Normally, Olympics is something I would watch.
This year, I might not be doing a whole lot of it, but, as I was catching up on the news, I stumbled onto the obnoxious behavior of the US Women's soccer team. I played soccer as a kid in Russia at a reasonably decent level and I still keep up a bit with European professional leagues. However, I have never paid any attention to women's soccer. I do not know anyone who plays it, so it was always low on my priority list. Like most people, all I had heard was that the US Women's soccer team went really woke and that they continuously complain that they get paid less than the men.
This time around, apparently the whole team kneeled for the US anthem before their first match in Tokyo producing an oddly unifying effect. Majority of sane Americans wanted them to loose after that which is exactly what they did. The bounced back in the next game though, presumably because the other team was even more woke. It appears that woke-ness is not only anti-American, but also anti-athletic performance.
All of that is sort of old news, but I did end up watching a good portion of the two games they played. Given that the US women's soccer team is the highest ranked team in the world, I now have a solid idea of the best women's soccer has to offer.
That provided for a lot of clarity. They suck.
Now I understand why they get paid less than men. I also understand why they have gone all in on political activism. Noone would watch them play if it wasn't for the political jack-assery.
If you are used to watching Men's soccer, Women's soccer is kinda like that except in slow motion. I am pretty sure a decent high school boys team can beat them without breaking a sweat.
They make for much better activists than soccer players.
Interestingly, many women sports are very entertaining to watch. Racket sports are a good example. It is a given that they are not as good as world class men, but unlike with women's soccer, it does not look like they are playing under water.
I'll keep an eye on the Olympics the best I can, but given my work schedule it will be a little rough. Besides, the sports I watch are kinda difficult to find available in the US Olympic programming: boxing, judo, shooting, table tennis, wrestling, weightlifting. These are the sports Americans seem to not care about.
If I do end up with a little spare time, I'd rather spend it looking at some riflescopes. I have a new-ish idea: there are three very differently priced 10x scopes laying around here. I have SWFA Classic 10x42, SWFA 10x42HD and US Optics FX10 10x42. I want to look at how they compare to each other given the very different prices. I am also going to pair them with offset red dot sights and see how it is to run this 10x/1x configuration side by side with a modern 1-10x24. It will be interesting to see how 10x performance of a pretty high end LPVO compares with a less expensive 10x that has a much larger objective.
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.