Category Archives: Optics

Nightforce B.E.A.S.T.

We just took delivery of a brand new Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. 5-25x56mm F 1 rifle scope. We asked for Mil turrets and H-59 reticle since the “Mil-R” reticle is still a few weeks out. This scope truly is a “beast”. Ours came with the standard Nightforce bikini style scope cover and a set of Nightforce flip up caps. Nightforce was also kind enough to send out a Unimount. Once we get it mounted up and twist the turrets we will get a review out to you!

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Improved AK – Midwest Industries Extended Handguard Installation

MI Extended AK Handguard
Midwest Industries Extended Handguard, Bushnell TRS-25 and Magpul AFG

In our effort to update the AK47 the first aspect that needs to be addressed is the sighting system. The stock AK comes with plain notch and post sights. The rear sight is elevation adjustable. The front sight is used to change elevation and windage for zeroing. The sights are not quickly adjustable in the field. They are really designed to be zeroed and left alone. The notch and post are not very effective in low light and the short sight radius make them less than precise for long range shots.

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Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm Throw Down PCL First Look

IMG_3175We recently received a new Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm rifle scope. Our first impression is this scope offers a lot of value for the price. They retail for approximately $230.

The AR Optics 1-4×24 features a First Focal Plane BTR-1 reticle and 0.1 mRad turrets. The BTR-1 is a bullet drop compensated reticle designed for the .223 cartridge. When we do our full review we will report back with what bullet and muzzle velocity match up with the reticle. Continue reading Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm Throw Down PCL First Look

Diamondback in the Rough!

Vortex Diamondback 10x42

I usually try to stay away from products made in China. However, every once in awhile you find a gem. The Vortex Diamondback Binoculars are one of those gems. Continue reading Diamondback in the Rough!

Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile ARC – First Look

IMG_2994The sound of the UPS truck is always a welcome break to the work day. This time Big Brown brought us some love from Bushnell Tactical in the form of the new Fusion 1 Mile binoculars. The Fusion 1 Mile comes in three favors (8x , 10×42 and 12x). All three are equipped with a built in LASER rangefinder. Bushnell sent us the “just right” 10x42mm variety. Continue reading Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile ARC – First Look

Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter

 

Image Courtesy of Inteliscope
Image Courtesy of Inteliscope

It seems more and more “video game” type technology is creeping into the firearms world these days. Previously we brought you information on the amazing new systems from TrackingPoint that adds digital video and ballistics to the long range, precision rifle. We just caught wind of a new product that is more on the “ramen noodle” budget. A company called Inteliscope is set to release an adapter that allows you to mount an iPhone or iPod Touch to the top of a picatinny rail equipped rifle. This along with a companion app will allow you to use your iDevice as a 1-5x rifle scope. The form factor appears to be geared mainly towards AR type firearms, but could possibly be used on other high “height over bore” systems like some bolt action chassis systems. The company is taking pre-orders with a June 2013 ship date. We have no other information at this time, but this looks like a neat gadget. It may have some tactical applications if the durability is there, however it appears that the Inteliscope adapter does not provide any waterproofing or impact protection for the iPhone, thus limiting the environments it can be used in.

MINITS iWitness Range Test

MINITS iWitness AW4-RS Kit
MINITS iWitness AW4-RS Kit

When creating instructional videos I often find times when explaining a concept just doesn’t do it justice. It would be much better if I could just show a student what I am talking about. The MINITS iWitness solves this problem. I can easily attach an iPhone to the back of a rifle or spotting scope and demonstrate concepts, scope reticles, bullet trace, etc.

Vision Pro Shop was kind enough to send one out to us to evaluate. We got a chance to try it out during the SWFA SS 3-15×42 range test. The iWitness kit held my iPhone 4s securely through a run at the gongs on our home range. A full review will be coming soon.

SWFA 3-15x42mm Rifle Scope Review

SWFA SS 3-15x42mm
SWFA SS 3-15x42mm Rifle Scope

SWFA has now released their brand new 3-15x42mm rifle scope. This scope fits perfectly in the middle of their lineup. Priced at $699 it is less expensive than their 5-20x and 10xHD models, but stacked with more features than their bargain priced fixed magnification models.

SWFA SS 3-15x42mm
Old School Turrets

The 3-15×42 borrows styling from the classic SWFA SS 10x fixed power rifle scope. You will find the same blocky turrets and fluted ocular housing. Personally I would have preferred the styling follow with the sleeker lines of the 5-20x50mm SS model, but the beauty of the 3-15x is in the function. Continue reading SWFA 3-15x42mm Rifle Scope Review

SWFA SS 3-15×42 Rifle Scope

SWFA SS 3-15x42 Rifle Scope
SWFA SS 3-15×42 Rifle Scope

We just got a heads up on a new rifle scope coming from the folks at SWFA. The new SS 3-15×42 is based on the the previous fixed power designs. The resemblance to the 10x, 12x and 16x SS models is obvious.

Features include:

  • Front Focal Plan Reticle
  • 0.1 mRad Turrets
  • Side Parallax Adjustment
  • 3-15x Magnification Range
  • 42mm Objective
  • Mil-Quad Reticle

Pricing is $699.95 and will be available for purchase April 25th!

Our T&E just arrived and we can’t wait to get it mounted up!