Product Intelligence and a few others were invited to the Article II Range in Lombard last week for a shoot sponsored by Surefire and Trijicon. This was the first time that these trainers held a shoot for non-military and LE customers. Free ammo is always good, and we threw a lot of lead downrange through a variety of ARs. Several wore cans, and they all worked even after they got red hot. LWRC and LMT make some of the most desireable black guns in existence. We shot the carbines with a variety of ACOGs, and also an excellent 1-4×24 Accu Point. Various sized Springfield XDs wore Trijicon XD Big Dot sights. Large and fast, but they have a bit bigger diameter front size tritium insert than I prefer. We also used a Surefire supressor on a Rem 700 and could hold a conversation over the report this gun generated. Any time you spend pulling the trigger is good, and we all let off some steam before returning to work. Thanks to the Trij and Surefire guys, and our rep Gary.
I'll be filming some Tips of the Week for the Midwest Outdoors TV show next week. I've been doing these since about 1990. I'll be using our OPMOD EXPS2 on my .454, and also on a shotgun and different rifles to show the versatility of this excellent holographic sight.
I was recently a guest for 10 weeks or so on Brian Hughes' "Texas Fishing and Outdoors" radio show Saturdays and Sundays. I explained real world useable attributes of many product categories we sell, and gave folks tips and tricks on subjects like bullet drop compensating reticles and scope prices, night vison and thermals, flashlights and game tracking, red dot sights, pig hunting and recipes, hunting with handguns, gun safes, boresighters, lasers, and a bunch of related chit chat.
Our 2013 OpticsPlanet training schedule has been released, and I'm delegating the teaching of all classes to my Product Experts this year. Training will commence with binoculars, since the principles of optics need to be understood before tackling riflescopes. Then, eyewear, AR15, red dots, holsters, illumination tools, firearm mounts, night vision, lasers and rangefinders, and then a review course. Microscope training is last, taught by a member of our scientific group.
We are now a family of four! My Shirley and I got a little brother for our Pit Bull, Tinker. His name is TranRek (pronounced "Train Wreck"). He's another rescue and we got him at about 4 months old. He's a black Lab with maybe a little beagle in him. My Shirley is the most patient and loving mom. I also learned the word "coprophagia".