Steiner Predator 4S 4-16X: Let’s Get Small

Steve Martin used to have a whole comedy routine based around a gag where he told his audience: “Let’s get small.” It appears that optics manufacturer Steiner has taken his jokes to heart, with the release of the new Predator 4S riflescope.

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According to the company’s PR, the Steiner Predator 4S is “the world’s shortest and lightest 4-16X hunting riflescope.” A bold claim, but Steiner says it’s 25 percent shorter than its closest competitors, at 10.9 inches long, while only weighing just over 18 ounces. And if you’re worried you’re trading off optics performance for a smaller form factor, Steiner says the Predator 4S “doesn’t sacrifice quality for size but improves on it.”

A bold claim again! But Steiner says the field-of-view is 11-2.75 meters at 100 meters, which is indeed an improvement on their standard-sized Predator 4 model.

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It may be small, but Steiner says the 4S has better performance than larger scopes. [Steiner]

Like the standard model, the 4S has a 30mm tube and comes with Steiner’s high build quality and excellent light transmission, resulting in outstanding contrast and clarity, with good edge-to-edge sharpness in the scope’s entire field of view.

The 4S has an illuminated E3 second focal plane reticle, with 11 brightness settings. This reticle is supposed to deliver quick-on-target performance for accurate hits in a fast-shooting hunting scenario (think Euro-style driven hunting, perhaps?). The reticle has bullet drop compensation ticks, as well as 5 mph and 10 mph windage ticks, the same as the E3 reticle in other Steiner scopes.

Of course, the scope is fogproof and waterproof. Steiner says it is good for operating temperatures between -13 to +145 Fahrenheit.

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The asking price is almost $1,300 in the U.S. [Steiner]

The 4S has a wide adjustment range for parallax compensation, from 50 meters to infinity. This is supposed to make it easier to use thermal imaging attachments (remember: nighttime hunting is more legalized and accepted in Europe than it is in North America).

According to Steiner, “The reduced length and weight, when compared to conventional riflescopes, help shift weight bias rearward to minimize holding effort while making the shot. This is especially welcome when using clip-on-style thermal units because it makes the rifle more agile when tracking game movement.” That’s a good point—one advantage of a compact and light riflescope is that it makes it easier to augment your optic with thermal accessories.

Eye relief is 85 mm; the objective lens is 44 mm.

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MSRP in the US is $1,273.99. For more details, check out Steiner’s website here. Using Google, you can find retailers listing the scope in the States already.

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