• The Truth about Light Transmission

    It is impossible for any scope to “gather” light. It can only transmit existing light. And, regardless of advertising claims you may have heard, there is no riflescope made that can transmit 100% of available light.

    As light enters the objective end of the scope, before it reaches your eye it passes through several lenses. Each lens absorbs a small quantity of light. Residual reflection from the individual lenses will also prevent a certain amount of light from passing through the scope. In addition, undesired reflections within the metal tube can hinder the quality of the viewed image and the transmission of light.

    Each lens has two surfaces. Thus, the total number of lenses within a scope (a variable-power scope can have between seven and ten) is multiplied by two, then multiplied by 0.25% to determine the amount of light lost in the transmission. Simple multiplication is not accurate, however, as each succeeding lens progressively reduces the total amount of transmitted light. It is a favorite technique of some scope manufacturers to claim light transmission values of nearly 100%. Of course, they’re measuring the first objective lens only, conveniently forgetting about the other eight or nine!

    Any higher transmission levels are physically impossible to achieve with current technology, and claims to the contrary are to be discounted. What does light transmission mean in practical terms? An average scope may transmit 85% or so, and inferior scopes substantially less. The human eye can distinguish transmission differences of 3% or more. Consequently, there is a very real difference in what you can see through a superior scope versus run-of-the-mill optics.

    The very best rifle scopes human beings can create will transmit to your eye—under perfect conditions—a maximum of 94.5% to 95% of available light. There are but a handful of scope companies remaining that produce optics approaching these levels, Schmidt & Bender being one of them.

    Under hunting conditions, when you might be trying to distinguish a target at absolute last light, these differences can be critical. It can determine whether you bag your game or whether you have long since called it a day.

  • Specs 10*42 PM II

    Dimensions (mm)
    A B C D E F
    85 60 54 55 54 50
    G K L
    30 42.5 338
    Aluminum tube, 30mm without rail
    Hard anodized black surface
    Reticle in first focal plane
    Optical data
    Magnification: 10x fixed
    Field of view @ 100m: 4m
    Exit pupil: 4.2mm
    Eye relief: min 85mm
    Light transmission: min 90% day & night
    Diopter setting: +2 to -3
    Elevation adjustment
    Elevation increments: 1cm (0.1 Mrad)
    Windage range: 130cm at 100m
    Windage adjustment
    Windage increments: 1cm per click
    Windage range:
  • Standard Reticles

    Schmidt & Bender offers several different highly precise reticles to suit your eyesight, preferences and hunting style. Standard (non-illuminated) reticles are appropriate for most hunting situations, especially considering that Schmidt & Bender’s superb optics will let you see your target easily at first and last light.

  • Police Marks Man II

    “I don’t think I would have had a shot without a Schmidt & Bender.”

    This is the type of comment we hear time and time again from military and law enforcement professionals, faced with high-stress situations under the most difficult circumstances. Our Police Marksman II riflescopes are in use around the world, from crowded urban environments to the most brutal desert, by highly trained shooters who know that a life–perhaps even their own–can depend upon the quality of their optics.

    All PM II variable power scopes are built upon 30 or 34mm tubes to provide the maximum possible windage and elevation adjustments along with finer click stops.

    A separate turret with 11 click stops controls the illumination function of a precise red dot at the center of the reticle. Fully variable illumination levels range from barely visible, for use with night vision equipment, to full bright for quick, accurate shots in bright, harsh daylight. With illumination switched off, the Short Dot functions as a standard scope with nonilluminated crosshairs. This is the first time that all possible applications of different illuminated reticle technologies have been combined into one riflescope, giving the Short Dot “any light, any time” versatility and reliability in any circumstance the shooter may encounter. Four bullet drop compensators are supplied for 5.56 mm cartridges, including the 62 gr. Green Tip, 75 gr. Hornady TAP, and the SR25 with M118R16 and M118 LR20 loads. Turrets are non-locking.

    At lower magnification levels, the Short Dot can be sighted with both eyes open. The full magnification range can be covered in a single 180-degree turn. Available with special CQB and No. 7 reticles. Specifications

    “So clear, you can almost see the future.” Read what Combat Tactics magazine says about the CQB Short Dot here.

