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DOPE BAG

Weaver Classic 2.5-8X 28 mm

H

unting handguns come in a
variety of styles, from conventional semi-automatic and
revolver designs that can ride on the
hip, to bipod- and sling-equipped
bolt-action and single-shots that fire
rifle cartridges. As such, a pistol scope
needs to have the flexibility for taking
shots that are as close in as 15 yds. or
out beyond 100. Weaver offers this versatility with its variable-power Classic
Handgun 2.5-8X 28 mm scope.
The scope's features follow the
other models in Weaver's Classic line,
with fully multi-coated lenses and
a 1" nitrogen-purged tube that is
constructed from a single piece of
aluminum. Its Dual-X reticle is a nonilluminated classic duplex crosshair
with the thicker outside sections drawing the eye toward the thinner center
sections. The scope's turrets, protected
under cover caps, provide click adjustments of 1/4" at 100 yds., and can be
turned with a screwdriver or quarter.
Parallax is fixed at 50 yds. Eye relief
is generous (16.5" to 24.5") and has
a wide enough range to accommodate
most shooters. The scope, made in
Japan and imported by Weaver, comes
finished in matte black.
Despite its variable power, the
Classic Handgun 2.5-8X 28 mm is
compact in size and fits nicely on
a medium-to-large-size handgun. It
weighs only 2.5 ozs. more and is 3/4"
longer than the fixed-power Weaver
Classic 2X handgun scope. We tested
the scope on an EAA Witness Hunter
chambered in 10 mm Auto using that

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company's scope base, which attaches
to the pistol's frame, and Weaver's
updated Grand Slam rings. With the
scope itself weighing just more than
half a pound, the scope, mount and
rings combined add 13 ozs. to the
pistol's overall weight.
Weaver claims its Classic Handgun
scopes are "torture-tested to withstand
the most powerful handgun cartridges,"
and the scope shrugged off the stoutest
recoil that the 10 mm Auto could dish
out. The Witness was tested with the
heaviest 10 mm hunting loads, including Buffalo Bore's Heavy Outdoorsman-
which launches a 220-gr. hard-cast
bullet at just under 1200 f.p.s.-and
the scope maintained its zero throughout our extensive bench testing.
To test the practical application of
pistol, cartridge and scope, we used
the combination for some eastern
whitetail deer hunting. The scope's
lowest magnification proved adequate
for shots under 50 yds. without overaccentuating wobble when a shot had
to be taken without a rest. It lived
up to its waterproof and fogproof
promise by staying clear throughout
the changing weather conditions that
a fall deer season can present.
While in the field, the scope's magnification stayed on 2.5X, but its 8X
capability proved useful on the range,
where it helped get the most out of
the Witness Hunter's match-grade
accuracy potential. This highest power
setting would work well for long shots
taken with a rifle-chambered handgun
with the aid of a rest.
NOVEMBER 2019

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

The Classic Handgun 2.5-8X 28 mm
scope is covered by Weaver's limited
lifetime warranty to the original
owner. Weaver's Classic Handgun
scope line is also available in 1.5-4X
and fixed 2X models, and in silver and
gloss black finishes.
With an MSRP of $386 and a
counter price of considerably less, the
Weaver Classic 2.5-8X 28 mm scope is
positioned in the middle of the pack
of handgun scopes in regards to price.
Given its affordable price point, our
testing revealed the optic to be durable
and versatile enough to meet the needs
of most handgun hunters.
WEAVER CLASSIC 2.5-8X 28 MM

IMPORTER: WEAVER OPTICS (DEPT. AR),
9200 CODY, OVERLAND PARK, KS,
66214; (800) 423-3537;
WEAVEROPTICS.COM
RETICLE: SECOND-FOCAL-PLANE; DUAL-X
DUPLEX (TESTED)
OBJECTIVE DIAMETER: 28 MM
MAIN TUBE DIAMETER: 1"
MAGNIFICATION: 2.5-8X
FIELD OF VIEW: 24.5' (2.5X) TO
16.5' (8X) @ 100 YDS.
EXIT PUPIL (MM): 11.2 (2.5X) TO 3.5 (8X)
EYE RELIEF: 16.5" TO 24.5"
ELEVATION ADJUSTMENT: 50 M.O.A.
WINDAGE ADJUSTMENT: 50 M.O.A.
CLICK VALUE: 1/4" @ 100 YDS.
LENGTH: 9.29"
WEIGHT: 9 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL
MSRP: $386


http://www.WEAVEROPTICS.COM

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