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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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07 Mar

>Night Sights and Fiber Optics

Steven K. Ledin,

We sell a lot of Trijicon night sights. These replace the iron sights on your firearm, mostly pistols. Night sights have small spheres of radioactive material in them that glow with absolutely no ambient light whatsoever. The actual Tritium aiming points are sealed with aluminum and a clear sapphire lens that lets the radioactive phosphor lamp be seen in any conditions. On guns like the Beretta 92 with a front sight that can not be replaced, the slide must be sent to Tooltech (Trijicon’s custom shop) for drilling and installation. You will see when purchasing such a sight that you …

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27 Feb

>Bushnell Yardage Pro Laser Rangefinding Rifle Scope

Steven K. Ledin,

We’ve been waiting a long time, but the first of the new generation of laser rangefinding rifle scopes is here. It’s the Bushnell Yardage Pro # 204124. This fully multicoated offering has a laser rangefinder built into a quality 4-12×42 waterproof assembly with a magnesium body and is as clear and as crisp as many of the higher-end Bushnell riflescopes. It comes complete with eight different bullet-drop compensating interchangeable turrets and a blank one, and also has a mildot reticle. The scope uses a 3volt battery and the specifications list it as being able to range a deer at …

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25 Nov

>Docters in the Sandbox

Steven K. Ledin,

An unnamed commander from Seal Team Seven called for more Docters. It has become the quick target acquisition scope of choice for many operators in Iraq. It’s light, durable, small, and accurate. The mounts are also available. Optics Planet has an exclusive deal with Docter USA to offer their red dot sights on the internet. Even the ACOG mounts are available. Mounting a Docter on a carry handle of your black gun doesn’t change the weight or handling characteristics of your gun, and a lot of 6.8s are using them overseas, even in conjunction with their ACOGs. I …

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11 Nov

>Uncle Mike’s Products Now Available

Steven K. Ledin,

Uncle Mike’s products are now available through Optics Planet. I’m wearing an Uncle Mike’s belt today with my Navy dungarees for veteran’s day. Their products have been a standard for many years, and the Uncle Mike’s name now includes Hoppe’s, Butler Creek, Stoney Point, and Blackwater tactical gear. All this new stuff makes me spend my hard-earned money on stuff I “need”, but Shirley understands and has put up with it for so long she’s mostly immune.
Election day has just passed, and I hope you all voted. It’s your duty, not to be taken for granted. …

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21 Sep

>EOTech 553s Are In

Steven K. Ledin,

Finally got some EOTech 553 sights in. The first things I noticed was the silver colored stainless steel windage and elevation screws and the two small throw-levers on the integral ARMS mount. The sight is made to be instantly attached to a 1913 picatinny rail. It can be removed and reinstalled with no more than a one minute loss of zero. The recoil lug under the sight is true 1913, and will not fit on Weaver style bases with the standard recoil slot of about .146. The recoil lug is about .196 and will simply not fit. The side-to-side differences …

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14 Sep

>Lapping Scope Rings

Steven K. Ledin,

A customer asked the other day if he should lap his rings, and how to go about it.
It’s a no brainer. The first use you get out of your lapping tool or one inch bar is when your bottom ring halves are mounted on your gun and you drop the tool in. It should drop to the bottom of both rings. If it doesn’t, you can move your rings accordingly, most often your rear windage screws on a Leupold type base. The front ring might require a degree or so of a turn also. It’s really easily seen with …

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30 Aug

>New Yukon Ranger Digital Night Vision Monocular

Steven K. Ledin,

The world of night vision viewers is slowly changing, and this new Yukon Ranger digital night vision monocular is a good example why. I tested one recently in a variety of conditions and can recommend it without reservations. One way to measure resolution on a night vision monocular or binocular is by LPM (lines per millimeter). The LPM on a typical first generation unit (depending on what company or technician you speak to) is from 28 to 34. The resolution on this new Ranger is stated by Yukon as comparable to 40LPM, and I certainly believe it. The picture was …

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