Tactical Store Blog

We welcome all of our readers to the official Tactical-Store.com blog. This is the place where our experts share their advice on Riflescopes, Tactical Flashlights, Prism Binoculars, Night Vision, Safety Goggles & much more!

02 Apr

Whether you’re plinking cans from a distance or varmint hunting, choosing the right scope for your rimfire rifle is crucial.  Unfortunately, many people do not take the 22LR cartridge seriously. I’m here to tell you that the 22lr is just as dangerous as other centerfire calibers. You should treat a rimfire rifle the same way you would a center fire rifle. This means if you would buy a quality optics for a larger caliber rifle, you should do the same for your new 22lr.

 

If you just picked up one of the new Tactical 22′s that have been hitting the market, the Nikon p-22 2-7X32MM will fit perfectly on your new flat top carbine. I am personally looking forward to picking this scope up for my ISSC MK22 FN SCAR 22lr carbine. With the exposed turrets and BDC reticle, this scope allows me to push the 22 cartridge farther than it has been pushed before.

Don’t worry – I haven’t forget about you varmint hunters out there. The Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9X40mm feels right at home on the tried and true Ruger 10/22 rifle. Sporting a huge objective lens, this scope will perform well in those early moring/dusk varmint …

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04 Sep

You’re probably not going to feel sorry for me, but the biggest issue I face here is having all this cool stuff in front of me 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  If it’s not something I’m researching to answer a customer’s question, someone from purchasing or marketing brings something up that leads me straight to another item that I didn’t realize I needed until that moment.   It’s hell, let me tell you.

For example, Hogue entered the field of knives, and we, being a Hogue retailer, added them to our site.  I received the notification from purchasing, and I looked them up online.

Dang, that’s one nice looking knife!  I have a thing for drop-point fixed blades, and the photos of the Hogue EX-F01 made me all tingly.  Made in the U.S.A, too.  Because I have the strength of ten men, because my heart is pure (cough) I was able to shake it off and go on about my business here.

First I received a spec sheet.  Just a single page.  With a photo.  A color photo.  The seed that had been planted by looking at the Hogue website had now germinated.

Shortly thereafter, we received …

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16 Aug

While we don’t carry everything (and we’re working on that), one particular brand that I have been forced to purchase from competitors is now available right here at Tactical Store. Magpul has arrived.

Someone out there may have just come out of a coma, is asking if Reagan is still President (sadly, no) and doesn’t know about Magpul. Magpul Industries Corporation was founded in 1999 by Richard M. Fitzpatrick. As A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Richard had first hand experience with what worked and what could use improving.

Magpul’s first product, introduced in 1999 was designed to assist with – well, pulling your magazine, hence the name “Magpul”. For years, soldiers have rigged tape and paracord at the base of their magazines to facilitate easy removal from a pouch or vest. Building on the success of that product, over the years Magpul has designed and released several products – followers, magazines, stocks, fore ends… even complete firearms – the Masada and Massoud, concepts such as the PDR and FMG-9 and acted as consultants for the TDI Kriss.

Magpul has some incredibly talented designers and engineers on their staff, and evidence of this is seen in their Theory …

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02 Aug
One of the greatest benefits of working at OpticsPlanet is my hands on access to all of the products in which we carry.  This can be both wonderful and terrible at the same time.  I can see every product, evaluate the strengths and the weaknesses, and then select the best item to suit my needs.  However, conflict can arise when I find two products that I equally desire.  When I reach this road block many will say “why don’t you just get both”.  Well, that’s a nice phrase, but I am on a budget! 
This happened not too long ago while I was in the search for a new backpack.  I wanted something that I could bring to work every day as well as safely carry my laptop and any other gear I might have for the day.  Durability and adaptability were also of utmost importance.  These key factors were pushing me towards a tactical backpack.  The first pack(s) I had in mind were that of the 5.11 Rush Series; Specifically the Rush 12 (also available inSandstone andMultiCam).  It was just large enough to carry 15” Macbook Pro and far exceeded my durability and adaptability

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01 Aug
My first knife purchase here was the Victorinox Farmer Swiss Army Knife.  Come to think of it, my second and third knife purchases were the Victorinox Farmer Swiss Army Knives, as well.
I like the Farmer for a number of reasons – first, for the lack of a corkscrew.  I have never, ever needed a corkscrew when out in the woods.  Most places you are likely to encounter wine, will have corkscrews.  If I was really desperate, I would push the cork in, drink the entire bottle, and not worry about re-corking it.  Plus, I’m a bourbon guy anyway.  The bottle opener comes in handy when a Newcastle Brown Ale crosses my path, and there’s a can opener so I can be in charge of the shelter during the coming apocalypse.
The Farmer has a usable flat head screwdriver blade, and a half a phillips head, sort of.  It looks odd, but it works.  There is a reamer, so if I ever need to ream something, I suppose I’m covered there.  The best feature, in my opinion, is the wood saw.  I’ve used this to clear branches overhanging a trail, to cut a walking stick, to make shelter …

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26 Jul

Recently, I was privileged to present training for our employees on the subject of Illumination Tools.  Flashlights may not be the most exciting things to most people, but I also got to present AR-101, our class on the AR-style rifle platform, so it all works out.

