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Meopta Meostar R1r 3-12x56  Series Riflescope - The ULTIMATE Low Light Riflescope
Meopta Meostar R1r 3-12x56 Series Riflescope

Meopta Meostar R1r 3-12x56 Series Riflescope - The ULTIMATE Low Light Riflescope

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MEOSTAR R1r 3-12x56 RD - 4C (+CAD1,779.00)
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Meopta 3-12x56 Meostar R1 Series Riflescope
Low-light wonder with second plane reticles

Designed to collect the maximum amount of light from early dawn to well past dusk and during rapidly changing conditions the MeoStar R1 3-12x56 promises to keep you in the game. Proprietary MeoBright ion assisted lens multi-coatings deliver maximum brightness and edge to edge clarity and our MeoShield coating protects exposed lens surfaces from abrasion. MeoTrackII posi-click finger adjustable turrets offer precise¼ MOA increments for precise windage and elevation adjustments and shot after shot repeatability. Quality, precision and durability converge to provide you a clear advantage when others have packed and called it a day.

The MeoStar R1r 3-12x56 riflescope offers the same benefits and features as its R1 counterpart, but with a selection of etched glass reticles in the second focal plane. Reticle placement in the second focal plane means that as you increase or decrease magnification, the apparent size of the reticle remains constant.


  • MeoBrightTM - A proprietary ion-assisted lens multi-coating applied to all air-to-glass optical surfaces. Developed by Meopta, MeoBrightTM ion- assisted multi-coatings eliminate glare and reflections and delivers an industry leading 99.8% light transmission per lens surface.
  • MeoShieldTM - MeoShield TM ion-assisted coating protects external lens surfaces and delivers enhanced resistance to scratching or abrasion in extreme conditions. MeoShieldTM meets military specifications for durability and surface hardness.
  • MeoQuickTM - MeoQuickTM fast-focus eyepiece rapidly brings your target into sharp focus and provides extra diopter travel to accommodate a wider range of visual acuity variations.
  • MeoTrak IITM Elevation and Windage Control - MeoTrak IITM posi-click finger adjustable windage and elevation turrets deliver precise, ½ MOA (0,5cm / 100m) click adjustment with superior repeatability, unparalleled tracking capability and ultimate accuracy. Positive tactile and audible clicks ensure accurate zeroing and adjustability in the field.
  • RedZone Illuminated Reticle System - RedZone is a highly defined user selectable red dot illumination system with 7 levels of reticle intensity delivering crucial accuracy in daylight to dead of night conditions. Low profile turret control provides rapid illumination selection with intermediate off positions between each level.
  • Lens Components - Individual lens components are meticulously ground and polished in-house and precisely matched for superior performance.
  • Etched Glass Reticle - Precision etched glass reticle delivers exceptional target definition for all shooting applications.
  • Erector System - Developed to provide maximum holding force to withstand heavy caliber recoil.
  • 30mm Main Tube Construction - One piece, aircraft grade aluminum 30mm main tube is hard anodized for an incredibly durable, scratch resistant, non-reflective matte black finish.
  • Waterproof - All riflescopes are 100% guaranteed waterproof, submersible and are fully protected against humidity, rain and snow.
  • Fogproof - All riflescopes are purged and sealed with inert Nitrogen gas to provide 100% guaranteed fogproof performance.
  • Lifetime Warranty - All riflescopes carry Meoptas North American Lifetime transferable Warranty.
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Meopta's MeoStar R1 3x-12x RD night scope.
Optics Review by David E. Petzal

I was very slow to pick up on the excellence of Meopta scopes. This is because the name lacks resonance; its rather like the names that are hung on imported automobiles these days. The company is located in the Czech Republic, but being European is no excuse. Zeiss and Leica are the names of actual people, and ring with Teutonic authority. Swarovski is the name of an actual Austrian, but loses points because it's unpronounceable to most Americans. (If you'd like to amuse yourself sometime, go to a gun store in the South that carries the brand and listen to people try to say it. Be advised, however, that laughing at them may get you a nice punch in the face.) I think Meopta needs a good Anglo-Saxon name like Weaver or Redfield or Burris or Bushnell. Who cares if the company is Czech? It's all one world, ain't it?

But I digress. For the taping of this year's Gun Nuts, Meopta was kind enough to loan me two new scopes, a MeoStar R1 3X-12X RD and a MeoPro 3.5X-10X RD. The former is a night scope with a 30mm tube and a 56mm objective; the latter has a one-inch tube and a 44mm objective. Both scopes employ Meoptas new 4C reticle (pictured here), which is their improvement on the traditional European #4 reticle. Old #4 employs heavy stadia wires at 3, 6, and 9'clock that taper toward the center of the image, with a fine crosshair at 12. It's designed for shooting at relatively close range and in poor light, where it works fine.

However, I've always found it a pain in the ass because if you're shooting at longer ranges, it's pretty easy to lose those fine crosshairs against the background. Meopta has solved this problem by placing a dot at the center of the reticle. It has seven levels of illumination, and you can pick it up easily under any conditions. It works extremely well.

But what impressed me most about both scopes was, very simply, their extraordinary quality. The optics are terrific and the adjustments are among the most positive and accurate I've used in a long time. Rather than a slippery and un-graspable knob or dial, Meopta employs a three-pronged wheel that you can get hold of under any conditions, and the adjustments go clunk, clunk, clunk so you can feel and hear just what you're doing.

Meopta's MeoPro 3.5x-10x RD scope has a 1-inch tube and a 44mm objective.

The MeoStar, which is made and assembled in the Czech Republic, sells for a real-world price of $980. The MeoPro, which is made over there but assembled in the U.S., is $800 real world. Neither one is cheap, but the point I want to leave with you is that I don't see how you can get an appreciably better scope even if you spend a lot more money. Who cares if Meopta is not a euphonious appellation? Right now, to my rheumy eyes, they are making as good a scope as anyone anywhere, and for a lot less money.


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