This came out of a discussion I have been having with one of the supporters here behind the scenes.
I have been pretty clear that with most situations I consider FFP riflescope to be the more flexible solution especially when distances open up beyond MPBR.
However, with LPVOs that go on 5.56 chambered AR-15s, the vast majority of shooting happens within 300 yards or so and many people only use the on 1x and 6x (or whatever happens to be the highest magnification). I am reasonably on board with that approach when we are talking about 1-4x, 1-5x and 1-6x scopes. I still use intermediate magnification quite a bit, and I prefer to have the subtensions be accurate across the board, but that is personal preference. When top end magnification gets here than 6x, I really strongly prefer FFP, because I end up a little below max magnification most of the time.
That introduces a budget problem because good quality FFP LPVOs are expensive. The Vortex Razor Gen3 I like so much is $2k https://bit.ly/3kX0dEE and dual focal plane March Shorty 1-10x24 is another $500 more https://bit.ly/30UbVsL
If you stick to good quality SFP 1-6x designs, you end up with somewhat reduced capability at distance, but superb 1x performance for a good bit less money.
If I were in the market, for such a scope, I'd just buy Delta Stryker 1-6x24 and be done with it. https://annexdefense.com/delta-stryker-hd-1-6x24-rifle-scope-do-2520-dsmr-reticle/
I think it is the best bang for the buck right now. There are better SFP scopes out there from a few manufacturers, but they cost more and I am not sure if the difference is worth the price premium.
That having been said, while looking things up for this article I stumbled onto the original Vortex Razor Gen2 1-6x24 for $900 with JM-1 reticle. That's the original heavier version, but if you can put up with a few extra ounces, it is damn near bullet proof and as close to a red dot speed as you are going to get with an LPVO (that's the scope SOF wanted when the solicitations started) https://bit.ly/3HJx8WW
The newer Gen2E version is extra $500, so if you want that Razor eyepiece, I'd give it some though and see how many ounces $500 translates into.
If you look at other high quality 1-6x24 scopes, there are a few good options out there: Leupold VX-6HD, Meopta Meostar R2 and Kahles K16i. They are all quite competent. Kahles is probably the only one that is easy to get behind as the Razor, but at around $2k, I'd just get the FFP Razor Gen3 for more flexibility. To me, a SFP LPVO, given all the things I like to do with ARs, are just not worth $2k, but your mileage vary.
As we go down in price, I can sorta justify the $1300-$1400 Razor Gen2E 1-6x24 given the eyepiece design (really easy to get behind) and the track record. However, if I can get the original Gen2 or Delta Stryker for under $1k, I'd just lean that way.
Also worth mentioning: Vortex PST Gen2 1-6x24 is a really competent scope for $600 https://bit.ly/3r6N3ZD and less if you do some searching.
What about all the other options out there from Athlon, Burris, Hawke, etc? Honestly, most are quite good. However, I really want that day bright reticle illumination on 1x and to get that reliably, I lean toward that bright fiber dot of the Stryker, Razor Gen2 and PST Gen2.
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!