Browse through the catalog of any optic manufacturer and you would be hard pressed not to notice that a lot of attention is being directed at AR/MSR specific optics these days. Whether you’re looking for a reflex or red-dot sight for CQB-type work, something that will take you out to 1,000 yards and beyond, or anything in between, the market is literally flooded with new and improved AR/MSR optics to fill that need. That attention [continue…]
Interest in thermal imaging devices has grown considerably among shooters and sportsmen in recent years, and as a result a few of the more forward thinking brands in the sport optics industry have started dipping their feet into this relatively new but rapidly growing market. Leupold & Stevens of Beaverton, Oregon is one such company, and for 2017 they have released their second thermal imaging device in as many years – the LTO Tracker. The [continue…]
In recent years there has been a significant increase in interest when it comes to long-range shooting, and as a result we have seen manufacturers bring more and more product to market specifically geared towards that type of use. Leupold’s new line of VX-3i LRP (Long Range Precision) rifle scopes is one such line of products, and today we will be looking at one of the 8.5-25x50mm models from this new line. The new VX-3i [continue…]
The Vortex Diamondback series of rifle scopes has been very popular for a number of years now, and for good reason. The line offers great value by providing very good optical quality and quality construction that most anyone can afford. However, as the market continues to trend more towards the long-range niche more and more shooters were asking Vortex to offer something similar with exposed tactical-style turrets. Vortex has answered that call with their new [continue…]
As firearms have become more and more specialized in recent years, it’s no surprise that optical sights have followed suite. Every year we see companies bring forth new lines tailored to a specific application or use. Some are designed for long-range use, while others are specifically for close-in work. Some are geared strictly towards hunting while others are designed solely for competition. The new Bushnell Trophy Xtreme series of rifle scopes seems to follow that [continue…]
Purchasing a scope for a new rimfire rifle is often one of the hardest decisions we shooters will have to make. On one hand we want a good quality scope, but on the other we often don’t want to spend a lot as the rifle itself was fairly inexpensive. Not many shooters are willing to drop $400+ on a scope for a rifle that cost them less than $300 so optic manufacturers have to walk [continue…]
The Bushnell Elite series of optics have had an excellent reputation over the years for offering great performance and quality at a reasonable price point. In fact, my oldest optic just happens to be a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40mm that I purchased in 2001 and it’s still just as clear and reliable today as it was on the day I bought it. I have also owned a few Elite 4200 series rifle scopes over the [continue…]
The NightForce brand of optics has been a well-regarded premium brand for quite some time now with their Competition and NSX lines. In recent years they have added new lines that were designed to be use specific such as the ATAR (tactical) and Benchrest lines. In 2015 NightForce added another new line specifically aimed towards long-range hunters called the SHV (shooting, hunting, varmint). Their goal for this line of rifle scopes was to provide a [continue…]
If you’ve been a gun nut for any length of time you’ve surely learned that in this game sometimes you just have to man up and spend some money to get the quality that you really want. Whether it’s for a precision rifle, match grade barrel, competition ready pistol or in this case a top of the line scope, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” still applies in certain instances.
Let’s face it, not all of us can afford the top of the line scopes whose prices often exceed $2,000 these days. Heck, most of us can’t afford or simply don’t want to spend over $1,000 on a scope. Fortunately if you fall into that latter group of shooters you’re in luck because the quality and wide selection of scopes priced in the $500 to $1,000 range has never been better.