Officers Practicing Adverse Weather Shooting. Photo Courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police.

Pew Poll: Urban Officers Favor People’s Right to Arms

Pew Research has released a poll taken in the middle of 2016. Note that the Orlando night club massacre and the massive media hype calling for a ban on “assault weapons” occurred one-third of the way through the survey period for police. The shooting of five police officers in Dallas, with a rifle, occurred half-way through the survey period.

NcStar VISM ADO reflex sight

SHOT Show 2017 — Optics: Leica, Leupold, Meoprolight, Meopta and more!

The trend is easy to see. Glass for Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR)—such as the AR-15 and other rifles of the ilk—and long-range shooting continues to gain ground.

By Robert Sadowski

Optics for the MSR platform continue to cover the range from red-dots for close-up work to magnified optics for precision long-range shooting. If you sell MSRs, then having a range of optics choices is a must-have. If you are looking for a new piece of glass to top your rifle, read on for the best new optics of 2017. The trend in long-range shooting optics is toward FFP (first-focal-plane) reticles, which have the ability to increase in size as the magnification is increased. This means the ranging capability of the reticle is easier to use. These scopes also are getting a bit smaller and more compact, so they have less of a footprint. This year you can expect some new spotters and some economical binocular models as well. Here’s the field to view.

Leica

The new open-bridge-design Noctivid binocular line offers superior performance with a rugged, compact body that provides comfortable ergonomics. Two models include 8x42mm (SRP: $2,599) and 10x42mm (SRP: $2,699). The Geovid CRF-2000-B (SRP: $799) is a compact laser rangefinder capable of measurements out to 2,000 yards. It has 7X magnification, weighs only 6.5 ounces, and fits in a shirt pocket. The Rangemaster CRF 1600-R (SRP: $599) laser rangefinder feature accurate line-of-sight ranging to 1,600 yards, 7X magnification, and an auto-adjust brightness display. The Geovid HD-B Edition 2200 laser range-finding binocular comes in two models, 8x42mm (SRP: $2,549) and 10x42mm (SRP: $2,599), both of which can range out to 2,200 yards. They also feature more precise ¼-MOA adjustment and a Micro-SD card slot that allows uploading the shooter’s custom ballistics data.

Leupold & Stevens

The LTO (Leupold Thermal Optic) Tracker (SRP: $879) is a handheld thermal observation and game-recovery tool that provides exceptional image quality, fast 30hz frame rates, and detection of heat sources out to 600 yards. It features 6X magnification and a sensor that is effective from -4 degrees F to 140 degrees F. The new VX-3i LRP (Long Range Precision) scopes (SRP: $1,065 to $1,250, depending on model) offer high-end features in an affordable riflescope. Built off the VX-3i line, the LRP is equipped with the Twilight Max light-management system and either first- or second-focal-plane reticles. Reticle options include the MOA-based TS-32X1 and T-MOA, the mil-based TMR, and the new CCH (Combat Competition Hunter) reticle. Models include 4.5–14x50mm, 6.5–20x50mm, and 8.5–25x50mm. The flagship VX-6 line has been improved and renamed the VX-6HD series (SRP: starts at $1,300), with models available in magnification ranges of 1–6x24mm, 2–12x42mm, 3–18x44mm, 3–18x50mm, and 4–24x52mm. All feature the Twilight Max Light Management System, a new automatic reticle-leveling feature, and new Custom Dial System elevation adjustment.

Meopta

The MeoTac 3–12x50mm (SRP: $2,530) is designed for tactical use and features a 34mm tube and windage and elevation ranges of 100 MOA and 55 MOA, with click adjustments of 1⁄3 MOA. Additionally, the illuminated MilDot 3 RD reticle is located in the first focal plane. New BDC reticles (the illuminated red-dot BDC-2 and BDC-3) are available for the MeoStar R2 and MeoStar R1r scopes.

Meprolight

The FT Bullseye sight (SRP: $199 to $209, depending on model) is a low-profile micro red-dot-style optic for pistols that combines fiber optics and tritium to provide the illumination needed under all lighting conditions. Available in red or green dot/circle for all Glock models, as well as the Springfield XD and XDM.

NcSTAR

The VISM ADO (Advanced Dual Optic) incorporates a primary 3–9x42mm compact scope and integrates a reflex sight into the top of the scope to create a streamline optic system. The reflex sight is spring-loaded and deploys with a push of a button. The next generation of the SRT Scope series features an all-new SRT V3 3–9x42mm compact scope. Designed for MSR platforms, the laser system has been upgraded to a green laser integrated into the top of the objective lens bell housing. The Mark III Tactical V3 sight has been updated with a red-and-blue illuminated reticle powered by a AA battery. The top of the scope body is machined to accept an NcSTAR Micro Dot for a low-profile backup-sight option.

