Binoculars are extremely versatile tools tactical operators have relied on in battle since their invention. Why are they so helpful? Because seeing translates to gathering useful intelligence, which can bring about a more successful mission. But binoculars are also extremely helpful for hunters seeking to land a trophy buck or down a varmint at distance without getting lost in a riflescope’s view and losing that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

So we sat down with Paul Howe, one of the most highly respected names in the tactical game, to learn more about his favorite binoculars from Vortex Optics. After a brief law enforcement career in the late 1970s, he served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, with 10 of those in special operations. Paul moved through the ranks and served as a tactical team leader and senior instructor while assigned to U.S. Army special operations. During his special operations days, he was involved in several combat actions, including the Battle of Mogadishu, or “Black Hawk Down.” Upon retirement, Paul started Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) in 2000 as a leadership and training company that has garnered a top-tier reputation.

Paul Howe recommends binoculars from Vortex Optics, another highly respected name in the tactical and hunting markets. He uses the company’s Diamondback and Viper HD binoculars for glassing targets without having to use his riflescope, and he even recommends trying them out with your night-vision equipment to maximize your abilities at night.

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