My Vortex Story


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“For the record, this optic has been used for about 35k rounds in over 50 competitions, numerous classes, training sessions as well as hiking and climbing. It and the rifle it is mounted to has fallen out of a truck on a trail, gone down a small cliff in Red River Gorge and slid down several rocky hills due to sling malfunctions. To make matters worse, I don’t bag it up after matches, I just toss everything in the truck (ammo cans and all) and I’m known for spiking the rifle in dump barrels. I’m a firm believer in not being gentle with my weapons and gear. So far I’ve bent 1 mount and lost 2 turret covers but the optic is perfect and loved by everyone who demos it. It has never lost its zero and the glass is perfect.” -Dustin D



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Got this gem from a customer on reddit!

“So uh, sorry about the private message, but this just happened and I thought I’d let you know. Long story short, I’m temporarily living in a sketchy apartment for the summer, so while I’m at work since my gun safe is at my other apartment I’ve been breaking down my AR and storing it in the oven. I also love to bake. Obviously this was a bad idea, that’s beside the point. Anyway, I was tired when I came home from work today, and I preheated the oven to 375, and started preparing some banana bread when after 10 or so minutes I open up to oven to find my freshly baked AR.

I am very impressed by two things: 1. My stupidity and 2. Your scope is fine. It’s a Vortex Viper PST 1-4x Gen 1, and it’s fine. I can even mail it back to y’all if you want to look at it. It’s 100% still functional, lights up, the focus on the rear lens is still correct, it’s great. The PLASTIC magpul furniture is still also fine, and the rest of the AR seems functional (I did a field strip to cool it off and then cleaned it). The only thing that was a casualty of the night was the Butler Creek cover I had on the front of the scope. It melted, but I pulled it off and the scope is fine underneath. Anyway, thought you’d enjoy the story, and thanks for a quality product.” – Al


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“I bought a Vortex Crossfire II scope for my rifle. I wanted something cheaper, but still reliable. I had it for almost a year when IT HAPPENED. I was doing some target shooting, went to check my shots, then got an emergency call. I got in my truck, completely forgetting that my gun was leaning against my truck. Yeah – IT HAPPENED. I ran it over.

I got about 20 feet and remembered. So I found my gun laying there – it needed some attention, but the scope was complete. I got the gun ready to go again and tried the scope, not knowing if it would work. The magnification end was slightly loose, but it still held zero. I was amazed.

So I called Vortex, sent it in and had a new one in less than a week. I am very happy with Vortex and their products – Thank you so much!”

— Got this story from our customer “Happy Man” up in Minnesota. Thank you for all of your support and for being a part of the #VortexNation!


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“Dear Vortex Optics,

I am a police officer in the **** ****** area. I have purchased several items through the Law Enforcement purchase program, including a 10×36 Solo Monocular which I always carry in my squad car and use on a regular basis. Recently, the Solo monocular came in very handy.

In a section of our city we have had multiple break-ins of occupied houses, a suspect has hidden under beds while people were sleeping. The suspect had also grabbed people while hiding inside their houses. Needless to say, the residents of this neighborhood were becoming very uneasy of this situation.

Last month we received information from an investigator on surveillance that the suspect had walked into an entry way of a house. Those of us on patrol responded to the area and began to sneak in as best as we could. The neighborhood complex is new and homes are still being built. Because of this, the only way to approach the target house without losing sight of the suspect, was by crossing a large, grassy field with very little concealment. As myself and other officers crossed this field, I used my Vortex Monocular to keep an eye on entry way of the house to make sure we did not lose the suspect. Once we arrived at the entry way the suspect was found inside the house and was taken into custody.

The monocular worked very well for me that night and I continue to carry it in my squad on every shift. Even though it was dark out that night with only a few street lights, I was able to use the monocular just fine.”

— Got this story from one of our customers in Law Enforcement. Thanks to all of our LE members for helping keep our neighborhoods safe from creeps like this. #ThinBlueLine


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When you find something that you are passionate about, nothing can slow you down.

Scott Lee is a long range shooting enthusiast and 2-time cancer survivor who has overcome incredible odds to continue to do what he loves most – Hunting. We were lucky enough to meet him and hear his inspiring story of survival and bringing down a Montana Mule Deer from 642 yards with a Viper PST Riflescope. Thank you for sharing your story, Scott!


