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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 products and technology. Get an insight into the corporate world of a professional gunbitch with a dose of his philosophical insight.

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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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23 Apr

How to Mount a Riflescope Video

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22 Apr

My Alaskan Bear Hunt with EOTech

Steven K. Ledin,

 

I was almost finished packing the night before I was to leave for Prince of Wales (POW) island, Alaska, for a black bear and Sitka deer hunt when I got the call. The bureau of ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) in Anchorage had confiscated my gun case that I sent via UPS several days earlier because they scanned it and found an aerosol can in it! Gun Scrubber, which I have shipped countless times before without issue. They demanded the lock combinations so they wouldn’t cut them. They removed the can, but now they could not ship the gun …

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18 Apr

Chemo Anniversary

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Two years ago today I started initial chemotherapy for stage 4 cancer. I remember the apprehension with the first needle going in. I'm the last man standing. I'm more than a year over my expiration date. Everyone I was in the hospital with for the same but lesser stage cancer is long gone.  I am a poster boy for my doctors.

2012 was spent trying to keep breathing. 24 hour chemo and radiation twice a day for throat cancer. I came out of it with plenty of baggage, but I'm still here, thanks to God, the incredible doctors and nurses …

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