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The past year has seen an unprecedented number of sales for AR15 style rifles. There is good deal of new shooters out there and ten times as many accessories. If you have a new AR, a great way to increase your accuracy and enjoyment is with some kind of optic. One of the great things about an AR is its adaptability. You can easily start with a gun designed for close quarters/home defense (short barrel and collapsible stock), switch out a few parts and a new optic, and you have a gun designed for long range shooting. It is important …
Most people don’t like traveling for work. I am gladly the very opposite. When a work trip comes up that requires travel, I am in bliss. That’s because it means I’m doing one of two things I’m very passionate about; shooting or hunting. This past November, it was a hunt.
We (OpticsPlanet) and Vortex Optics ran a contest for one lucky hunter and a friend to go on a “dream hunt” in Central Nebraska. This was to be a Whitetail OR Mule deer hunt. That’s why it’s really a dream hunt. Whites and Mulies live side by side there, so …
Flip Open Lens Covers are one of the most popular accessories for your new riflescope, and for good reasons. They are super-convenient and they generally stay in place so you open them when needed and find that your scope's glass is relatively clean. Airborne dirt and debris can act like sand-blasting on the coating of your scope's fine optical coating. Rain and waterspots can also be avoided with good lens covers. If you've ever used the bikini style covers, they can also do a good job of keeping the glass clean, but if you want to use your scope, you …
You know what the worst part about this winter is? We here in Chicago have to share it with the rest of the country. We normally get bragging rights about our life-threatening weather, but this year it looks like everyone is getting their share. I get through the winter by pretending that I’m headed out to work on the International Space Station every time I have to suit up in the bulky coat required to survive the waddle from the house to the car, and from the car to work.
One of the most popular scopes for the AR-15 is the Nikon P223 carbine scope. At $149.95 it’s hard to find a better deal for a quality optic for your AR-15.
The scope has fixed 3x magnification, giving you plenty of magnification for farther shots while not being over magnified for closer shots.
The scope has a BDC reticle – a 200 yard cross hair with 400 and 600 yard hash marks. The BDC reticle is calibrated for the 55 grain bullet. With this scope you have 3.4” of eye relief and can shoot with both eyes open for a …
It has been a busy two weeks for the Product Intelligence department at OpticsPlanet. It started with a week in Vegas for SHOT Show and ended with a week of working the OpticsPlanet booth at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show (COSS). Eighteen of twenty days, and much of them 10-12 hour days; I have to think back to my service in the US Army for the last time I worked that much.
Today, we are blessed, and quite possibly cursed as well, with the huge selection of products available to us. We also seem to have a fair amount of disposable income that tends to burn a hole in our pockets. We often are so anxious to make an improvement or add an accessory that, we sometimes don't fully research or understand what we purchase and why we think we need the item. Admit it, we've all done it! Sometimes our purchase exceeds or expectations and other times it doesn't. Sometimes we have a preconception of how the product would or should …
I win – this is the first OpticsBlog of 2014, so – Happy New Year.
Not only that, but we are coming very close to the one-year anniversary of the Product Intelligence Team taking over the OpticsBlog from Jne (February 8, for those of you who would like to send anniversary cards or gifts of cash and/or liquor to my attention).
Some of you may live in a more God-forsaken place than Chicago in the winter, but eighteen below zero with a forty-three below zero wind chill gives me the right to say it is damn cold outside. I found …
As we talk to people about night vision, many times we find that most people do not know that some light is needed for night vision to work. Night vision works by magnifying small amounts of light. This is why cheaper Gen 1 night vision devices work under a cloudless, starry sky, full of moonlight while on a moonless dark night they leave much to be desired.
One of the areas of optics that I would consider myself a novice is in telescopes. I know the basics of telescopes, which essentially means I know the difference between a reflector and a refractor scope. I am sad to say, until a few months ago, I have never owned a telescope in my life. Now, I have used them before. My brother had one when we were kids, and my brother–in-law has a Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain that he pulls out every once in a while. Other than those two modes, I really do not have much experience in this area.