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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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"Friends of the family" were here with some guns and some money. My job was to suggest and set up the rifles for their intended uses. Sometimes these guns get pretty outrageous.
A man I'll call "Z" came in with his full-blown JP custom. He's going with his two friends to shoot prairie dogs next month. They have three identical JP customs. No expense was spared on the guns, but they wanted to take it a bit easier on the optics. My first choice was the benchmark for dogs, a Leupold VX-3 6.5-20×40 Long Range for bolt guns, …Continue Reading
Undeniably, the countries of Germany, Belgium, and Austria really know how to make some of the best firearms in existence.
And it's hard to beat an H&K P7 M13 for a carry gun. Squeeze-cocker, cock-squeezer, combat staple gun, call it what you will. One of the finest machines ever made.
Top rifle is an FN SCAR Heavy .308 with OPMOD EOTech HHS-1, Steiner DBAL I2 IR and visible green lasers, and an InForce 500 lumen weapon light. Middle gun is a customized HK 416 D .22LR, and bottom is a ridiculously accurate 1/4 MOA Steyr SSG .308 with …Continue Reading
My friend Chuck the vet's M&P 15 came with a fixed front sight. I put on a Diamondhead VRS handguard that I had that wasn't a free-float, so it was a direct replacement for his fore-end without rails. I also installed a low gas block that I had. The manufacturer said it would work in the place of a standard A2 front sight, including with the use of the fore-end cap. It didn't mate up exactly, apparently, because the gun didn't reliably cycle. The gas hole must've been just a bit off. It looked ok, but it used set screws …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading