31 Jul

People have known for a long time what a performer the Bushnell Trophy binoculars are, but in the August issue of “Outdoor Life” they have been recognized as one of the greatest buys in binoculars. The 8×42 pictured at the top of this blog (in black) retails at Tactical-Store.com for only $114.94, and that is with free shipping. They are 100% waterproof/fogproof, and the premium BaK4 roof prisms allow for crisp, bright viewing from edge to edge. They are fully multicoated and withstand a lot of abuse, like any good binocular should. The are perfect for surveillance as well as non-duty use, and lots of hunters also appreciate the size as well as light transmission and the very reasonable price. Again, the Bushnell Trophy 8×42 binoculars are rated as a “best buy” by a panel at “Outdoor Life”. They aren’t new at this. Take heed. In stock now, and camo as well for a couple bucks more.

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26 Jul

Fobus Roto holsters are perfect for many applications. With the belt version you may easily use it as a cross draw holster while driving, something not always easily found. The holsters are called Roto because they rotate a full 360 degrees for use at any angle you may want. The holster is easily adjusted by loosening a single phillips screw on the back of it, then retightening. The paddle version is not as versatile because of the paddle itself. For a driving holster the paddle prevents you from sitting with any degree of comfort. But the belt version is great for that purpose. The paddle Roto holster is convenient because you don’t need to remove your belt to install it. Both versions may be used as a strong side or middle of back holster. They are not affected by moisture and weigh almost nothing. Great products and quite inexpensive.

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24 Jul

There’s a great way to get into a night vision viewer without breaking the bank. It’s a Bushnell night vision monocular called the Guardian. The Guardian #264202 has a 2x lens that is 42mm in diameter. The unit uses 2 AAA batteries and comes with a simple fanny pack. If you’ve never experienced night vision before, this is a good way to find what it can do. The controls are simple. Insert batteries, turn it on with the top mounted switch. The light for the infrared light is next to it for use in total darkness. The whole monocular is about 11 ounces with the batteries installed, and it’s about the size of a pop can. Carrying is easy. The unit will allow you to see objects in total darkness. The picture will be green and black like you see on TV, and it will have pronounced grain in the picture. This is normal for all first generation units. First generation intensifier tubes are Russian or Eastern European and are interchangeable. The deciding factor on a purchase is bases mainly on size and features. The Bushnell company certainly stands behind their products, and there is no worry about warranty repair …

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23 Jul

The Leupold VX-L rifle scopes are already gaining an enviable reputation for brightness in an innovative package that allows maximum light transmission without high mounting. The reason these large 50mm and 56mm objective lens riflescopes can be mounted with low rings is that the objective lens is not circular, but rather has a cutout so the scope can be mounted much lower without barrel interference. Your field of view is still circular, and the generous Leupold eye relief is not affected. Some higher powered VX-Ls have the popular and convenient side parallax adjustment. A pet peeve of mine is for scopes to be mounted too high for a proper cheek weld, mainly for guns that have to be shouldered and shot quickly. This is not an issue with a VX-L. They are a bit heavier, but the exit pupil can be ridiculously large for a high powered scope and still be mounted in a position for an average eye to center without trying. For tactical rifles, the VX-Ls are great choices without compromise.

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20 Jul

Swat teams and other elite law enforcement agencys are using Leupold rifle scopes for tactical flattops. Not just the superb Mark 4 scopes proven worldwide and being used by our military, but the standard civilian VX-III scopes mostly associated with hunters and target shooters. These scopes are made in the USA with precise engineering and quality control only dreamed of by other manufacturers. These riflescopes are mostly found on top of guns used for hunting in harsh conditions and enduring a steady stream of abuse. They are required to perform in little available light during dusk and dawn. What is different in any tactical scenario? A lot of departments don’t have the disposable income for the very best optics available. A lot of people don’t have money for the best automobiles. Does that mean they do without? No. They get the best available car they can for the money and it serves them fine. Chevys work fine, as do Mercedes’. Just fit the product to the application. A VX-III 1.5-5×20 with a Duplex reticle is hard to beat on a black gun with proper mounts. At low power the field of view is generous, and five power is all the