Nightforce Optics

The top-of-the-line ATACR series now includes the ATACR 7–35x56mm (SRP: $3,600), which comes in first-focal-plane configuration and features a 34mm tube that allows 100 MOA/27 Mil-Radian of elevation adjustment and 60 MOA/17 Mil-Radian of windage adjustment. The ATACR 4–16x50mm (SRP: $2,400) scope is configured with a second-focal-plane reticle and designed specifically for hunters. The new fixed-power Competition SR Fixed 4.5x24mm riflescope (SRP: $1,950) is purpose-built to comply with 2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program and NRA service rifle match rules, which now allow the use of riflescopes.

Nikon

The Monarch 7i VR Laser Rangefinder (SRP: $400) features Nikon’s optical VR (Vibration Reduction) technology, which reduces the effect of external vibrations and makes it easier to steady the rangefinder to range objects at far distances. The 6X magnification allows users to range out to 1,000 yards.

Sightmark

The new premium Pinnacle 3–18x44mm TMD riflescope (SRP: $1,560) features a rugged 34mm tube, a first-focal-plane reticle, and an oversize turret design with distinct .1-MRAD windage and elevation adjustments. The Tactical Mil-Dash (TMD) reticle is specifically designed for on-the-fly rangefinding and quick target acquisition—even at extreme distances.

Reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. Click here to see full issues. Product pricing and availability are at of time of publication and subject to change without notice.

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Bushnell Elite Tactical DMR II-i 3.5–21x50mm

SHOT Show 2017 — Optics: Bushnell, Crimson Trace, Leapers UTG and more

The trend is easy to see. Glass for Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR)—such as the AR-15 and other rifles of the ilk—and long-range shooting continues to gain ground.

By Robert Sadowski

Optics for the MSR platform continue to cover the range from red-dots for close-up work to magnified optics for precision long-range shooting. If you sell MSRs, then having a range of optics choices is a must-have. If you are looking for a new piece of glass to top your rifle, read on for the best new optics of 2017. The trend in long-range shooting optics is toward FFP (first-focal-plane) reticles, which have the ability to increase in size as the magnification is increased. This means the ranging capability of the reticle is easier to use. These scopes also are getting a bit smaller and more compact, so they have less of a footprint. This year you can expect some new spotters and some economical binocular models as well. Here’s the field to view.

Barska

Designed for hunting or target shooting, the new Level Series of riflescopes debuts with a 3–12x50mm (SRP: $535.75) model equipped with a red-and-green illuminated reticle that allows the user to select the optimal reticle and brightness for the current environment lighting. The new 20–60x85mm Level spotting scope (SRP: $2,500) is great for both hunting and bench shooting, and offers good image quality with an apochromatic extra-low-dispersion objective lens and a BaK-4 prism. Other features include a tabletop tripod, hard travel case, and all-weather protective soft case. The Level ED 8x42mm binocular (SRP: $714.40) is an all-purpose binocular featuring extra-low-dispersion (ED) lenses that reduce chromatic aberration. Shock-absorbing rubber armor provides protection to the optics and creates a non-slip ergonomic design.

Bushnell

The compact Elite Tactical DMR II-i 3.5–21x50mm (SRP: $1,932 to $1,999, depending on reticle) is designed for long-range, precision shooting and features the new G3 illuminated reticle, which provides precision holdovers at any range. It also allows shooters to more quickly to engage moving targets in any light. The Elite Tactical LRTSi in 3–12x44mm (SRP: $1,616 to $1,680) and 4.5–18x44mm (SRP: $1,813 to $1,867) are designed for precision shooting on MSR platforms. The Elite Tactical SMRS (SRP: $1,822) is designed for short- and mid-range shooting with an illuminated BTR-2 reticle and should appeal to 3-Gun participants.

The AR Optics line has five new models. The Enrage Red Dot (SRP: $240) is equipped with a 2-MOA dot with eight brightness settings and a high-rise mount. The Incinerate Red Dot (SRP: $240) features a tube design and a circle-dot reticle. The Engulf Micro Reflex Red Dot (SRP: $255) is super compact and compatible with MSRs and pistols. The 3X Magnifier (SRP: $259) mounts behind nearly any red-dot and flips into place when magnification is needed. The Digital Sentry Night Vision (SRP: $353) is a 2X monocular that can be helmet- or firearm-mounted.

Carson

The HookUpz 2.0 (SRP: $89) connects nearly any smartphone to an optic—binocular, monocular, spotting scope, riflescope—to digitally record and capture everything seen through the optical device.

Centerpoint

The new value-priced Spectrum series riflescopes feature a first-focal-plane reticle. Models include a 1–4x24mm (SRP: $199) and two side-parallax-adjustment models—3–9x40mm (SRP: $219) and 4–12x44mm (SRP: $249).

Crimson Trace

The LinQ system (SRP: $649) is now available for AK-type rifles. This laser/light unit design uses Bluetooth-like technology to control a tactical light/laser module without cables or touch pads. The Master Series for 1911-style pistols goes green (SRP: $449) with new green-diode laser grips made of wood or G10 for full- and compact-size 1911s. The laser/holster packages now include a Blade-Tech Klipt Ambi IWB concealed-carry holster with a Crimson Trace laser sight for a Walther PPS Gen2 pistol (SRP: $229, red; $309, green). The latest Lasergrip in red is now available for the Kimber K6 revolver. SRP: $399.

