. When cleaning the lenses,
be sure to use products that are specifically designed for use on coated
optical lenses.
• Using your breath, or a very small amount of water or pure alcohol,
can help remove stubborn things like dried water spots.
Reinstall the
cap, aligning
“0” mark.
All components of the riflescope are permanently lubricated, so no
additional lubricant should be applied.
NOTE: Other than to remove the turret caps, do not attempt to
disassemble any components of the riflescope. Disassembling of
riflescope may void warranty.
If possible, avoid storing your scope in direct sunlight or any very hot
location for long periods of time.
Replacing the Battery:
1. Unscrew the outer cap with a coin.
2. Remove the CR2032 battery.
3. Replace with a new CR2032 battery.
Battery Cover
Please check the following items prior to returning a riflescope for service.
Sighting-In Problems
Many times, problems thought to be with the scope are actually mounting
problems. Be sure the mounts are properly torqued to the rifle and the
scope is secured so it doesn’t twist or move in the rings. An insufficient
windage or elevation adjustment range may indicate problems with the
base mount, base mount holes drilled in the rifle’s receiver, or barrel/
receiver alignment.
Check for Correct Base and Ring Alignment
1. Center the scope reticle. (See steps in Bore Sighting section on
page 12).
2. Attach bore sight or remove bolt and visually bore sight rifle.
3. Look through the scope. If the reticle appears significantly off
center on the bore sight image, or when compared to the visually
centered target when looking through rifle’s bore, there may be a
problem with the bases or rings being used. Confirm that correct
base and rings are being used—and in the proper orientation.
We promise to repair or replace
the product. Absolutely free.
Lifetime Warranty.
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Grouping Problems
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There are many issues that can cause poor bullet grouping.
• Be sure that rings are correctly torqued per the manufacturer’s
• Be sure that all screws on rifle’s action are properly tightened.
• Be sure rifle barrel and action are clean and free of excessive oil or
copper fouling.
Note: The VIP Warranty does not cover loss, theft,
deliberate damage, or cosmetic damage not affecting
product performance.
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• Maintain a good shooting technique and use a solid rest.
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