I know I promised to go back to guns and optics and I am working on a couple of long pieces, but with the election coming in three weeks, it is hard to ignore politics. This is going to be shorter than my usual ramblings.
I came back from a trip to Southern California a couple of days ago, so I am at home self-quarantining. New Mexico has this rule that you are supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days every time you return to the state.
My official position on the subject is somewhere between: "just exercise reasonable caution" and "bite me", but if I was on a plane I do try to stay away from people for a few days and wear a mask.
But digress. I lived in Los Angeles for many years, so I have a lot of friends there. As much as California annoyed me when I lived there, I do like visiting the place. It is beautiful, has good weather and I get to see my friends. Most importantly, after a brief stay in California, I get to go back to the United States.
Here is a fun tidbit about California. I wonder if it is the same in other states.
A friend of mine just purchased a house in a very nice suburban area not far from where I used to live. He is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union like I am, and he is very proud to be an American, well, just like I am.
With that in mind, he purchased a large US flag and proudly set it up in his front yard. When I was there he was pouring some cement to make sure the flag stays up.
Here is where the interesting part starts. His neighbor from across the street sees him cementing the flag in front of the house. He immediately comes over to shake his hand and welcome another Republican to the neighborhood. He does not ask whether his new neighbor is a Republican. There isn't a trace of doubt in his mind that the guy must be because in California, apparently, you just can't find a Democrat anywhere in the vicinity of the US flag.
I am generally somewhat unperturbed by all the infighting in DC or state capitols. My basic assumption is that most politicians are there in pursuit of power. If it wasn't for the media, I'd say that the political class are the lowest lifeform we have here. I am sure many go into politics with the best intentions, but how much of that is left after a few terms in office is very questionable. That is really the biggest reason I vote based on the issues and campaign promises, rather than based on personalities. The only leverage we have on them is the election and they better be following through on the issues that are important to me if they want my vote. What they do in their spare time is not my problem.
Now, the business with the flag is much more disturbing because we are talking about normal people, not politicians. If a US flag in front of the house automatically means that a Republican lives there, we have some serious problems.
For years, we have been told that both Republicans and Democrats love the country, but diverge on policy issues. However, if you love the US, how can you be so allergic to the US flag?
Is this a California thing? Or is it like that in the rest of the country?
If you have any insight into this from a different state, please leave a comment.
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.