After using a red dot on my AK, it was very nice to install the CMR and be able to SEE my target. The optical quality of this scope is outstanding. The reticle has some "fine print" that can be difficult to see even if the target is clear, but I found that adjusting the focus brought both into clarity. The turret adjustment procedure is a little different than what you might be used to, but is not difficult. The hardest part for me was keeping the graduated scales in place while adjusting the zero. I found that lifting the turret knob slightly made it easier, something not addressed in the manual. Speaking of the manual, it's well worth reading, particularly the discussions about the reticle. You have several options for ranging with this scope, and understanding them is critical to getting the most out of it. I have mine mounted in a MI 30mm side rail mount which positions the scope very low over the bore which I like. For me (big 6'3" guy), with the scope fully forward in the rings, eye relief is adequate with my SLR-101's intermediate stock length, but just barely. A NATO length stock would improve that situation. I also found the eye relief less forgiving than I was expecting. Overall though, I'm VERY pleased. When your biggest problem is that the objective lens is too close to the rear iron sight to allow the lens cap to flip up, you know you made a good choice.
Pros: Outstanding glass, well thought out reticle, zero stop turrets
Cons: quirky zero procedure, less forgiving eye relief than expected
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.