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|WETZLAR/Germany, 16.02.2009. |
Synchronization between targeting optics and firearm for the first time
With a pioneering new concept, the two innovation leaders Carl Zeiss and Blaser are attracting attention: for the first time, a riflescope and hunting firearm were enhanced simultaneously and coupled in their functionality. The concept known as Illumination Control, or iC for short, reduces the several operating procedures such as “turn on the illuminated dot” and “tighten the mainspring” to a single action. Moving forward the cocking slider on the Blaser R 93 iC not only tightens the mainspring on the weapon, but also activates the illuminated dot on the riflescope. The innovative iC concept enables the high-end Victory Varipoint and Blaser R 93 to work even better together. The successful cooperation between both market leaders ensures more safety, speed, and convenience.
Three functions with one movement
The following situation is familiar to many hunters on a driven hunt: a fox or boar unexpectedly and silently crosses their path and there is very little time to take advantage of the opportunity. The rifle is quickly cocked and the shooter realizes that the illuminated dot is not activated. As annoyed as he is, it is practically impossible to land a hit.
With the iC system, this type of experience will soon be a thing of the past. A single movement of the hand is all that is needed to cock the R 93 iC and activate the reticle illumination of the Varipoint iC: moving the cocking slider forward. The switch and control knob of the Varipoint reticle no longer need to be pulled out. The memory function on the Varipoint iC ensures that the most recent light intensity setting is immediately active. Regardless of the weapon or position of the cocking slider, the light intensity is set when the control knob on the riflescope is pulled out and stored when the knob is pushed back into place. Unintentional rotating of the depressed knob does not influence the light intensity setting. Relaxing the tension on the R 93 iC turns off the reticle illumination which clearly increases battery life.
The benefits of Illumination Control are thus obvious: as a result of the ergonomically favorable positioning of the cocking slider on the R 93 iC, the shooting hand of the hunter always remains on the pistol grip, and the guiding hand no longer has to come away from the front shaft to turn on the illuminated reticle on the riflescope. The shooter and weapon remain as one – without fumbling around on the riflescope – and forgetting to activate the illuminated dot is a thing of the past. Good concepts work under pressure – Illumination Control is a prime example for this type of a successful and practical hunting solution.
Lefthanders will be particularly pleased with this innovation, primarily because they no longer need to deal with operating the illumination of the reticle via the riflescope. Carl Zeiss even thought of those who do not always want Illumination Control: they can deactivate the iC function by pulling the control knob; the manual Varipoint operating concept works as usual. To eliminate any remaining contingencies, the iC function even works when the illumination is automatically deactivated after four hours of permanent operation without any actions having occurred: any time the R 93 iC is cocked, the illuminated reticle turns on.
High tech for more ease of use
The innovative communication between the firearm and riflescope is based on a small magnetic generator in the cocking slider of the R 93 iC and a sensor on the underside of the Varipoint eyepiece.
The sensor captures every change in the position of the cocking slider and automatically activates or deactivates the illumination. Through the systematic miniaturization of the sensor, it was possible to largely use the traditional design of the Varipoint line and not affect its appearance with all the new technology. The firearm and riflescope thus form a homogeneous unit that becomes an extended arm of the shooter following a short familiarization period. This is even more evident as the Varipoint optics feature a unique benefit: with a superior, wide exit pupil of 14.8 mm at 1.1x magnification, the Varipoint decisively facilitates quick aiming. Furthermore, the Varipoint offers the smallest illuminated dot on the market, features minimal subtension and prevents over illumination in the last light of the day. Rarely has as a riflescope been designed with such ease of use and safety in mind.
iC – a new line in the new Varipoint generation
The new Varipoint iC models – M 1.1-4x24 iC T*, M 1.5-6x42 iC T*, M 2.5-10x50 iC T* and M 3-12x56 iC T* – have their origins in a new Varipoint generation which features a variety of unique innovations: in addition to the Illumination Control function, the new models feature the technically sophisticated Reticle 60 with crosshairs in the first and an illuminated dot in the second image plane, which unites the benefits of both image planes in one device.
The two twilight models – M 2.5-10x50 iC T* and M 3-12x56 iC T* – will also be available with the new switchable V 69 illuminated reticle beginning in April/May 2009. This allows the user to alternate between the illuminated crosshairs in the first image plane and the illuminated dot in the second, to ideally adjust the target mark to difficult light conditions and personal preferences. With the new V 69 reticle, the Varipoint iC offers an unparalleled level of functionality, operating security and flexibility, which leads to specific and practical benefits during hunting operations.
R 93 retrofit
The safe Blaser R 93 repeating rifle is the bestselling repeating rifle among European hunters. More than 100,000 have already been manufactured.
Each of these repeating rifles can be quickly and economically retrofitted to iC: simply give the R 93 bolt to your Blaser dealer who will then send it to the Blaser factory in Isny. There, the old cocking slider will be replaced by the new iC cocking slider. The cost of this retrofit including shipping is €145 (MSRP).
If a new R 93 iC or an alternate R93 iC bolt is ordered, the extra price is a moderate €95 (MSRP). Blaser is able to retrofit on short notice.
Due to the sophisticated electronics and the modified design, it is not possible to retrofit Victory Varipoint devices to Varipoint iC.
Varipoint iC and R 93iC available from March 2009
Both the Victory Varipoint iC models and the Blaser R 93 iC repeating rifle are completely available at the start of delivery. The additional up-charge for the Victory iC models is €150. The prices thus start at €1945 (for the Varipoint M 1.1-4x24 iC T* with Reticle 0, MSRP for Germany).
Available models and reticle combinations
Victory Varipoint M 1.1-4x24 iC T*: Reticles 0 and 60
Victory Varipoint M 1.56x 42 iC T*: Reticle 60
Victory Varipoint M 2.5-10x50 iC T*: Reticles 60 and 69
Victory Varipoint M 3-12x56 iC T*: Reticles 60 and 69
The Victory Varipoint iC M 1.1-4x24 T* on the R93. The weapon is uncocked.
The cocking slider on the R93.
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Number: 0014-2009-ENG BR