Bushnell introduced a new 3.5-21x 50mm riflescope at SHOT Show in January of this year that got a lot of positive attention. Called the Elite Tactical ERS, or Extended Range Riflescope, the optic’s wide zoom range of 3.5x to 21x will make it popular with many shooters, sporting and otherwise.
This premium 50mm scope’s excellent zoom range means that it can be used with targets at long ranges as well as medium-to-close range, and even close-quarters isn’t out of the question.
The new scope will be available in four configurations, with Bushnell’s standard black finish as well as their new flat dark earth finish for the brown-is-the-new-black crowd. The two colors come with different reticle options, too. The black ERS is made with either a Horus H59 or G2DMR reticle while the FDE model will be available with either a TreMoR2 or G2DMR reticle.
The new Elite Tactical 3.5-21x ERS scope is an updated addition to their their already popular HDMR and DMR 3.5-21x 50mm scopes, which share many of the same specifications, including dimensions, although the ERS scope has an improved turret system and slightly improved glass (going by the numbers, although they’re very close). Bushnell partnered with Horus to develop the original HDMR 3.5-21x 50mm scope in 2011.
To get an idea of how the new “Z-lok” turret stops work watch this video. (Part two, which includes more shooting, can be watched here.)
What makes the new scope stand apart from its predecessors is the new elevation turret system. The turrets are .1 mil click-adjustable and one revolution is 10 mils. The locking system makes it possible to reset a zero by touch if it’s been adjusted them in the field, or if they get caught on something and adjust themselves.
The windage turret uses Bushnell’s “T-Lok” turret which is designed to be quickly and easily adjusted to match the prevailing wind conditions on the fly. The scope also has a third turret for parallax adjustment.
Like the other two preceding scopes, the ERS is fairly compact at 13.2 inches long, although it tips the scales at 35 ounces.
The scope is on the hefty side due to its overbuilt nature. The optic is built on a tough hammer-forged 34mm aluminum alloy tube designed to withstand abuse in the field, no matter which field it’s carried in.
As expected, it has multi-coated glass with anti-reflection and water-resistant coatings, and it’s waterproof, shock proff and fog proof. The scopes are argon-purged and deliver 95 percent light transmission.
It is also backed with a “one-year, no-risk Bushnell Bulletproof Guarantee,” which gives anyone the option to return the scope to Bushnell for 100 percent of their money back, no questions asked (except for possibly did you shoot this scope with another rifle, which may not be covered by the terms of the agreement).
About the only thing not to like about the new ERS scope is the sticker. It costs a bit more than Bushnell’s older-generation 3.5-21x riflescopes, with the Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21x 50mm riflescope sporting an MSRP of $1,950, and the new flat dark earth finish version $2,000. These are, of course, suggested prices so dealers are free to price them lower than that.
Still, if you’re looking for very flexible medium-to-long-range riflescope with very good reticle options out of the box, check out the new Elite Tactical ERS. If you’re looking to save a little for the ammo, you may also want to look at the HDMR and DMR models.