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You are looking at the legacy website of the material I (and a few guest writers) have written over the years.

The new blog and my internet home is here: www.darklordofoptics.com.  However, some long form reviews will continue to be posted here as appropriate. 

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

Cameras, Microphones and other audio/video equipment circa 2022

My original plan when I started this website was to also start doing camera reviews, but there is only so much time in a day.  I ended up focusing more on sporting optics.  I still follow what is happening in the camera world for professional reasons, so I’ll be happy to offer some suggestions on […]

Shield RMS deal on Brownells

I was looking for something on Brownells and accidentally stumbled on Shield RMS with 4MOA dot for under $300.  This is the exact red dot sight I have been using for several years and I have never seen it this low.  My best guess is that they are clearing out their inventory as RMS 2.0 […]

Camera Recommendations

January, 2021 Recommending a camera to people in the age of ever improving cellphones is kinda rough, especially since it really depends on what you are looking to do.  This is more of an explanation of what I use and why. Before I begin: 1) do not buy a DSLR.  Their day is done. If […]

Recommendations have been updated!

I went through and updated all of my recommendations for riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes. Camera recommendations are next on the list.

It’s a new world…

2020 has been an interesting year. Between the sorry state of our politics, the Left finally admitting what they are and COVID-19, nearly everyone’s life has changed in some significant way. I am no exception to that.  I have had to make some significant decisions regarding how I want to proceed with my online presence […]

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 […]