While I spent a lot of time last year with high end LPVOs like Vortex Razor Gen3 and S&B Dual CC, I fully appreciate that they are a bit on the pricy side for most people.
For me, the surprise of the year, in many ways, was how competitive the Razor Gen3 at $2k was with damn near anything at any price.
Another surprise of the year was how good Delta Stryker HD 1-6x24 is for under $800.
With that in mind, I set out to see what else is coming out in this general price range. There is always the Vortex PST Gen2 1-6x24 that I like, but there are also new announcements that I want to look at. These are not yet available, but I reached out to the companies and asked them to keep in mind once they have some inventory.
Getting inventory can get a little tricky in this corona-infected world, so I do not have any specific dates for you.
The first one is the new Athlon Ares ETR 1-10x24 FFP. If it is the same OEM as the larger ETR, it should be a well designed scope. I have not laid eyes on it, so I do not have any other opinions on the scope. It should come in a bit under $1k street price.
Next on the list is Crimson Trace Hardline Pro 1-6x24. Crimson Trace is revamping their optics product line. The new Hardline Pro scopes are made in the Phillipines and I expect to look at the LPVO and at one of the higher magnification models. I already see listed as pre-order by some retailers for $650. https://bit.ly/2Mdxg8L
That's a competitive price range, so it will be interesting to see how it does.
The third scope I am curious about is the new Brownells MPO 1-8x24. This is also a SFP design that is made in Japan like the rest of Brownells MPO optics. I was extremely impressed with the 3-18x50 MPO, so I want to see this one. Once again, I have seen nothing of it aside from the press release, so I have no opinions on the subject. The reticle is interesting and it continues their N-OMR reticle design ethos.
Here is the Brownells landing page for it: https://bit.ly/364Igwt
If you think of other interesting LPVOs that are under $1k, please let me know. I want to make sense of what is happening in this price range.
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.