Riflescope Blog: Expert's reviews, news, notes on rifle scopes, hunting optics, shooting, binoculars, night vision sights, gun accessories, and more

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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07 Aug

Holsclaw, Radcab, Battlescooter, DOGMOM, and the 90th Birthday Pig Trail Excursion

Steven K. Ledin, Holsclaw, Radcab, Battlescooter, DOGMOM, and the 90th Birthday Pig Trail Excursion

Holsclaw is a 1975 three railed motorcycle trailer. I first met her on a bastard cold Chicago day in November last year. She was barely able to peek her remaining rusty blue paint over the snow and ice to look at me as My Shirley and I entered our friend Barb's house. Her husband Don was my best friend. We lost him to a heart attack in 2009. We were helping Barb sort and divest some of her considerable accumulated crap, and I thought I would get a better look at this poor decrepit trailer when Spring eventually rolled around. Through those …

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12 May

Firearms Familiarity Classes and Take the Test!

Steven K. Ledin, Firearms Familiarity Classes and Take the Test!

In the last week I held 7 Firearms Familiarity classes in three different OpticsPlanet locations. Most departments were involved including Procurement, Merchandising, Marketing, LE/Gov't Sales, Sales Force, and even Returns and Warehouse. The class focused on the basic points of firearms, such as safety, action types, how they are used and by whom, how to shoot them, and mostly, since OpticsPlanet is now offering many new items that we haven't sold before, parts. I've gotten the ok through our Compliance and Legal team to approve thousands of new-to-us products such as upper receivers and complete uppers, buffer …

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21 Apr

A JP, a SCAR, and an H&K Walk Into OpticsPlanet….

Steven K. Ledin, A JP, a SCAR, and an H&K Walk Into OpticsPlanet….

"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, …

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10 Apr

Those Germans, Belgians, and Austrians Sure Know How to Make a Fine Firearm

Steven K. Ledin, Those Germans, Belgians, and Austrians Sure Know How to Make a Fine Firearm

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 …

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03 Mar

Chuck the Vet’s AR Fixed Front Sight Chop

Steven K. Ledin, Chuck the Vet’s AR Fixed Front Sight Chop

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 …

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29 Jan

SHOT Show Media Day, Las Vegas, 2015

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show Media Day, Las Vegas, 2015

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 …

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13 Jan

New OPMOD Sparc II Almost Here!

Steven K. Ledin, New OPMOD Sparc II Almost Here!

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 …

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31 Dec

Happy New Year 2014!

Steven K. Ledin, Happy New Year 2014!

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 …

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24 Dec

Merry Christmas!

Steven K. Ledin, Merry Christmas!

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19 Dec

Polishing my Bone, with Remington, FLIR, and ATN

Steven K. Ledin, Polishing my Bone, with Remington, FLIR, and ATN

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 …

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