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This website is dedicated to reviews and discussion of of all sorts of optical devices. Mostly I talk about weapon sights of all sorts (riflescopes, reflex sights, etc), but there is also some coverage of binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, various firearms, airguns, knives, training courses and, occasionally, politics, especially as they pertain to 2nd Amendment issues.

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BigJimFish's Review of the Midas TAC 5-25x56mm Scope

BigJimFish’s Review of the Midas TAC 5-25x56mm Scope

BigJimFish reviews the Athlon Midas TAC 5-25x56mm zero stop, FFP, mil/mil scope as part of the Sub $1k long range rifle scope series.

Going Retro?

Going Retro?

I have a confession to make. I have quite a few AR-pattern rifles and my interests in them have always leaned heavily toward the latest and greatest. I have another confession to make. For the most part I still do. I am a techy guy and I like techy stuff. However, when I was working […]

Brownells MPO Riflescopes

One of these scopes is about to go onto my list of recommendations. Somewhat unusually, it is about to land there before I fully finish with my review, so I figured I should qualify that a little. Here is the qualification: I really like this scope. MPO stands for Match Precision Optic and that is […]

Accurate Rimfire Rifles

Accurate Rimfire Rifles

This is a topic I keep on coming back to since I like accurate rimfires, especially when it is cold outside and I am strongly inclined to shoot indoors. If money were no object, I’d pick a fancy Anchutz and be done with it. My buddy Brian, on the other hand, swears that when the […]

Guns and Ammo Retro: Single Point Sight

A while back I wrote a little bit about two articles I did for the Guns and Ammo Retro magazine: http://opticsthoughts.com/?p=2577 I just stumbled onto one of them available online. If you havn’t had a chance to see it in the magazine, here is the link: https://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial/single-point-dot-sight/368936 I am now thinking about doing a retro […]

BigJimFish's Meopta Optika6 5-30x56 RD FFP Scope Review

BigJimFish’s Meopta Optika6 5-30×56 RD FFP Scope Review

BigJimFish reviews the Meopta Optika6 5-30x56mm ffp mil / mil illuminated riflescope with ILya’s MRAD RD reticle.

Good Enough Scope?

Good Enough Scope?

Nice optics are really nice to play with. My review choices lean toward the high end simply because I like nice scopes and because I have the opportunity to use them. However, sometimes it is nice to come back to earth and consider scopes that normal people can afford (or are simply willing to pay […]

300 Blackout Pistol

I was having lunch with a friend of mine earlier today and, as it often happens, the conversation turned to guns. We talked about politics prior to that and a fifteen minute conversation was all it took to solve the majority of world’s problems. We had a little time left, so we figured we should […]

March Optics (as of the end of 2019)

When I originally started this website one of the things I wanted to do was put together a series of brand overviews. I wrote a few, but then sorta gave up since the brands were changing their product lines quickly enough to make my overviews rapidly obsolete. The ones I wrote several years ago are […]

Answering a question: AR for hunting

Fielding a bunch of questions on riflescope selection sorta comes with the job and, frankly, I kinda like doing that. A little while back I got a nicely detailed question that I thought would make a good blog post. Here is what the question was: Looking to upgrade from my strike eagle 1-8. I would […]