PA is sort of an interesting company and their ACSS reticle family has a really rabid following. I have to fully admit that I am not really onboard with some of those reticle designs, but they are always well thought out. I just do not always agree with how they frame the problem they are looking to solve.
That having been said, I have been looking at three of their prismatic scopes: SLx Micro 1x and 3x (3x is not officially out yet) and GLx 2x. All three are going onto my list of recommendations. I think PA did a very good job for the money with those. I have talked about the GLx 2x in the past. SLx Micro 1x video is in the works and will be out soon. Micro 3x review will be out a little later once they actually release the product.
Prismatic scopes are not the "be all do all" some people make them out to be, but they do work well and do a lot of things well while maintaining a compact overall package.
Another PA-ish product that I have not issued a full review on, but it is going onto my list of recommendations is the Holosun 507C with ACSS Vulcan reticle.
Why do I bring them up now? Well, I have been thinking about picking up a couple more of these for different guns, so they are among the products I monitor as we get to Black Friday. These are not so expensive that I have to think long and hard about buying one if I see a good deal pop-up.
More importantly, I have this paranoid streak in me that makes me have back up optics and spares. For many rifles that I have, I keep some pre-sighted in optics as a spare or backup and I want these to be robust, light weight and reasonably inexpensive. I am not going to have an extra $2k Razor Gen3 laying around as a spare. With conventional scopes, that always brings me back to the sub-10 ounce SWFA 2.5-10x32 Ultralight.
With fixed power designs for ARs and AKs, I am sorta converging on PA's micro prisms and Holosun's solar powered 507C with Vulcan reticle for the same purpose.
Here are the specific ones on my shopping list and if I run into any additional discounts on these, I'll edit this post.
To address the invariable question that comes up whenever I say something nice about a PA optics: "they are all amazing-est, best-est, most remarkable-est, etc. Why aren't you listing them all in every post?"
For several reasons. The most obvious one is that I have not tested them all and I absolutely refuse to recommend anything I have not tested. Another reason is that for many of their other products, there is a lot of competition and often times, in those categories, I prefer the competition.
A good example of that is the PLx 1-8x24 that gets brought up quite a bit. It is a really nice robust design and Griffin Mil reticle works really well in it. However, at 27 ounces, it is heavier than I want in an LPVO. This is the version I am referring to: https://bit.ly/3DMhyaC
There is nothing wrong with it overall, but given the balance of features, for the same money and application there are other designs I prefer.
Or, let's take the GLx 2.5-10x44 that I happen to really like (I have the Griffin Mil version: https://bit.ly/3xu8EMN and for $650 it really kicks ass, but the reticle is really designed for LPVOs, not scopes with excellent exposed turrets). That will likely end up on my list of recommendations, but someone mentioned that they have an updated version of Griffin Mil coming that will work better with this scope. I want to see what that looks like before endorsing it.
I really do consider the specifics very carefully before I recommend something.
That is one of the things that annoys me about many gun bloggers: they throw links around just to get you to buy something. Anything at all, so that they can make an affiliate commission. That is really not the way I approach this. I am sure optics manufacturers hate when I do that, but I am not really here for them.
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
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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!