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Gun enthusiasts love a good campfire argument over different firearms and cartridges.   Many, many preppers and survival planners are very much into the debate over this gun or that for this purpose or that and correspondingly the cartridges that go along with them.   Such debates can be instructional , knowledge worthy, and stimulating.

Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-Blackout

Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-BlackoutGun enthusiasts love a good campfire argument over different firearms and cartridges.  Many, many preppers and survival planners are very much into the debate over this gun or that for this purpose or that and correspondingly the cartridges that go along with them.  Such debates can be instructional , knowledge worthy, and stimulating.  I have been writing about guns, cartridges, ammo and uses for all for about 35 years.  I read all the basic gun magazines and have for years.  I know all the debates, have read them all, heard them all, and participated in many of them in my circle of gun aficionados.  Not to mention, I love adding my two cents worth. Quick Navigation Cartridge Wars New Kid on the Block The Ubiquitous .223 Remington Sweet Baby James, the .300 Blackout Cartridge Wars Every gun, rifle, handgun or hunting publication nearly every year runs the same litany of articles comparing the .270 Winchester to the 30-06 Springfield, the 9mm vs the .40 Smith and Wesson or the .45 ACP , the .223 against the 7.62×39, as well as a whole series of pieces doubting or affirming the usefulness of the .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, the .41 or .44 Magnums or even the .22 or .22 Magnum rimfires.   I am sure you have read some or many of those annual tomes and came away scratching your collective heads.  Well, me, too.  Truth is they are all good for something.  The more the merrier is my motto. But then, every time a new cartridge development comes on the scene then the debates start up all over again.  Personally I think this is healthy for the gun and ammo industry and it also gives shooters, hunters, paper punchers, and even survivalists something new to chew on.  Certainly such developments continue to generate new fodder for old crusty outdoor writers like myself.  I eat this stuff up quicker than a pepperoni pizza pie, double cheese please. New Kid on the Block Well, this kid is not really so new, but for most shooters out there today, it is still in the diaper stage.  Most of you preppers even the heavy duty gun folks have probably not spent much time studying this new cartridge and its effectiveness and/or comparison to some of the better known cartridges like the .223/5.56 NATO or others in this power range. Also Read: Survival Debate – .308 vs .223 Do You Have Concealed Carry Weapon Insurance? Self-defense can land you into major legal battles, or even jail . USCCA provides top-class CCW insurance plus training for you and your family at $22/mo with $2,000,000 in coverage. Join USCCA Now, I’ll not waste your time retelling the history or development of this one.  You can do a simple Google search or better yet refer to Wikipedia for a thorough expose’ on the .300 AAC-Blackout and its shadow twin brother the .300 Whisper (not identical twins).  Certainly I will not hop down the bunny trail on the .223 cartridge either.  Most of you know this one by heart anyway and either used it in a war somewhere, on the ranch, in the pursuit of game, or paper targets.   I am not here to sell you on either, but just to point out the doings of each and present some alternatives for your prepping considerations, the good, bad, and ugly. The Ubiquitous .223 Remington First, know that as a survival prepper I am a huge fan of the .223-5.56 NATO for all the known reasons it is good and I ignore most its shortcomings.  There I finally got that off my chest.  The .223 is what it is.  For preppers in my way of thinking, it is a must have cartridge in your survival gun battery.  It is easy to shoot well, ammo is readily available, and is relatively cheap as compared to other cartridges in today’s marketplace. Without wearing out all the rubber on the tires, the .223 comes in umpteen rifle platforms, the most notable of course, is the AR-15 and clones.  That is more than a hundred clones to date.  Take or leave it, the fact is the AR-15 is the No. 1 selling and used rifle platform in America.  The .223 also comes in a wide variety of bolt action varmint type rifles that can double as a very effective “sniper” rifle for two or four-legged targets.   This includes the excellent Ruger Scout rifle which is now available in .223. Also Read: The Katrina Rifle Commenting only the on most basic .223/5.56 load and ballistics, this cartridge uses a 55-grain bullet either a FMJ (full metal jacket) or other type of bullet configuration.  Its standard muzzle velocity is around 3240 fps (feet per second) with about 1282 foot pounds of muzzle energy.  Of course, different loads from different makers may vary from these “paper” graph numbers.  