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Vortex RAZOR HD GEN II 1-6X24-JM-1 BDC: A Classic Choice in a World of High Magnification

Vortex Razor HD 1-6

Vortex RAZOR HD GEN II 1-6X24-JM-1 BDC: A Classic Choice in a World of High Magnification

In a market increasingly leaning towards higher magnification scopes, like the 1-10x options, the Vortex RAZOR HD GEN II 1-6X24-JM-1 BDC still holds its ground as a solid choice. Despite the allure of more powerful scopes, this model from Vortex continues to maintain its appeal. The reasons for its enduring popularity are rooted in its practical features that blend seamlessly with the shooting engagements we see at a match.

My time behind the optic has deepened my appreciation for this scope’s strengths. The brightness and clarity of its illuminated dot at 1x magnification are unmatched. This clarity is particularly evident when comparing it to first focal plane optics, where the reticle is less visible at lower magnifications. The second focal plane design of the RAZOR HD GEN II ensures that the reticle remains crisp and clearly defined, even at 1x, enhancing quick target acquisition and periphery awareness. This feature alone sets it apart in scenarios where rapid, close-range engagement is key, but the need for flexibility in mid-range targeting remains – you just have to be cognizant of the fact that the subtensions will not hold true until you are at full 6x.

Couple these optical advantages with its robust build and Vortex’s reputation for quality, and it’s easy to see why the RAZOR HD GEN II 1-6X24-JM-1 BDC continues to be a solid choice for a wide spectrum of shooters, from tactical enthusiasts to competitive marksmen. In a market saturated with LPVO’s that often equates higher magnification with better performance, this scope reminds us that balance, clarity, and usability often triumph in the fast-paced action of shooting sports.

Vortex Razor 1-6 on 3-Gun Upper

Key Features

  • Optical Quality: The RAZOR HD GEN II features exceptional clarity and color fidelity, thanks to its HD lens elements. The high-density, extra-low dispersion glass ensures sharp, crisp images across its magnification range.
  • Reticle: The JM-1 BDC reticle is a standout for rapid engagement at varying distances, especially in dynamic shooting scenarios. It’s calibrated for 223 or 5.56 cartridges moving 2800+ feet per second, making it fast and easy to utilize out to 600 yards.
  • Build and Durability: As expected from Vortex, the build quality is top-notch. Aircraft-grade aluminum and a hard-anodized finish give it robustness suitable for rugged use. I have one that’s been punished through several thousand rounds of .308 and it has held up well.
  • Red Dot Illumination: With 11 illumination settings, the scope is versatile in different light conditions, enhancing its usability from dawn till dusk.

Match Performance

Vortex Razor 1-6 at The Tactical Games
Competitor Tim Simanski with his Vortex Razor HD 1-6 at The Tactical Games 2021 National Championship

At a match, the 1-6x magnification range of the RAZOR HD GEN II proves to be more than just a numbers game. The true 1x setting offers a wide, clear field of view, facilitating quick target acquisition akin to a red dot sight. I appreciate how the optic housing essentially disappears from view with both eyes open. Cranking it up to 6x, it allows for precise shots at mid-range distances. Its reticle, designed with input from competitive legend Jerry Miculek, shines in practical shooting competitions and hunting scenarios alike.

Additional Considerations

  • Weight: At 25.2 ounces, it’s on the heavier side. Weight-conscious shooters might find this a downside, especially for fast-paced, dynamic shooting.
  • Price Point: It’s an investment. While delivering excellent performance, the price tag might be a hurdle for those on a tighter budget.
  • Magnification Range: In a world where 1-10x scopes are gaining popularity, some might view the 1-6x range as a limitation. However, it’s worth considering the practicality and actual needs based on one’s shooting style.


The Vortex RAZOR HD GEN II 1-6X24-JM-1 BDC remains a formidable option in the optics market. Its combination of quality, reliability, and performance makes it a favorite among many shooters. While newer models with higher magnifications are available, the 1-6x range of this scope meets and exceeds the needs of most practical shooting scenarios. Its proven track record, durability, and the trust Vortex has built in the community make it a choice you can rely on, time and time again. Remember, sometimes, the classic choice is the right choice, especially when it’s built to perform. With the Gen III line being released, that also puts the Gen II at a very attractive price point. I don’t think you’ll find a better value out there for this much optical clarity and quality.