Most of you are here to talk about optics, I think, but the way my particular OCD works, my mind strays into all sorts of directions. As far as this website goes, I am still sorta trying to find my way into what is the right mix of topics.
I am a rather extreme night owl, but with kids that need to be taken to school in the morning, I end up either severely sleep deprived (which has an avalanche like effect on my health) or without my most productive time of the day. Night is when I can really focus my attention on getting things done. I do my best "on topic" writing at night. It all comes crashing down when I am writing until 4AM and have to get up at 6:30AM. When I do not sleep for too long, it is not good for me, so I am looking for a way to be able to do something useful in the morning when my ability to focus is compromised. The silver lining is that all sort of off topic subjects that may still be worth exploring are floating in my head as I drink my eight cups of coffee.
Sidenote: please let me know if you would like me to proceed with these off topic excursions or if you would rather have me focus more on guns and optics.
A while back I started mapping out two possible books I wanted to write.
One was very much on topic and there are reverberations of it in my livecasts and many isolated writings: "Optics for Shooters". There is some literature out there on sporting optics of all sorts, but all I have seen to date has left me somewhat unimpressed. A lot of it is well written and contains good information. However, it is either incomplete or the author spends too much time on self-aggrandizing details or the book is simply too wordy or comes at it from a wrong angle. On top of it, most of it is so bloody long. It really does not have to be that long. I have not seen anything that I would call a "system-level" approach to the subject and in too many cases they lose the sight of the forest because they are looking at the trees so intently.
It has been slow going and for now exists as a collection of partially finished essays. COVID threw a wrench into my plans, but now that my life is somewhat stabilizing, I am looking to finish it.
The choice I need to make is whether I want to finish it and publish it as a book or release it here, for active supporters only, on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Or both, perhaps. I have not yet decided. Perhaps, I should release it here, bit by bit, add additional material based on your feedback, then publish it.
The “off topic” writings I have been struggling with were more on world-view, totalitarian politics and the fundamentals of Americanism. Non of that is particularly unique. There are plenty of books on this subject by very clear thinkers. However, I like to think that having grown up during the collapse of the Soviet Union, I can offer a unique angle on some of these things. To use an optics analogy: I may be looking at it through a somewhat different prism.
I started working on this one around three years ago. I mapped out a range of topics I was interested in and started working on them, again as a collection of essays. In the grand scheme of things, it is a good thing I did not finish it. I would have had to start over anyway given what we learned when COVID epidemic started.
When COVID hit us, we learned all sorts of uncomplimentary things about ourselves, other people and, most importantly, about the tyranny of our supposedly non-tyrannical governments. Yet, the scariest part of this whole experience is not what we learned from this. The scariest part is how many people learned absolutely nothing.
The “off topic” is what dominates my thinking during the non-productive mornings. Do let me know if you think I should develop it further or stick to the guns and optics.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.