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18 Jul

The B-Square flattop scope mount #15150 is one of the best buys available to mount a rifle scope with a one inch tube. The mount is sturdy aluminum and is one piece with integral rings. The rings have an appropriate height for use on a flattop AR-15 or M4 type rifle. They connect securely to the Picatinny rail with two easily manipulated thumbscrews, and after removal will return to zero pretty closely. The approximately 1.5″ height raises the scope to a level that gives a comfortable cheekweld and closely resembles the standard height on a carry handle rear sight. The finish is smooth and compliments most black guns nicely. Some mounts of this type cost many times more, but won’t necessarily do anything better except maybe in the most extreme conditions. Lots of our soldiers are using these mounts overseas and are very pleased with the B-Square performance and price.…

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18 Jul

Lasermax lasers have been around for quite some time. They have been installed on thousands of guns of all kinds and for all reasons. They are a proven, reliable pulsing red dot laser sight that can increase hit probability in all conditions. Mine in a Glock 22 has travelled thousands of miles with me, and I rarely take it out. The gun functions like a Glock is supposed to, which is always, under any conditions. Mine has even been submerged by accident. Lasermax sights replace the factory guide rod and spring, and you don’t need a gunsmith to do it for you. If you are capable of learning to shoot a gun safely you can probably install a Lasermax. Some models require the replacement of more than one part, but all parts come with the laser in the same box. Nothing else is required. The instructions are simple, and again, just about anyone can install a Lasermax.

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12 Jul

I brought in a Colt flattop to experiment with some optics, and found a real gem. It’s a new Tasco Propoint red dot sight #PDTS132. The profile is reminiscent of an Aimpoint Comp M2, and connects with one ring in the same fashion. It is a 1×32 5MOA battery powered sight with 11 brightness settings. Parallax correction is at 50 yards. The single ring that comes with the sight is fine, but the mounting height is too low to get your face into, and the dot hits the front sight post if you have one. Instead, I installed a Burris XTR ring in extra high that positions your head comfortably while putting your dot about 1/4″ above the front sight post. In addition, a flip-up rear like the GG&G MAD sight allows perfect co-witness in the lower 1/3 of the sight picture. The Propoint and Burris ring together are about $125.00, and they’re a perfect inexpensive and proven durable option for those of us that can’t drop hundreds on an Aimpoint or an EOTech.

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10 Jul

The ubiquitous AK-47 from Mikhail Kalashnikov is 60 years old this week. Some estimates put the various versions built from 1947 until now at over 100 million. There are obvious reasons for this: they work and are cheap to produce. Our M-16 family of rifles by Eugene Stoner are much more accurate in general, but not as reliable. The gas system is susceptible to fouling, and the tight fit of the parts do not take to sand very well. The AK won’t shoot quite as well on paper, but they were never designed to be target guns. They work. They always work. And work well. Some shoot quite well on paper, too. My Egyptian Maadi shoots about two inch groups with ammo that it likes. And it will shoot all the cheap crap ammo I can pick up and stuff in it. Always. Great guns. People like Mark Krebs are building AK type guns with great precision and are well thought out with modern AK accessories such as Surefire fore ends and other picatinny rail attachments. Inexpensive scope mounts are readily available, too. Some people don’t have much use for guns like this, but they are tons of fun to …

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09 Jul

A lot of our soldiers are not issued all the gear they could truly use, and night vision products are some of these. ATN takes the war on terror seriously, and they look forward to helping our military with their quality offerings from night vision rifle scopes to night vision goggles. Many soldiers purchase ATN night vision items with their own money. Sometimes parents and others foot the bill. The ATN PVS 7 night vision goggle has been a perennial favorite. Headgear and accessories are included. The new PS-22 night vision riflescope accessory has also been used with great success. These new units connect to the front of a daytime scope and are easily connected and removed for night time use. The PS-22 scope has an integral Weaver mount for quick and easy mounting to a variety of weapons platforms. Stateside law enforcement agencys have been quick to add these to their inventory. No re-zeroing is required because the daytime riflescope does not get moved. This is the easiest way to go from daytime optics to a night vision riflescope.

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