NEW Burris FastFire C Micro Red Dot Sight

The new Burris FastFire C is an RMSc-footprint red dot designed for concealed carry. It features a 6-MOA dot reticle, powered by a bottom-mounted standard 2032 battery with 25,000 hours of battery life. Let’s take a look at the other features of this red dot.

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New Year, New Glass! Vortex Venom 3-15x44mm FFP & 1-6x24mm SFP

It’s a whole new year and optics manufacturers are ushering in new glass! Some of the newest offerings are the Vortex Venom 3-15x44mm FFP (First Focal Plane) and Vortex Venom 1-6x24mm SFP (Second Focal Plane). This expands out the Venom family of optics to 3 selections now bridging the gap from Low Powered Variable Optics (LPVO) all the way up to high magnification options in the original 5-25x option.

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Three New Scopes From Trijicon For 2024

Trijicon has three new scopes for 2024, with two new Credo 1-10×28 models and a new Tenmile HX 5-25×50 FFP. All three are premium models with high-end features. They also have illumination in both red and green.

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TFB Review: Aimpoint Duty RDS – T2's More Affordable Cousin

Aimpoint is often a name that is synonymous with the terms “expensive” and “high quality.” While many will more likely know them for just being plain expensive, I’ve come to recognize the Aimpoint series of red dot optics to be some of the best in the business in terms of durability, flexibility, reliability, and features. The Aimpoint Duty RDS was announced at SHOT Show 2023 and was billed as being a more affordable alternative to the more expensive Aimpoint Micro T-2. I’ve had a ton of recent experience with the Micro T2 through a couple of carbine classes I’ve been fortunate enough to take, and today I’m going to use that recent experience to compare it to the newer, and more affordable Aimpoint Duty RDS to see if the reduced price (MSRP of $499) is worth the reduction in performance that this particular optic offers.

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FBI Choses Aimpoint Duty RDS and CompM4s Sights

The Aimpoint red dot sights probably need no introduction to our readers. It’s just over a year since I reviewed the new Aimpoint Duty RDS, and now it seems that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has come to the same conclusion as myself – it’s a high-quality red dot, priced competitively and you should buy one. The FBI just awarded Aimpoint with a five-year contract, with a maximum amount of $7 million for the  Duty RDS sight. The larger format CompM4s red dot sight was awarded a $4 million contract.

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New Viridian RFX44 Enclosed Micro Optic

Viridian Weapon Technologies has a new enclosed-emitter green dot sight. The RFX44 uses the ACRO footprint and features a 5-MOA dot. It is also available with a wide range of mounting options.

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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope. While thermals aren’t exactly cheap, the luxury has become a lot more affordable in the past few years. This model is one of those that will probably show up on your radar if you’re looking for a budget thermal riflescope. Read on to learn more about it.

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INTEGRIX IX8 1-8X28 LPVO Scope – First Impressions

A few months ago, Leapers reached out to the crew at The Firearm Blog and asked if anybody would be interested in reviewing one of their new 1-8 LPVOs. I was particularly intrigued by this, as I was not aware that Leapers/Integrix was creating military spec optics, and I thought that they only made scopes for airsoft guns or pellet rifles. I was surprised to see that they are bringing to market a whole line of premium optics for real firearms. One of the standup features that really caught my eye with their INTEGRIX IX8 1-8 LPVO optic was that from one to eight power, they claimed that your eye relief will not change. I’ll be doing a full review later on on this optic but for now, this is just a first impression piece. You can find the manufacturer specs below and then at the bottom of this article, I will give my first impressions on this new optic from Leapers.

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Nightforce Begins Selling Military Clone S-VPS And P-VPS ATACR Scopes

Clone nerds, rejoice! Nightforce has released a limited batch of SOCOM contract ATACR scopes with all of the accouterments. Two different models (S-VPS and P-VPS) are available at retailers now. 

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TFB REVIEW: Trijicon RCR Closed Emitter Red Dot Sight

The open emitter versus closed emitter debate for red dot optics is stacked with two camps of people. The first group prefers a slimmer optic with a svelte profile. The second group prefers die hard dependability in every condition and environment. The new Trijicon RCR red dot optic is an attempt to show the two groups that their requirements are no longer mutually exclusive. I will make the assumption that the majority of slide mounted optic users are equipped with open emitter optics – specifically the Trijicon RMR. So is the RCR a worthy upgrade? Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Daytime & Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Multispectral Scope, which is one of the coolest riflescopes I have ever used. You could probably buy the DUO, and never ever have to own anything else. The 4K CMOS day camera replaces your ordinary optical sight and does a good enough job for almost all possible applications. At night, you can switch to the high-end thermal and continue hunting. The solution is packed into a riflescope that mounts with normal 30 mm rings and looks more or less identical to a traditional one.

