There is a famous saying: "We make plans, and then life happens". I keep on making careful and detailed plans and then... see above.
My wife's grandfather is not well, so she had to get on the plane. Between that and me travelling next week, I will not be able to do an evening livecast for another week or two. I will likely do one mid-day on Sunday though, when I do not have herd my kids into bed. I will do a separate post with the link, but I am aiming at 2PM Mountain Time on Sunday, May 16th.
I am planning to go over the strengths and weaknesses of a couple of US Optics scopes I have on hand and then do the usual Q&A on whatever comes to mind.
My work travel next week takes me to Midwest and since I will be out there anyway, I will go visit Vortex and their new Edge training center.
I got a chance to walk through the facility very briefly before they were open and it is a really interesting place with a 100yard indoor range and a bunch of interactive training tools. I will have more details after the trip, but there are several very interesting simulators there, one being the 300 degree VirTra 300 indoor video simulator. It will take some fast talking and all on my part, but I think I will be able to convince them to let me play with that for a little bit. Sometimes, I am very convincing. I am really looking forward to that.
Moving on, I plan to head over to Alaska during the first half of June with my son, to go do some black bear hunting and fishing. My wife and daughter were originally slated to go to Israel at the same time, but since there is open war their again with Hamas and PLO terrorists that got cancelled. It makes me want to do another politics-oriented livecast and talk a little bit about the Middle East. We have a lot of family there we have not seen since before COVID. Hopefully, things will quiet down a little and we will all be able to go. My grandmother who lived not far from the Dead Sea died last December and I want to be able to visit the cemetery before too long. Perhaps this June trip cancellation is a blessing in disguise and we will end up with entire family going to Alaska, or perhaps we will come up with something else. Remember when I said "we make plans, then life happens"? Well, this is one of those.
I am not much of a hunter although this is something I want to do a lot more of. I will likely do the bear hunt with a 45Super handgun, but I am still deliberating that. I am even less of a fisherman, unfortunately. Thankfully, I have a friend in Alaska who is incredibly gracious with his time and I will have lean heavily on his expertise and good nature.
As a side note, I did buy a set of waders for the fishing we plan to do and with those on, I look like a giant OD green pregnant penguin. Let's hope that does not scare the fish away.
There is a lot to see in Alaska, so I am really looking forward to this. There are a couple of things I really want to make sure we do, but beyond that we will just play it by ear.
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.