Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16×44 FFP Scope Review

Last updated on March 5th, 2024

After spending a year with the Vortex Diamondback Tactical, lets checkout its features and see why it’s such a popular optic choice in the shooting community. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16×44


Based out of the US, Vortex have built a reputation of making quality optics for every budget. Over many years of shooting and hunting, I have relied on plenty of Vortex products to ring steel and spot game. 

Additionally, Vortex are also known for their ‘VIP’ warranty on all optics they offer. The warranty is for lifetime replacement, no questions asked. This gives me comfort knowing that if I drop a scope, accidentally run over it, I can send it back and get a replacement. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

The brand truly provides optics for every budget. Because not everyone can afford high end scopes on all their setups, it’s good to know there are other options out there.  

The Vortex Diamondback series targets new shooters looking for a capable optic at a low price. The Diamondback’s comes in three variants; 4-12×40, 4-16×44 FFP and 6-24×50 FFP.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical
Vortex Diamondback Tactical

I have been using the 4-16×44 First Focal Plane variant with MRAD adjustments. Let’s dive into the features on the scope.


The Diamondback is made of a 30mm aircraft grade aluminium tube and feels lightweight but sturdy. Its coated in a satin black anodizing that looks sleek and feels smooth. The optic is made waterproof, so it won’t get damaged if you get caught in a downpour. 

An added extra is that the optic is fogproof. In the factory its been purged with nitrogen gas which mitigates the lens from fogging up when exposed to quick changes in temperature.  Overall, the optic gives confidence that it can hold it’s own in the field.


The biggest surprise for the Diamondback coming in at such a low price point, is the quality of the glass. I can still remember first looking through it and being blown away with the optical clarity and brightness. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

Having extensively used some high-end optics, I wasn’t optimistic on the quality of the glass in the Diamondback due to its price, but was pleasantly surprised. The Vortex Diamondback shines here with sharp image quality, even at longer ranges.


The magnification for this Diamondback scope is shown as ‘4-16×44’. For those new to optics, the 4-16 part shows the power of the magnification of the scope. Meaning the scope has a variable zoom and can increase magnification 4x all the way to 16x. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

The ‘x44’ at the end shows how large the objective lens (front) of the scope is. A bigger objective lens lets in more light and helps create a brighter image.  The magnification adjustment collar on the rear body of the scope is raised and features grooves to assist changing the magnification. The adjustment collar has always been a bit stiffer than I would like but it hasn’t caused any problems. 


The scope has exposed target turrets for windage, elevation and parallax adjustment. The turrets are easy to manipulate and move with the right amount of tension. Adjusting the turrets, they made an audible click to help audibly keep track of adjustments.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

The parallax adjustment doesn’t make a noise however provides a smooth rotation between distance settings.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

The turret caps can easily be undone with a screwdriver or coin to set the scopes zeroed elevation and windage. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical
Removing the windage turret
Vortex Diamondback Tactical
Changing the reading of the scopes zeroed in windage back to zero


The scope comes in both MRAD and MOA variants of the EBR-2C reticle. The EBR-2C reticle provides excellent hashmarks but can appear cluttered if you are new to target shooting. However, the Christmas tree style reticle provides excellent hold over capabilities.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

As this is a cheaper scope on offer from Vortex, it doesn’t come with an illuminated reticle feature. This wont be a problem if you are planning on doing most of your shooting during daylight hours. I mostly look for an illuminated reticle on hunting scopes, where I might end up taking a shot late afternoon or early morning.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical


The scope weighs in at 23.1oz or 654grams. This is lightweight compared to most scopes on the market and its a strength for the Diamondback. Being lightweight helps keep the overall weight of a rifle down which is handy for hunting rifle. 

In the Field

This scope continues to perform. It’s mostly been used to sling .223 rounds out to 500 meters and has done its job perfectly. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical

For a hunting application, the Christmas tree style reticle can be a little busy and I much prefer to use a more simple reticle. A simpler reticle makes it easier to quickly acquire and engage your target.


If this scope fits your price point, then it’s a perfect match of performance Vs price. For any shooter, but particularly the beginner looking to get into long range shooting, the Diamondback Tactical series are a great option. 


  • Easy to use
  • Bright glass
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • VIP Warranty


  • No Zero-Stop
  • Stiff Magnification Adjustment
  • If its out of your price range you can save hundreds off discounted showroom models at EuroOptic.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16×44


Product Weight (KG)0.65
SpecificationsTurret Style Tall Exposed Tactical Adjustment Graduation 0.1 MRAD Travel per Rotation 6 MRAD Parallax Setting 20 yards to Infinity
Reticle TypeEBR-2C
Lens CoatingFully-Multicoated
Eye Relief (mm)97
Exit Pupil(mm)11 – 2.75
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty

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