American Hunter - December 2013 - 92

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Weaver Super Slam
By Jeff Johnston, Executive Editor

I

f the devil had a horse it would be a
nilgai. Not that this flavorful antelope
species native to India is evil, but it
certainly favors depictions of Lucifer,
what with its sharp brow, shadowy
cheek bones and spiky horns that jut from
its skull like a Halloween mask. Fact is the
nilgai is as spooky as game animals get.
I was lucky to see a flash of horn in the
heavy brush at all. Thanks to a magnified
view, I immediately realized it was not the
-inch horn of an immature animal but
the -inch dagger of a trophy. I dropped
the bino onto its strap and threw up the
rifle, found the bull's shoulder in the scope
and mashed the trigger. The black-maned
bull wheeled as the -grain Fusion
smacked.
I'm betting most  members know
Weaver optics. Brought to market by William Ralph Weaver in , many of our
fathers were finally won over by the allsteel Weaver  or similar riflescopes that represented a quantum leap from their trusted iron
sights. They weren't the brightest telescopes in the world,
but they were tough and they
gave willing hunters a huge
advantage. In  the
Meade Instrument Company
bought Weaver and updated
the line with new products
featuring new materials. But
the acquisition wasn't without its problems. Then, in
, Weaver Optics was
purchased by  (the parent company of Federal
Ammo and a dozen-plus
other brands).  modernized and revamped the
line, and now offers various
lines of Weaver binoculars
and riflescopes including
(and in order of price range)
the , /, Classic,
Grand Slam and Super Slam,

A 500-pound bull nilgai may be the
perfect big game animal, save for its
diminutive horns that must be judged
quickly, often while the beast runs away.

■ Interpupillary distance lock
customizes to the user's eyes.

in addition to laser rangefinders.
The .xmm Super Slam I tested at
Jeff Rann's  Ranch in Texas is a highend, roof-prism binocular. Sadly for us,
at just over , retail, it's actually in
the "high-mid" level, considering topend binoculars these days can cost up to
,. To me , is a lot to pay for
anything, and so I hold the Super Slam
to a high standard.
Optically, the Weaver is difficult to tell
apart from top-end optics costing 
more. That said, it's difficult to tell apart
from units costing  less. In the past,
German and Austrian glass and manufacturing techniques had a clear edge, but
Japanese optical companies and recently
even the Chinese have closed the gap. The
Super Slam is made in Japan, like dozens
of other brands. Japan is now known for
producing extremely high-quality optics
at mid- to low-level prices-prices that
the Europeans simply can't match due to
labor costs.
This mm Weaver performed
excellently in low light. In fact
I watched some of the biggest
whitetail deer I've ever seen
while at the , and counted
their antler points until nightfall.
(Too bad I couldn't afford to
shoot one!) The Weaver was
clear and sharp throughout
its focus range, and lens flare
in morning and evening sun
was mitigated thanks to fully
multi-coated optics. These
days, however, only the cheapest optics are not coated, so
this is no bragging point.
Rubber armor protects
the Super Slam's magnesium
frame. The binocular is purged
with argon to combat internal
fogging. I tested it by letting it
soak in my kitchen sink for 
minutes; dropped it on grass
 times from  feet; then
froze it. It did not break, leak
or exhibit internal fogging.
While its Bak- roof
continued on p. 110

  ❘

 ❘  .

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