Is it the best “killer” in the network of potential survival self-defense cartridges?  No.  For that you have to step up to the .308 for maximum range and take down capabilities.  Will it take down a coyote, wild dog or wild pig harassing your Bug Out camp?  Yes, it will.  If you are rushed by a cocaine doped zombie charging the front door, is it effective?  Creating a third eye-hole in the forehead will certainly go the distance in changing any zombies attack plan.  If it should take a whole 30-round magazine, then you have that option, too. "Sweet Baby James" , the .300 Blackout For starters, I simply like the terminology of this new cartridge.  I mean what says it all better than using the moniker Blackout?  Of course the 300 Blackout started out as the 300 AAC (for Advanced Armament Corporation ) but evolved into the nomenclature of the 300 Blackout.  There is also the story of the 300 Whisper, which you can read on line, too.  In practicality none of this historical development matters now, it just makes for an interesting read. The 300 Blackout is the 7.62×35.  In the initial stages of release to the general shooting public there were few factory loads for this cartridge, but that is changing.  I can find at least a half dozen new loads that have come out in the past year alone.  All this one can assume is driven by an expanding popularity that is resulting in more sales.  That is the bottom line when it comes to a cartridge and the guns for it succeeding in the marketplace. Also Read: The Best Survival Carbine Part 1 Two very popular factory loads for the 300 BO include the Hornady 110 grain V-Max bullet that pops out a muzzle velocity of 2375 fps and a muzzle energy of 1378 foot pounds.  The other is the Remington Hog Hammer using a 130 grain Barnes TSX boat tail bullet that generates a MV of 2400 fps and a ME of 1407 foot pounds.  Both of these are highly effective rounds for light hunting up to an including white-tailed deer.  I have personally harvested deer with the 110 grain Hornady load, one shot kills.  I have complete faith in it at reasonable ranges with good bullet placement.  One other tidbit of information by way of comparison, the 300 BO generates 16.7 per cent more energy at 300 meters than the 7.62×39 or the AK round.  The 300 BO also can utilize subsonic rounds with an installed suppressor if you are inclined to file the ownership paperwork and the NFA $200 application fee with up to a year delay in getting the permit. Other good news about the 300 BO is that the cartridges fit into standard AR-15 223 magazines .  If you already own an AR-15 now, you can purchase a 300 BO upper without any additional licenses or permits.  You just install the new upper on your existing legal lower unit, and start shooting.  So, there is a simple comparison without a sales pitch.  I like both the .223/5.56 and the 300 Blackout.  The Blackout delivers more power.  The upper units are not cheap and neither is the ammo when it can be found.  All of that will improve in time. Preppers make gear decisions every time they purchase something for stock.  If you are planning on the acquisition of any survival weapons as part of your over all SHTF strategy, then now you have an another alternative to consider.  Both the .223 and the 300 BO have their attractors and their shortcomings, but either would serve you well.  Now, if I threw the 6.8 SPC into this argument mix, you guys would really freak out and the debate would start all over again.  Bring it on. Photos by: Dr. John J. Woods, Adams Arms Save Save Save Other interesting articles: PDW – Do You Really Need One? 2020 Debate Survival Debate: .308 Win vs. .223 Rem S&W 15-22 vs Ruger 10/22: Survival Rifle Debate for 2020 Survival Debate: 1911 or Glock

Review On Ozark Armament 4x Magnified Optic Riflescopes (Updated)

Review On Ozark Armament 4x Magnified Optic Riflescopes (Updated)

What You Will Get Here Specifications Whom is this product for? Pros Cons Common Questions and Answers Our Remarks Specifications Weight 1.3 lbs Color Scheme Matte-Black Magnification 4x Objective Lens Diameter 32 mm Field of View at 100 yards 36.8 ft Angular Field of View 7.0 degrees Exit Pupil 8 mm Eye Relief 3.5-in Illumination Red/Green/Blue (3 Settings Each) Windage/Elevation Click Rate ¼ MOA BDC Reticle 100-600 yd Warranty Limited 1-year Editor Rating : 4 out of 5 star Check Latest Price & Reviews On Amazon If you have a passion for hunting, you cannot call the need for a good riflescope into question. The accurate rifle sight will help you comfortably find it to get your targets. Furthermore, the best one will enhance your accuracy and range. For instance, the AR-15 is perfect for variant hunting or home defense. This versatile armament is suited to several activities. And, there are lots of accessories which largely depends upon your plan on using it. Such an important gadget is the riflescope. More than 50 customer reviews, this Ozark Armament 4x32 ACOG scope hold the level of “Amazon's Choice” ensuring a high-rated item comes at an affordable price and available to ship without delay. Shooting at mid- to close-range will