Somewhere at home, I have this crappy old flashlight my Dad gave me – one of those courregated metal jobs, with the sliding switch and a folding ring at the back, and evidence of some 1960′s technology batteries.  You can probably pick your own benchmark for how far technology has advanced – medical science, the International Space Station, plasma televisions.  For me, in second place, right behind the moon landing in 1969, is this flashlight:

Almost everone said the same thing when firing this flashlight up: “Holy ****”.  I’ll give you a hint, the first asterisk represents an “s”.  This light is 135mm long, and the bezel is 60mm in diameter, so it is almost half as wide as it is tall, much like my date for junior prom was.  My prom date was cheaper to feed (the Tiny Monster uses eight CR123 cells) but between the two, the Tiny Monster is much brighter.…

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19 Jun

Ever wondered what to wear when you go out on a hunting trip? I definitely have. Wearing the most hidden shade of camouflage or the best-fitting apparel can make the difference between a triumphant hunt or a waste of a day. I for one would much rather go home with a successfully hunted animal in my hands than nothing but my gun. To assist in a higher rate of success, proper apparel is key.


Image of the Valley Apparel APECS Parka

For instance, the Valley Apparel APECS Parka Waterproof Jacket plays a near perfect role in any forest landscape due to the realistic colors sewn on. The jacket provides protection in cold, wet and dry weather conditions; which is optimal for any outdoorsmen because it enables him or her to hunt whenever they want. In addition, along with the durability and effectiveness included with the jacket, comfort is not forgotten, in fact the ultra-light Gore-Tex fabric allows for consistent air-circulation.



The Extraordinary S2V Military/Duty Sport Boots

Another astounding product that came to mind when I thought of hunting apparel was the Rocky Brands Men’s S2V Vented Military/Duty Sport Boots. These boots keep your feet remarkably dry by providing …

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13 Jun

In the midst of all the hype in “Sin City” lies a newly developed gun store that offers the widest variety of activities that have to do with firearms and tactical shooting. The “Shooting in the Dark” VIP package offers new adventures and scenarios through use of military tech like tactical flashlights, lasers and night vision. The heart-pounding suspense provoked by the environment and the speed in which everything happens truly provides tourists with an opportunity to feel what a soldier or professional hunter goes through at night during his or her missions.

In dark situations, night vision accessories like binoculars, night vision scopes, etc. provide a significant advantage in any scenario. For example, the Bushnell Night Vision 2.5×42 Binoculars are a very affordable, durable and exceptional piece of equipment often used by hunters who wish to look for animals at night. This binocular is equally important for military personal when they need to detect a distant target in low light conditions. The rapid movement allowed for the person using the scopes provides a very large advantage in terms of detecting any target at night. The best part about these binoculars is that they provide a clear image …

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24 Apr

WOW!!! I cannot help but spread the word about this incredible unmanned-aircraft which the US Military is beginning to repeatedly test. The “DARPA Hyper-Sonic Glider,” as the US Military calls it, reached speeds of up to 13,000 mph in the sky! At that speed, the glide-bomber also reaches dangerous temperatures like 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit! That is one hot piece of metal! To put it into perspective, the same temperature is attained by NASA’s space shuttles as they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere! The heat was so overwhelming that the metal “skin” protecting the vehicle literally peeled off the body of the plane!

Side-view of the Millett
LRS-1 Riflescope

The long-range glide-bomber immediately reminded me of the Millett 6-25x56mm LRS-1 Riflescope because of its ability to hit any target with great precision at any distance. This massively built Riflescope has a one-piece 35mm tube that perfectly fits on any heavy, hard-hitting, large caliber rifles. Also, the LRS-1 delivers superior brightness and outstanding repeatable accurateness. Many hunters and marksmen use the Riflescope world-wide due to its astonishing accurateness at distances of up to 1,000 yards. Lastly, with the help of the 140 MOA adjustment, the LRS-1 easily assists any gunmen with “zoning in …

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29 Mar

For all you Call of Duty players out there, have you ever wondered what kind of scopes the guns actually use? Well me too! The only difference is that I just found out what kind it is; in fact, it’s called the Leupold Mark 4 HAMR Rifle Scope. It’s actually pretty neat! It has a Red Dot Sight on the top for all of your close-quarters combat, but it also has an effective rifle scope for people who like to shoot from a distance.

Picture of the scope, notice the RDS on top of the scope.

The scope’s designed to provide the best resolution in mid to close-range combat due to its medium range magnification. Also, each scope is designed with withstand any kind of water entry or interior fogging, resulting in a consistently clear view. In addition, the two DiamondCoat lens coatings provide scratch-resistant exterior lens surfaces. Lastly, due to the universal reticle, almost any gun can equip the Leupold Mark 4 HAMR Rifle Scope to eliminate any opposing targets.


Just a side-note, the multi-range perk provides different distances in which the scope can view its enemies; therefore, enabling the variable zoom to come into play. The Variable …

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