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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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Latest Posts

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 […]

Researching into AKs and accessories…

I am now in a full blast AK research mode, so if you have suggestions, please comment. I think I am going to pimp my WASR AK out in plum furniture just because I can. There is a metric ton of accessories for the AK, but Magpul’s Zhukov Stock looks pretty comfortable and I like […]

Free State? Sorta?

One reason I have not been as active as I like being on the website is that I finally hightailed it out of California in August of this year. Moving across state lines is an interesting endeavor and it has kept me very busy. We are now finally settling in properly and I am adjusting […]

Guns and Ammo: Retro

Guns and Ammo: Retro

A few months ago I got a list of assignment from Guns and Ammo SIP (Special Interest Publications) folks, which are not all completed and as they release the magazines I post an update or two. As I had mentioned before, writing for these guy turned out to be unexpectedly trouble free. The editing was […]

Future Video and Article Ideas?

I get a lot of ideas on what to address in future videos and articles from the questions I get here and on different forums where I participate. I am on a bit of a hiatus right now as I relocate my family to a different state (and my dayjob to a different, different state), […]