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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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23 Apr

How to Mount a Riflescope Video

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22 Apr

My Alaskan Bear Hunt with EOTech

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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 to …

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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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07 Apr

Glass More Important than Gun, NRA for Kids, and Another Crashed Scooter

Steven K. Ledin, Glass More Important than Gun, NRA for Kids, and Another Crashed Scooter

I was asked by a friend of a friend to mount a scope on his new gun. He's a new shooter, and contacted one of our guys in Product Intelligence about what glass to put on his Mossberg 4×4. Dmitry owns the gun, and he was one of the smart ones regarding what to spend on what kind of optics. The Mouseburger isn't a high end gun, and in fact is quite entry level. No matter, all the new price point guns will be reliable and shoot straight enough for hunting purposes. Most will shoot better than higher end guns built …

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21 Mar

Keith Warren NEMO Javelinas, Great Equipment, and Cactus Whiskey

Steven K. Ledin, Keith Warren NEMO Javelinas, Great Equipment, and Cactus Whiskey

Steve and Keith and a hot NEMO

Took a little jaunt last week to visit Keith Warren in Texas to film some spots for his "High Road" TV show. He just got one of the awesome new NEMO semiautos in .300 Winchester, and called me up to help him choose appropriate accessories for it.  NEMO were the first folks to make the AR platform work with this big cartridge. Superbly built gun, not cheap, designed for ultra long range targets. I installed an outstanding  KFS Sierra 7 bipod. One of the great features of this Versapod sister company's products is that the legs can …

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11 Mar

Why Poontang, Gobblers, and Dogs Don’t Mix

Steven K. Ledin, Why Poontang, Gobblers, and Dogs Don’t Mix

Spring turkey hunting has been a passion of mine for years. I like to think that the more I do things, the more experienced I become. But sometimes, familiarity breeds complacency.

I had harvested a number of birds over the years, and a friend's farm in Jo Davies county in Illinois, just a couple hours from my home promised another giant turkey. Jo Davies is one of the most successful deer and turkey counties in Illinois. I was looking forward to an easy hunt. I had deer hunted there before and knew the land. Not too steep. Didn't have to …

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20 Feb

Leupold CDS Dial

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11 Feb

COSS Show, OP.50 Redux, Best Part of Vegas

Steven K. Ledin, COSS Show, OP.50 Redux, Best Part of Vegas

I had to choose a cross-section of products to display at our first show event, the Chicagoland Outdoor Sports Show (COSS). One of the main attractions was to be the OP.50. I built it originally for display, not any kind of real use. But forces prevailed upon me to make it visible for this venue. The above picture shows it as the main attraction in our front foyer. When I took it down off the custom brackets made from flat screen TV brackets, It started to fall apart. Disintegrate, really. I had to restake the suppressor, the gas block, the …

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06 Feb

SHOT Show Vegas 2014

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show Vegas 2014

The Monday night after our Media Day shoot we showered off the dust and smoke, had a nice meal, then got a good night's sleep in preparation for our Super Bowl, the SHOT Show.

The SHOT Show is the country's largest gathering of Gun Monkeys and all related equipment. 1600 companies exhibited on 13 acres, with 67,000 attendees. If you were to visit every booth there, you would have, over 4 days, about 30 seconds at each one. You have to plan your attack accordingly. I usually haul ass and take notes, go straight, turn left, go straight, turn right, and repeat until I …

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04 Feb

Media Day at SHOT Show Vegas 2014

Steven K. Ledin, Media Day at SHOT Show Vegas 2014

One side of the Media Day range early Monday before it got busy

Media day at SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade show) Show is always at an outdoor range the Monday before the show opens on Tuesday. We are media because of this Riflescope Blog, and Gear Expert, for which we film various videos. The above photo depicts one side of the range early Monday before it got busy. We get to go to any manufacturer's tents we care to and shoot what they have. Generally mostly new firearms are there for use.

Shot the new Benelli Ethos. Loved it. It will be proven …

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