U.S. Marine snipers are having much success with their new M-8541
sniper rifle scopes. These are military versions of the Schmidt & Bender
3x12 variable powered day scope. The new scope is more rugged than the old 10x
scope that has been used for over twenty years. The M-8541 has superior optics,
providing better visibility at low light conditions (dawn or dusk). The
variable magnifications enables the sniper to use a wider view to spot a
target, then go for the narrower, but more magnified, view to get the shot. The
variable magnification also provides an easier- to- use view at closer ranges.
The new scope weighs the same as the old one, despite all the new features. The
M-8541 also uses regular AA batteries, making resupply easier. Marine snipers
in Iraq began receiving the new scopes last fall.