Through the Looking Glass

Given the rate products are flying off the shelves at Cheaper Than Dirt! and elsewhere around the country, it’s not worth being too picky in deciding which products deserve flavor of the week treatment, so I am not going to even try. I have already played with a whole goody bag full of new offerings this year and will roll out a handful of new products each week, so enjoy and keep checking back!

Aimpoint CompM4 and M4S

Aimpoint CompM4 and CompM4s sights both include enhanced ACET technology that provide up to eight years of continuous use from a single AA-size battery. Once turned on, Aimpoint sights stay on—there is no automatic shut-off so your optic is always ready whenever you need to use it. The CompM4 and CompM4s incorporate an integrated mount that eliminates the need for a separate ring, and can be customized with vertical and forward spacers to fit a variety of weapon systems.

All CompM4 sights are shipped complete with a QRP2 mount and standard AR-15 spacer. These sights also come equipped with a killFlash anti-reflection device and MILSPEC rubber lens covers.

Leupold Mark AR Mod 1

Designed with AR-15, Modern Sporting and precision rifles in mind, the Leupold Mark AR MOD 1 offers elite performance at an affordable price. New reticles, ballistically calibrated BDC dials and Green FireDot illumination draw on Leupold’s proud military heritage.

Offering four magnification ranges: 1.5-4x20mm, 3-9x40mm and 4-12x40mm, 6-18x40mm with Adjustable Objectives; and two models featuring daylight visible FireDot illumination, the Mark AR MOD 1 line covers nearly every situation a rifle can be employed. The new P5 0.1 mil adjustment dials are partnered with mil-based reticles to deliver true mil/mil compatibility. Non-illuminated reticle options include Mil Dot, Duplex or Fine Duplex. Leupold’s green FireDot Tactical Milling Reticle (TMR) and green FireDot Special Purpose Reticle are available in the 3-9x40mm and 1.5-4x20mm models respectively.

EOTech Model 512 Crossbow

Designed with crossbow hunters in mind, the Model 512 Crossbow sight utilizes the unique properties of holography to create optimal range scaling data in a heads-up display. A pre-calculated ranging scale is projected on the target and measures the back to the belly of a standard whitetail deer (16 inches). Simply position the base of the scale on the belly and read from where the back intersects the scale—it’s that easy.

With the integral ranging pattern, there is no unnecessary body movement or added noise from your tree stand. Both range information and aiming reticle are displayed within the same sight picture to quickly line up your shot.

Vortex Optics Razor HD

The Razor HD 5-20×50 and 1-4×24 meet the demands of extreme hunting situations. The Razor HD 5-20×50 is a state-of-the-art, long-range performer built on a 35mm one-piece tube and packed with more than a dozen unique performance and optical features—including Vortex’s proprietary first focal plane hashmarked MOA and MRAD ranging reticles.

The equally advanced Razor HD 1-4×24 is built on a one-piece 30mm tube. Ideal for rapid close- and mid-range shooting and boasting its own precision-etched first focal plane reticle, you can expect fast handling and deadly accuracy when it gets up-close and personal. Together, they form the most impressive lineup of tactical riflescopes available today.

Bushnell Drop Zone 22 Rimfire BDC

The AR Optics 2-7x 32mm rimfire riflescope features fully multi-coated optics for optimal light transmission and a fast-focus eyepiece for a clear sight picture. The new Drop Zone 22 Rimfire BDC reticle is an ideal reticle for the new .22 caliber AR-style rifles on the market. With a 50-yard zero and aiming points out to 200 yards, the Drop Zone 22 is easy to comprehend and operate.

Built with a durable, one-inch tube, the overall length of the riflescope is just over 11 inches. Target turrets make windage and elevation adjustments quick and easy, while side parallax focus allows the shooter to retain a crisp, clear sight picture at any range.

Tell us about your favorite optic in the comment section below.

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Comments (5)

  1. Well, I’ve heard a couple of different scenarios at this point: and a whole lot of bullshit from the over the top ignorant Democratic news commentators on msnbc. Less than four hours after the shooting occued at Sandy Hook, I said to everyone I knew that something was gonna happen. I could sense it then. “This ain’t gonna be good,” I said. “No, you’re worried over nothin’, what are they gonna do?” That’s what all my friends told me. I knew better, I just felt it. And I’d been away from hunting and shooting for many years, but had just recently been bitten again, but not had time to aquire the more recent style of guns I didn’t already. Have, or stock up on ammo for the guns I already owned. Bad spot to be in when you’re on disability, and something like this happens, whatever happened.
    Now, I’d heard that the government was buying up all the ammo, in preparation for civil unrest. Well, I’d heard they ordered so many million 9mm rnds in one story at least, and after all, aren’t they winding down in Affghanistan, preparing to pull out troops, and turning over opperations to the ANA? 9mm doesn’t explain all the rest of the ammo, or the guns people are having trouble finding. Then, I’ve heard that Obama has ceased importation, leaving ships anchored just off our shores, waiting to be unloaded of weapons and ammo.
    Ok, could that be? I tried to buy a Girsan MC 1911 from Buds, which is made in Turkey. They offer four variations: blue, blue w/picatinny rail, stainless, and stainless w/picatinny rail. The ad wasn’t very old when I called to order, but the stainless w/rail was already sold out. I debated ordering another model, which they did have in stock. But I decided that I wouldn’t be happy years down the road if I compromized, so I said I’d wait in uncertainty for one. They couldn’t say when or even if I’d get one, but they did draw $519.12 out of my account. I even sent an e-mail to the R&D manager at the plant in Turkey, with no response. Could it be sitting on a ship anchored just out of port? I checked
    d back about two weeks later, and the other models have since sold out. There’s another possibility, maybe a probibility. I’ve also heard thatthe buying public, people are hoarding, buying in such a frenzy since just before Christmas, that even at tax time there’s no ammo, magazines, or weapons. Why, I’ve heard people are buying ammo they don’t even have guns for, to re-sell later. I’ve heard the ammo companies have implimented additional lines, running ’round the clock, and yet four months later, amongst all the political ignorance, we’re still out. Something doesn’t smell right here, does it?
    What have you heard? Any thoughts, or evidence?

  2. Yeh, ammo is in short supply, and firearms are not much use without it. So optics are the last thing at this point. Until ammunition returns to normal or closer, with lower costs,again being the norm, Most accessories are not a priority anymore…

  3. Good point! Many retailers around Ft Worth have <50% of normal ammo inventories, and some are closer to 10%–they just can't keep it on the shelves.

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