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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, …

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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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18 Aug

TV Guns, Scooters, and Food!

Steven K. Ledin, TV Guns, Scooters, and Food!

I filmed 5 Midwest Outdoors "Tips of the Week" last Wednesday. It went great. It was a special day because everything went according to plans. Everything, the whole day. From the lack of traffic during the couple hour trip down, to the filming itself, and the trip home. I treated myself to a couple of strawberry daiquiris and an extra large pizza afterwards. The following pictures are the guns I used for four of the spots.

I shot …

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12 Aug

Wayne’s Polytech Legend, Scope Mounting and Filming

Steven K. Ledin, Wayne’s Polytech Legend, Scope Mounting and Filming

Old school chum Wayne was over the other day for a visit. It's been years. He brought with him the Polytech Legend I sold him about 1992. Still in the box, pretty as sin. Not even a scratch on the bayonet. It's been a long time since I've seen one. Back in the day he came into the shop with money in hand for an AK. I convinced him he must give me more than he planned so he could take one of the Polytechs home. He gave me $699.99 for it. Some on GunBroker are over 3 …

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23 Jul

Boresighters and Battlescooters

Steven K. Ledin, Boresighters and Battlescooters

About Boresights

Boresighting aligns the optical sight on top of the gun barrel with the axis of your bore, and should be the first priority after mounting your scope. This ensures that your first shot will be on a large piece of target paper at a distance of about fifty yards. Boresighting not only gives you a reference point from which to actually start sighting in your gun, but saves time, ammunition expense, and occasionally your shoulder from recoil.

Bore sighting will NOT sight in your gun. This must be done …

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03 Jul

Independence Day OPMODasaki with Crash Bars and R-25

Steven K. Ledin, Independence Day OPMODasaki with Crash Bars and R-25

Got the Crash bars installed on the OPMODasaki for the July 4th weekend celebration. The Crash bars are made out of a circa 1950's galvanized Dean's milk crate for our miniature pinscher Crash Almighty. It's padded on the bottom with sexy hot pink tiger stripe and hinged for easy dog insertion. I strategically removed some bars from the crate just large enough for Crash's head to stick through the top and all four sides. Pictures to follow with her in it wearing her pink harness and Doggles.

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26 Jun

The Fox River Canoe Trip Thunderstorm Expedition

Steven K. Ledin, The Fox River Canoe Trip Thunderstorm Expedition

Call me Ishmael.

The Fox River through Illinois isn't what you might call a grade 5 waterway. Maybe a 4. Nope, not even a 3 or a 2. In fact, it struggles to be an adult 1.

But in a thunderstorm in an aluminum canoe it's a bit more challenging. My Shirley and I received a gift certificate for Starved Rock state park last year from her boss and were finally able to break away from work to use it. Family watched the dogs. Rain was forecasted for every day before, during, and after our date at Starved Rock Lodge. …

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04 Jun

High End Semi-Scientific Spotting Scope Test and the Battlescooter!

Steven K. Ledin, High End Semi-Scientific Spotting Scope Test and the Battlescooter!

Nikon loaned us one of their amazing Edge VR spotting scopes, and I used it last month while filming in Texas with Keith Warren for his High Road TV show. Nightforce sent us a demo of their new spotter, the TS-82. We hadn't seen it yet, and couldn't wait to try it.

This was a perfect opportunity for an impromptu, semi-scientific test of high end spotters. Our man Trevor came up with a criteria sheet and took the products out of stock. We started in the warehouse with a standard 1951 USAF resolution test target under a combination …

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16 May

Airguns Increase Skill Levels On The Cheap!

Steven K. Ledin, Airguns Increase Skill Levels On The Cheap!

I love shooting airguns, particularly great quality spring piston rifles. Like the title states, shooting these guns will increase your skill level. That's because they are notoriously hard to shoot well. They are temperamental about every aspect of your shooting form. They know if you're shooting them with a tight trigger hand, or light. Or an artillery hold with your support hand, or on a rest. Or where on the forearm it is rested. Or how hard into your shoulder you're holding it. And how your follow through is. Airguns know …

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