What happens when some of the greatest minds in the ballistics and long range shooting fields create a Bluetooth system that can link a Kestrel Sportsman weather meter, a Bushnell Elite 1-Mile Rangefinder, and a ballistics app on your smart phone? Crazy-stupid long range shooting success, that’s what.
With a very minimal background in long-range shooting, my cameraman and I were both able to go three-for-three on engaging an 875 yard target with a rifle we’d never before shot under the guidance of Team Bushnell’s Tom Fuller. His history with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit precedes him, and having his endorsement automatically adds credence to the ConX, not that the unit needs it. Of the 800+ yard shots in varying desert conditions and crosswinds, he casually states, “with this (the ConX), you really can’t miss.”
What is the ConX, exactly? The 7×26 laser rangefinder detects ranges from 5 to 1,760 yards, with +/- one-yard accuracy. The 7x magnification lens features RainGuard HD anti-fog and water-repellent coating and has excellent immersion resistance.
The 1-mile ConX connects to the Kestrel via 4.0 low-draw Bluetooth with full, dual layer encryption. The Bushnell mobile app for both iOS or Android allows shooters to make ballistic calculations with Bluetooth input from the secondary devices.
To oversimplify in the essence of time and space, the ConX system essentially picks up factors of weather/wind, distance, and ballistics data before outputting the exact hold over amount in inches, MOA, or MILs on your smart phone, giving you exactly the amount of adjustment needed on your optic to make a dead-center hit at most any range. You may have to see it to believe it; I’ve seen it, and I’m impressed.
Bushnell’s Elite 1-Mile ConX Laser Rangefinder was introduced in late 2015 but was all the rage on the range at Shot 2016. It will be available either independently, or more appropriately, packaged along with the Kestrel Sportsman and labeled the Elite 1-Mile ConX Combo. MSPR on the combo was not readily available as it will not be released until mid-late 2016, but the ConX LRF itself is priced around $699 at online retailers.