ATN is a San Francisco based manufacturer loved by hunters all over the world because of their top quality digital optics, including infrared and thermal visual gear, ideal for recreational hunting. ATN produces more than just scopes, with other products including night vision binoculars, monoculars, rangefinders and goggles.
In this article, we’ll be digging into the ATN X Sight 4K, which boasts extensive battery-life and improved optics. This product in particular has two models for different ranges of magnification: 3-14x and 5-20x. This review is taken from the full review by Alpha Militaria on their website.
ATN X Sight 4K Review
The ATN X Sight 4K definitely impresses with two models with varying magnification ranges and either of the two are good for daytime use. Even if you zoom in to the highest magnification, views remain sharp and, making the ATN X Sight 4K a great upgrade compared to predecessors. Another exciting feature is its night mode with an infrared (IR) illuminator, designed to be easily mountable. Aside from the convenience of attachment, it can provide amazingly crisp images throughout varying settings on the magnification range. However, there may be some blurriness at the high magnification levels. It does have the provision of picatinny mounts that accept 30mm rails, making it an easy attachment for rifles or dovetail rails. In terms of visuals, it’s easy on the eyes and provides a better user experience than older models. A very useful feature is its li-ion battery that’s rechargeable, guaranteeing 18 hours of battery life although spare batteries are still recommended for emergencies.
The ATN X Sight 4K can be complicated. it has many features and capabilities that it can seem overwhelming especially if you’re the plug and play kind of person. However it does come with a set of instructions on each feature and how you can benefit from them. It might take a bit of work but taking time to read through them would help you to get the most out of the The ATN X Sight 4K. Once you have a better understanding of how it works and the logic behind its interface, you’ll find that its features are truly impressive. It may come with instructions on how to use it but you can also easily access manuals here.
Some of those features are as basic as zeroing but other options include a ballistic calculator, recoil activated recording and wifi that are a bit more techy. Regardless, they are all controlled through buttons easily accessible on the top part of the scope. Its interface allows you to navigate through menus and settings through a spanner menu that triggers the main menus to show up: night vision, photo/video, display, profile/zero and settings. Each option has its own sub-menu that will let you set the scope’s more specific details. It may seem complicated at first but you can easily get the hang of it with use. Going further into the settings will let you create profiles for varying conditions you’ll be shooting in. Also, you can set it up according to the type of gun you’ll be using so this can be extremely convenient. Settings specifications include colours, calibres, ammunition and zero distances.
Another useful capability of the ATN X Sight 4K is its rangefinder feature. It has a unique algorithm that uses assumed quarry species and sizes as basis. Although with actual use, using this scope may feel confusing at first since you’ll need to go through menus and sub menus to reach a certain setting to adjust. It may take some practice and amount of usage to actually feel comfortable with how it works. However, you can’t deny the fact that the features are really useful when you get down to it.
Not a necessity but a good recommendation would be to get an Auxiliary Laser Ballistic (ABL) rangefinder from ATN along with the scope. It can easily screw on in place at the scope’s front. It adds to distance reading and integrates seamlessly with the X-Sight 4K Pro’s Ballistic Calculator feature. You’ll only need to enter some information to get the calculator to adjust the point of aim accordingly. It is an easy way to get an accurate and easy shot whether it’s day or night time.
A downside of the ATN X Sight 4K is its weight. It may not be that big of a bother for some but it weighs around a kilo and it may be considered bulky with the 5-20x model’s length at 379mm. Adding in the weight of the ABL totals to around 1.3 kilos, not including the weight of the mounts and other attachments. This may be something that can turn you off especially if you prefer to pack light. However, it does elevate the shooting experience and maybe putting on some weight is worth it.
Either of the variants of the ATN X-Sight 4k are dependable, giving you good value for money. At some level though, it may need troubleshooting whenever there are issues with the software such as freezing but it is easily resolved by a hard reboot by pressing down the power button for around 30 seconds until it turns off. Also, it is best to take note of software updates which are readily accessible through the ATN Update Centre here.
There may be other scopes on the market that have competitive features as well as pricing but there is a unique touch in terms of the ATN brand. It’s reliable, convenient, and trusted which is difficult to find with other brands. Technology-wise, it’s efficient and its included capabilities are definitely worth the money but may be bulky for some users. It is useful but it may take some practice to become a master at maneuvering its settings. There’s definitely a learning curve but it’s a common challenge whenever you want to take advantage of any new tech.
Nevertheless, there’s not much reason to dislike it based on its features. With that said, the ATN X-Sight 4k is an all-around well-balanced scope that can enhance shooting experience with features targeted for hunters regardless of lighting conditions.