Review of the Meopta Meopro Optika6 1-6×24 RD First Focal Plane riflescope with the MRAD reticle. Sometimes reviews take months to prepare, sometimes they just appear by pure chance. This is a case of the latter. As I visited a dealer, he showed me the scope in question, and he had my attention straight away.
Meopta @ TFB
Firstly, there aren’t a lot of LPVO (Low Power Variable Optics) scopes with First Focal Plane reticles to begin with. Secondly, if you find one, they’re typically quite expensive or have strange (to me at least) reticles.
This Meopta has an MSRP of around $690, which seems reasonable. The 1-8×24 PM II ShortDot Dual CC from Schmidt & Bender we reviewed has a lot of features but cost more than 7 times more. The Vortex Razor HD GEN III 1-10×24 Scope is about 3 times more, so what can Meopta offer for those looking for a similar solution?
Typically my reviews run over several months, but this is an exception as I only had about 2 weeks to finish.
From the dealer, I also got a Spuhr SP-3016 30 mm mount, which is excellent on the AR platform but perhaps a bit too posh considering the total price of the package. On the other hand, and I repeat this, it’s a zero issues mount that will hold your zero and how much does it cost you if you have issues with a mount?
Overall, the Meopta is small yet about the same weight as similar scopes. It comes in a typical black finish and it’s easy to read letters and numbers. The magnification wheel runs very smooth, without being too light, just the way I like it. In fact, the friction is perfect and other premium manufacturers should take notice. There is also a small “cat tail” which will give you an idea which magnification you’re dialed in at. Well done Meopta!
The turrets have a texture that should work in most if not all conditions, even if you’re using gloves. The windage has a nice mechanical feel. Strangely, the height adjustment doesn’t have the same feeling as the windage. It’s not disqualifying, just not as good for some strange reason. I also think that the turrets are too high and can be obstructing your view, especially the top turret. Judge yourself from the pictures – what are they hiding inside? There is no parallax correction, which is to be expected. A big drawback is that the impact is 1.5 cm per click (0.52 in at 100yds). What were they thinking at Meopta?
I have a Meopta Meostar Tactical ZD 1-4×22 on one of my rifles for a few years, and to be honest, it ain’t that good. But that rifle doesn’t deserve much better, so it stays. This Meopro Optika6 seems lightyears better, and any images you see here can’t really portray the real quality. I’m not going to exaggerate, but for the money, you can’t really complain about much. It provides a clear and mainly distortion-free image.
There is a tunneling effect around the first centimeter on the magnification wheel, but I doubt many will notice and am not sure it will make any difference when you’re shooting or spotting with the magnification set around 1x power. Also, to me, it seems the 1x power is true.
Changing the illumination is easy. Every other click and the illumination is turned off, a feature I also like. However the illumination is not daylight bright, few are.
The drawback with an FFP reticle is that it’s a compromise, and the compromise increases with the magnification power of the scope. There is no reticle that will work perfectly over the region from 1x and up to 6x and more. For precision and distance, this reticle works better in the higher end of the magnification.
At 1x the reticle will appear more like a red dot, and then the ballistic tree will appear larger and larger as you zoom in. At maximum power, you get a nice center dot with a cross that’s been left free so you can still see the target. The center part reminds me of Finnaccuracy’s Multipurpose Sniper Reticle II – the MSR II, and that’s a really good thing.
If you have no illumination, or when the illumination cannot overpower the ambient light, you will have issues finding the zero. Usually, you’re using the scope at fairly close distances when this occurs, but it might still be an issue. You still have the horizontal line as a guide for the height.
In case you’re looking for another reticle Meopta has several other options. The field of view seems to be on par with other similar scopes I had as a benchmark.
Here is the description of the Optika6 1-6×24 FFP:
The Meopta Optika6 1-6×24 is best suited for fast-paced medium range competition and hunting. The 1X bottom end of the 6x magnification range allows for fast reflexive shooting, while 6x allows you to zero in on more distant targets with ease. Second Focal Plane (SFP) models feature capped 0.5 MOA windage and elevation adjustments, while First Focal Plane (FFP) models feature exposed, locking adjustments for rapid correction in the field. Available with standard, illuminated, or DichroTech reticles in various configurations to meet the challenges of any shooting situation.
Available models and reticles for FFP – hunting:
1-6×24 FFP: Z-plex, .223, K-Dot
1-6×24 Dichro FFP: K-Dot Dichro
1-6×24 RD FFP: 4C, K-Dot2, .223 RD, Zplus RD, MRAD 2
Magnification: 1 – 6 x
Objective lens 24 mm
Objective Filter Thread M28.2×0.75
Exit Pupil Diameter 10 – 4 mm
Eye relief (mm / in) 100 / 3.94
Field of view (m/100m // ft/100yds) 36.5-6.3 // 109.5-18.9
Field of View 20.7 – 3.6 °
Daylight Transmission 91 % -Twilight Transmission 88 % – Twilight Factor 4.9 – 12
Impact per click (cm/100m // in/100yds) 1.5 // 0.52
Windage and elevation adjustment range (cm/100m // in/100yds) 349 / 125.7
Length (mm / in) 256 / 10.07
Weight (g / oz) 578 / 20.4
You can find a link to Meopta’s store here: https://meopta.store/products/meopro-optika6-1-6×24-rd-ffp
This scope was made in the Czech Republic.
The Meopta is great for the AR-15 platform – Black-White contrasts.
This should answer any questions about which sight was reviewed and what it’s called globally and in the USA. Photo was taken from the side of the box.
It seems you get a lot of value for your money with this model from Meopta, and I can certainly recommend it. Having shot quite a few Practical Shooting Rifle matches in my life, I personally never felt the need for an FFP reticle with the .223 Rem caliber, but of course, it would work. In some cases, I can see an advantage, but not enough to make me change from my SFP reticles. However, there are other shooting styles, ballistics and hunting purposes where this 1st Focal Plane would excel, especially with the MRAD reticle used here. In terms of optical and overall quality, this scope is quite good for most purposes.
This Meopta has a few issues like the 0.15 cm clicks, but most are probably only problematic if you know them (from reading this review) and think about them. There’s a slight tunneling effect at the low end, but nothing to worry about. If you want something better you’re going to have to open up your wallet quite a lot more, and the reticle choices still might not be as good. Then again, reticles are very personal, and my brain is set to calculate things in the metric system. The more choices we have the better, and you should definitely have a look through one if you get the occasion.
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