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Wolf optics: Wolf introduces a line of day and night optics.

Just as I was finishing testing on the 3GCR 17.1 I had a unique opportunity. Wolf Performance Ammunition has secretly been working on developing a line of optics for the past couple of years. As luck would have it, I happened to get my hands on a very interesting 1X/4x32mm model called the PSU. Although I was staring the deadline for this article in the face, I jumped at the chance of putting this new optic to work.

Before I delve into this particular scope let's take a quick look at the company, While Wolf Performance Ammunition is best known for their economical steel-cased ammunition line, the company itself is neither Russian nor limited to this type of product. Wolf Performance Ammunition is actually the brand name used by an American company called Sporting Supplies International, Inc. (hereafter referred to simply as Wolf).

Founded in Anaheim, California in 1996, they began by importing mainstream ComBloc military calibers. Looking back, this was only a few years after the fall of Communism. To make their ammunition line distinctive, they created the Wolf Performance Ammunition brand. Attractively boxed, it stood out from the drab Stalin-era boxes other importers sold their ammunition in.

Within a short time, the Wolf Performance Ammunition line became very successful. Soon they expanded out from selling only traditional ComBloc calibers like 7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm and 9x18mm Makarov to also selling American favorites like .223, 9x19, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The result was economical ammunition the average Joe could afford to go practice and plink with.

The next big addition to the Wolf Performance Ammunition line was the introduction of very high quality .22 LR Match ammunition. To accomplish this Wolf partnered with the well-respected German firm of SK Jagd- und Sportmunitions GmbH in Schonebeck. As this company had been producing Olympic grade .22 rimfire competition ammunition for decades, Wolf's new line quickly earned an enviable reputation for accuracy. Since being introduced, Wolf's rimfire line has gone on to do extremely well in both national and international competition. Not one to rest on their laurels, Wolf Performance Ammunition's logo was next placed on a line of shotshells. This includes German-manufactured 12 gauge buckshot and slugs.

An entire line of brass cased ammunition from Serbia was added in 2006. Today Wolf Performance Ammunition offers a comprehensive line of ammunition with the most recent addition being high quality brass-cased .223 Rem. ammunition produced in Taiwan. In addition to their ammunition Wolf also offers Vepr rifles and shotguns from the famous Molot factory.

Now for 2014 Wolf is adding both day and night optics. Expanding out into optics is a very big step for this company. To accomplish this they have teamed up with two major optical manufacturers, one in Europe and the other in Asia. Their goal is bring to market some very interesting rifle scopes and night vision devices.

Initially they will be offering four night vision devices. These will be Generation 2+ and Generation 3 and autogated. One will be a compact rifle sight, a second will be a combination day/night sight, the third will be a monocular along the lines of a PVS-14 and the last will be a single-tube device similar in layout to a PVS-7.

The night vision devices are produced in Russia at the famous Novosibirsk Instrument-Making Plant. Founded in 1905, this optical works has a long history of producing military and commercial grade optics.

NPZ will also be producing a number of day optics as well. The flagship of their riflescope line is the 1X/4x32mm PSU. A very interesting compact rifle scope it switches back and forth from 1X to 4X with the throw of a lever. Built to survive hash conditions, the PSU is manufactured from a solid aluminum alloy body. The design is both shockproof and watertight. The fully multi-coated optics provide a sharp and bright image with accurate color rendition and excellent resolution.

What makes this optic so interesting are its two magnification settings. When set on lX, the PSU provides a huge 26[degrees] field of view facilitating rapid "both eyes open" target engagement.

Set on 1X, it can be employed like a reflex sight. If you need magnification, all you do is flip a switch on the left side of the scope body. The magnification increases to 4X, providing target identification, ranging and engagement at extended distances. A bullet drop compensating reticle, combined with a simple-to-use "no math" telemetric rangefinder, is intended to allow hits at medium distances.

The illuminated reticle features seven intensity settings, and is powered by a readily available CR2032 3-volt battery. The BDC reticle provides ballistic compensation out to 800 meters. The telemetric rangefinder allows ranging out to the same distance.

Capped adjustment turrets provide quick and trouble-free zeroing. Once zeroed, all ballistic corrections are made using the reticle. Very compact in size, the PSU is only 7.4 inches long. Weight is just 24 ounces. Eye relief is a generous 2.75 inches. The PSU mounts easily to a MIL STD 1913 Picatinny rail and features two QD levers. These allow rapid attachment and removal, no tools required.

The sample I received for testing was a preproduction model, but it looked very good. It mounted easily onto the 3GCR 17.1 with enough clearance for a KAC 600-meter BUIS. It zeroed without issue and worked well throughout testing. Optical performance is very good and the reticle performed well. Due to my deadline I don't have as much time behind it as I'd like, but my initial impressions are very positive.

Currently Elcan and IOR offer 1X/4X type scopes. Wolf's PSU is another take on this concept. In layout the PSU is similar to the Elcan DR1, but internally it is very different and it features internal adjustments. I look forward to seeing a production model. Wolf will also be offering a conventional layout 1-6X scope with illuminated reticle as well as a number of other rifle scopes. I very much look forward to seeing what the future holds for this interesting new line.

Wolf Performance Ammunition

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Date:Jan 20, 2014
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