For whatever reason, I don’t think the Trijicon battery-powered LED ACOGs have gained as much traction as they deserve. Perhaps it’s the overall trend towards low-powered variable optics that’s hindering it, or maybe it’s the relative cost. Either way, the classic combat optic paired with an efficient LED emitter is a great combination, and I want to take a deeper look at it. In particular, I’m going to review my TA-110 ACOG with the horseshoe-dot reticle and green LED illumination. [Read Full Article »]
If you are very particular about the way you clean your rifles, then you probably take great care not to damage the crown or chamber of your gun. A cleaning rod guide, or bore guide as they’re often called, is a very effective way to prevent that kind of damage.
In this post, I want to do a little review of the JP bore guide that I’ve use with cleaning my AR-15s for a few years. It’s a great piece of gear, but probably not one I feel compelled to use all of the time. When going afield, I’m going to use lighter and more convenient tools. [Read Full Article »]
The Precision Armament AFAB is a killer muzzle device for making any AR-15 shoot smooth and flat. I’ve used it in competition and training courses, and it’s been flawless.
Of course, it comes at a cost. It’s much more expensive than a standard A2 flash hider.
As fun as these kinds of muzzle devices are, you shouldn’t be thinking about one in order to fix your own poor shooting fundamentals. In that regard, I’m not sure I would recommend something like this for a first rifle or a new shooter. In those circumstances, I’d save the money and spend it on practice ammo. [Read Full Article »]
The Thrym Pyrovault is a nifty little gizmo for protecting a classic Zippo insert and helping slow the evaporation of the lighter fluid.
I recently received one as a birthday gift from family, and thought I’d look at it from the perspective of someone who EDC’s a lighter every day for those “just in case” moments.
The findings are a mixed bag. [Read Full Article »]
The Vortex Solo R/T 8×36 monocular is a handy piece of kit. It is lightweight, compact, and useful for daylight spotting. Its mil-hash reticle and silhouette-based ranging tools are an added bonus for competition and tactical shooters.
However, it’s ideally used for daylight. I’ve always had trouble with it at dusk and into the evening. As with most optics, that’s really where the lower price really starts to show through.
In all, it makes a great inexpensive gift for quick spotting and practicing your mil-ranging. [Read Full Article »]
I’ve touched on the magic of angular measurements before. Typically, you’re going to run into one of two flavors: minutes of angle or milliradians. The quick version of this is to understand that a radian is another way to measure rotation around a point. A milliradian, sometimes called a mil or MRAD, is 1/1000 of a radian.
Nobody really wants to be handling a calculator when out in the field, and the little Mildot Master is the answer. It’s a handy little tool for simplifying the process of getting to a shooting solution.
Even in a world full of laser rangefinder, having a backup and the know-how to use it is never a bad idea. [Read Full Article »]
The GR1 is like one of those mythical objects that people on the internet talk about, but nobody you know actually has.
As the saying goes, though, you get what you pay for. In this price range, there is a lot of competition from other gear makers like Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, Crye Precision, London Bridge Trading, and more. All of these are considered top notch. Yet, when you search around the web, the GR1 consistently has loyal advocates.
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The Trijicon TR24 is one of the all time greats of the low power variable market. I’ve been using one since 2011, and it’s never let me down.
But times have changed. New options have hit the market, and even my own style has shifted.
Does the TR24 still feel relevant today? Let’s look. [Read Full Article »]
Not a lot of people know the SpecterOS 4x. You’ve probably heard of its heavier and more expensive sibling, the SpecterDR, though. The SpecterOS is the same optic, but fixed at 4x. It is lighter, with similar illumination, but it is more akin to the ACOG than a 1-4x scope. I really like this optic, as it has outstanding glass quality and an attractive look. But I’m not crazy about the mount.
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