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Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP Riflescope Review | Optics Trade Reviews

Hello, and welcome to a new review, this time about the long-range riflescope Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP.

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Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP

In 2000s, Vector Optics was established in Shanghai as an OEM manufacturer for other firms. They’ve been focusing on their own brand in recent years.

In a very successful move, Vector launched the Continental series of riflescopes, which is still their most costly scope line to date. These scopes are packed with features and have a 34-millimeter tube.

Physical Properties of Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56

Let’s have a look at the physical appearance of Vector Optics 5-30×56 riflescope. The scope has 5-30x magnification and a 56mm objective lens diameter. This is the most powerful model configuration in the Continental series.

Vector Continental 5-30×56 FFP model is designed for long-range shooting with great accuracy.

See the entire Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 VIDEO REVIEW below!

Build Quality

Metal makes up almost all of the construction. The only rubberized part you’ll find is on the ocular.

The 34-millimeter main tube has locking turrets with a turn indicator. The main tube is nitrogen-charged, which prevents internal fogging. This scope is shockproof and can be used with the .338 Lapua Magnum caliber.

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Size and Weight

The length of this Vector Continental model is 393 millimeters. This makes it longer than other manufacturers‘ riflescopes with the same configuration. On the other side of the coin, the scope is quite light at 850 grams, thanks to the aluminum alloy material.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Oversized Knobs on Magnification Ring & Turrets
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Oversized Knobs on Magnification Ring & Turrets

Windage and Elevation Turrets

Windage and elevation turrets feature a locking mechanism with a push and pull design.

The total vertical range of this Vector scope is 26 MILs. Note that with the elevation turret you can go up 20 MILs in 2 turret revolutions. Each revolution of the elevation turret allows for a maximum height adjustment of 10 MILs.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Turn Indicator
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Turn Indicator

A small pin pops out when you’ve arrived at the second revolution of the elevation turret. This is a mechanical type of visual turn indicator that’s only available on higher-end, premium riflescopes.

The windage has a range of 16 MILs in total. There are high-visibility steps up to 5 MILs in both directions on the turret. The user may also adjust the windage turret further than what the printed MIL marks show.

Turret knobs are tactile and have a nice feel to them. The clicks on the Vector Continental scopes are extremely crisp and audible.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Open Turrets
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Open Turrets

Adjustable Parallax

You may also adjust the parallax on the side turret. Parallax goes from 10 yards all the way to infinity. Because you have a lot of space between clicks, the parallax adjustment is incredibly accurate.

After approximately 300 feet or yards, the parallax becomes a bit more difficult to fine-tune as minute turret dials are required for the perfect setting.

Zero Stop

What is the zero stop function on the elevation turret and how do you use it? The zero stop on this scope is a very helpful advanced feature. It comes to a complete halt at zero. There are no clicks below zero, and the adjustment is simple. Returning back to zero setting on 100m is therefore a breeze.

First, sight in your scope at a shooting range. With a coin or turret tool, remove the middle cap of the elevation turret. Turn the screw inside the turret clockwise until an audible click is heard. Now that your zero has been properly set, it’s time to re-insert the center part of the turret and tighten it up again. The zero-stop feature has now been enabled, allowing you to proceed.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Removing the Elevation Turret
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Removing the Elevation Turret

Optical Properties

Now, let’s focus on the optical properties of this scope. The quality can compete with much more expensive brands. There is a substantial level of light transmission (approximately 90%, per manufacturer’s claims). The scope has no tunneling effect. What’s so special about this scope is the generous field of view, especially at the 1000-euro price point.

The 10-centimeter eye relief is super nice. The comfortable eyebox makes it easy to shoot throughout the entire magnification range. 

Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 Reticle

The reticle is positioned in the first focal plane. There are two reticle style options to select from. Both feature a Christmas tree-style design. The VCT-34FFP reticle has a larger dot in the center. VEC-MBR reticle, on the other hand, features four lines around a smaller center dot.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - VCT-34FFP Reticle Subtensions at 5x Magnification
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – VCT-34FFP Reticle Subtensions at 5x Magnification
Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - VCT-34FFP Reticle Subtensions at 30x Magnification
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – VCT-34FFP Reticle Subtensions at 30x Magnification

See Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 VCT-34FFP RETICLE SUBTENSIONS below!

