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Hi-Lux is best known for making replica antique optics for 19th century and early 20th century firearms. After visiting their booth at SHOT Show this year, they showed me their newest optic that is decidedly 21st century: their new CMR (Close to Medium Range) 1-8×24 LPVO.

The CMR has capped 1/2MOA turrets and a removable throw lever. It has a 30mm tube and an overall typical design for an LPVO. The package contains the scope and lens covers but like most non-budget scopes, ships without mounts.

Hi-Lux sent me a CMRB which has a SFP ‘B’ullet Drop reticle that utilizes fiber optic illumination. This provides a true Daylight Bright dot in the center of the reticle. In my testing the dot remained bright and visible even looking into the sky in bright noonday sun.

Optically the image is bright and sharp at 100yrds with a bit of chromatic aberration. But at 1x the scope exhibits edge distortion and parallax shift. This is disappointingly not uncommon even with premium scopes costing twice or even three times as much as the CMR.

The Hi-Lux is a mid-tier optic at just under $400 retail. With a lifetime warranty from a US company, this scope is a good contender against similar scopes like the Vortex Venom. Its the scope for those that don’t want to put out a grand or more for a daylight bright LPVO but want a boojier brand than an Athlon or Primary Arms.


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8X @ 50yrds


Magnification: 1-8X

Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm

Eye Relief: 3.8″

Field of View: 119.3′ – 15.7′ @ 100 yards

Tube Size: 30mm

Length: 10.4″

Weight: 18.7oz

Exit Pupil: 10.5mm – 3.2mm

Adjustment Value: 1/2 MOA per click

Illumination: True Daylight Bright

Battery: CR2032

Battery Life: 300hrs

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