be no issue at all. The best red dot sight on this compact scope makes it even easier. One cannot but like this item since it is weatherproof and shockproof. Whom is this product for? It would be an intimidating task to upgrade and customize one’s preferred gun to fulfill one’s requirement. Shooting at 100 yards, especially close-range hunting, there are few scopes with 3x in magnification have FOV of about 30 feet. But, this scope (though 4x instead of 3x magnification) comes with that of almost 37 feet. That means this item is ideal for both mid-range and long-range hunter; no matter whether amateur or pro. The Ozark Armament 4x Magnified Optic Rifle Scopes Explained "The Ozark Armament" 4x magnified riflescopes come equipped with an array of convenient features. With 32mm lens diameter and 4x zoom in ability, the magnification power of this optics is efficient when targeting at long range object. The BDC reticle at 100 to 600 yards range of this magnetic riflescope is found helpful to get the target from different ranges easily. This riflescope has tri-settings illuminated reticle to deliver effective performance in all lighting situations with tricolor options: Red, Green, and Blue. Even with its all metal construction, the weight is slightly more than one pound. This scope is planned for a tactical or hunting rifle which fits on Picatinny rail. Windage and elevation click rates are fully adjustable, and that ensures that there is no chance for missing shot with 4 MOA accuracy. Nitrogen purging guarantees that this item is waterproof and fog proof. For stable use, this item can be installed on Picatinny rail using the clamp mount which is toolless. This product is covered with a limited 1-year warranty. Pros Because of total metal construction, this scope is durable and shockproof The magnification power is convenient for mid- to long-range target 3-settings illuminated reticle offers effective performance in all lighting conditions The angular FOV is wide enough which helps to minimize handshake coming into a reflection on display as well as the disorientation every so often manipulated Nitrogen filling makes this scope suited to all weather conditions The quality with attractive features comes at a reasonable price range Cons The binocular is not parallax free, so it will not help to reduce the motion or the apparent motion of the target Common Questions and Answers Question : How to get rid of a blurry image by focusing the reticle? Answer : You need to turn the rear lens to adjust the focus. For that, you need to rotate the grooved section. Image clarity also relies on the distance of the target to your sight. Question : Is it compatible with airsoft? Answer : ell, the eye relief is small which is lesser than 4 inches. With a sharp BDC reticle and clear FOV, it works smoothly with airsoft. Plus, the sight is comfortable thanks to Picatinny rail. Question : Is this scope resistant to water? Answer : Definitely. This scope is purged with nitrogen gas which makes the item internally fog proof and waterproof. Our Remarks To end with, the Ozark armory Magnified Riflescopes is one of the best items in this category. It has a 3-color illumination that makes the item perfect in all lighting environments. The magnification is powerful enough to make a snug for wide observation. It has a larger field of view at 1000 yards which is nearly about 370 feet. This range is quite enough and largely depending upon the object and landscape. Whether targeting an agile object, it makes its linear field of view a modest range. There is also the TOC1 4x32 Magnification Riflescope by Terminus Optics which comes almost the same feature at a similar cost. Both items are compatible with airsoft. On few points, like eye relief, Ozark armament 4x32 is a well-liked option. "Check Latest Price" & Reviews On Amazon share share share share share

Magpul Shipping MOE SL line with M-LOK

Magpul Shipping MOE SL line with M-LOK

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The 4 Best Fletching Jigs – Cheap Arrow Fletching Reviews 2015 Photo by Arctic Wolf / CC BY Building and repairing your own arrows is something every archer should try. It gives you the ability to really customize your projectiles, making them more accurate and capable of traveling farther. And it allows you to rebuild damaged arrows that you would have had to throw away otherwise. While making your own arrows might sound difficult, it’s actually quite simple. In fact, there’s a special tool that turns fletching your arrows into a super simple process. Best of all, these jigs are available on Amazon and are reasonably priced. You can get a professional grade unit for less than what dinner at most restaurants would cost. Finding the best fletching jig is easy enough and below are four unique units, each with different advantages that you can benefit from. There’s something on this list for everyone, whether you’re a casual archer or a hardcore shooter. AAE Fletch III Fletching Jig AAE Fletch III Fletching Jig Price: $30.97 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:33 