Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 40 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 12.3 inches/12.6 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: 13.1 – 32.9 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3.7 – 4.2 inches/4.7 – 12.1 mm
Reticle: 4-Plex, Accu-Range
Adjustment Info: 1/4 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Multi-coated
Finish: Black Matte
Parallax Setting: Factory-set 150 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: No
Mounting Rings Included: No
Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical Use
Redfield Revolution/TAC Scope Review
The Redfield Revolution/TAC 3-9X40mm rifle scope has a compact and sleek construction for a no-nonsense, simple, and user-friendly experience. This scope doesn’t just let all the tactical junkies and snipers hog all the fun, the short range and long range hunter – out to 800 yards, plus some – will truly appreciate the workmanship put into this rifle scope.
As it stands, many online reviewers agree with me, and this TAC-MOA scope has a very solid rating. For a budget scope, that’s tough to beat.
The creme de la creme of Redfield’s flagship line couldn’t be omitted from our line-up of reviews. With its knurly knobs, aesthetically pleasing figure, and just plain cool tactical ballistic reticle, it’s hard not to like.
If you can’t help but wonder what the exact differences are between the various Revolution models we have featured, then wonder no more. Let’s dive right into that concern and any others you might have.
- Ballistic reticle
- Zero reset turret
- Excellent warranty
- Made in USA
- No extra accessories
Revolution/TAC 3-9X40 Q&A:
While it may look like the Revolution/TAC 3-9X40 and the Redfield Revolution 3-9X40 (reviewed here) are the exact same model, they’re not.
Essentially, the TAC model is a Revolution rifle scope, but it’s been pimped out to include a couple of upgrades that puts the TAC one notch above.
The first difference is in the windage and elevation finger click turrets. The TAC model features heavily knurled 1/4 MOA positive click turrets that make adjustments easy and fast to correct.
The second difference is the reticle – the TAC-MOA Reticle. Creative right? Sarcasm aside, it’s actually a more intricate ballistic system than the standard model. The 4-Plex reticle has stadia lines that are set for 2 MOA increments apart on both the vertical and horizontal cross hairs, helping you to range further and still hit your sweet spot.
The Revolution TAC-MOA 3-9X40 is the only tactical model of its kind in the Redfield family, and it’s supposed to be the upper-crust of the series. For the two extra perks mentioned above, you can expect to pay anywhere between $50 to $100 more for the TAC model than the other scopes in the line.
This puts the TAC rifle scope somewhere in the $250 to $350 range. Not a bad price for some American-made quality glass which is why it earned a spot among our top recommendations of a rifle scope under $300.
Being so small, you’d wonder. The TAC rifle scope, and all the scopes of the Revolution series are waterproof, fog proof, and shock proof. Many Redfield enthusiasts have tested it with 223 ammo for short range varmint hunting while others have put in heavy 308 loads for longer ranges and more all-around purpose hunting. It holds up just fine.
Unfortunately, the Revolution rifle scopes don’t come with any “extras” thrown in. Though, at this price point, it shouldn’t be expected. But, on the other hand, caps or dust covers or flip ups, whatever you want to call them, they’re being included in other budget rifle scopes such as the Simmons ProHunter which sells for less than this model.
Looking past this minor flaw, decent and snug scope covers can be purchased for a small additional cost.
Since this is the top of the line rifle scope for Redfield, you might wonder if it has a parallax adjustment, but it doesn’t. This isn’t a big deal though. With the Redfield Revolution specs, it’s really not needed. Parallax adjustments may only be necessary with higher than 8X or 10X magnification.
While Redfield doesn’t quite specify what their factory-set parallax settings are, it can be assumed that it’ll be set to about 150 yards. Many reviews have tested it out on the range at this setting, and it holds up true.
If you’re still not sure, pull up your bootstraps and britches and think about it this way… if you’re using a good cheek and weld method, you won’t need a parallax adjustment anyway.
- Rapid Target Acquisition technology works with the American style non-focus and secure eyepiece system for solid focus, even during heavy recoil
- Redfield’s TAC-MOA ballistic reticle set for 2 MOA increments along the cross hairs for holdover points from any known distance
- Fully multi-coated lens for excellent clarity and brightness comparable to other big brands
- Tested ruthlessly, the Revolution scopes are waterproof, fog proof, and shock proof
- Heavily knurled scope adjustment turrets for easy zeroing in
- Finger action 1/4 MOA positive clicks for windage and elevation adjustments, resettable to zero
- Backed by Redfield’s “No Excuses” lifetime warranty
- Made in the USA (Oregon)
Our Verdict on the Revolution/TAC Scope
According to the bull’s-eye, the Redfield Revolution/TAC scope is the only optic you’ll need to get dead on. Who cares about the extra freebies that you’d get with another brand, all the quality is in the rifle scope itself. Besides, the freebies usually come with low-end scopes that are made in China. Nothing wrong with that, but this baby is USA home-grown!
While this particular scope has been outfitted for high performance in tactical use, it can still be used for hunting. If the TAC-MOA reticle is overkill for you, the Revolution 3-9×40 with the Accu Range reticle is all you need. Plus, you’ll save a few bucks there too, so check it out here.
To be completely honest, you’re going to have more than a difficult time finding a comparable scope in the same price range for its quality and features. To give you an idea of how much value the Revolution/TAC has, check out the Vortex Viper 4-16X50 HS Long Range Rifle Scope here. It’s “bigger” than the Revolution in every way, so the price justification is there. However, you do want to be prepared for a price jump if you plan on skipping the Revolution scope for something else with the same features – something to think about.
It was a Redfield scope that was first used on the USMC M40 sniper rifle and the US Army M2. It has a legitimate history with sniper rifles in tactical/military use. You can trust the TAC-MOA reticle on the Revolution scope to give you dependable repeatability each and every time-no matter the distance-to provide in and under 3% of error. What does this mean? It’s wicked accurate!