The Element Optics line of rifle scopes have been out for a while now. You don’t need me to tell you that the brand has been quite successful. We’ve had them for sale here at Baker Airguns for quite some time as well, and we’ve sold a lot of them. Rightly so. It’s taken quite a bit of thought on my part to figure out how to approach reviewing these scopes. There are quite a few different variants of each model available with both MOA and MRAD style reticles. Some “clean” and some “dirty” in both methods of angular measurement. I’d have to make quite a few videos to cover the entire array of scopes available from Element, but you all deserve to know how awesome these things are. Therefore, I decided to put one on my own gun and start there. I chose the Titan 5-25x56FFP with the APR1-D MRAD reticle. Spoiler alert…I LOVE IT! The link below is to the full review video that accompanies this blog. I suggest taking them both in for the full review.
There are several reasons that I specifically chose the APR1-D Titan. First of all, the basic features of the Titan are astounding for it’s $799 price tag. This is a First Focal Plane scope with ED glass. That ED glass is a big deal, and usually only found in scopes north of $1000. ED stands for “extra low dispersion.” What it means to you is little to no chromatic aberration. While you may not be familiar with the term, you probably know what chromatic aberration is if you’ve ever looked through a scope or binoculars. Have you ever noticed a colorful fringe around objects in your scope, especially white objects at high magnification? That’s chromatic aberration. Not only is it unsightly, but without getting too deep into the physics behind things…it means that not all the wavelengths (colors) of light are coming into focus at the same point. This is less than ideal, and ED glass helps to correct this.
The Titan also has a huge 34mm tube. That big tube, combined with the large 56mm objective lens let a ton of light through the scope and into your eye. They also sport fully multi-coated lenses. This means you’ll get a nice bright image even in low light conditions. Another result of the big tube is that you get a large amount of traverse with the erector tube, to the tune of 80 MOA (23.2 MRAD) for both elevation and windage. That’s a ton of adjustment. On my FX Impact, the gun will easily dial from my 30 yd zero to 100yds and beyond shooting pellets at 965fps.
I specifically chose the APR1-D reticle because of how I hunt. It’s a fully illuminated reticle, which is a must for my hunting guns. APR stand for “All Purpose Retice”, and I’m fairly certain that the designation “C” means clean reticle and “D” means dirty reticle. Clean being a reticle with no windage dots, and dirty with them. I use holdover rather than dialing my scope, and the dirty reticle lends itself well to this. The graduations in the reticle for elevation are clearly numbered, and the abundance of windage graduations make holding for wind a breeze. Pardon the pun. The fact that it’s a First Focal Plane scope means that my holdovers do not change with a change in magnification. Being that I’m constantly changing my magnification when I’m hunting, FFP was another must for me. There’s also the “EHR” reticle, which stands for “Expedited Hold Reticle.” It’s available in both a clean and dirty version as well.
Despite my aversion to dialing, the Titan is very much made to do so if that is your preference. It uses stainless steel internals that resist the wear and tear of constantly dialing. There’s also a mechanical Zero-Stop. That’s another feature usually reserved for scopes with 4 figure prices tags. The turrets are intuitively marked as well. If you’re a dialer, the Titan will serve you well. It has a side-wheel turret for the parallax adjustment, which goes from 15 yards to infinity.
In the box you will find the scope, an owners manual, both flip-up covers and a bikini cover, a 4″ sunshade, a lens cloth, some wrenches, a removable throw lever for the magnification, and a nice Element Optics sticker. What also comes with the scope, though not included in the box, is the fully transferable Platinum Lifetime Warranty offered by Element Optics. If at any time, regardless if you are the original owner of the scope or not, something goes wrong….Element will repair or replace it free of charge. You can’t get a better warranty than that. No registration or proof of purchase required.
I’ve tried to not be too biased in this review and to deliver the facts as plainly as I could. Having said that, I absolutely love my Titan. Keep in mind, I chose the version best suited to me and my personal preferences. If you like a clean reticle, you can opt for the “C” version. If you like using MOA instead of MRAD, simply choose that version. There really is something for everybody in the Titan line. I haven’t even touched upon the Helix or the Nexus, but you have even more options there as well. Naturally, a review of those will also be coming soon. I have but one gripe about the Titan. It does not come with a larger (typically 4″) side-wheel, nor can I find one available anywhere. You can, however, have one custom made from several sources. As a field target shooter, I like to be able to range and aim with my scope. Still, the scope itself is great! If you like what you see, you can find all of the Element Optics scopes for sale right here on bakerairguns.com.
Donnie Reed is our Sales Manager and general airgun guru here at Baker Airguns. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and qualified as both a Rifle Expert and Pistol Expert. Donnie is now a competitive airgun shooter, focusing primarily on field target and benchrest competitions. He has won both PCP and piston class field target matches, as well as local benchrest competitions. Donnie also runs the Youtube channel and Facebook group ALL THINGS AIRGUN. His first college degree is in Mathematics and Sciences, but he is still pursuing another in Physics and Astronomy.