Entry level scope with surprising features for its price, the best glass in its class in a first focal plane configuration, introducing the Athlon Argos BTR. Perfect for Australian hunters, both short and long range as well as competitors we believe the Athlon scopes are the best value scopes on the market today.
These scopes come with a transferable Lifetime Warranty and we are authorised Australian Dealers and only carry Australian stock with an Australian Warranty.
“Your Athlon product is not only warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Athlon will also repair or replace, at no charge to you, your product if you should damage it through normal use. No receipt needed, no registration required. This is a commitment that Athlon will be the best product you can buy for your money.”
As is commonly seen on our test rifles, we have traditionally used IOR, Nightforce, March and Vortex optics, with the IOR’s being our preferred brand for the highest quality scopes. For those on a budget, we have recommended the vortex line time and time again. We still like the Vortex line of scopes, its just that the new Athlon scopes have similar feature brackets but at more competitive pricing, with a couple of our test Athlon scopes outperforming our Vortex scopes in tall target testing. When looking for local Athlon dealers locally, we came up short, so we have now entered the very competitive scope market and look forward to bringing the best value for money rifle scopes to the Australian precision shooting market.
So for hunters who may take the occasional Long range shot or are just getting into long range hunting, this is the minimum first focal plane scope line we recommend. We are also missing some models from our online store, this is because we haven’t tested them! There are some magnification ranges that haven’t ‘fit’ with what we are about at PDI, oh and the second focal plane line of scopes are just a branch we haven’t gotten around to yet either. We make a point of only selling products we have tested and used ourselves and have real world experience with, however we will order in any Athlon scope if desired, simply email us at email@example.com with your request.
In Athlon’s words;
“For those of you that are just getting started in the PRS or are looking to start, take a close look at the Argos BTR family of scopes. These scopes have features normally only found on high-end scopes. It has a 4x magnification that makes it versatile in multiple shooting disciplines. It has our Advanced Fully-Multi Coated Optics that delivers a crystal clear bright image in in dark environments. The Argos BTR also has our exclusive XPL coating that protects your lenses from dirt, grease and harsh weather conditions. The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it. WE just didn’t build the Argos BTR to just perform well optically we also built in features that make easy to adjust for any shot you have to take. These scopes have Side Parallax Adjustment to give you the ability to adjust to any ranged right at your fingertips. This along with the variety of first focal plane reticles give you easy elevation and windage adjustments.”
We also want to add that BTR scopes can be ‘hacked’ to provide a zero return very similar in function to the ‘shim’ zero return of the Vortex line, check this video out for more details:
Note: for Australian hunters, or competitors that are used to the MOA system, the ATMR-IR-MOA reticle is the zero clutter 1 MOA marked reticle you have been waiting for!
ATMR IR-MOA 8-34×50: (1MOA hash marks, 5MOA marks emphasised) Full Details
ATMR IR-MOA 6-24×50: (1MOA hash marks, 5MOA marks emphasised) Full Details
The mil reticle is more for PRS competitors that are willing to sacrifice a slight increase in subtension size for a faster system that features a more detailed (if slightly more cluttered) information set;
ATMR IR-MIL 8-34×50:
ATMR IR-MIL 6-24×50:
Finally, if you still want more, the Athlon BTR Line has the following features:
|First Focal Plane Reticle||First focal plane design allows you to fully utilize specially designed reticles that shrink or grow along with your target as you zoom in or out. These reticles offer quick target engagement at low power while offering precise holdover positions with finer details.|
|Illuminated Reticle||The illuminated reticle provides greater visibility during dusk and dawn and other low ambient light environment.|
|Etched Glass Reticle||Reticle etched on the glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to recoil|
|Fully Multicoated||Fully Multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than normal single coated lenses|
|6061 T6 Aluminum||The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube that has exceptional strength and superior mechanical integrity will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it.|
|Heat Treated One Piece Tube Construction||Heat treated one piece tube gives the scope extra strength over multi-piece tubes. A one piece tube also is better at keeping moisture out thus keeping your scope fog proof for the life of the product|
|Waterproof||Waterproof to protect the scope in the harshest weather conditions or if accidentally submerged underwater|
|Fog proof||Fog proof to allow you to immediately engage your target when you take your rifle to cold ambient temperature from warm inside|
|Shockproof||Robust mechanical system with special designs on both control and erector system that give you the ultimate recoil resistance to withstand 1000G recoil for 1000 times.|
|Argon Purged||Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .|