Gear Review: Bushnell 1-4x24mm AR/300 BLK Riflescope

Combining the benefits of a zero magnification red dot and a magnified scope, the popularity of one-to-whatever zoom (typically 4x, 6x, or 8x) optics continues to rise. Add to that an illuminated, BDC (bullet drop compensating) reticle for engaging targets at longer distances without having to dial the turrets, and it’s a potent package. While […]

The Truth About Rifle Optics

John Farnham writes [via ammoland.com]: Last weekend, a student brought an H&K MR762A1 Rifle to my Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack training course last weekend. It’s the commercial version of H&K’s 417, a gas-piston, autoloading, military rifle in 7.62×51 (308) with an “AR profile.” My student fitted his long gun with a 6x ACOG optic (6×48) mounted on the upper […]

Bushnell Announces Three New AR Optics Laser Sights

Thinking of a new laser for your modern sporting rifle? Bushnell’s just announced three new waterproof models in their AR Optics line; the Chase, the Haste and the Rush. Here’s their press release . . . Bushnell Announces AR Optics Laser Sights Three Laser Sight Systems Join the Popular AR Optics Line OVERLAND PARK, Kansas […]

Scopes For Beginners: Parallax Adjustment

Many talented shooters will never nail a sub-MOA group due not to their skill, but to misunderstanding a scope‘s parallax adjustment and what it’s for. Hint: it ain’t “side focus.” Not really. For scopes with adjustable parallax — which is going to be the majority of them with magnification over, oh, 8x or so — […]

Gear Review: Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6x24mm Riflescope

The AR-15 is one of the most versatile firearms platforms in the world, available in a myriad of calibers and configurations. Without the proper optic, though, the AR’s flexibility — for hunting, self-defense, target shooting or plinking — is easily greatly diminished. Is the Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6×24 variable magnification rifle scope up […]

Gear Review: Vortex Torque Wrench Mounting Kit

Back in June when I was at C.a.R Firearms talking to Fred Hastings about how he uses a digital protractor at his workbench, I was introduced to Vortex’s Torque Wrench Mounting Kit. Fred has a nice selection of torque wrenches which include the usual (and some unusual) choices, but his go-to choice is the fairly […]

New From Aimpoint: CompM5 Red Dot Sight

Aimpoint says their new-to-the-civilian-market CompM5 red dot sight was “originally created to meet the needs of a specific official end user.” Since the compact, light weight optic is waterproof to 150 feet and can stay on for five years on a single AAA, any guesses as to who that original customer was? The larger, heaver AA-powered […]

Gear Review: Maven S.1A Spotting Scope

My first exposure to Maven was at the Gunwerks L201 Advanced Long Range Shooting Course (reviewed here). On the range, helping us spot out to 1,440 yards, were half a dozen spotting scopes from a well-known manufacturer plus one standout I had never heard of. One look through it and I knew I had been missing […]

Scope Mounting with a Digital Protractor: Pro-Tip

C.a.R Firearms is a small shop that specializes in custom work and related services (think build vs. assemble) located south of Seattle. Every time I’m there I make a mess, drooling over fantastic, precision-built guns — either their creations or customer-owned. But mostly, I enjoy visiting C.a.R Firearms because the proprietor, Fred Hastings, and his staff […]

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