Gear, Parts and Accessories

Four Must Have Optics for 2013

Given the rush at the gun counter, it is no surprise that optics is a hot category as well. Going through my notes, I have selected four more optics from the 2013 SHOT Show that you really need to consider before making your next purchase.

Aimpoint Micro H1

The Micro H-1 is truly the “sight for all seasons.” This full-featured compact sight is equally at home on top of your centerfire rifle, shotgun, black powder rifle, handgun or bow. A variety of mounts are available to adapt the Micro H-1 to nearly anything you hunt with.

Small enough to use anywhere you can put iron sights,  you can use these sights on any type of firearm or archery equipment. A lightweight rifle with a Micro H-1 mounted on it remains a lightweight rifle. A hunting revolver with a Micro H-1 installed remains as easy to carry as with iron sights and is much quicker to aim. On a bow, the parallax-free Micro H-1 eliminates the need for a peep, allowing you to shoot accurately in lower light.

Tasco ProPoint 1x26mm

Flip-up objective, ocular caps and an easy-to-mount single-ring design are certainly attention-getters, but Tasco’s ProPoint is ready to go the distance. Other standard features that make the ProPoint worth your hard-earned greenbacks include a fixed 1x magnification, Rubicon multi-layered, fully coated lenses, 32mm objective, Illuminated 5 M.O.A. Red Dot, unlimited eye relief and fixed focus. The ProPoint easily mounts to any Weaver- or Picatinny-style base and is powered by a single CR3032 battery.

Leapers/UTG CQB 1-4×24 Riflescope Circle Dot

Oftentimes you get what you pay for, but on occasion there is a diamond in the rough and Leapers provides plenty of value for rock bottom prices. The Leapers CQB is completely Nitrogen filled, shockproof, fogproof and rainproof. The user-friendly and tool-free target turrets feature a two-step operation for zeroing and zero lock operations. Additional highlights include a mil-dot range estimating reticle and one-piece tube construction with angled integral sunshade.

Weaver Grand Slam

As the flagship series of the Weaver lineup, Grand Slam scopes have just undergone a complete transformation—inside and out. From advancements to the legendary Micro-Trac erector system to a fresh exterior design and great new packaging—featuring cutting-edge, modern graphics—the revitalized Grand Slam series promises to exceed the needs of even the most demanding shooter. Rugged, versatile and packed with advanced technology to give shooters the best shooting experience, Weaver Grand Slam is redefining the riflescope market. The Weaver Grand Slam 3-12×42 features a side focus matte finish and EB-X reticle. The rugged one-piece construction is argon purged to eliminate internal fogging. A portion of the proceeds from every Grand Slam and Super Slam scope sold goes to benefit the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Be sure to also check out the first two optics articles in this series and leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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Comments (5)

  1. I own 4 of the Leapers UTG CQB 1-4×24 I use them on a 308, 460, 22 they hold zero and are better then some of my high dollar scopes great product for the money.

  2. Same experience with TASCO as M. GUTTERMAN above.
    What you end up with is a scope you cannot trust, has almost no value at all so you throw it on a plinker or clynker to trade off.
    A Scope that fails you for no fault of self is just like an unfaithfull woman, she may come back looking as good as new but never again can you fully trust her.
    BEST TO ditch either one and let some one else,else take the risk.
    That said, if you go to a cheap whore you get wjat you p

  3. I had a new Tasco Pro Point on a 22/45 Mark III Ruger. It lasted less than one week before an internal lens came loose. I was only using it on a 22 target pistol. I sent it back to Bushnell (Tasco’s parent) under warranty. It took over a month for them to ship a replacement. I was told that they had to wait for another shipment from China. I will never purchase another one.

  4. Read the one review of the Leapers scope on the CTD website. The best scope for a carbine for the money is the Leupold Mark AR. No illuminated reticule, bells or whistles; just exceptional optical clarity and a bulletproof gas-purged scope.

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