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06 Nov

Does It Need To Be Green?

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Throughout the history of warfare, nighttime engagements had been dramatically reduced due to the need for proper illumination. Bright light sources on the battlefield were obviously problematic in that tactical positions and activity could be seen by both sides! Finally, in the 1950's, new technologies for allowing soldiers to fight at night, as well as in the daytime, were beginning to appear and are constantly being improved upon today.

Night Vision Devices (NVD's) allow the user to see and maneuver with little to no existing light. These devices have the capability to magnify the most minute amount of ambient light …

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12 Oct

Custom Dial Craziness

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For a number of years now, rifle owners have enjoyed a Custom Dial System (CDS) from Leupold. Leupold’s Custom Dial System helps you easily compensate for bullet drop and make ultra-quick adjustments in the field. They will customize your scope’s elevation dial to match your exact load, velocity, and conditions for precision shooting. So, once you range your target, simply turn the dial to the correct position, aim dead on, and squeeze the trigger. So the CDS boasts dead-on hits, every time and without holdover! The CDS dial features ¼-MOA click increment finger adjustments and has no adjustment covers to …

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11 Sep

More “Irons” In The Fire!

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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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13 Aug

Which WristWatch?

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Okay, so everyone knows that I'm a wristwatch geek. I love gadgets… period! Many years ago while frequenting all the local gun shows, I started seeing pocket watches and wristwatches pop up on dealers' tables that they had taken in trade for firearms. In fact, the first really cool wristwatch I acquired was from a gun show and the "sickness" began. As a commercial sporting goods manufacturer's rep, I had a gun dealer in the Indianapolis area who had one whole showcase dedicated to wristwatches for sale or trade! Typically, someone would be given or awarded a valuable watch …

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17 Jul

It’s Kind Of Like “Where’s Waldo”!

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As part of the Product Intelligence Team, in a regular weekly rotation, each member is tasked with contributing two blogs to our OpticsPlanet Blog Network – one for the Binoculars Blog and one for the Optics Blog, and unless you know exactly where to look, they can be very difficult to find when navigating our website. Across the top of our Home Page is a black band that contains the OpticsPlanet.com 800 Number, Live Chat and Contact links. In addition, the same area has several other headline links, including the word "Blog"…. but oddly enough ours are not there. In …

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25 Jun

Fiber Optics and Firearms

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Fiber optics sights have recently grown in popularity for use on all types of firearms. These sights have been around for quite a long time and they offer a reasonably priced alternative to many of the factory sights that may be difficlt to see in certain lighting conditions. My first experience with fiber optic sights were on an old Ithaca 37 Deerslayer Riotgun. At that time I was shooting a lot of 2 and 3 gun matches, so one Thursday I stopped at one of the local "cop shops" and found this police trade-in Ithaca with a cracked stock and …

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15 May

Time Off, Turkeys and Ticks!

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Well, my long awaited return to Spring Wild Turkey hunting has come and gone. It's truly amazing what we have forgotten which does not benefit by the passing of 15 or 20 years! As I mentioned earlier, I made every attempt to prepare buy relacing worn out gear and not forget anything… especially since I was turkey hunting somewhere I had never hunted before.

First, I decided to get my gun set-up since it would possibly require a bit more time and effort. My Remington 11-87 Special Purpose 12 gauge mag. is a slightly older one without any of the …

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09 Apr

Talkin’ Turkey…

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Although there may be may aspects of hunting that we find enjoyable, for me it has largely been the thrill of the hunt. Those of us who have used calls to lure various game know how cool it can be to have a "conversation" with your prey. It's so cool to hear the game you are hunting and to begin calling them closer into your location. Whether it's birds or four-legged game, when they begin to respond and are attracted to your calling attempts, you're doing something right.

After a number of years that I did not hunt at …

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05 Mar

The End Is Near….

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The end of winter, that is! Cabin fever has taken its toll and I can't wait for the weather to level off a bit and become more comfortable. Sub-zero temperatures and double-digit drifts of snow are getting to be too much for these "old bones"! 2014 was a year that started with considerable left hip pain which resulted in total hip replacement and pretty much healing for the balance of the year. Now in 2015, I'm ready to "rock & roll" and I can't wait to get out and partake in some fun activities!

First of all, I'm a little …

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29 Jan

Big City Life Really Sucks!

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I was born on the West Side of Chicago and have lived in the area all of my life. As I was growing up, I did a fair amount of fishing with family and friends, but never really got into shooting sports until I was older. None of the adults in my immediate family enjoyed hunting or recreational shooting, but I was always fascinated by it and as soon as I turned 21 years old, I set out to purchase my first firearm. Living in a city like Chicago, you tend to get spoiled by the convenience of being able …

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