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“Last summer I stopped in because I was having trouble with my bases and I had a gentleman in Madison properly mount my new Vortex scope and it worked great. Fast forward, one week before my Marco hunt I had an issue with my scope and the warranty department fixed my scope and returned within 3 days. I’ve enclosed a picture, shot at 527 yards! Thank you for the service and the great product. Since that summer day, I have replaced 3 scopes on other guns with Vortex! Great product!!”
-Woody A.



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“Took my 10 year old son Danny who drew a youth only, public land, & muzzleloader tag. Put the Viper HS on the Remington Ultimate MZ loader. Developed a load and used the Vortex LRBC program. With a lot of practice he became comfortable out to 450 yds with me dialing the MOA on Viper HS depending on ranged distance. First morning of hunt we found this buck at 420 yards. Dialed 16 MOA and Danny now has a 81″ pronghorn. Love the products and the LRBC!!”

– D. Yaksich


Check out the Vortex ballistics calculator, the LRBC, here.


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For a few years now I have been a huge Vortex Optics fan. I first had a Crossfire II in my .223 and fell in love with it. One day while camping it took a spill off my four wheeler. I went to sight it in and it wouldn’t adjust properly. I contacted the customer service and they were very helpful. I got it sent in, and since they were not able to fix it, you sent me a brand new one a few days later! I was beyond impressed. Since then, I have been a huge supporter of your company. Knowing I can depend on a company to be true to their word when spending a good amount of money for a product is huge to me.

I am really starting to get into long range target shooting/hunting. Not only because I enjoy it, but because of some health issues I’ve had. I have. When I was 13 ( I’m 22 now ) I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and have been battling it for over 8 years now. I have had countless rounds of chemotherapy, total body radiation, and a bone marrow transplant to battle this illness. Because of all the medications and treatments I’ve had, my bones and body are not nearly what they used to be. I can’t hike and hunt like I once could. Walking is a struggle right now. I’ve had a total hip replacement, and am getting a total knee replacement next month. I have avascular necrosis in all my joints so it makes just getting up extremely difficult at times. I’ve saved up money over some time to get a good long range scope and had my eyes on a Viper PST 6-24X50 FFP in MOA. That was my dream scope. I ended up buying one in anticipation of going on a long awaited muledeer hunting trip with my dad. Since I couldn’t hike far, I was hopeful to be able to shoot at further ranges since I wasn’t able to hike as far. Being able to do this would hopefully be much easier on my body.


Anyways, I got my new scope mounted on my gun in hope of being successful. We were able to find a good buck and I was able to make a perfect shot on him with my new Vortex Viper PST scope at 642 yards on video! It was an experience I’ll never forget, and am grateful that I was able to get a scope to help me make the best shot of my life. Even my father was able to make his best shot ever with the scope at 489 yards! I even was able to take a nice white tail buck and a doe in my home state of Idaho a couple weeks later. 3 nice bucks and a doe with the new scope in just a few weeks! With my health the way it is, there’s no way I would have been able to make those memories and be able to do that without the help of your great company. I have referred countless friends to switch to Vortex optics, and all have been glad they did!

Thank you for helping me live some of my dreams, even though life has dealt me a tough hand. I’m a Vortex fan for life. Thank you for you top of the line products and service, you have a life long customer!


Scott Lee — Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


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“Here is the first shot out of Cody’s rifle after the wreck, at 100yds. It was wrapped in a tac force bag/mat, but I’d have to say that the Vortex Razor HD Gen2 3-18 held up pretty good considering the tumble it took!!” – Tate S



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“Thanks for manufacturing top notch optics I shot this bull at 850yds using my Vortex Viper HSLR 6-24×50. On top of my kimber 300 win mag! Amazing clarity and deadly accurate I also used your ballistic software to dial it in and it was spot on! The second picture shows the location I shot from as well as my brother Travis C. on his way up to help me pack him out! Brutal pack out but I had an awesome hunting partner!” – Eric C.



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“Put my glass to work this weekend. Glassed this Buck up with my Razor HD 10×42, used my Razor 65mm spotter to make sure he was what I wanted, then dialed my Razor HD riflescope for 1082 yards and made a perfect shot! Then my buddy jumped behind the gun and shot this one right after I got mine!” – Jordan K.