I was thinking about it a little and realized that I do not know all that much about what you guys shoot. I talk a fair bit about what I shoot and how I make my choices. However, aside from gleaning some insights from questions during the Q&A, I do not know a ton about you.
I think it will be really helpful for me as I tailor the content going forward.
Share whatever you are willing to share in the comments. If you do not want it broadcast to the whole web, mention it in the comments and I will start another, supporter-only, thread, so that the information stays behind a paywall.
To give an idea of what I am looking for, here is a brief summary of my shooting interests, although most of you probably know all of this already.
In many ways, I am a very “general purpose” gun nut: I shoot pretty much everything other than shotguns. Even that is not entirely true. I own a pump shotgun and shoot it, but it is more of a tactical-type shotgun in that it has ghost rings sights. For all practical purposes, it is a very powerful short range rifle and I treat it as such.
At heart, I am a precision guy and I tend to push the distances a little bit with everything I shoot. However, some years ago, I realized that is not enough, so I spend quite a lot of time practicing other disciplines with both rifle and pistol. Going fast is not natural for me, but I keep working on it no matter how frustrating it is. I guess you can say I am sort of a low speed, high drag kind of guy. These days, I think it is fair to say more than half of my shooting is from unsupported positions and improvement has been very slow.
I take classes when I can and I try to go out into the field whenever I can. Modern life is not conducive to that, but it does not prevent me from trying. As I have documented elsewhere, I am getting into hunting as much as feasible. There are two reasons for that. One is that I really enjoy spending time outdoors and I need it for my sanity. Another, is that I am somewhat obsessed with landing the first shot and hunting is the purest expression of that.
I have not done any shooting competitions, but I hope to be able to. There are some options locally that seem to be opening up. My primary interest is with disciplines like NRL22 and NRL Hunter. I hope to get my kids into something like NRL22 whenever the opportunity presents itself. Perhaps, I can share this hobby of mine with my family, after all.
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.