April 18th, 2012, 02:55 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Road
The military/marine will have the mil reticle for range estimation, not sure on the police model but that may be the difference, just something to check on.
The military/marine models have a metal chassis and are pretty rugged, but they are also huge and heavy. You may want to spend some time with them and decide whether they are really something you would want to carry around your neck for any length of time.
My favorite binos are my Steiner Safari 8x30s. Awesome optics, compact, and they have a polycarbonate plastic of some kind for the chassis instead of metal. I have been lugging them around for years and they are still straight and true. great binos. I gave my dad a set of the same for Christmas many years ago, and they are still his favorites also. he used to complain LOUDLY about how many sets of binos he had gone through where the chassis warped or got bent so that you would have to tweak them in your hands to get the two images to line up. Not so with the Steiners.
Hope this helps.