OPTICS

Bushnell Adds Three New Families of Optics

Bushnell offers a variety of optics with different features for hunting tactical and competition.

XS Sights DXT Night Sights

The day I realized my aging eyes couldn’t clearly see the front sight on a pistol was eye-opening (pun intended).
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Viridian Delivers Quality...

Arriving on the scene with cutting edge technology back in 2006, Viridian Weapon Technologies has since become a top name in laser sights and lights.
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Rangefinding Reticles

Any reticle that will subtend — or bracket — a known measure at a known yardage can put you on target at any distance, if you know the size of the...
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Leupold Mark 5HD 7-35x56

Can you even see a target at 2,000 meters? I can’t, at least not with the naked eye, but having recently rung an 18" steel plate steel at 1.2 miles, I can...
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Skinner Sights Aims to Please

There are several ways to equip a lever-action rifle with sights and most shooters, at least those of us who have been around for a while, need something...
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Axeon Second Zero

Occasionally, a smart-aleck will describe how a complicated machine works via “FM,” which stands for Freakin’ Magic. Essentially, it’s a simple way...
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EOTech XPS2 Green

It’s not cool to admit, but darn it, I like EOTech holographic weapon sights (HWS). I like them because I’ve used them for years on my police patrol...
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Hold the Phone!

Had the buck been peeking from behind a rock, or screened by aspens, my grip on the binocular wouldn’t have dented its jacket. “Shoot!” I hissed,...
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GUNS 2019 Gift Guide

Yep, it’s time to start thinking about all the good little boys and girls in your life and what they’d like to see on Christmas morning so here are 10...
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Ruger 350 Legend Ranch Rifle

Our guide, Steve Jones, slammed the four-wheel-drive utility vehicle to a halt on the rocky Texas ranch trail. Wild pigs are hated around these parts,...
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Meopta Optika6 Scope...

Fall hunting seasons are just over the horizon and the weeks remaining allow time for serious hunters to put new glass on their rifles, get zeroed and start...
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The Essential Optic

Our eyes need light to see. Light has properties of particles and rays. As early as A.D. 1100 Arab scientist Alhazen described the behavior of reflected...
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Trijicon SRO

Having been a devoted user of Trijicon tritium night sights on my defensive handguns for more than two decades, the new SRO (Specialized Reflex Optic) got...
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Athlon Cronus Spotting Scope

We’ve all been there, especially with new shooters. Trying to make a hit at long range is hard enough, but trying to get a rookie to learn what “X”...
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Reticles: The Critical...

“Little people, little pleasures,” sighed Alice early in our marriage as she watched men in heavy jackets hug big rifles to perforate dime-size circles....
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EOTech Vudu precision...

We’re always looking at the next new piece of equipment to see if the elusive “something” is there. Occasionally we strike pay dirt. This time, it’s...
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Skinner Sights Bush Pilot...

Fantasy is the catalyst responsible for many gun purchases. With lust-filled eyes, racing heart and sweaty palms, we think to ourselves, “I need that gun...
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Trijicon SRO (Specialized...

Spring has sprung and in addition to all the flowers and pollen, the firearms industry is seeing plenty of new products popping up at the National Rifle...

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Meopta’s New Optika6...

When we had younger eyes capable of spotting game at a glance toward the far side of a canyon or valley, topping a rifle with a telescopic sight just...
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Crimson Trace CTS-1000

I’ve been a fan of Crimson Trace LaserGrips since I first stuck a set on a Smith J-Frame snubbie more than 20 years ago so I was very keen on trying out...
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Pyser Optics’ Quick Zero...