    Evolved from the basic Short Dot model, the addition of locking turrets and the CQB reticle results in a highly specialized instrument suitable for high-stress urban and combat situations. You have a choice of rings calibrated for either the M855, 75 gr. TAP or M118LR loads, to cover the popular 5.56 and 7.62 offerings. Locking windage, elevation and illumination turrets insure that the scope’s settings will not change even under the most rigorous system.

    The reticle is located in the first focal plane, and includes ranging capabilities at higher magnification. At 1.1 power, the skeleton post system virtually disappears for fast, accurate target acquisition. The same highly flexible Flash Dot system as in the standard Short Dot is included. Specifications

    Based upon our Zenith 1.1–4 x 24 Flash Dot hunting scope, this model evolved from requests for a smaller illuminated dot. Unlike our other Short Dot scopes, the reticle is located in the second focal plane. At 1.1 power it is more substantial, preferred for quick response when illumination is not required. At 4 power, the illuminated Flash Dot covers only 1.57″ at 100 yards (compared to 5.9″ for a reticle in the first focal plane). This allows more precise shot placement at longer ranges.

    Locking illumination and elevation turrets are standard, calibrated for the M855, 75 gr. TAP or M118LR. Also included is our unique Posicon control, providing a graphic representation of where the reticle lies within its adjustment range. This makes for easier mounting and sighting in. Our Flash Dot illumination system is standard. Offered with reticles FD2 or FD7. Specifications

    Utter simplicity, ruggedness and reliability. It is streamlined and efficient, its 42mm objective lens providing some of the highest light transmission levels ever achieved, yet presenting a low profile. It is built upon the smaller 30mm tube, allowing a wider choice of rings and mounting options. The fixed 10x magnifaction is designed for precise shooting at long ranges, yet still ofers a wide field of view (4m at 100m). The P3 Mil-dot reticle is standard. Specifications

    One of our most versatile scopes, allowing precise shot placement to 1000 meters yet still presenting an exceptionally wide field of view at low power. An outstanding performer in poor light. Available with parallax adjustment or with parallax adjustment and illuminated reticles.

    Two elevation/windage options are offered; Option One has one-centimeter click values with an elevation range of 220cm at 100m. Option Two is our “double turn” elevation knob with increments of 1/4MOA per click. Elevation range is 56MOA at 100m. Windage is also 1/4MOA per click, with a total adjustment of ±14MOA. Offered with P1 or P3 rangefinding reticles. Specifications

    Combines parallax compensation, illuminated reticle control and 1/4MOA or centimeter clicks, resulting in one of the most sophisticated, complete scopes ever built. There are two elevation adjustment options: Option One is calibrated to 0.1 Mil click values. Option Two is calibrated in 1/4MOA click values. Color-coded window indicators graphically illustrate the reticle’s position within the overall adjustment travel, preventing the shooter from becoming “lost” within the adjustment range. The entire adjustment range can be covered in just two turns of the elevation knob, while the entire 3-12x magnification range is covered in just one-half turn (180 degrees).

    Parallax adjustment is located in its own separate turret, as are the illuminated reticle controls. The reticle brightness is fully adjustable with 11 graduated settings allowing precise selection relative to ambient light. As with all Schmidt & Bender illuminated reticles, it turns off between settings saving battery power and allowing you to easily return to a pre-selected illumination level. Available with the P3, P4, or P4 Fine reticles. Specifications

    The scope chosen by the United States Marine Corps as standard equipment Scout Sniper Day Scopes. It includes all the features of the 3–12 x 50 PM II LP, plus a specially designed “double-turn” counter-clockwise elevation knob with tactile clicks every 10cm or 1 Mil. In place of the color-coded window, it has a ring-style indicator which raises after the first full rotation of the knob. This can be both seen and felt by the operator, giving clear indication of which scale to read on the turret. There is a total of 220cm/22Mils/79.2″ of elevation adjustment. Specifications

    A wide magnification range provides exceptional versatility from close range shots to distances beyond 1000 meters. A 50mm objective lens provides outstanding performance even under the poorest light
    conditions. Available in two configurations; parallax adjustment only and parallax and illuminated reticle adjustment both.

    The 4-16 x 50 is offered with our “double turn” elevation
    knob with 1/4 MOA clicks and an adjustment range of 56 MOA. The entire 56-minute adjustment range can be covered in just two turns of the elevation knob, while the ial window graphically illustrates the adjustment position within the overall range. Windage increments are also 1/4 MOA per click, the total adjustment range ±14 MOA. Offered with P1 or P3 reticles. Specifications

    Built at the request of the U.S. military to provide a long-range capable scope with a smaller objective diameter. Includes illuminated reticle and parallax adjustment, each controlled by a separate turret. It is equipped with a special Gen 2™ XL reticle with illuminated dots and cetner crosshair.