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The AAE Fletch III Fletching Jig is an inexpensive tool that’s great for beginners. It’s easy to use and has an incredibly simple design. You simply put an arrow on the jig and get to work. It’s made to be as hassle free as possible, and has been specially designed for field use. The unit is lightweight enough that you can take it with you when you go out to shoot. Made from a combination of teflon, aluminum, and silicon parts, this jig won’t bog you down when you’re out shooting arrows. Another nifty touch is the “no-stick” design. You can glue your fletchings on without having to worry about getting adhesive on the jig. It makes clean-up simple and prevents any real mess from occurring. Before you go out shooting, throw the AAE Fletch III Fletching Jig in your backpack. It’s nice to take with you in case you have to fix any arrows. Between the convenience and the price, this is one of the best fletching jigs period. Bohning Blazer Helix Fletching Jig "Bohning Blazer Helix" Fletching Jig Price: $44.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:33 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Bohning Blazer Helix Fletching Jig is all about being efficient. It also has a nice spacing system that ensures you’ll be able to improve the accuracy of every arrow. Simply pop the shaft into this unit and the device will automatically space your fletchings 120 degrees apart. This helps you shoot straighter and farther. It’s great for competitive archers and avid hunters. On top of the spacing system, the Bohning Blazer Helix Fletching Jig is easy to set up and operate. It has a simple tabletop design and requires very little preparation. If you have damaged arrows you can easily take them into your workshop or garage and use this device to fix them. If accuracy is a major concern, the Bohning Blazer Helix Fletching Jig can help. It does a great job placing your fletchings where they belong, allowing every shot to fly farther before hitting its mark. For serious archers this can be a great tool to have and is one of the best arrow fletching jigs on the market. Arizona Rim E-Z Fletch Mini Arizona Rim E-Z Fletch Mini Price: $55.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:33 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Fletching arrows can get tedious, especially if you have a lot of them to do. Repairing 10 or 20 arrows would be about as fun as watching paint dry. Fortunately, the Arizona Rim E-Z Fletch Mini can really speed things up. This is a clever little gadget that will work on all three fletching simultaneously. It lets you make repairs on the fly and is great for overhauling extremely damaged projectiles. While the device is famous for letting archers repair multiple fletchings at once, you do have the option to scale it back and make one repair at a time. This is great if you only have one fletching that needs to be fixed. Archers who want to repair their arrows quickly need to give the Arizona Rim E-Z Fletch Mini a look. It’s a real time saver and should be on anyone’s list of the best fletching jig. Bohning Helix Tower Fletching Jig Bohning 12962 "Helix Tower Fletching" Jig Price: $60.84 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:33 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. With is machine you can fletch arrows with lightning fast speed. The Bohning Helix Tower Fletching Jig can repair your entire arrow within mere seconds. It’s a far cry from the more cumbersome devices that take up too much of your time. The Helix works on all three fletching at once. You don’t need to fiddle with readjusting the unit after every repair. It saves a ton of time and prevents you from creating a huge mess, or kits are notorious for getting glue everywhere. There’s very little input and virtually no clean up, which will give you more free time for other activities. As important as maintaining your arrows can be, sometimes you just want to have fun and save some time. The Bohning Helix Tower Fletching Jig definitely helps with this. If you want to make repairs without sacrificing your entire afternoon, make the smart investment and get one of these. Closing Thoughts There are a lot of great fletching jigs out there. In fact, there’s something to meet practically every need and skill level. Whether you’re looking for a simple unit to do occasional repairs with or a more advanced model that will let you work quickly with a lot of arrows, you have options. Even if you’re worried about time, there are choices that can help. Units like the Arizona Rim E-Z Fletch Mini ( see full specs ) and the Bohning Helix Tower Fletching Jig ( see full specs ) make it easy to work on your arrows as quickly as possible. There’s no reason not to get a jig, especially when you consider how much money you are going to save in the long run. A pack of new arrows can be expensive. A six-pack of regular arrows can often go for as much as $30. And some specialty brands cost even more than that. Do yourself a favor and invest in the best fletching jig you can afford. It’ll pay for itself in no time at all. P.S. If there’s a certain fletching jig that you recommend, why not let us know in the comment section? We’d love to hear from you and other readers would too. So feel free to post a suggestion and let us know what you recommend. Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type.  His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids).  He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters.  It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . 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Ladies Concealed Carry: Skirts & Dresses

Just because you started concealed carrying doesn’t mean you stopped enjoying wearing cute clothes, right? Skinny jeans and form fitting tees can be tricky, but how do you concealed carry in a skirt or a dress? To figure out how to effectively conceal carry with more “challenging” outfits, I created a game I call, “Where’s the Gun?” This generally consists of me getting dressed in a seemingly carry un-friendly outfit, and then asking a family member to identify where the concealed pistol is holstered. If they can’t locate it, I win the game, and the carry configuration gets included in my regular rotation. If I lose and they point out where I’m printing, I know I didn’t manage to conceal it effectively and it’s back to the drawing board. Skirts and dresses present the biggest challenge, but here are some of the ways I’ve found to “win” that concealed carry game. Thigh Holsters This one’s pretty much a gimme. With the right thigh holster , and the right position , a thigh holster is one of the most subtle means of effective concealed carry when wearing a skirt or a dress. The holster has to work against the thigh’s tapered shape, and gravity’s downward tug. It also has to stay out of sight when sitting (which causes one’s hemline to rise a couple inches), and while moving. Garter holsters help this a great deal, but there are wraparound holsters (often witch some kind of rubberized backing to help them “stick”) that’ll do the trick—especially for a light little mouse gun. A downside to the elastic (wraparound) holsters is that the tension that helps keep them in place can get uncomfortable if worn for several hours. However, my friend, concealed carrier and firearms instructor, the lovely Gracie has a clever ladies’ concealed carry alternative that solves this problem. “Under”shorts UnderTech’s ladies’ concealed carry “ Short Shorts .” Image courtesy of undertechundercover.com As demonstrated in the video embedded above, Gracie often opts to wear a pair of “short shorts” under her dress. Shortie shorts are generally short enough, compared to more generously-hemmed skirts and dresses, to remain concealed while providing a waistband that can accommodate a more traditional waistband holster. This ladies’ concealed carry trick allows Gracie to keep her pistol comfortably concealed and easily accessible. A similar solution are pocketed compression shorts, like UnderTech’s “ Under Cover Short Shorts ” pictured right. Belly Bands The Pistol Wear PT-One Holster is a belly band style holster that works well for me. – Image courtesy of pistolwear.com If thigh holsters or undershorts aren’t really your thing, you may want to give a belly band style holster a try. As the name denotes, these holsters wrap around the waist and tuck under the bosom. Most wraparound holsters allow for different positioning around the body (shoulder strapped variants are generally more fixed in position), which allows the wearer to find the ideal location for pistol placement on their body (usually in the underarm area or on the front of the torso directly under the bosom). Like elastic thigh holsters, a wraparound belly band (as opposed to the shoulder-strapped style) will often have the tendency to slide down or up on the body til it rests on the smallest portion of the waist. However, shoulder strapped models help resist that ever-present gravitational pull on your carry pistol and can make for more comfortable all-day wear. Dressing for ladies’ concealed carry can still be fun and feminine. Thigh holsters and belly bands provide ladies’ concealed carry options that aren’t reliant upon having a sturdy waistband. Or, if you’d rather stick with comfortable (and practical) waistband carry, you may want to pop a pair of shorts underneath that skirt. Take my excuse to get dressed up, play a few rounds of “Where’s the Gun,” and find your winning ladies’ concealed carry methods. Featured image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

10 Best New Optics of 2020

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s The best part of the gun industry is the world that springs up to support it–holsters, flashlights, lasers, and, of course, optics. Oh yes…we love optics! 2020 has been a big year for guns with March recording the highest sales for any one month… ever. 2020 (and technically late 2019) showed us a lot of new optics, and I’ve gathered my ten favorite new optics for your perusal. Okay… sometimes we don’t play so nice with our toys… These include a little bit of everything I saw at SHOT, as well as what’s come to light since. Check it out, and let us know what you think. Best New Optics of 2020 1. Athlon Argos 1-8X Low Powered Variable Optics are sweet, sweet optics that are perfect for the modern semi-automatic rifle. The ability to go between 1x to 8x with the spin of a magnification ring allows you to take full advantage of a modern rifle’s versatility. Argos Athalon on an airgun The Athlon Argos 1-8X is one of the first 1-8X LPVOs Athlon has produced, and they are bringing it out at a budget price. It’s most certainly priced to move and by far one of the best affordable LPVOs on the market. The glass is remarkably clear, and the included reticle does allow for max versatility. At 1X, the three-quarter circle is brightly illuminated, large, and comfortable for the eye to pick up, and perfect for close quarter’s shooting. Once you start expanding the range, the reticle’s holdovers for both range and windage allow for precise engagements with holdovers out to 600 yards. Argos Athalon BTR GEN2 1-8×24 ATSR5 SFP IR MOA Reticle It’s the perfect companion to an AR-15 and could be used for nearly anything the AR-15 could be used for. It could be used for hunting, 3-Gun, and even tactical use for a Police department on a budget. I absolutely love getting behind the Argos 1-8X and engaging targets, both big and small, at various ranges. One of my favorite drills is to simulate shooting at multiple ranges. I mix up big and small targets and swap between magnification levels to engage everything from clay pigeons to man-sized targets. Athlon Argos 1-8X 380 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 380 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 2. SwampFox Blade and TriHawk Prism Sights You are getting a two for one here because I’m writing the article and I’m making the rules. These optics are also very similar, both are prism sights from Swampfox, and both are brand new. The Blade is a 1X prism sight designed to replace your red dot, and the TriHawk is a 3x scope for effective engagement within six hundred yards or so. Ruger PC Charger and Swampfox Blade I’m a big fan of fixed powered prism sights and have used them successfully for years. The Blade is perfect for replacing a red dot and provides you with holdovers for close-range shooting and height over bore compensation. SwampFox Blade 1x25 Prism Scope 289 at Swampfox Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 289 at Swampfox Prices accurate at time of writing The TriHawk is coming out in June 2020, and I got a chance to take a sneak peek at this rockin’ new optic. This thing has a BDC tuned for both 5.56 and 7.62 and goes out to an optimistic 800 yards. It also features a reticle that is handy for both close quarters shooting and out to extended ranges. The design also allows for shooters to use the Bindon aiming concept when tracking targets. Swampfox Blade Reticle As prism sights, the reticles are glass-etched, so if the batteries die, you’re still capable of rocking and rolling. Both optics are night-vision compatible and give you a very durable and low real estate optic. Best of all, Swampfox is well known for creating high quality but low priced optics, and you can’t beat that. Swampfox showing off their TriHawk prism sight They are helping raise the quality of mid-tier optics to near high-end levels, and for that, they have earned a solid spot on this list. 3. Meprolight Foresight I could write an entire article on how impressive the Meprolight Foresight is. It’s the first augmented red dot and provides users with options we’ve never seen before. This includes connectivity to smartphones for advanced features. Bullpup Scorpion and Meprolight Foresight deck with a view Augmented means you are getting more than just a reticle. You are also getting a compass that reads in degrees, a sight leveler, a battery meter, and in the future, a shot counter. The Foresight can contain ten different weapon profiles as well as ten different zeroes. You can also choose five reticles from a total of 20 for each profile. All the goodies Multiple profiles mean the optic can be used for various weapons or multiple zeroes for the same gun. Multiple zeroes for the same weapons allow multiple shooters to have their exact zero. Another use would be changing the zero between ammo types for the same gun. You can have a zero for supersonic and subsonic rounds buckshot, and slugs, and more. Connecting it to your phone allows you to zero the optic very quickly, swap profiles, and apply updates as they come out. The Meprolight Foresight comes with a built-in QD mount, a rechargeable battery, and its compatible with magnifiers of all kinds. Meprolight Foresight 699 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 699 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 4. SIG Sauer Romeo MSR The SIG Sauer MSR Red Dot was kind of a sneaky little guy. I heard nothing about it then all of a sudden its at every gun shop and an online outlet for a shallow price point. The MSR is in an exciting place for SIG, their budget Romeo 5 is a great optic, but SIG seemed to think they can drop the price a little more. Sig Romeo MSR on an Aero pistol This is a reliable but straightforward red dot, and the main reason it makes the list is it’s $99 price tag and its crazy good list of features. Let’s see what the SIG MSR can do… Lasts 20,000 hours on a single CR1632 battery 10 Different daylight brightness settings with 2-night vision settings Integrated lens caps Waterproof IPX7 rated Included mount allows for an absolute co-witness on AR height sights. Not too shabby for an optic you can get for 99 bucks at most outlets. On top of that, this optic is very compact and lightweight at only 4.9 ounces. The SIG Romeo MSR might be the best budget-friendly red dot on the market. The Romeo MSR, featuring the top-loading battery compartment and turret. It mounts quickly and looks and feels like a much more expensive optic. Sure, it won’t replace an Aimpoint optic but could be a very viable candidate for a budget home defense option. SIG Sauer Romeo MSR 105 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 105 at Amazon Compare prices (3 found) Amazon (See Price) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Cabela's (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 5. Nightforce NX8 series The NX8 series is an evolution of the NXS series and following Nightforce’s long history of making tank-like optics for professional shooters. Nightforce optics are some of the best in the world and have long been proven optics in the Special Operations community. Nightforce NX8 oper8in’ This series has an 8X zoom series that gives either a 2.5-20x option or a 4-32X series. Why do we care? Because this style of optic is perfect for full-powered semi-automatic rifles in which shooters may need to transition between targets both near and far. The scopes will be offered with Nightforce’s MOAR and Tremor 3 reticles for a crazy degree of both wind and bullet drop compensation. Nightforce NX8 1-8x The Nightforce Series optics are genuinely professional grade optics. Their durability is nearly unmatched for variable optics. Being a tank is excellent, but Nightforce optics are also so freaking clear. After seeing the world through the lens of a Nightforce optic, it’s hard to go back to using other optics, or just my plain old eyes. The clarity of the NX8 series is no different. All that magnification is excellent, but without this level of glass, it would be largely wasted. Nightforce NX8 2.5-20×50 The NX8 delivers an excellent sight picture throughout its entire magnification range and allows you to see and hit targets way out there, as long as you have the right rifle and, even more importantly, the right skills. Buy once cry once most certainly applies to these optics as well. Nightforce NX8 1-8x24mm F1 Riflescope 1750 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1750 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 6. Trijicon Credo Optics I’m a bit of a Trijicon fanboy . I find most of their products are absolutely amazing, and the Credo line looks like it might be their new flagship variable optic line. This line is made for duty use and built to the same professional standards that made Trijicon famous. Trijicon Credo Scope The Credo line might be Trijicon’s most ambitious undertaking. It includes nine different models that start at a 1-4X LPVO and ends at a 4-16X powered optic. In between, you have just about every magnification combination you could desire. Trijicon Credo scope mounted Not to mention, the Credo series all offer two-eye open shooting capability and compatibility with the Bindon aiming concept. As you’d imagine, with so many different magnification levels, there are also tons of choices for reticles. The reticles range from straightforward, uncluttered designs for the LPVOs to more complicated long-range choices. Trijicon’s explanation of the Bindon Aiming Concept These optics also deliver excellent edge to edge clarity, which is a must-have when one of the big selling points for Credo scopes is their wide field of view. Edge to edge clarity, a wide field of view, and the applicable Bindon aiming concept would make these perfect for fast-moving shooting and tracking for both hunting and tactical shooting. I’m excited to see this new line from Trijicon, a company that seems to drag its feet when it comes to new products. Trijicon Credo 1-6x24mm Riflescope 1020 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1020 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 7. Aimpoint CompM5B Aimpoint is the premier red dot optics company, and its products have been used by shooting professionals, soldiers, hunters, and many more. The Aimpoint CompM4 is the Army’s current M68 optic, and they invented the modern red dot optic. Aimpoint CompM5B The newly announced (and not yet on the market) CompM5B might be the most ambitious red dot Aimpoint has created since the original 1975 model. It’s the M5 with the addition of bullet drop compensating turrets, as wells a top-side ballistic turret that allows for instant adjustments to compensate for range. How cool is that?! At the top of the turret is a series of numbers that coordinate with holdovers for specific ranges—aiming at a target 200 meters away? Simply rotate the turret to the correct number and boom. Got a target 400 meters away, well dial it into four and send it. What calibers will the turrets be set in? Well, no one seems to know just yet, but we can assume the popular calibers will be present like 5.56, .308, and .300 Blackout, etc. Aimpoint CompM5B Beyond this unique function, the optic is still an Aimpoint. That means rock-solid reliability, inherent precision, and it’s an unbeatable red dot optic. The CompM5B looks to be starting a new chapter in red dot technology. 