Riflescope Blog: Expert's reviews, news, notes on rifle scopes, hunting optics, shooting, binoculars, night vision sights, gun accessories, and more

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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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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10 Oct

Uncle Charlie’s New M&P with Crimson Trace!

Steven K. Ledin, Uncle Charlie’s New M&P with Crimson Trace!

A Beretta Cougar. That's what Charlie kept in his house as his main defensive pistol. A quality gun that he felt comfortable shooting and shot well. Charlie's eyesight is failing. He's older than most of us. He's up on a lot of the latest firearm trends and technology, and he decided he wanted a laser for the Cougar.

Problem is, many guns that were made not too long ago did not have rails under the dust cover like most mid-to-full size pistols do now. The Cougar was one of these. He went into a large local gun shop to purchase a …

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09 Oct

Nambu and Walther PP From Junkyard to Gems!

Steven K. Ledin, Nambu and Walther PP From Junkyard to Gems!

My friend John has a brother with a junkyard as large as some small states. In it are hidden gems of all kinds. A recent walk around the blocks of rubble revealed a shiny tin document safe conspicuously lying on top of detrius, twisted metal. and fiberboard, just waiting for someone to break open. The top picture reveals one piece of the contents inside.  

It's a Japanese Nambu, Type 14, small trigger guard. Caliber 8mm Japanese Nambu. Original and nearly perfect. Upon my research, it was made in 1913 at the Kokura arsenal in Tokyo in the time of the Shoe …

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29 Sep

OPMOD Strikefire on 10/22 and Pistol

Steven K. Ledin, OPMOD Strikefire on 10/22 and Pistol

The OPMOD Strikefires have been migrating to various guns. First, on the S&W M&P 15-22 that I wrote about in my last Riflescopeblog, then on to my 10/22 and my S&W 2206 pistol. With the optional low ring, it's perfect for so many applications.

The above photo shows my old charcoal grey laminate 10/22 with a standard Weaver mount. I had tried an EGW pic rail so I could have extra room to mount a magnifier or NV device, but it was a bit higher than what I wanted, so I just stayed with the standard Weaver. …

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26 Sep

NEW OPMOD STRIKEFIRE II TAKES OVER THE GUNROOM!

Steven K. Ledin, NEW OPMOD STRIKEFIRE II TAKES OVER THE GUNROOM!

My newest most favorite product is the OPMOD Strikefire by Vortex. It's an exclusive red dot reflex sight made just for us. Yes, the all the products on this S&W M&P 15-22 in the above picture work superbly together, starting with the Strikefire.

The OPMOD Strikefire has a 4 minute dot, switchable from red to green, with 10 intensity settings. The lowest two settings are for night vision use. The dot is one of the roundest and most defined I've seen. Not that that is a big deal to me, but it is to some. The dot …

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05 Sep

EOTech 550 vs Counterfeit Video

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If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

 

 

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