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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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One of the best value combat pistols out there right now is the Canik TP9SF. A great pistol at a sub-$400.00 price tag that can do anything that my Glocks can do. A co-worker, Andrew, bought one with my recommendation and loves it, but wanted to install an MRD (Mini Red Dot). It is supposed to have a rear sight close to the same specs as a Glock. After a disappointing first purchase of a Glock mounting plate that was useless, we got a Strike Industries GUM mount that also has a dovetail cut for a Glock. It's their universal optics …Continue Reading
Many things happen when I go dove hunting. My gun gets dirty, my wallet gets lighter, ammo companies prosper, and I bring home a bird or two. I went dove hunting last week.
I used an H&K imported Fabarms Red Lion Competition with fancy accenting woods, ported carbon fiber wrapped barrel, with adjustable comb and length of pull. I camo-taped it pretty well for protection in the field. It was born in about 2004, and I bought it for a song when working at Gander Mountain years ago because it was pretty, in its fitted case and giant wallet of …Continue Reading
Several folks around here are preparing for Spring Turkey season. At least three of them have never gone before! What fun!
I brought in a bag load of turkey loot from years past to share with these new hunters. A Primos "Truth" disc for a few hours of fun while pouring over the other accouterments I brought in, like box calls, slate calls, diaphragm calls, decoys, clothes, gloves, hats, headnets, vests, packs, face paint, and choke …Continue Reading
Media Day for writers was Monday, the day before SHOT Show 2016 officially opened. It's now called Industry Day, because at noon, buyers were invited too. It's under an hour away from Vegas in the desert, at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club. Over 170 manufacturers exhibited there, and a large percentage of them have guns to shoot, from Kriss submachine guns, to suppressed shotguns and every handgun and black gun you can think of, in every caliber and configuration. The long-distance part of the range goes …Continue Reading
Time again for the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show in Vegas, the largest gun show in the world. It's been in Vegas for the last several years, and it's scheduled to be there for the next few. It's a user-friendly venue at the Sands, and lots of people enjoy Vegas and bring a spouse or partner for after-show festivities, shows, and dining. I'm booked from Sunday night until Friday. The show starts Tuesday, but because I have a blog and am active on social media, I'll be there Monday for what used to be called Media Day. Now it's called …Continue Reading
The title says it all! The Vortex Strike Eagle deserves the product of the year. The 6x magnification range is eminently useful, and the size and performance of the scope belies the low retail cost of the product. The illumination works as it's supposed to, and in conjunction with the excellent Vortex CM-202 cantilever mount, it's about the best value in a 1-6x scope on the market. Perfect for pigs or three gun matches.Continue Reading
Product Intelligence took a couple hour road trip to visit Vortex Optics, our neighbors in Middleton, Wisconsin. From family-owned meager beginnings to the juggernaut they have become, customer service has been second to none. Readers may know I've been in the shooting sports business for decades, and in all that time, I've never been associated with a company that cares this much about their customers, and goes the extra length to prove it.
I'll give you an example. One of our "Friends of the family" here at OpticsPlanet needed …Continue Reading