Having owned several $3,000-$5,000 precision rifles, the quest for accuracy can be expensive. The goal of this build was a rig with fine, precise accuracy with a price tag most shooters could afford. At full MSRP this complete ready to shoot setup is under $1,800 including gun, optic, rings, and magazine and easily delivers sub-.5-inch 100-yard groups—all day long.
One of my favorite things to do is to set up and shoot a new gun. I enjoy the process from choosing the correct rings to bore sighting to spending time at the range—and yes, even to working up the perfect and most accurate load for each gun.
There is a difference between mounting a rifle scope to your long gun and properly mounting a scope for the shooter. While one ensures the optic is secure, the other adds the additional factor of ensuring the shooter may obtain a comfortable, repeatable mount for increased accuracy. Few of us shoot to miss, so let’s look at how to do it right the first time with this video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
I am asked about rifle scopes and red dot sights often. Which one should I buy, is just under who should I marry in the overall importance, and very hard to answer for another person. When you add that the student doesn’t know exactly what they are going to do with the rifle scope, the answer is even more elusive. The bottom line is the budget.
You would think, being an avid hunter and given the number kids as I’ve introduced to hunting and shooting, I would have discovered the .243 Winchester a lot sooner than I did. My path was rather long and circuitous. I was close a couple of times, but never realized what I was missing until a change in the hunting regulations forced me to shoot the .243.
Turret dialing is a great way to aim precisely at extreme range targets—But it’s not perfect. Before you wed yourself to a turret dialing scope, you should consider your targeting needs and how they balance with the pros and cons of turret dialing scopes.
A new AR is a blank slate. If you want it for tactical use, a light, laser, and red dot sight may be in your future. If your AR is destined for varmints or deer, elk, or antelope, a sling, bipod, and scope will be standard fare. Maybe your new AR will reach out to targets on the 1,000 line with a premium scope and benchrest accessories. Whatever your next AR is destined to be, the right accessories define the Modern Sporting Rifle.
If there is anything I have learned in 40 years of shooting, it is if you buy cheap, you buy twice. When it comes to optics many that are OK for informal target practice and others are suited to some forms of competition. However, if you need a quality holographic sight for critical use, few if any, have stood the test of time as the EOTech sight has.
Riton Optics is an up-and-comer in the optics world that, while it has been in existence for over 5 years, Riton attended SHOT Show as an exhibitor for the first time in 2018. While many optics companies looked to expand existing products and product lines, Riton “broke its mold” with two new, unique riflescopes.
With Christmas just days away, there is still time to buy that perfect stocking stuffer or additional gift for under the tree. Typically, the problem is deciding what to get. Here are 10 shooting-oriented ideas. The best part? Each of these presents will fit inside a Christmas stocking or fill that last hole under the tree with a guaranteed smile on Christmas morning.
My late summer range days have been spent, in part, behind a new red dot on the market, the Enrage by Bushnell. It’s one of a few red dot optics I’ve shot with. Once I checked the price, it became the first red dot I have gotten really excited about.
The weekend began as a scope test—as well as a time to get better at long-range precision marksmanship—but ended up a test of multiple pieces of gear and people. As for the scope, it turned out to be a key element to unexpected long-range success, but not without challenging moments. The Bushnell Elite Tactical long range tactical scope (LRTS) series is just what the name implies. In this case, my optical partner was the LRTSi 3-12x44mm scope for a 3-day long-range shooting class requiring a milliradian reticle.
For practical use, there are several types of shotgun sights. In iron sights, these include the bead, aperture or ghost ring sight, and rifle sight.
When choosing accessories for an AK, optics seldom top the list. In fact, for most, optics are not even on the list. However, that does not mean that optic cannot or should not top an AK. For those who want a bit of glass on their AK, Bushnell has the optic built specifically for the task. Read the full review from the NRA.
Don’t short-change a short gun! When you spec a carbine, think about shooting it! Simple? Yes. But don’t adapt to the carbine; make it adapt to you. Here are a few thoughts on how to get the most utility from your carbine.
Aimpoint announced the release of the new Aimpoint Micro S-1 sight at SHOW Show 2017. Designed specifically for use on shotguns with a ventilated rib, the Micro S-1 greatly enhances hit percentage for waterfowl and upland bird hunters, on the sporting clays course, and provides a compact, low-profile optic for turkey and deer shotgun hunters.
Umarex debuted the Second Zero system, under its new Axeon Optics Solutions brand. The Second Zero is a precision optical device that gives any rifle shooter an instant second zero distance whether in hunting or tactical application. It works with all optical sights from rifle scopes to dot sights.
