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Monthly Archives: September 2015

25 Sep

I know this is the Optics Blog but no optics will be discussed today.  Instead, I’ll share my experience and a few pictures from my first time bringing my brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 out last Sunday. 

The first pistol I owned was a S&W revolver.  It’s hazy because it’s been so long but I believe the first firearm I ever shot was a small revolver, like a J-Frame or something similar.  I’ve been used to the mechanics and action with shooting revolvers for a very long time now.  I owned a Ruger LC9 last year for a bit …

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18 Sep

Somehow I have been on this earth for several decades and still I have yet to go hunting, even though it is on my bucket list. I know that in the best of circumstances, it is not easy and there are no guarantees. That is why I am interested in hunting feral hogs. They are invasive, abundant, and so destructive that you are encouraged shoot as many as you can find. Fortunately for IL, we do not have feral hogs here…yet. This morning I read 2 reports of feral hogs in Wisconsin. So not only do I no longer need to travel to …

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11 Sep


Yeah, I know this is an Optics Blog, but we often overlook the basics that have been around forever. Seems like all we talk about is the newest scope or the newest red dot sight, or even the newest spotting scope. But what about simple old "iron sights"? I was looking through some of my old gun parts recently and numerous metallic sights that I had either used or replaced over the years.

When I was a younger shooter with better eyesight, I wouldn't think of putting "glass" on my long guns. Not to mention that I often shot …

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02 Sep

I'm 55 years old.  Youth may be fleeting, but immaturity is forever.  I’m starting to notice the posts in forums where people are complaining about how some optics – notably red dot optics – don’t go well with astigmatism.  I don’t have astigmatism myself, but I’m paying closer attention to these things than I did in my invincible 20s.

Astigmatism isn’t a catchy phrase that that guy from Top Gear would say, but rather an optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp …

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