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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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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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