Hi-Lux Optics

The Phenom 5–30x56mm (SRP: $950) features a 34mm tube and first-focal-plane reticle. The massive 56mm objective lens delivers enhanced clarity, and the CW-3 reticle offers a Christmas tree grid for precise shot placement. The PentaLux TAC-V 4–20x50mm FFP (SRP: $770) is also a first-focal-plane scope with a 30mm tube, and it’s well suited for long-range shooting on the MSR platform. The CW-1 reticle is an intuitive and fast MilRadian ranging reticle.

Konus

The new LZ30 series of riflescopes includes two models—2.5–10x50mm (SRP: $400) and 3–12x56mm (SRP: $430). Both feature an illuminated and engraved Duplex reticle, a 30mm tube, and a dual-locking system designed to maintain zero.

Leapers/UTG

Long-range shooters will like the Accushot 4–16x56mm (SRP: $280), as it comes equipped with a 30mm tube, bubble leveler located at the 6 o’clock position to eliminate cant, and an etched-glass illuminated mil-dot reticle with dual red/green color. The BugBuster series of compact scopes now has a no-frills 3–12x32mm scope featuring a 1-inch tube, adjustable parallax, and mil-dot reticle. Other features include premium zero lockable and resettable target turrets with ¼-MOA per click adjustments plus a pair of medium-profile quick-detach MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rings.

For MSR shooters, the 6.4-inch ITA red/green CQB T-Dot Sight (SRP: $63) offers economy along with a rugged 1X power red-dot sight. Other features include a red/green illuminated T-Dot reticle, flip-up lens caps, and a QD mount base. UTG Steel Picatinny Ring sets are available in 1-inch, 30mm, and 34mm sizes, in various height profiles and snap-free contours. Need some height? The Super Slim 20 MOA Elevated Picatinny Mount (SRP: $28) offers 20 MOA of height and a 13-slot Picatinny rail, so long-range shooters can get the most elevation out of their scope.

Reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. Click here to see full issues. Product pricing and availability are at of time of publication and subject to change without notice.

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T/C Dimension rifle profile right

Thompson/Center Arms Adds 6.5 Creedmoor to the T/C Family

Thompson/Center Arms, has announced that it has added the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber to its line of products. Danielle Sanville, T/C Brand Manager, said, “The flat-shooting caliber has found a home. The master gunsmiths at Thompson/Center have added the popular caliber to four of our award-winning product lines, ensuring that T/C and Creedmoor fans are ready for a once in-a-lifetime shot.”

T/C Dimension rifle profile right

The T/C Dimension opens a whole new world of hunting possibilities, with interchangeable barrels that put every type of hunt within reach. But the first step is selecting the Dimension platform that best suits your hunting needs.

The Thompson/Center Compass rifle is now available in the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber, the Thompson/Center Compass rifle is now chambered in 11 calibers, ranging from .204 Ruger to the .300 Win Mag. This rifle takes the long-range characteristics of the 6.5 Creedmoor and matches it with an adjustable trigger, 5R rifling and a threaded match-grade barrel for guaranteed MOA accuracy. These and a host of other features allow the T/C Compass to point users in the right direction – every time – all with an MSRP under $400.

Recognized by the NRA with a Golden Bullseye Award, the Thompson/Center Venture Weather Shield bolt-action rifle has earned a reputation as a high quality American-made rifle. Now chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, the rifle comes with an MOA guarantee. The corrosion-resistant Weather Shield coating offers superior protection whenever and wherever the hunt requires. The Venture rifle has a 22-inch barrel with 5R rifling, a 1:8 twist rate and an adjustable trigger.

Thompson/Center Dimension rifle fans can now purchase a 22-inch blued accessory barrel in the 6.5 Creedmoor. The Dimension rifle platform extends its versatility by adding this popular caliber. T/C Dimension rifle owners already love the Dimension’s interchangeable system as it allows hunters to change calibers without changing rifles. The new barrel has a 1:8 twist rate and comes equipped with a magazine kit.

The Thompson/Center Encore Pro Hunter rifle owner can also choose a new barrel option in 6.5 Creedmoor. The Encore Pro Hunter rifle, with the addition of this accessory barrel, offers new opportunities for Encore Pro fans and collectors, making it the top choice of hunting enthusiasts everywhere. The stainless, fluted 28-inch barrel comes with a 1:8 twist.

Carrying and protecting a T/C firearm is easy with the new T/C soft-sided rifle case, which is reinforced along the sides and edges and is fully padded. The case will fit any scoped T/C muzzleloader or T/C family firearm and the zippered pockets are perfect for carrying T/C accessories and ammunition. This rifle case is a must-have for the serious competitive shooter, hunter and rugged outdoor enthusiast.

The 6.5 Creedmoor is the big news caliber for 2017. Do you own a 6.5 Creedmoor? What has your experience been with the caliber. Share your answers in the comment section.