I am always out for something new to look at. Unfortunately, it sometimes comes at the expense of finishing existing projects. For example, I've been dragging my feet on wrapping up with a couple of US Optics scopes. I have been torturing FDN17x and TS12x for a little while now with generally positive results. It is time to wrap up with them. Same for Leica PRS and Leica Tempus.
That is one of the reasons I have also been looking at some projects that I can be doing in parallel as I look into different optics.
The obvious one is firearms and at the top of my list will be offering some thoughts on Q guns that I have been using for a while now. I mention them frequently, but I think I should do something a bit more formal.
I will also be looking at the new Savage Impulse Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor that should get here pretty soon. The straight pull bolt looks to be cleverly designed, so I am really curious.
Kel-tec CP33 review is nearly done, so that is coming soon.
I would like to get my hands on Kel-tec P50, but that might take a little time.
Outside of firearms and optics, I have been looking at a variety of different shooting support systems for while now. I intend to do a side-by-side with a some shooting vices and cradles, so I reached out to Really Right Stuff, Field Optics Research, Kopfjager (Reaper Grip), Triclawp and Pig Saddle.
So far, only the first two replied, which is enough for me to get started. There are some really cheap chinese ones out there that I am probably going to ignore. If Triclawps does not get back to me, I might just buy one since it is not too expensive. Not sure if I want to do that with the significantly more expensive Reaper Grip and Hog Saddle.
Any other options out there I should be looking at?
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.