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Riflescopeblog is written by Steven K. Ledin, OpticsPlanet’s Director of Product Intelligence. Follow Steve’s daring exploits as he shoots, travels, hunts, tests, teaches, modifies, and breaks the latest rifle scopes, red dots, lights, lasers and more. Get an insight into the corporate world of a professional gunbitch with a dose of his philosophical insight.

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29 Jan

SHOT Show Media Day, Las Vegas, 2015

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show Media Day, Las Vegas, 2015

I arrived in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon, a couple days before the SHOT Show officially started. Monday was Media Day, which is the day before SHOT and is spent at a shooting range in the desert outside of Vegas. It’s  under an hour ride to the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club, and comfortable tour buses take the writers there in style.

After checking in and grabbing eye and ear protection if you didn’t bring your own, you walk the dusty grounds and peruse the wares of vendors in tent after tent, most with their own designated ranges. I’ve …

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13 Jan

New OPMOD Sparc II Almost Here!

Steven K. Ledin, New OPMOD Sparc II Almost Here!

We're partnering again with one of the finest manufacturing companies I'm aware of, Vortex Optics. No kidding. I've been in this business going on 30 years, and let me tell you, these guys are the real deal. They make superb products and support their customer base as well as humanly possible. The new OPMOD Sparc II is now available in tan color as an OPMOD exclusive. The OPMOD Sparc II can do just about anything on just about any gun. Waterproof, fogproof, shockproof, and comes with spacers to be used at 4 different heights to mount …

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31 Dec

Happy New Year 2014!

Steven K. Ledin, Happy New Year 2014!

Happy new year to all! Hope it's great and you are all blessed with a half-glass-full attitude and pass that attitude onto others throughout the year!

My babiest sister Kara was over last weekend with her three kids Lila, age 5, Owen, age 10, and Eden, age 12, to visit and have fun with our three crazy beasts. They have always had dogs and they loved ours, even though they are hard to control. The dogs, not the kids.

I made them each a necklace from bone that they picked out. 

I brought out a Gamo MP9 semiauto pellet rifle with a …

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24 Dec

Merry Christmas!

Steven K. Ledin, Merry Christmas!

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19 Dec

Polishing my Bone, with Remington, FLIR, and ATN

Steven K. Ledin, Polishing my Bone, with Remington, FLIR, and ATN

I make jewelry for friends out of deer bones. I saw a Facebook thread that stated you can strip them easily with a pressure washer. Let me tell you, it doesn't work. You still have to soak them in high concentrate peroxide and strip by hand. Pressure washer hardly did anything. And by the way, don't boil them. I think it lessens the structural integrity, and the fat makes the bone a bit tawny colored.

I put a new CMC trigger in my Remington R-25. There have …

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06 Dec

Zastava PAP 92 Pistol with Century Brace and MWI Handguard VS AK Maadi Rifle with Hogue

Steven K. Ledin, Zastava PAP 92 Pistol with Century Brace and MWI Handguard VS AK Maadi Rifle with Hogue

The above picture shows a Serbian Zastava PAP 92 AK pistol imported by Century Arms International with a Century SB-47 Stabilizing Brace and Midwest Industries handguard. I put it together for a friend last weekend. He also bought an MWI flash hider, but forgot to purchase the spring, detent and pin needed to hold it in place, so that's coming. I'll grind off a small spot weld and install the parts soon.

Whether legal or not, shouldering the pistol offers just about the same head position as the rifle, with my nose touching the rear of the receiver. The gun …

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26 Nov

The Biologist

Steven K. Ledin, The Biologist

I started selling “The Biologist” guns and optics and night vision for population control of deer in the late 80s. He was employed by one of the largest counties in the state. Let’s just call him “The Biologist”. I was the head Gunbitch in the largest gun store and range in the same state.

We shared many interests and liked each other right away. I watched birds for the Cornell University of Ornithology every year for their “Backyard Feeder Survey”, and he knew so much about these creatures that like a good book, I couldn’t put …

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12 Nov

IWI Tavor Vs. 7.5″ AR Pistol with Sigbrace

Steven K. Ledin, IWI Tavor Vs. 7.5″ AR Pistol with Sigbrace

AR-15 type guns are pretty much a commodity, and most are interchangeable.  Sure, you can have different barrel contours, types and lengths, different forends, grips, sights, stocks, and bolt on stuff ad nauseam, but it's still an AR carbine. Those that live in locations that allow SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) enjoy a pretty different feel to the familiar platform. Chop off a foot of barrel and the gun becomes even more lively and fast. Those that don't live in a state with that legal luxury may still enjoy the feel of an SBR by buying an AR pistol, or at least turning the pistol-registered lower …

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07 Nov

Tavor or AR Pistol?

Steven K. Ledin, Tavor or AR Pistol?

You choose.

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16 Oct

Midwest Outdoors TV Filming with OPMOD Strikefire, Nikon M-223, Lasermax Unimax Micro, and Pheasant Pie

Steven K. Ledin, Midwest Outdoors TV Filming with OPMOD Strikefire, Nikon M-223, Lasermax Unimax Micro, and Pheasant Pie

Midwest Outdoors TV asked me last week to film a few segments for one of their sponsors, Wiley X Performance Eyewear. This was not affiliated with OpticsPlanet. Midwest Outdoors  just wanted my semi-smiling countenance to bark their sponsor’s wares. I was flattered because they thought I was a good spokesperson, and I was glad to do it because Wiley X ROCKS!  Great products that I unfortunately don’t own yet.  Maybe someday when I’m more flush and classy, if ever.

I mentioned ANSI Z87 eyewear performance levels, lens color, adjustable …

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