Tag: Leupold

Long-Term Gear Test Update: Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4×20 Riflescope

Now that RF has summoned me back to the TTAG ranch in addition to manning the helm at The Truth About Knives, I’ve decided that it’s time to check back in with some of my old gun and gear reviews to see how they’ve held up in the long run. I’ve been running the Leupold VX-R Patrol for over two years now, which is almost as long-term a test as TTAG can boast of. How’s it doing? . . .

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Courtesy Chris Dumm for The Truth Abut Guns

Gear Review: Leupold RX-800i/TBR Rangefinder

Courtesy Chris Dumm for The Truth Abut Guns

Visual range estimation is one of the most difficult elements of long-range marksmanship. You can have an amazing rifle, match ammo and perfect trigger control, and you can memorize the ballistic and atmospheric charts for your favorite handload, but you’ll never pass for Carlos Hathcock or Matthew Quigley if you don’t know the range to your target within a handful of yards. Laser rangefinders like the Leupold RX-800i/TBR make this challenging task a whole lot easier.

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Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope: Unboxing

Modern 3-Gun competitions challenge shooters with targets at a variety of ranges which make Nutnfancy’s ‘Sledgehammer’ rifle course seem a bit monotonous.  When you need to engage targets from 5 yards out to 200 yards with the same rifle, it’s hard to find the right sighting system.  You could mount an ACOG for more distant targets and a red dot for close-up work, but the ‘Tactical’ division doesn’t allow multiple optics on the same gun and many shooters (like me) eschew their complexity and Rube Goldberg appearance anyway.

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Gear Review: XS Rifle Sights

RF:

Sorry to hear about your Marlin 1894C breaking in half at the range last week.  I’ve been looking forward to comparing my retro classic lever hunting rifle to your Urban Cowboy Assault Rifle, something John Wayne might have carried in the classic movie “Tom Clancy’s: The Searchers.” Looks like my project is coming along a little better than yours, so far . . .

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Have Big Gun Sales Stalled?

The media focused a lot of attention on the pre-Obama assault rifle boom. Sorry, “modern sporting home defense gun that’s not used by domestic terrorists or Mexican drug lords or anyone else other than hunters and your 84-year-old grandmother.” Anyway, credit where credit’s due: American gun buyers bought-up ARs like they were going out of style. In the post-McDonald world, gun grab fears have simmered down. The AR-makers who made hay while the sun didn’t shine now face the inevitable laws of supply and demand. Demand is down. Prices are soft. That’s doubly true for the really big guns—the Barrett BMGs of the world. As you can see at impactguns.com . . .

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Gear Review: Leupold Tactical Flashlights

If you’ve read any of several of my earlier posts on tactical flashlights, you’ll already know I’m a fan. I carry one on a daily basis, and I’ve found it to be more useful than any other piece of gear I carry. Part illumination tool, part self defense weapon and part strategic tool to level the playing field—a flashlight is one useful thing to have on hand. The difference in a tactical light and your garden variety flashlight largely come down to durability, lumens (brightness) and portability.

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