Illumination

Center dots are illuminated. The illumination has six intensity levels. They’re only beneficial in low-light situations. The illumination is not visible in bright daylight, An OFF position separates each setting.

Because the only spot lighted in the VCT reticle is the middle dot, it’s much simpler to use in twilight hours. The bigger dot on the VTC design is optimal for fast target acquisition.

The MBR reticle, on the other hand, has a considerably smaller dot: just 0.03 of a MIL. That makes the design better suited for very precise shots on longer ranges.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Open Illumination Turret with Battery Compartment
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Open Illumination Turret with Battery Compartment

Scope of Delivery

What’s in the package? A user guide, a lens cap, a sunshield, a zeroing tool, a cleaning cloth, warranty card and some marketing material are included.

There’s also an additional elevation turret that lacks a zero stop and has no turn indication. With this turret, you may utilize the scope’s full elevation range of 26 MILs.

What sets Vector Optics apart is the fact that they also pack Picatinny mounting rings with a height of 18 millimeters in the box with the scope. A nice surprise, though many users will pair the scope with better-quality scope mounts.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Scope of Delivery
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Scope of Delivery

Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 Warranty and Price

Vector Continental 5-30×56 is made in China and comes with a 15-year warranty. The warranty card placed inside the package can be used for registering your device.

You can get this scope for €1169.

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Pros

And now for it’s time to put this scope on scales: What do we like and dislike about this scope?

First of all, the great overall built quality. All the parts are really nicely made, well-machined with a polished finish. The turrets are another great example. Turrets with a turn indicator have a reliable zero mechanism and crisp clicks. Features like zero stop and turn indicator can mostly be found only on more expensive rifle scopes.

The optical quality is outstanding, especially for the price. The field of view is 8.2 meters on the lowest, 5x magnification setting. When dialed to the max magnification of 30x, the field of view is 1.4 meters at 100 meters.

The reticles are well-designed and highly useful for rapid follow-up shots. With just 850 grams, the entire scope is also extremely light. It’s simple to zero in on your target with this model’s turret system.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Picatinny Rings with Nut
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Picatinny Rings with Nut

This complete package also includes 18mm Picatinny mounting rings, which is a rare bonus. The quality of these is going to be acceptable, considering the price tag. Most customers will not require any additional mounts.

However, if you wish to use subsonic ammunition and calibers for extended long-range targets, a monoblock mount with 20 MOA inclination is the way to go. With the pre-packaged rings, the user has to zero the scope pretty much in the middle of the elevation. This means only around 13 MILs would be left for bullet drop compensations.

Summary Pros:

  • competitive price
  • well-machined build
  • zero-stop mechanism
  • wide FOV
  • mounting rings included
  • only 850 grams
Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Sharp Knurls of the Magnification Ring
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Sharp Knurls of the Magnification Ring

Cons

Where else do we see some room for improvements?

The first and most important thing to note about these scopes is the wobbling of unlocked turrets. While it isn’t a major problem, we think it would be a simple imperfection for Vector Optics to correct.

The magnification ring’s edges are a little bit sharp. Normally, the knurled design is ideal for grip, but these edges are just a tiny but too jagged.

As previously states, this riflescope offers some of the smallest elevation ranges when compared to equivalent models from competitors. If you engage in long-range shooting or use subsonic ammunition, you’ll be out of elevation range quickly.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30x56 FFP - Impractical Bikini Covers for Active Use
Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP – Impractical Bikini Covers for Active Use

The scope measures almost 40 centimeters in length. This makes the Continental scope one of the longest riflescopes on the market when compared to similar models from other manufacturers. Finally, rather than impractical bikini covers, we’d want flip-up lens caps.

Summary Cons:

  • limited elevation range
  • wobbling of unlocked turrets
  • illumination not day-bright
  • too long at 393mm

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Final Thoughts

Overall, we are very satisfied with Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56. It offers excellent value for the price, with nice build quality and optical performance. The turrets are easy to use, and the included mounting rings are a nice bonus.

The only major downsides are extra length and that the elevation range is limited compared to competing models However, for most shooters this will not be a big issue. We would highly recommend this scope to anyone looking for an affordable yet high-quality MIL-based riflescope.

Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 FFP Relevant Comparisons

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Vector Optics Continental 5-30×56 Photos

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