This is the time of the year when every online commentator flexes his brain muscles and comes out with something heartfelt and profound. I am going to avoid the temptation to do that. The biggest reason for that is really very simple: I do not do "heartfelt and profound" particularly well. I do "dark and cynical" really well and this is not the holiday for that.
4th of July means a lot to my family and to me. We are first generation immigrants. We came here as refugees (in October, it will be 30 years since we landed on these shores) and America has been an amazing and welcoming place. These days, it is fashionable to condition that statement with "despite its many flaws" and all other associated nonsense. I am going to avoid the bullshit. America is my home and I am not going to demean its birthday. It welcomed me with open arms when the place of my birth wanted nothing to do with me, to put it mildly. America is the best place in the world and we should all do our part in making sure it stays that way.
My wife and kids are, at the moment, in Las Vegas with me. We are celebrating Independence Day in the most American Way possible: we are taking a night handgun shooting class at Frontsight. They offer a 4 day camp for the kids, so my wife and I can do a shooting class.
Me being me, I have four different handguns set up for that, all a little different: CZ-75 Compact with Mepro Bullseye sights, Glock 17 with Unity Tactical Atom slide and Shield RMS red dot an dco-witnessed irons, Glock 34 with Heinie tritium iron sights and Glock 43x with Brownells slide and barrel and Shield RMSc red dot co-witnessed with irons.
It looks like I have Odysee now working for livecasting, so next week I hope to do a livecast with guns in hand and going over my takeaways from the class. I will set-it up, so that it geos to Facebook, Youtube and Odysee , but assume that Youtube and/or Facebook will kill the stream at some point, while Odysee soldiers on. We will see. If that happens, I will then upload the video onto Youtube and Locals later.
Here is my channel on Odysee for those who are new to that platform:
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.