Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 Review

Vortex is a family-owned, veteran-owned company located in Middleton, Wisconsin and has been in business as a retail store since 1986. They started manufacturing optics in 2002 after 16 years of listening to what their customers wanted in a rifle scope. They decided they could deliver and Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review demonstrate they did just that. The Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) has features found in top-of-the-line rifle scopes but at a much better street price. With matching turret and reticle measurements you get fast dialing for accurate shots. The 30mm tube has ample space for elevation and windage adjustments. Add to that quality lenses and Vortex’s CRS zero stop and as you read this Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review you’ll find that it delivers the features and performance you want at the right price.

Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 Review – Pros and Cons

Vortex Viper PST 1 4x24


1. Solid Construction

The Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24, made from a single piece of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, feels rugged and solid. The scope is shockproof, whether it gets jolted from recoil action or from getting bumped. The turret controls are well-made and easy to understand. Turret clicks both feel and sound solid, allowing the shooter to make adjustments without looking up. The zero marking is easy to see in low light and fiber optic lines make it easy to spot reference points for turret rotation and magnification. It does a great job holding zero, even after several re-mounts, recoils, and bangs.

2. CRS Zero Stop

The Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 has the Customizable Rotation Stop feature. Sight the rifle and install the CRS shims. With the CRS design, you have a quick and easy way to return to your original zero after temporary elevation changes. No more concerns about forgetting to count the number of turret revolutions. Just turn the elevation knob counterclockwise to align the radius bar and zero reference and you are back at the original zero point.

3. TMCQ Reticle

The Tactical Milling Close Quarter reticle uses an illuminated, segmented circle around a one MOA dot. When unmagnified, this allows the scope to function like a red dot scope. At full magnification, it acts like a compact scope.

4. Quality Optical

Vortex’s trademarked XD (extra-low dispersion) technology results in accurate colors and increases resolution. With extra-low dispersion glass usually found in more expensive scopes, it is a find having them in a scope at this price level. The result is bright, crisp and sharp images. At 1x, you’ll feel like you are looking through a clear window. Switch to 4x and the dimming is minimal. Specifications say that there is 95% light transmission.

5. Easy To Use Controls

The Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 magnification control turns smooth and its rubber coating makes it easy to grip with no slippage. Brightness settings range from zero to ten, with OFF between each of the settings. This nice feature lets you return to the brightness level you like without having to go through all the settings. The turrets are easy to adjust with just your fingertips. And the focus dial is on the side of the scope out of your field of view.

6. Waterproof. Fog proof

A combination of O-rings and argon gas keep the Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 scope waterproof and fog proof.

7. Size

At only 9.7 inches long, and weighing in at 16.2 ounces, it’s not the lightest scope out there. Still, at just a pound, you won’t feel a major change in the heft of your rifle. And its size makes it small enough to use on a compact carbine.

Vortex Viper PST 1 4x24 scope


For an honest Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review, it must be mentioned that several users complained about the illumination in bright daylight. It appears to be weak and washes out, especially if the background is also bright.

It is a second focal plane scope and will only range correctly at one magnification setting. If you change the magnification, the result will be a missed shot. And because the reticle size will not change with different magnifications, the Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 may not be the best choice for anyone with poor eyesight.

The crosshair markings are very fine and may be difficult to see against a background that is dark and busy, especially at 1x. However, the markings are easier to read at the higher magnification.

The Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 has a fixed parallax at 100 yards and it is not adjustable. When doing long range shooting, it is important to center the reticle in the tube.

You need to keep an eye on the diopter lens. It turns smoothly, maybe too smoothly. Whether it will turn if it gets bumped is an unanswered question. But because of how easy it turns, there is less confidence it will be in the same position before and after a bump.

Who Is This Product Good For?

Based on a Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review, this scope is good for hunting moving targets and brush and field hunting up to about 300 yards. The 1x magnification makes it a great option for anyone who likes to shoot with both eyes open. Plus, the 1x setting works well for hunters who will need to identify targets and fire at close range. For big game hunters, the low power Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 scope is a good option for use when approaching a wounded animal.

Reading a Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review points out that this is a solid choice for use with close range and moving targets. Reticle adjustments are precise and tactile. It has a center dot surrounded by four semi-circles, making a 22 MOA wide ring, perfect for fast targeting up close. Yet it also provides a precise point to aim for long range shooting. Quality glass gives you a bright and clear image from one side of the scope to the other. Through knocks and bumps and recoil, the Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 will hold its zero. For its price, it will be hard to find a scope with more quality and features. Reading this Vortex Viper PST 1 4×24 review should give you the confidence you need to put one on your rifle.