Variable magnification scopes are the standard for precision rifle competitors. Most shooters will select a magnification setting before starting the stage. However, it’s not uncommon to “lose the target” and have to back down the magnification to re-acquire it. Then swing the magnification back up to confirm that it is the right target. Small or stiff magnification rings make this difficult.
Several manufacturers offer “cat-tails” or “throw-levers” for their scopes. Others offer aftermarket solutions. They are often fairly expensive. Several years ago we came across a cheap and effective solution. Continue reading Budget Magnification Throw Lever→
Few things frustrate shooters more than getting a scope level. It is one of the critical steps during installation of a rifle scope. Leveling a scope in the shop can be a tricky process. Usually we are in an area that is too small to allow a rifle scope to focus properly. This makes using a plumb line to square the reticle almost impossible. Xtreme Hardcore Gear has a simpler method. Continue reading Xtreme Hardcore Gear “Tank” Scope Level Review→
We have had some issues with our Ruger 10/22 Build. The accuracy we were seeing was not consistent with what we should have been getting from our modifications. When this occurs, we usually look to the weakest part first. In this case, it was our scope and mounting system. The old Tasco Golden Antler scope did not inspire confidence. It worked fine on one of our older .22 bolt guns, but we think it may have chosen this project to give up the ghost. So to resolve this situation and get back on track, we installed a SS 3-15×42 FFP rifle scope from SWFA Outdoors. To make sure the scope wasn’t going anywhere, we used a set of SWFA rings and a 20 MOA base from Evolution Gun Works. Granted, six screw caps are a little overkill for a .22LR, we can be sure that the system will hold tight after some chance encounters with the barricade. Continue reading Ruger 10/22 Tactical Trainer (Part 1 do-over) SWFA Scope Installation→
Chantilly, VA, October 20, 2014 – Aimpoint announced the release of a new lower-cost, carbine oriented optic. Coming in at a MSRP of $393, the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO) is designed specifically for the AR15 and M4 rifle. The ACO comes out of the box equipped with a mount that will provide “absolute co-witness” with most AR15 iron sights. The ACO is completely waterproof and offers one year of battery life for the 2 MOA red dot from a single 1/3N battery. Branded Flip-cap covers, ARD and spare battery holders will be available to setup the ACO for your specific needs. Continue reading Aimpoint Announces the New Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO)→
When Bushnell sent us one of their AR Optics 1-4x24mm PCL, I had mixed first impressions. The market is flooded with choices for low-magnification variable AR scopes. However the more I looked at (and through) the AR Optics 1-4x, the more I liked it. The scope lists for $418 on Bushnell’s online store, but can be found for as low as $230 from online retailers like SWFA. It offers a pile of features for the price point.
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.
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 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.
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→