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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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03 Jan

Happy New Year 2013

Steven K. Ledin, Happy New Year 2013

Best wishes for a great new year to you all!

Santa brought me a new windscreen for my Kawasaki. My Shirley got an ivory crucifix I made her, and a watch.

I finished a shadow box for friends John and Emerald from one of the three guns they found in a junkyard. I gave Roy Jinks, the Smith & Wesson historian, pictures and the specifics,  and he authenticated on S&W letterhead that the gun is a New Model Number Three Target, in caliber .450 Revolver. It was born in 1903 and shipped to a gun shop in Birmingham, England for sale.

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13 Dec

Pearl Harbor Day Anniversary and Guns with Leupold VX-6 Scopes

Steven K. Ledin, Pearl Harbor Day Anniversary and Guns with Leupold VX-6 Scopes

December 7th. I joined the Navy 33 years ago today in 1979. I'm front left.

I'm giving my dad my scoped Browning airgun for Christmas. It is an electric-cocking airgun, so it'll be easy for him to shoot without the 30+ pounds of cocking effort required on his existing Beeman air rifle. It's my favorite and best shooting spring gun with a Leupold 3-9×33EFR I got from their Custom Shop a couple decades ago. I'll give it to him in a matching Browning hard case.  I got 10 of these rifles into the country …

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19 Nov

Back in the Saddle

Steven K. Ledin, Back in the Saddle

Great to be playing with guns again like normal!

 

I'm back!

Had a little bout of stage 4 throat cancer. God and a hundred others fixed it.

Good to be alive and back in the saddle.…

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13 Apr

Fox Model B Shotgun Repair, Junkyard Gun Treasures, and Classes in Session!

Steven K. Ledin, Fox Model B Shotgun Repair, Junkyard Gun Treasures, and Classes in Session!

Friend John's brother goes to a local junkyard and shoots rats with a 12 gauge Fox Model B shotgun. The stock in places is wafer thin, and it eventually splintered in 5 places. The right barrel also wouldn't work. When I got it, a couple of receiver pins were not in place. When that happens, springs do crazy things to remaining parts. I was able to put it back together, and the reason the right barrel wouldn't work was due to a worn sear / hammer relationship. I could get a new …

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02 Apr

Nanuk 390 Hard Cases on Moose Racing Expedition Luggage Rack

Steven K. Ledin, Nanuk 390 Hard Cases on Moose Racing Expedition Luggage Rack

This weekend I installed a Moose Racing Expedition luggage rack on my KLR 650. This is the bike that our U.S. Marines use, but they are converted to diesel for them. These bikes eat Baha and suburban potholes and curbs. I repositioned my turn signals with a little splicing and heat shrink tubing, and raised my license plate a bit, also. On the top rack I needed to affix one of three Nanuk 930 hard cases. There were no provisions for doing so. I decided …

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30 Mar

Pretty Planet Person Perforates Pork with Pleasure!

Steven K. Ledin, Pretty Planet Person Perforates Pork with Pleasure!

Never has a swine met a more happy end than to be poked by a .450 Bushmaster out of the slender fingers of Kate, our resident hunting babe and pig killer extrordinaire. The deadly omnivore met its end almost as fashionably as Kate the trigger-puller was dressed, and expired nearly immediately after the permanent cavity of a 250 grain Hornady FXT moving along at about 2200 FPS left him breathless. Being the caring, loving creature that Kate is, she quickly followed up with the coup de grace from her .44 magnum. She whipped out the 629 Mountain

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19 Mar

Anniversary Fishing with OPMOD PAC Bag and Binoculars, Jupiter’s Moons with OPMOD Spotting Scope

Steven K. Ledin, Anniversary Fishing with OPMOD PAC Bag and Binoculars, Jupiter’s Moons with OPMOD Spotting Scope

 

It was our 20th wedding anniversary last Saturday, and also Saint Patrick's day! The weather was a perfect sunny 80 degrees and My Shirley and Tinker and I headed out early to my sportsman's club to fish! The frogs were calling, and I tied a Scum Frog onto my 10 pound Fireline with a Palomar knot.  If you don't know this knot, you need to, especially if you're using slippery braided line instead of monofilament. I don't even use a Trilene knot at all anymore. I lobbed the frog across and under countless lilly pads with …

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27 Feb

Sampson Star-C Rail Installation, Range Day with Prototype Optics Testing, and HS Precision

Steven K. Ledin, Sampson Star-C Rail Installation, Range Day with Prototype Optics Testing, and HS Precision

I've been testing and using so many different types of optics and night vision units that I really need a dedicated full rail on my main small bore semi auto test gun, a Colt Competition H-Bar. I installed a Hogue free floated foreend many years ago, and besides trigger work and cryogenic barrel and receiver treatment, it contributed to this gun shooting sub half inch groups with Federal Gold Medal Match with the excellent 69 grain Sierra Match Kings. I received a Sampson Star-C 7" free float handguard

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21 Feb

SHOT Show 2012, Part Duex

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show 2012, Part Duex

 

 

We take customer polls and reviews and present certificates to vendors for certain winning categories and products. In the 2012 Leupold catalog on page 81 you'll see a thumbnail copy of our Brilliance Award that we presented Leupold for the "Best Premium Tactical Riflescope", which was the Mark 4 4.5-14×50 ER/T M5 Front Focal. It's great to know that they respect us and our award so much that they published it in their catalog. It's fun knowing that many retail locations that sell Leupold products give out their catalogs, and customers will see that OpticsPlanet is the place to buy …

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11 Feb

SHOT Show 2012 Part One

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show 2012 Part One

 

Perpetually my favorite stop at SHOT

 

Our daily chartered bus picked up almost two dozen OP employees from three different rental houses and dropped us off in front of the Sands Convention Center where we hit the ground running in wildly diverse directions like dropping a handful of BBs on a countertop. The first day of SHOT was officially started. Most of our folks were there from our purchasing department, but others were from Merchandising and Marketing, with me alone representing Product Intelligence until Trevor got there the next day.

SHOT is a dealer only show swimming with …

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