Germany orders short-range sniper rifle optics from Schmidt & Bender: report 

The German Army requirement was for a high-end riflescope with a minimum of 5x and a maximum of 16x magnification

The 5-20 x 50 PM II Ultra Short scope. Photo: Schmidt & Bender 

Although the German Short Range Sniper Rifle tender was cancelled and rescheduled a few months ago, that has not stopped the federal office responsible for the German Army's equipment procurement to place an order with the riflescope company Schmidt & Bender for 145 optics, according to a report. The Firearm Blog website said that the number is about the same as the number of rifles that will be purchased eventually under the tender, known as G26.

The German Army requirement was for a high-end riflescope with a minimum of five times magnification and a maximum of 16 times magnification. The reticle should be TReMoR 3, and there should be a possibility to attach an "emergency sight" (red dot) 45 degrees on the side. According to the contract, Schmidt & Bender must supply five riflescopes with accessories. They have to be in the specified color Cerakote Sniper Gray H-234. As previously reported, grey and brown grey are now the colors in fashion for the armies in Europe, according to the report. 

The website added that the selected rifle scope model is not yet official, but based on the required criteria (5x to 16x magnification, weight of less than one kilo, and total length of less than 310mm) a version of the 5-20 x 50 PM II Ultra Short is the one and only candidate unless they make a completely new design, which is considered highly unlikely.