I pre-plan various feature articles for the year and work on them bit-by-bit as I go along.
However, there are some scope types that I look at continuously since there is much happening with them. Mostly, these are the types of optics that go on ARs and AKs. Any time I go shooting, I have whatever I happened to be testing plus either an AR or AK and a rimfire for general practice in between things.
With a lot of AR/AL optics, before I do any proper testing, I have to get some core familiarity with the optic and that's one way to achieve it.
One of the subjects I wanted to pay a little more attention to this year is the optics made or assembled in the US, so I reached out to Sig to see what they have available. They have been assembling a good range of different optical devices at their Oregon facility for a while now. I have not had a chance to do careful testing of most of them, except for the Juliet4 magnifier. I liked it enough to add it to my list of recommendations and is has become my go to 4x magnifier.
Sig's Tango6T 1-6x24 is their US assembled LPVO that won a military contract or three, so I really wanted to get my hands on it. I just got a notification that one has shipped my way. It is a FFP version with DWLR6 reticle, which is the exact configuration that won of the military contracts.
I'll let you know once it gets here and I take an initial look.
I plan to look at a couple of their US assembled red dot sights as well as I go along. Romeo4T likely being the first. I have had some limited hands on time with it and thought it definitely deserved a closer look.
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.