March 1-10×24 Shorty riflescope – My Test

Today I’ll test for you the March 1-10×24 Shorty riflescope!

The March riflescopes from the Japanese manufacturer Deon Optical Design are used, among others, by various military forces but also by many tactical shooters and hunters. The outstanding quality and technology make March glasses the first choice for demanding shooters.

We’ll take a closer look at the Shorty today.

What makes this glass, which is just 84” (21.4 cm) long and weighs 1.1 lbs. (505 grams), so special?

The production

The Japanese company Deon Optical Design has over 5 decades of experience in optics design and manufacturing of scopes. They are meticulously handcrafted. This often involves assembling more than 150 different parts. Only a few parts of it are made of plastic. The exceptions are parts that can’t be made of metal or glass due to their function. One example is the insulator for the illuminated reticle mechanism. The housing itself is made of solid aluminum.

Another quality feature is that all the components used are made in Japan.

The requirements for March riflescopes

Some rifles produce up to 1000G of recoil, which the scopes must be able to withstand. In addition, the scopes must perform well in difficult weather conditions during hunting and shooting. The Shorty meets all these criteria with flying colors. It is weatherproof and waterproof up to a depth of 13 ft (4 meters). The scope is filled with argon to ensure internal stability.

Before the riflescope leaves the factory in Japan, it is checked on 20 criteria to meet the highest demands of shooters and hunters.

Technical specifications of March 1-10×24 Shorty

March Shorty features a double reticle!

This means that both an FFP and SFP reticle are installed in a very small space. The technical and assembly requirements for such a scope are extreme. The tolerances required to install the DR-1 reticle are so tight that very few are able to manufacture it. Especially with magnifications of up to 10x, there are extremely tight tolerances in manufacturing. Any deviation would be visible at 10x zoom.

The scope is mainly used in hunting, tactical shooting and by shooters who want extreme quality in an ultra-compact scope.

Shorty has a true 1x magnification. That’s extremely rare. The advantage is that, at a close range, the target can be acquired and fired at with both eyes open.

There are two versions of this scope. One with tactical turrets, as seen in my case, and one with normal turrets hidden under screw caps.

The reticle of March 1-10×24 Shorty

The latest March dual reticle offers the advantages of a SFP and a FFP reticle.

It offers the convenience of the FFP reticle scale, which enlarges and decreases depending on magnification, and the ease of use of the SFP reticle with the constant line width as magnification changes.

Since the daylight-bright fiber dot illumination is on the SFP (Second Focal Plane) reticle, it is ensured that the illuminated dot is usable over the entire magnification range. From a dot sight at low magnifications to a precise illuminated dot for long range precision shooting at higher magnifications using the scale.

If you press on the rubberized area on the left tower, you can either turn the light spot on or off.

The diopter setting of Shorty

The eyepiece can be adjusted to the eye extremely quickly. Once you have adjusted the diopters so that you can see the crosshairs optimally, you only have to turn the locking ring until the eyepiece is fixed. It couldn’t be simpler.

My intended use for March 1-10×24 Shorty

You are probably wondering now why I bought the glass and how I use it.

I have come into contact with the March brand frequently over the past few years. So far, I have to say, the glasses were a bit too high-priced for my wallet. It was clear to me that March scopes are one of the best scopes you can ever buy for your rifle.

However, when I configured and optimized my Edgun Leshiy 2, I was of course on the lookout for an outstanding scope. Edgun Leshiy 2 is a semi-automatic air rifle that allows you to fire 8 rounds in under 2 seconds. This is especially fun with reactive or moving targets. I shoot mostly moving targets at shorter distances with a very small magnification or a RedDot.

Due to its real 1x magnification, Shorty is absolutely suitable for this.

I also use my Leshiy 2 for silhouette shooting. The targets are at a distance of up to 48 yards (44 meters). With Shorty’s 10x magnification, this is also perfectly doable at this distance. Since the red dot in the reticle is so fine, you can even use the scope to shoot at small targets at long ranges.

I was so excited about Shorty that I plan to use it on my Anschütz 9015 for Hunter Field Target. I’ve mounted March 1-10×24 Shorty on my Anschütz and plan to compete in an HFT competition with it. I’m firmly convinced that the outstanding light intensity in particular will be of great help to me, even in dark forests. The razor-thin red dot will allow me to focus precisely on the target.

Sure, the glass is incredibly high priced…. but Shorty is also the best scope I’ve ever looked through.

How do you like the Shorty?

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Technical data of March 1-10×24 Shorty:

  • Length: 8.4” (21.4 cm)
  • Weight: 1.11 lbs. (505 g)
  • Reticle: DR1 reticle
  • Closest focusing distance: 9.9 yards (9.1 m)
  • Center tube diameter: 1.1” (30 mm)
  • Interocular distance: 2.9” – 3.9” (7,5 – 10 cm)
  • Flip caps included
  • Zoom lever for easy adjustment

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