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.
The TANGO6 riflescope line now is equipped with LevelPlex, an anti-cant system, and new T120 turrets. A Dev-L holdover-style reticle is also now being offered. Most models have a shortened 34mm tube, so they are more compact. Models include 1–6x24mm (SRP: $1,680), 3–18x44mm (SRP: $2,400), 4–24x50mm (SRP: $2,520), and 5–30x56mm (SRP: $3,120). The Whiskey5 Gen2 line of scopes includes a 30mm tube and locking turrets. The Dev-L reticle will be available in Tango4 4–16x44mm and 6–24x50mm models.
The full-size ROMEO6 red-dot sights now feature a ballistic circle dot or plex reticle and a solar-power option. The KILO2400ABS laser rangefinder offers longer ranging and features a built-in applied ballistics system that is app-based. The KILO2200MR laser rangefinder is the big brother to the KILO2000, offering longer ranging, a milling reticle, and reduced laser-beam divergence.
The new Z8i riflescope series offers 8X zoom magnification with a large field of view. Available models include Z8i 1–8x24mm, Z8i 1.7–13.3x42mm P, Z8i 2–16x50mm P, and Z8i 2.3–18x56mm P. Z8i 1–8×24 and Z8i 1.7–13.3×42 P riflescopes also feature the Flexchange 4A-IF, which allows the user to switch the illuminated ring around the illuminated center dot on and off with the press of a button. Another option on the Z8i line is the ballistic turret flex (BTF), which can be configured separately using several different types of ballistic compensation correction. It can also be attached and removed at any time without tools.
The new Essentials line of value-priced binocular models offers multiple compact, roof-prism designs—some small enough to fit into a pocket. Models include 8x21mm, 10x25mm, 12x25mm, and 16x32mm (SRP: $14 to $37). A 10x25mm monocular (SRP: $12) is also being offered. Mid-size porro-prism binoculars include 8–24x25mm, 10x25mm, 4x30mm, 7x35mm, 10x50mm, 10–30x50mm, 10x32mm, and 12x50mm (SRP: $12 to $132). The new Focus Free series of mid- and full-size binoculars offer an instantly clear view with no focus necessary. Models include an 8x25mm, 7x35mm, and 8x32mm (SRP: $58 to $59).
The MGRS (Machine Gun Reflex Sight) was created to withstand the constant, violent battering of machine guns and features a large objective lens with a 3×2-inch viewing area and a 35 MOA segmented circle reticle. SRP: $4,999. Centered within the reticle is a 3 MOA dot for precise aiming at close combat as well as extended ranges. The unit is powered by a single CR123A battery that lasts for about 1,000 hours of continuous operation.
The design of the new B-Series was developed based upon requests from military, law enforcement, and competitive shooters. The B-10 (SRP: $2,450) and B-17 (SRP: $2,900) are lighter, shorter, and more streamlined. Features of this new line of scopes include a shorter scope to accommodate night vision, compact turret section for better compatibility with commonly used mounts, locking elevation and windage knobs, elevation revolution counter, elevation zero stop, and integrated parallax and illumination control.
The Razor AMG UH-1 (SRP: $700) is the first holographic sight to combine the durability, reliability, and energy efficiency of a red-dot, but with the sight picture, zero-distortion, and comprehensive reticle pattern of a holographic sight. Runs on a Micro USB rechargeable LFP 123A battery or CR123A battery.
The Victory SF binocular series now has new features available in 8x42mm (SRP: $2,850) and 10x42mm (SRP: $2,900) models that include a more precise focusing system and smoother handling. Additionally, an extra click stop has been built into the rotating eyecup. The new Victory SF is also available with new black armoring. The Conquest Gavia 30–60x85mm angled spotting scope (SRP: $1,999) was specially developed for hunters and wildlife/nature observers. Powerful 60X magnification offers great detail. The spotter also is lightweight and compact for easy transport. The Victory V8 riflescope line now includes three rail-mount scopes in 1–8x32mm (SRP: $2,999), 1.8–14x50mm (SRP: $3,666), and 2.8–20x56mm (SRP: $3,999). The 50mm and 56mm objective models include the ASV bullet-drop-compensator system. Terra ED binocular models are now available in black, gray, green, and brown. Model include 8x32mm (SRP: $370), 10x32mm (SRP: $400), 8x42mm (SRP: $400), and 10x42mm (SRP: $450).
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