    There are two elevation adjustment options: Option One is a single-turn, counter-clockwise turret with 0.1 Mil click values and 13 MRad/130cm/46.8″ of adjustment. Option Two is a double-turn clockwise turret with 1/4 MOA click values and 56 MOA total adjustment, plus our color-coded window indicators which graphically illustrate the reticle’s position within the overall adjustment travel. This prevents the shooter from becoming “lost” within the adjustment range. Complete illuminated reticle control is standard. Offered with P3 or P4 Fine reticles. Specifications

    The popular 4–16 x 50 in an illuminated reticle LP model. As with all our LP series scopes, an illuminated reticle and parallax adjustment are standard, each controlled by a separate turret. Our LP system features a color-coded elevation knob that gives the shooter instant reference as to where the elevation is set. Just one turn of the knob provides 28 minutes of elevation. A window within the dial then changes to yellow, and one additional turn provides an additional 28 minutes of adjustment. The entire 56-minute adjustment range can be covered in just two turns of the elevation knob. Click values are 1/4 MOA. P3 or P4 Fine reticles available. Specifications

    True 2000-meter capability. Unlike most long-range variables that offer only a 4x magnification multiple, the 5-25 x 56 provides a full 5x and a wider field of view. Parallax adjustment in a separate turret, completely adjustable from 10 meters to infinity.

    The illuminated reticle has 11 graduated settings offering precise control relative to ambient light. The scope includes Schmidt & Bender’s unique color-coded “Double Turn” elevation knob that gives the shooter instant reference to where the elevation is set. The entire 100-minute adjustment range can be covered in just two turns of the knob. The user will never become “lost” within the adjustment range.

    The 5–25 x 56 is offered with 56 MOA of 1/4 MOA clicks, or 273cm (93 MOA) of 1cm clicks. Your choice of P3 or P4 reticles. Specifications

  • Precision Hunter

    Our Precision Hunter riflescopes are based upon three of our most popular Classic series scopes, each equipped with a top-mounted bullet drop compensator and reticles designed to let you place an accurate shot at long ranges.

    The elevation adjustment knob has graduations and numbers that allow you to create a custom distance chart for your preferred caliber. Blank elevation rings are also available with markings you can record after sighting in your rifle. All Precision Hunter scopes have 30mm tubes.

    P3 Mil-Dot reticle

    Originally designed for military and tactical use, the mil-dots can be used for estimating holdover at longer distances, as well as for windage allowance and for leading moving targets. Allows very precise rangefinding.

    A highly versatile, extremely brilliant scope. A broad magnification range for close or very long shots, perfect for flat-shooting rifles. Slim silhouette more flexibility in mounting and the use of lower mounts. P3 Mildot reticle is standard. Specifications

    An outstanding long-range scope, equipped with a third turret parallax adjustment. At 4x, the Mil-Dot reticle with fine crosshairs and four posts allows quick target acquisition. At 16x, the Mil-Dots become visible and can be used for precise rangefinding, trajectory and windage calculations. The top-mounted BDC has 5mm (1/5″ clicks) for quick adjustments to 500 yards. The windage adjustment also has 5mm clicks for precise sighting in. Specifications

    Factory adjusted to be parallax free at 200 meters, it offers the same Mil-Dot capabilities as our 4–16 x 50 model. An exceptional all-around scope. Specifications

  • Reticles PM

    Police Marksman Reticles

    Several of the distinctive, specialized reticles offered on Police/Marksman II scopes provide effective rangefinding capabilities. When objects of a known size are positioned between lines or dots within the reticle, the distance to the target can be estimated accurately at any magnification.

    P-1 (Bryant) reticle

    The P-1 Reticle was developed for Schmidt & Bender by Deputy Sheriff Robert Bryant, who has many years of experience as a SWAT team member and advisor to police departments. You will find the Bryant design very user-friendly and exceptionally efficient in high stress situations.

    The horizontal lines under the crosshair make it possible to estimate distances up to 500 yards by cradling an 18″ object between them. The posts, lines and the circle are all proportioned to help in rangefinding and in making allowances for wind or movement. Complete details are included with the scope.

