Redfield Battlefield Tactical Binoculars 10X42 (with TAC-MOA Reticle)

redfield-battlefield-10x42Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 4.3 feet
Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 inches
Weight: 26.4 ounces
Field of View: 341 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16.3 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: Yes

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Wildlife Observation

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Redfield Battlefield Binoculars Review

This Redfield Battlefield 10X42 binocular has 10X power with the ideal sized 42 mm objective lens that are fully multi-coated and made with BAK4 prisms all wrapped up in a fully waterproof and fog-proof device. Its aluminum and ergonomic roof prism body are fashioned with an eye-catching camo design that is befitting of the tactical reticle the Battlefield sports.

As far as ratings go, it’s still relatively new to the market. There’s yet more to say about this rangefinding… slash… binocular hybrid. So, only time will tell how… or if these rangefinding binos sell.

As the most expensive binocular and the only one of its kind in the Redfield’s binocular line up, there was no way I could not review this rangefinding optic.

Even if you think this marriage of the two optical systems might be a little controversial, just hear me out and then decide for yourself before you buy Redfield rangefinding binoculars.

If you’re curious about what this tactical binocular can offer in a hunting scenario, open your mind and get right into the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • TAC-MOA reticle
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Accessories included
CONs:
  • Incorrect advertising

 

Battlefield 10X42 Binocular Q&A:

Is this a rangefinding binocular?

Yes. The included MOA reticle in the left eyepiece of the binocular is what turns this simple bino into a rangefinding machine. Unlike a laser rangefinder that actually displays a distance, this binocular doesn’t.

So, how do you use the reticle?

I know this is going to sound like a textbook answer, but it might just be the best advice you’ll ever get – read the manual. You’ll be given lots of advice to use it this way or that way, but in the end, Redfield is the only one that can tell you how to use it the right way. But, here’s my two cents anyway…

 

What does the TAC-MOA reticle look like?

battlefield_tac-moa_reticleThe Battlefield binocular features the same minute of angle (MOA) reticle that’s used in Redfield’s Battlezone rifle scopes – the TAC-MOA reticle.

The stadia lines extend along the vertical and horizontal cross hairs in 2 MOA increments until they’ve reached the first end of the post. The first part of the post is thin until it converts to a thick post as it reaches the edges of the field of view.

 

How do I use the TAC-MOA reticle?

This is the part that gets a little tricky. It’s not a rifle scope, so you don’t need the preciseness that a rifle scope offers. But, it’s also not a laser rangefinder in the fact that you’re given an instant distance.

And, how to use the Redfield Battlefield rangefinding binocular reticle might get a little confusing since mariners and the military seem to get more use out of it than hunters do.

The idea is to use the 2 MOA stadia lines to give you an approximate value of how far away your target is and its size. The reticle can be aligned by using the knurled left eyepiece to get it aligned with the horizon. This can be done from any viewing angle you’re on and even despite the variable IPD distance.

This rangefinding and binocular combo can help you in traditional hunting where you’re needing the distance to that trophy without switching from one device to another in a matter of a few critical seconds.

It goes without saying, getting a ton of practice before using it in the field to aid in taking down your target is strongly encouraged.

 

Will this Battlefield TAC-MOA be good for hunting?

Although these types of binoculars are typically made for tactical or even marine use, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be a good tool for hunting.

It has the ideal 10X42 binocular platform, a wide field of view of 341 yards, a close focus distance of 4.3 feet, and an exit pupil of 4.2 mm with an eye relief of 16.3 mm. With these kinds of specs, it would perform perfectly well for hunting as any other hunting binocular does.

But, if you think you’d benefit from a rifle scope or a laser rangefinder, this might be a good point to take a look at our detailed reviews on those hunting optics – including what Redfield has to offer in those departments.

 

What kind of finish does this binocular have?

Unlike the popular black finish that most manufacturers offer, this Battlefield has the camo finish that’s just too cool to pass up. Tac geeks and hunters alike will appreciate the stylish finish.

And to top it off for tactical junkies, it also comes with a MOLLE (moh-lee) case that’ll have you looking like you just stepped out of a Call of Duty X Box game.

If you’re an old school hunter, this comparison may have just offended you. If you’re a youngin’, you’re probably flattered and red from head to toe with excitement.

 

How much does this Redfield cost?

This Battlefield bino is the most expensive binocular of their line. It costs roughly $200. While it’s still in the low budget range, it’s definitely on the higher end of the spectrum.

But, if you’re all over that TAC-MOA reticle, then it would be well worth it, especially since most rangefinding binos are much more expensive.

If you’re not really into using the reticle, you shouldn’t justify spending the extra bucks. You’re better off going with its identical twin, minus the reticle, the Rebel 10X42 which you can take a look at here. They are literally the exact same optic.

If you really want to nit pick, the only variation is the .2 mm difference in the exit pupil. The Battlefield has .2 mm more of exit pupil than the Rebel – woo, big deal.

They’re also covered by different warranties. The Rebel has the Limited Lifetime Guarantee while the Battlefield has the No Excuses Warranty. That might be something for you to think about.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • TAC-MOA reticle with 2 MOA increments for fast and accurate rangefinding capacity
  • Twist up eye cups for a fast and custom fit
  • Tripod adaptable for long range viewing and steady handling
  • BAK4 prism glass for superior and brilliant image quality
  • Fully multi-coated lenses for ultimate light transmission potential and pristine images
  • Fully 100% waterproof and fog-proof for ultimate weatherproof-ability
  • Durable fully armored aluminum body for a robust build and secure gripping
  • Comes with a neoprene neck strap, lens covers, and MOLLE case
  • Backed by Redfield’s No Excuses Warranty

 

Our Verdict on this Tactical Binocular

To glass it up, there’s no complaints on the really cool TAC Battlefield 10X42 binocular. It’s a neat contraption that can offer a lot for the hunting crowd. It’s a disappointment though that the only bad thing to say about the Battlefield isn’t about the bino at all. A particular site with incorrect advertising info earned the Battlefield bino a bad rap for something that had nothing to do with its performance or product features. Boo!

If you don’t need the reticle, go with its identical counterpart the Rebel 10X42. It costs less because it lacks the TAC-MOA reticle if you’re not into all that jazz. It would be a shame to pass it up, because it’s definitely not as expensive as other reticle binoculars are.

For another binocular with a reticle, the Celestron Cavalry 7×50 GPS binoculars offers a few interesting twists. While it does have a larger field of view and extended eye relief, the Redfield has the leg up with a lighter weight much nearer close focus distance.

Redfield has Leupold’s name under its belt. While this is good to know, Redfield has earned their own reputation with hard work and quality products. The Battlefield’s tactical twist will definitely be a handy tool in the field, especially if your rifle scope measures in MOA too.

 

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