The new MSR2 - optimized to next level
The original MSR concept was released in 2009. The idea for this reticle was born from the needs of long-range field shooters. Guidelines for the concept were practicality, versatility and accuracy within the footprint of modern sniper rifles systems.
The principles are also valid and carry over to many sport shooters and hunters - those who appreciate and need practical usable precision in any situation and all conditions. The original design team was put together by FinnAccuracy, and consisted of various types of experienced professionals, active and retired military, Law Enforcement Officers and competitive long range shooters. Many - if not all - members of the design team were also passionate hunters at the same time, so design was considered from all possible perspectives.
Now, after many successful years from that original release, MSR2 features are updated and optimized to match or exceed even the most demanding modern needs. Since its original inception there have been many advances, and many things have changed within the shooting world. Scope magnification ratios have increased just to mention one - but also the general knowledge among advanced scoped rifle users has improved in big leaps. The original MSR key points were a clean overall look with separate areas for precise but simple multitasking. Some of the features in MSR2 were envisaged for the original MSR design, but were intentionally not added to it.
MSR2 has several new features, yet with further development of original design features, all carefully benchmarked and fine-tuned for the most optimized usability. Dozens of test combinations were used in the development phase, some have been incorporated into final prototype scopes for further evaluation and final analysis. Countless individual aspects had to be considered in design and development, especially line or object weight balancing which is always difficult with any reticle. This was a particularly sensitive issue with MSR2 where optimization had to be balanced uniquely for various types of use, and design had to perform with several magnifications. In some applications, MSR2 also requires and takes advantage of the latest reticle lens etching technology that was not available during the original MSR development.
The reticle can now be used at very low magnification powers starting from 3…5x for spotting and general observing, whilst still be used at these powers for very close range and rapid aiming situations.
Midrange magnifications from 10…15x offer the very traditional 1/0.5mrad deviation feel for any shooting where larger FOV or simple classic look is needed. In heavy mirage or with moving targets, for instance. The stadimetric 400m-1300m instant ranging scale becomes more usable starting from this power range. Several additional aiming references for ELR/ULR also available due to relatively large FOV.
From 15…20x power and up, the smaller center area details for long range precision appear and become visible. The center cross has added hashmarks, as well as very fine surrounding alignment crosses whilst still keeping the clean and simple overall feel without any unnecessary distraction.
For magnification above 25x, FOV limits the usage to the center area of the reticle. The illuminated center cross has 0.2mrad deviation hashmarks in the horizontal axis. These marks were kept light to keep the center area as clean as possible while still offering functionality with new aiming references. The reticle 0.04mrad hairline thickness in 5-25x scope class can be considered to be slightly on the thick side, but the incorporation of a center aiming dot enables aiming at even the smallest and most distant target. The center aiming dot was considered for the original MSR design, but it seemed too radical for such a new design concept back then. However now with scope magnifications up to 35x and even more, this feature guarantees precise aiming in any situation. MSR2 also incorporates design features which are particular functionality extension to extremely long shooting distances.
After almost 2-years on the project, we are confident and happy to assure anyone that nothing was lost from the original idea. The New MSR2 is still simple, versatile and efficient – but now with detailed precision and extended usability for those who appreciate more.
MSR2 will be available first in Steiner Military- series and Schmidt&Bender 3-20 Ultra-Short, PMII 3-27, PMII 5-25 and PMII 5-45. Others will follow.
MSR2 center area dimensions. Hairline weight change exaggerated in image, vector graphic to raster image conversion produces scaling error.
MSR2 key features
- Proven MSR look and feel - with more features
- Aiming usability starting from the lowest magnification and very close ranges. Heavy bar scaling offer close-range aiming reference
- Clear traditional feel in midrange 10...15x magnifications.Details needed for finest precision available in 20x and above
- Numbered bars and hashmarks for general observing down to very lowest magnifications: scale in both horizontal and vertical axis
- Center cross area optimized to highest magnification powers - center cross hashmarks and dot offer precision without distraction
- Modern FFP scope large variation of apparent reticle size exploited: a truly functional multipurpose reticle trough whole magnification range
- Optimized functionality out to ultra-long shooting distances
- Dimensions checked and optimized to each scope model magnification range