    P-3 Mil-dot reticle

    The P-3 Mil-dot Reticle was developed by the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1970s as an aid for the Marine sniper in estimating distances. It has since become the military standard for range estimating within all branches of the service.

    The name “mil-dot” comes from the term “millradian,” and the dot that is spaced in 1 mil increments on the crosshairs. By using the mil formula, a table can be generated based upon the size of the object being range-estimated. This table is included with the scope. The object viewed is bracketed between the dots, and by consulting the table the distance can be estimated.

    Converting to minutes of angle:

    This enlarged view of the Mil-dot reticle shows dimensions of the dots and spacing. Mil-dots on the vertical line can be used for holdover estimating if the mil spacing is converted to minutes of angle. To do this, multiply mils by 3.438. For example, 5 mils is (5 x 3.438) or 17.19 moa. Complete conversion tables are included with each scope.

    P-3 Mil-dot illuminated

    This unique reticle provides adjustable illumination of the crosshairs between the four dots closest to the center of the reticle. This feature greatly aids in precise shooting in very poor light and against dark backgrounds.

    A third turret on the left side of the scope allows complete intensity control from off to bright with ten precise click stops. The Schmidt & Bender design turns off the reticle between click stops, allowing you to quickly restore the illumination level you have preset (according to lighting conditions) with a slight turn of the knob.

    This is a distinct advantage over other illuminated reticle scopes that require you to search for the proper setting when time might be of the essence, or that can ruin your night vision by coming on too bright.

    The illuminated portion of the reticle is fully adjustable without removing your eye from the scope or the rifle from your shoulder.

    CQB reticle

    Designed specifically for our 1.1–4 x 20 CQB scope, this sophisticated reticle is extremely fine at low magnifications, obscuring almost none of the target, while the detailed center section becomes useable for precise rangefinding at higher magnifications.

    Our newest Flash Dot technology provides three different illumination levels, completely controllable in a separate turret. Stops 1 to 3 provide varying illumination intensities at very low levels, designed for use with night vision goggles. Stops 4 to 6 provide slightly higher levels of intensity to be used by the naked eye in low light conditions, allowing the shooter to determine the precise aim point against a dark target that would obscure non-illuminated reticles. Stops 7 through 11 illuminate the center dot to very high intensities. With illumination switched off, the CQB functions as a standard scope with non-illuminated crosshairs.

    The detail at left shows the center of the crosshairs with the FlashDot illuminated.

    P4 and P4 Fine

    Designed for precise rangefinding to 2000 meters. The P4 isoffered in the 5-25 x 56, the P4 Fine in the 3-12 x 50 PM II Military. The P4 Fine is identical to the standard P4, but with thinner lines. A detailed closeup, showing center crosshairs illuminated, is shown below.

    Reticle No. 7

    Also offered in the 1.1–4 x 20 CQB scope, with FlashDot illumination technology.

  • Scopes Variable

    Variable Scopes

    Our Classic variable power scopes offer exceptionally wide magnification ranges, giving you the flexibility of hunting in forest or open prairie. Schmidt & Bender variables are extremely precise, with no shift in point of impact across the entire magnification range.

    standard reticles
    illuminated reticles

    flashdot reticles

    Perhaps our most versatile scope, applicable to most hunting situations around the world. Its brilliant optics perform as well as many other scopes with larger objective lenses. At 1.5x, perfect for close-in work on dangerous or moving game. At 6x, suitable for all but extremely long shots. Available with standard and illuminated reticles. Specifications

    With its huge objective lens, the ultimate for adverse light. At 2.5x, you’ll be comfortable in forest or bush, yet a full 10x magnification range is ideal for long-range shooting. Available with standard and illuminated reticles, and also in our Precision Hunter series. Specifications

    A highly versatile, extremely brilliant scope. A broad magnification range for close or very long shots, perfect for flat-shooting rifles. Its sleek silhouette provides more flexibility in mounting and the use of lower mounts. Available with standard and illuminated reticles, and also in our Precision Hunter series. Specifications

    Our most popular scope, identical to the 3–12 x 42 but with a larger objective lens for outstanding twilight performance. Its slim design still allows relatively low mounts. Appropriate for hunting on any continent in the world. Available with standard and illuminated reticles, and also in our Precision Hunter series. Specifications

    An outstanding long-range scope, equipped with a third turret parallax adjustment. A large objective lens makes it well suited for low-light hunting. Also an excellent performer in target competitions. Available with standard and special varmint reticles, and also in our Precision Hunter series. Specifications

  • U.S. Marine Corps

    The United States Marine Corps is now using Schmidt & Bender scopes on all Scout Rifle Day Scopes for use on the Corps’ sniper weapons.  A modified version of the Schmidt & Bender 3-12 x 50 Police Marksman LP II scope is standard equipment on all .308 and .50 caliber USMC sniper rifles.

