9-Hole Reviews… Reviews an Optic?

Yes, an optic.

Done in their succinct and quality styling, a hallmark of their channel, 9-Hole covers the Vortex Razor HD Gen II second focal plane optic. The LPVO by which by all are measured and many are found wanting.

I don’t need wax poetic on the Razor, but the video itself is top notch and worth the 10 minutes to enjoy.

I must however, disagree with them on one point. I don’t think Gen II prices across the board are going to take that steep of a dive, certainly not on the new market, since the Gen II and Gen III occupy two differing niches.

While a few are going to dump their II’s for quick cash to fund a III I think in more cases the II’s will get pushed to a secondary rifle but retained. The II’s and III’s have overlap since the III is designed to cover more than the II did and be a generational hardware upgrade.

However, with the price point shift combined with the capability increase I suspect we’ll see a 4 tiered system emerge in the Vortex LPVO lineup.

Budget Tier

The Vortex Strike Eagle(s).

Screen grab via YouTube

Loved for its price, accepted for what it is.

Base Tier

The Vortex PST Gen II 1-6

Viper PST via YouTube Screen

Whenever someone asks if the Razor HD Gen II comes in black the answer is… kind of. The Viper PST line has been around as a less expensive alternative while not giving up too much in durability and material quality.

“Good enough” for many users and actually meaning it in active, serious, sustained use.

‘The Standard’ Tier
You guessed it… YouTube Screen Grab

This is where the Razor Gen II is going to reside for a long time. Prices may slowly drift lower but there won’t be a dramatic change. The as we (as an whole body of shooters) dig into it we’re seeing that 1-8 and even 1-10 aren’t going to invalidate what the 1-6 can offer a shooter.

Sales of the Gen II are going to diverge more than drop off as users pick up the Gen III for certain new rifles. But I can see several circumstances where a user might own a single Gen III or a couple Gen III’s for certain rifles where a greater number of Gen II’s might top the ‘second string’ or those with shorter barrels or any number of individually chosen distinctions.

II’s aren’t going anywhere and will reside here with the comparable 1-6 and 1-8’s

‘Cutting Edge’ Tier

The Razor Gen III’s are going to live here, with their competition (whenever those begin to hit the market), as the best of quality glass up to this point. These are the very pinnacle of developed optic tech able to be commercialized at this juncture.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.