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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

Swampfox TriHawk

I am officially kicking off the testing of the SwampFox TriHawk Prismatic 3x scope.  Here are the first couple of image I posted on Instagram.  More to come. View this post on Instagram TriHawk MOA reticle with illumination on and off. The target is at 50 yards. #swampfoxoptics #riflescope #Trihawk #ar15optics #tacticalscope #ar15scope #prismaticscope #gunoptics […]

Vortex Razor Gen3 1-10×24 and S&B PMII Dual CC 1-8×24

I have finally wrapped up with my review of the S&B PMII Dual CC 1-8×24 with MDR-T6 reticle and Vortex Razor Gen3 1-10×24.  it is contained in these three videos:  

Palmetto AKs IN STOCK

I seldom do posts pertaining to product availability, but in this crazy market we live in, getting some of the AK and AR rifles and products has been interesting. I accidentally noticed that Palmetto has their AK-103 clone miraculously in stock. Not sure for how long. This gun uses the FN barrel, presumably the same […]

Meopta Optika6 Riflescopes

I’ve been talking about the Optika6 riflescopes for a little while now and figured I should sorta summarize my thoughts. I have not tested any low powered Optika6 scopes. The scopes I have tested are one 3-18×50 with MRAD1 reticle and two 5-30×56 with MRAD reticle. I designed these reticles for Meopta, but I did […]

Element Optics Nexus 5-20×50

Element Optics is a fairly new riflescope company. They are backed by FX Airguns, which is a pretty decent recommendation right there. FX makes exemplary airguns. I met with them during SHOT earlier this year. They seemed like a good group of people, so I figured once they have something to look at I should […]

A few updates: Leica PRS, Everyday Marksman, et al

I’ve been busy as all get out with no time to write anything significant, so I figured a short update is worthwhile. I published my video review of the Leica PRS 5-30×56 riflescope and the full write-up will follow as soon as I get a little time. Hopefully not too long. Here is the Youtube […]

Fenix PD35 TAC Flashlight

Fenix PD35 TAC Flashlight

Flashlights is not something I write about a whole lot, but that is a mistake I am going to rectify going forward. I own a ton of flashlights and use them quite extensively and frequently. Some are weapon mounted and some are handheld. I have flashlights from Surefire, Streamlight, Inforce, 4Sevens and a few others. […]

Hensoldt Optronics

Hensoldt Optronics

I get asked questions about different brands all the time and, recently, Hensoldt came up a few times. Hensoldt is kind of an odd duck in the civilian market. The brand is very famous and has been around for a long time. It really gets a lot of the mystique from how deeply integrated it […]

The Story of Two Builds

The Story of Two Builds

By ILya Koshkin Late last year I somehow managed to convince my wife to go take a rifle class with me at Frontsight.  The class is basically a close range carbine class that focuses on the fundamentals of aiming and presentation with vast majority of the shooting done within 50 yards off hand.  There is […]

Hat Tip to The New Rifleman and the Everyday Marksman.  And a couple of other things.

Hat Tip to The New Rifleman and the Everyday Marksman. And a couple of other things.

I stumbled onto this excellent piece by The New Rifleman. That right there is an excellent does of reality: Also, the Everyday Marksman started looking at the Meopta Optika6 5-30×56 with my reticle in it. I value his opinion, so I am really happy to see he likes my reticle: On an unrelated note, just […]