There are a few good ways to zero a rifle, and some frustrating ones. Pyser Optics has come up with a device … call it a tool … that may shade them all.
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Plane Talk on Reticles

First focal-plane reticles have received lots of recent coverage, especially from longer-range shooters, even though most American shooters (in particular...
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Bringing Up the Rear

It’s a love/hate relationship. Bloodied by scopes on rifles as mild-mannered as the .223, I could, out of spite, dismiss scope eyepieces as simply...
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Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD

You might say I’ve got a pretty strong background in thermal imaging. Before ascending the GUNS throne (a tasteful beige leather recliner) to become the...
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Bed Bites

Amateur riflestock bedding turned into yet another American national pastime soon after World War II. The trend started because of two factors, one...
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Coyote Medicine

A very practical reason for hunting coyotes is for the pelts. Coyote fur is great for trim on winter clothing, or for complete items of cold weather...
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A Minimalist Varmint Rifle

The perfect minimalist varminting combination might not actually exist as a factory option but the CZ 527 Varmint Model in .17 Hornet comes very close....
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Behind the Scenes at...

Editors tend to spend a fair amount of time at a desk, hovering over a keyboard, wrangling text, photos, and videos. But every now and again we get out to...
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Illumination: Help or...

Sometimes it helps to have a scope reticle light up (or at least glow) in relatively dim light. Sometimes, even when shooting targets with very fine-lined...
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Built To High-Quality...

When it comes to hunting and precision long-range shooting the optics invariably make the difference, so when I had a chance to peruse the product line and...
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Optical Delusions

Somewhere between target and brain are your eyes and front sight. It’s pretty straightforward but sometimes along this line, things get misinterpreted...
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EOTech’s Compact &...

Until recently most rifle shooters rated scopes by optical quality, a prejudice originating in the 1950s, when scopes became standard instead of unusual....
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Go For The Glow: New DXT2...

I’m a big fan of tritium night sights because they work, as I’ve personally experienced on a few occasions over the year. I prefer them to a gun-mounted...
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The Magnification X-Factor

The hole looked the same after the second shot as after the first. Identical after a third. How could this be? At 24X, the crosswire had gyrated like a fly...
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Minutes, Mils And...

As the trigger broke, the slope gave way. My bullet sailed a foot high as I wind-milled like Charlie Chaplin on ice to keep my feet. The elk, 40 steps off,...
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“Bore-Sighters”

Apparently, the mere idea of an optical bore-sighter angers some shooters because they feel they can do the job the old-fashioned way — without the help...
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Open Country

A few years ago my wife and I enjoyed a Dall sheep hunt in the Northwest Territories so much we hated to leave. The only drawback for this dyed-in-the-wool...
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A Minimalist Varmint Rifle

The perfect minimalist varminting combination might not actually exist as a factory option but the CZ 527 Varmint Model in .17 Hornet comes very close....
Read Full Article M.L. McPherson
Accufit= Accuracy

In 2018, Savage is at the top of its game with a complete face-lift being given to their successful Model 110 line. First came their revolutionary and...
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Plane Talk on Reticles

First focal-plane reticles have received lots of recent coverage, especially from longer-range shooters, even though most American shooters (in particular...
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Sticker Shock!

Here’s a non-gun case in point: I wanted a reliable, durable chainsaw to clean up trees downed by the wind and turn them into firewood. Most of the trees...
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The Magnification X-Factor

The hole looked the same after the second shot as after the first. Identical after a third. How could this be? At 24X, the crosswire had gyrated like a fly...
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
You Don’t Say? Crimson...

This shouldn’t have surprised me. Not one bit. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. But, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I...
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Glass Plus Iron

While most bolt-action rifles don’t even come with iron sights anymore, some hunters still like to combine a quick-detachable scope with irons. Before...
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Performance-Plus

How hard do you really push a piece of gear to discover its capabilities? I don’t think most of us do, which is too bad because there are often...
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The Deal Ain't Sealed!

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it,” is a frequently quoted bit of wisdom from George Santayana’s Reason in Common Sense,...
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Skeeter-Style

Far from being just a way of expending ammunition, guns mean much more to people like you and me. They’re sentimental links from our past, reminding us of...
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Coming To Terms

Since “affordable” laser rangefinders appeared in the 1990s, some riflescopes have evolved into contraptions very different than your grandfather’s...
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