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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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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 […]

Upcoming Videos

A few months ago, I stared compiling a list of video explanations I need to put together: http://opticsthoughts.com/?p=2574 Then, life happened and I did not get to do most of those. I did address some and over the course of the next few weeks I plan to do some more. Please let me know if […]

Element Optics

It is official. Element Optics website went live and it looks like they have a good number of scopes out in the reviewer’s hands. I had a nice meeting with these guys at SHOT and I really liked what I saw. The key people behind the brand are smart, well funded and full of energy. […]

Offset Iron Sights

Offset Iron Sights

This came up elsewhere, but it got my interest peaked, so I think I will look into that a little more. I have a lot of experience setting up my rifles in a dual optic configuration. Usually, I go for a magnified primary (either prismatic or LPVO) and an offset small red dot. I have […]

SHOT 2020

SHOT 2020

I’ll do a series of videos on my takeaways from SHOT and add all relevant links and pictures into this post. The first video is up on Youtube.

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 […]