I fished out an OEG from Armson USA out of my mailbox and immediately set it up on my retro AR for some quick dry practice.
The specific model I have is this one: https://armsonusa.com/armsonoegm16.html with green, non tritium dot.
I had never seen a green OEG before, so this was something I wanted to try.
On the second gun, I had my usual LPVO with the objective covered and illumination on. On a third gun I had Vortex UH-1 holographic sight since that is ultimately the quickest sighting system I have ever tried, albeit not by much.
I can deploy both pretty quickly. I was dry practicing using the MantisX Blackbeard system (I''ll have a separate video on this thing at some point; it really kicks ass) at very close ranges, so there was a POA/POI offset due to my interpupillary distance. I did a rough sight in of the Armson OEG, but I will need to get it dead on at about 50 yards at the range.
One thing that became immediately apparent is that I am a little quicker with the OEG than with the LPVO with the objective closed off. The OEG is more forgiving of eye position and it blocks less of my vision since the OEG is much smaller in diameter.
Another interesting thing is that I am pretty quick with the OEG since there is no temptation to slow down and aim. I know that I need to press the trigger the moment there is a sight picture, so there is no temptation to fine tune anything. With the UH-1, I got faster AFTER I did some practice with the OEG, probably because I stopped trying to land a perfect shot.
Lastly, this thing is all sorts of fun. I am too old to be slinging it around and imagining that I am in a Son-Tay raid, but I have to admit that in an era of iron sights, the OEG was absolutely revolutionary.
Am I going to throw out all my red dot sight and holographics and replace them with OEGs? Absolutely not.
Am I going to do some serious practice with the OEG? You bet. If my guess is correct, it will make me faster with other sighting systems I use.
Now, the problem I have is that I have two retro sights (OEG and 4x Brownells) and one retro AR. I wonder if I can find a way to resolve this problem...
I got home yesterday and fished Steiner MPS from the mail. I am going to go live in an hour, right here, with some early impressions of it.
I originally planned to do a live show on the Rittenhouse verdict take-aways, but figured you'd want to get the scoop on the MPS first. It is an interesting new option for compact red dot sights and the last thing I needed for the red dot comparison I have been working on.
Let's talk about optics today and touch on the political stuff tomorrow.
Here is a review of the 15x56 "Big Eyes" binocular from Tract.
I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected given the price.
Here is the third installment of this series, recorded after a rather long break.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Here is the rough parts list:
VC Defense billet lower
BCM upper https://bit.ly/3wcHIQX
Proof Research 16" CF barrel https://bit.ly/3whEg7I
Odin tunable gas block https://bit.ly/3EJk8hO
Bootleg adjustable BCG https://bit.ly/3BLeQAl
Q HoneyBadger 12" handguard https://bit.ly/2ZRt7hr
ACE UL Stock https://bit.ly/3mIWpbc
Vortex Razor Gen3 1-10x24 https://bit.ly/3BJkR0j
Hiperfire 24 4Gun trigger https://bit.ly/3bCaykj
Zero Bravo offset sights
Crimson Trace CMR-301 light/laser https://bit.ly/2ZPQrfy
ACE UL stock
Riflecraft RS-3 sling
Here is how I chose to build a general purpose AR-15. That does not necessarily mean it is ideal for everyone. If you are thinking of doing such a build, this is a good starting point. Take a close look at my reasoning and see what you need to change to make it fit you.
During the last couple of livecasts, multiple people brought up a recent article in the Recoil magazine that discusses the MPVO concept. MPVO stands for Medium Power Variable optic, similarly to how LPVO stands for Low Power Variable Optic.
The article in question is this one: https://www.recoilweb.com/medium-powered-variable-optics-mpvo-the-optic-you-dont-know-you-need-170236.html
It is generally a well written piece that makes a reasonable argument. I agree with some parts of it and disagree with other parts, so there is some nuance there.
Before I get into the specifics, there are a couple of things to point out:
1) It will occasionally sound like I am attacking the author of that article. I am not. However, I also have to call a spade a spade sometimes and if I think he has no clue about something specific, I will say exactly that. I have never heard of the guy until today. I did look up a few of his other articles and he seems like a good writer and a competent gun guy. I did not, however, find anything resembling an understanding ...
There is a very fair chance that your e-mail is filled with hundreds of "once-in-a-lifetime" or "today only" deals. If you are not careful, you can end up with a once in a lifetime credit card bill next month.
I am generally not hugely pre-occupied with deals and I do not wait for a particular season to buy something. If I am looking for something specific, I usually need it and I am unlikely to spend months analyzing what deals are out there.
There are some exceptions to that, most notably with backup optics (see my earlier post on Primary Arms) and tools.
I have a good assortment of tools to use, but I have been keeping an eye out for deals on Fix-It-Stick kits since I like to have a few spread around different bags/backpacks/etc. It turns out that I am pathologically incapable of remembering to move one from bag to bag, so I ended up accumulating a few here and there I am picking another one up this time since they have a healthy Black Friday discount going on: https://bit.ly/3nTqzsL
They seem to have a...
Rather than inundate you with a long list of things we are thankful for this year, I'll just leave you with a couple of points
We should all be grateful for our families. I certainly am. I really am blessed and I wish you all to be as fortunate.
All of us who live in the US, should definitely be grateful for that. It is the greatest country in the world (I know people from other countries may disagree, but everyone has the right to be wrong) and I am truly fortunate to be here.
I made a long drive to California yesterday with my kids, so I had some time to think. As irritated as I am with Big Tech at the moment, I have to say that I truly am grateful for the modern marvels of technology. They did not give me a voice, but they sure extended its reach.
Happy tryptophan day, ya'll!