    The Schmidt & Bender 3-12 x 50 PMII LP is replacing a 10x sniper scope which has been in use for the last 25 years.  The Schmidt & Bender scope was selected from products submitted by 25 different companies as the only riflescope to meet or exceed all of the USMC’s rigorous specifications.

    The Schmidt & Bender scope includes an elevation dial made to USMC specifications. Especially attractive to the Marine Corps is the fact that the 3-12 x 50 PMII LP can be used on both .308 and .50 caliber weapons, with changes only in windage and elevation dials.

    While the modified USMC version of the 3-12 x 50 PMII LP is not available to the public, a similar model is available.

    We are pleased and honored to serve one of the most elite, storied military organizations in the world.

  • Specs 5-25*56PMII LP

    Dimensions (mm)
    A B C D E F
    118 44 38.5 92 72 62
    G K L
    34 42.5 410


    Aluminum tube, 34mm without rail
    Hard anodized black surface
    Reticle in first focal plane; second focal plane by special order.


    Optical data
    Magnification: 5 – 25x
    Field of view @ 100m: 5.3m – 1.5m
    Exit pupil: 10.95mm – 2.28mm
    Eye relief: min 85mm
    Twilight factor: 14.1 – 37.4
    Light transmission: min 90% day & night
    Diopter setting: +2 to -3


    Elevation adjustment)
    Elevation increments: 0.1Mrad
    Elevation range: 0 – 26 Mrad


    Windage adjustment
    Windage increments: 0.1Mrad per click
    Windage range: ±6 Mrad
    General data
    Parallax adjustable from 50m to infinity
    Reticle illumination:
    Settings 1-11: For use in low light conditions
    Battery: CR2032, 100+ hour life. Illumination is switched off automatically after six hours to conserve battery
    Weight: 1080g
    Waterproof to 25m, 300 mbar inner pressure


    P3, P4, P4 Fine
  • Scopes Zenith

    Nice to look at. Nicer to look through.

    So distinctive is the design of Schmidt & Bender’s Zenith riflescopes, that upon their introduction they earned the prestigious international IF Design Award, and were selected by Field & Stream magazine as the “Best of the Best.” Their streamlined elegance results in compact, efficient scopes that complement, not dominate, your rifles.

    The full magnification range can be covered in just one 180 degree rotation—a mere half turn—of the adjustment dial. Eye relief is a safe and comfortable 90 mm (3 1/2 inches). Our POSICON system provides a graphic indication of the reticle’s position and remaining travel within the scope, facilitating mounting, sighting in, and insuring that you retain as much elevation and windage adjustment as possible.

    Zenith 1.1–4 x 24

    There is no better choice for dangerous or fast-moving game at close quarters. At lower magnification, an exceptionally wide field of view (36m/100m or 36 yds/100yds) allows you to keep both eyes open while placing a precise shot. The reticle is located in the second focal plane, so its size remains constant throughout the magnification range. Specifications

    Zenith 1.5–6 x 42

    Perhaps our most versatile scope. Excellent for close-range hunting on large game, while its 6x upper limit allows precise bullet placement at all but the longest distances. A large objective lens provides outstanding low-light performance, and a large field of view makes it highly efficient for driven game, stalking, and high seat or stand hunting. Specifications

    Zenith 2.5–10 x 56

    Its 56mm objective lens makes this the choice for low—or almost no—light. While providing some of the highest light transmission levels ever achieved in a rifle scope, it still measures only 13 inches overall, making it the shortest 56mm scope on the market. Especially appropriate for upgrading older firearms with existing mounts. Specifications

    Zenith 3–12 x 50

    On a plains game safari in Africa, an elk or pronghorn hunt in North America, rely upon this scope any time you might need to make a long, accurate shot.   A wide magnification range—from 3x all the way to 12x—lets you be prepared for forest and bush as well as wide-open country. Specifications


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