8. Vortex Razor Gen 3 1-10X Low powered variable optics in the 1-10 realm are rare, but quickly becoming the new standard. 1-10X is a very versatile magnification range, and the Vortex Razor Gen 3 premiered at SHOT to great critical acclaim. It’s one of the first high end, duty grade 1-10 power scopes, and that earns it a spot on this list. Vortex Razor Gen 3 1-10X mounted The Razor 1-10X uses their Enhanced Battle Reticle that somehow blends both a big illuminated circle with a big center dot for close-range shooting with a complicated long-range shooting reticle. It’s complete with windage and bullet drop compensating holdovers for making rapid and complicated shots. Vortex Razor Gen 3 1-10X down sight As police and military units move from bolt action sniper rifles to semi-automatic rifles, optics like the Vortex Razor Gen 3 1-10X are going to become the standard. The optic is incredibly versatile and built like a long-range precision scope in a slightly smaller body. The Vortex Razor 1-10X has a lot of impressive features, and a lot of them stand out, but I was particularly impressed by the fact that it weighs the exact same as their 1-6X. That’s pretty neat, and very nice when you consider the fact this is a much more powerful optic that is just as robust without adding weight. Vortex Razor Gen 3 1-10X 1999 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1999 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing 9. Lucid M7 Micro Red Dot Sight The Lucid M7 is a mid-tier red dot sight that’s brand new for a company mostly known for its fixed power prism sights. The M7 is a very small, but it’s an efficient sight that is quite robust for a mid-tier optic. It’s water and shockproof and overbuilt to allow it to excel beyond what a red dot at this tier can do. Lucid M7 Micro Red Dot Sight Mounted Best of all, the new M7 is 40% lighter than the older model without sacrificing any of the optic’s durability. It also uses a CR2032 battery instead of a AAA. The Lucid M7 red dot sight also features the M5 reticle. Red dot sights are traditionally just red dots, right? Well, the M5 reticle is a half-circle with a dot in the center and a chevron under the half-circle. Lucid M7 Micro Red Dot Sight on a Marlin 335 Lever Action The larger reticle is easier to acquire with the eye and does allow for quicker close-range engagements but still gives you the ability to accurately hit targets at 200 yards or so. The M5 reticle is more versatile and handy to me than a traditional red dot reticle. The mounting system is also versatile and allows shooters to mount the optic at a variety of different heights for different weapons or cowitnessing situations. The MSRP is 309 bucks, but online prices seem to be closer to around $250, making it plenty affordable. Lucid M7 Micro Red Dot Sight 240 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 240 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing 10. Holosun 507K With pistol red dots becoming the new normal, we are seeing smaller and smaller pistol be equipped with optics. For a long time, micro red dot sights were limited to the Shield RMS-c, and that was it. Holosun 507K rear (via Primer Peak ) The Shield RMS-c seems to be the gold standard, but it appears that Holosun is giving them a real challenge with the Holosun 507K . The 507K fits the RMS-c footprint but completely blows the RMS-c out of the water. Holosun 507K mounted With the 507K, Holosun offers shooters numerous advantages over the Shield RMS-c including: Sideloading battery (No need to remove optic to change batteries.) Three reticle options Side-mounted controls 300 Dollar price tag The 507C has proven to be just as durable as a Trijicon RMR, so I have no doubts the 507K will be well worth the money. While the 507C isn’t out just yet, I can’t wait to throw one on my P365. Holosun 507K 290 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 290 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing The Wide World of Optics These new scopes, red dots, LPVOs, and prism optics are only a small taste of a very big optic industry. These are just a few of my favorites–well, is ten (or eleven…) still a few? A Couple AR-15 Optics Tell us what new optics have you seen that are drawing your attention? Which ones have you used that you love? Best yet, does anyone disagree with a choice on my list? Let us know below. And if you’re on the hunt for something new, give our Best New Guns of 2020 list a quick peek!

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