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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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16 Oct

Midwest Outdoors TV Filming with OPMOD Strikefire, Nikon M-223, Lasermax Unimax Micro, and Pheasant Pie

Steven K. Ledin, Midwest Outdoors TV Filming with OPMOD Strikefire, Nikon M-223, Lasermax Unimax Micro, and Pheasant Pie

Midwest Outdoors TV asked me last week to film a few segments for one of their sponsors, Wiley X Performance Eyewear. This was not affiliated with OpticsPlanet. Midwest Outdoors  just wanted my semi-smiling countenance to bark their sponsor’s wares. I was flattered because they thought I was a good spokesperson, and I was glad to do it because Wiley X ROCKS!  Great products that I unfortunately don’t own yet.  Maybe someday when I’m more flush and classy, if ever.

I mentioned ANSI Z87 eyewear performance levels, lens color, adjustable …

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10 Oct

Uncle Charlie’s New M&P with Crimson Trace!

Steven K. Ledin, Uncle Charlie’s New M&P with Crimson Trace!

A Beretta Cougar. That's what Charlie kept in his house as his main defensive pistol. A quality gun that he felt comfortable shooting and shot well. Charlie's eyesight is failing. He's older than most of us. He's up on a lot of the latest firearm trends and technology, and he decided he wanted a laser for the Cougar.

Problem is, many guns that were made not too long ago did not have rails under the dust cover like most mid-to-full size pistols do now. The Cougar was one of these. He went into a large local gun shop to purchase a …

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09 Oct

Nambu and Walther PP From Junkyard to Gems!

Steven K. Ledin, Nambu and Walther PP From Junkyard to Gems!

My friend John has a brother with a junkyard as large as some small states. In it are hidden gems of all kinds. A recent walk around the blocks of rubble revealed a shiny tin document safe conspicuously lying on top of detrius, twisted metal. and fiberboard, just waiting for someone to break open. The top picture reveals one piece of the contents inside.  

It's a Japanese Nambu, Type 14, small trigger guard. Caliber 8mm Japanese Nambu. Original and nearly perfect. Upon my research, it was made in 1913 at the Kokura arsenal in Tokyo in the time of the Shoe …

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29 Sep

OPMOD Strikefire on 10/22 and Pistol

Steven K. Ledin, OPMOD Strikefire on 10/22 and Pistol

The OPMOD Strikefires have been migrating to various guns. First, on the S&W M&P 15-22 that I wrote about in my last Riflescopeblog, then on to my 10/22 and my S&W 2206 pistol. With the optional low ring, it's perfect for so many applications.

The above photo shows my old charcoal grey laminate 10/22 with a standard Weaver mount. I had tried an EGW pic rail so I could have extra room to mount a magnifier or NV device, but it was a bit higher than what I wanted, …

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26 Sep

NEW OPMOD STRIKEFIRE II TAKES OVER THE GUNROOM!

Steven K. Ledin, NEW OPMOD STRIKEFIRE II TAKES OVER THE GUNROOM!

My newest most favorite product is the OPMOD Strikefire by Vortex. It's an exclusive red dot reflex sight made just for us. Yes, the all the products on this S&W M&P 15-22 in the above picture work superbly together, starting with the Strikefire.

The OPMOD Strikefire has a 4 minute dot, switchable from red to green, with 10 intensity settings. The lowest two settings are for night vision use. The dot is one of the roundest and most defined I've seen. Not that that is a big deal to me, but it is to some. The dot …

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05 Sep

EOTech 550 vs Counterfeit Video

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If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

 

 

 

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.

Crash



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