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Liberty & Justice for All: New Swampfox Second – Generation Dot Sights

Swampfox have introduced a pair of new red dot optics: the Liberty II and Justice II. These second generation red dots are machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and have a matte hard anodizing finish. Both are powered by a CR1632 battery. The Justice II has a 30mm lens, 6 MOA dot or multi-reticle while the Liberty II has a 24mm window, and either a 3 MOA dot or multi-reticle. The Liberty II’s MSRP starts at $249 while the Justice II comes in at $259.

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New Maven RS1.2 2.5-15x44mm Riflescope & S.3 20-40x67mm Spotting

Maven Optics has announced the introduction of two new pieces of glass that may pique your interest in their new Maven RS1.2 2.5-15x44mm riflescope and Maven S.3 20-40x67mm spotting scope. Both of these are premium models, like nearly everything from Maven Optics, boasting better quality at better prices due to their Direct-to-Consumer / No Mark-Up business model.

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TFB Review: Sightron S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 Service Rifle Scope

Sightron is the newest entrant in the world of purpose-built competition service rifle scopes. Their S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 is not a general-purpose low-power variable optic. It is meant for standard bullseye targets at NRA or CMP matches. I spent a summer shooting it in competitions to see how it performs, and it is time to share my results.

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Arken Optics Introduces Zulus Day/Night Digital Scope

Arken Optics is moving into the night vision space with the new Zulus 5-20x digital day/night scope. It features an integrated IR illuminator and 1920×1080 resolution. Let’s take a closer look at the rest of the features.

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LaRue Tactical Releases AccARizer Rail System

LaRue Tactical has an interesting new take on the classic carry handle mounting rail. The AccARizer rail runs from the carry handle to the front sight post with one continuous rail surface. Let’s take a look at the details. 

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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor Zoom ZH50 V2 Dual FOV Thermal Monocular

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Zoom ZH50 V2 Thermal Monocular. It is a handheld, high-end device, with a powerful 640-pixel thermal sensor, and a unique dual FOV (Field Of View) functionality. The dual-lens system works either as 25mm or 50mm, with 2x or 4x base magnification respectively. In this review, you will find an introduction, a technical overview as well as a lot of images and a video to display what sort of performance you can expect.

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Griffin Armament Introduces LPVO and Red Dot Sight

Silencer manufacturer Griffin Armament is getting into the optics game. Their first two products are a 1-8x LPVO and an enclosed micro red dot. 

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New Leica Thermals – Calonox 2 View & Sight

A little more than three years ago, Leica Sport Optics introduced their first thermals. It’s now time for an upgraded version called the Leica Calonox available in four different versions: Leica Calonox 2 View and Leica Calonox 2 Sight, both with Laser Range Finding versions.

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The New Enclosed Omega Green Dot from Viridian And OpticsPlanet

Enclosed emitter reflex sights are all the rage these days but few companies have put forward a green dot version meant for handguns, that is until now. The new Viridian OPMOD Omega Green Do t will come standard with several different mounts so you can use it either on a native ACRO footprint or adapt it for use on an RMR footprint using the included adapter plate. The Omega Green Dot is currently only being offered in a 5 MOA dot reticle version and has a stated maximum battery life of up to 50 thousand hours.

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NEW Tango-DMR Scopes From SIG Sauer

SIG Sauer has two new models of rifle scopes intended for DMR use. The Tango-DMR series comes in at a price point below the Tango 6 line but above the Tango-MSR family. Let’s take a closer look at the features. 

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American Defense MFG Offering Defender-CCW + Mount Packages

Red dots and reflex sights were initially intended to be used only on rifles and carbines. Fast forward to today and nearly everyone has adopted the red dot and pistol concept, or is at the very least, aware of it. However, the market for rifle-mounted reflex sights has received a bit more interest as of late and that’s why American Defense Manufacturing is excited to announce their new Vortex Defender-CCW Red Dot packages which will include your choice of a mount fit for whatever long gun or shotgun you want it on and at the height that is most optimal for your specific setup.

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Partizan Solutions Adds Mounts For LED ACOGs

Partizan Solutions is expanding its line of micro red dot mounts for the Trijicon ACOG family. The newest models are compatible with LED ACOGs like the TA-02 and TA-110. Let’s take a closer look. 

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TFB Review: Leupold Mark 5HD 2-10X30 Scope

This past August I was lucky enough to be invited out to Beaverton OR to take a tour of the Leupold factory with a number of other outdoor journalists. After the tour, we were all taken to the Leupold Optics Academy to test out some of the scopes we just witnessed being constructed. We got to play around with many different scopes from different manufacturers in early lighting situations. The two scopes we primarily used for the three days at the Academy were the MARK 5HD 7-35X56 and the subject of this review, the MARK 5HD 2-10X30 M1C3 FFP PR1-MOA.

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SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO-M17 Receives NSN Designation

SIG Sauer have announced that their ROMEO-M17 pistol red dot sight has been given a NATO Stock Number (NSN). NSN 1240-01-713-9795 was developed for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System program, which adopted the SIG P320 as the M17. NATO Stock Numbers are 13-digit numbers that help standardize supply across the NATO alliance, they are assigned by the National Codification Bureau.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Talion XQ35 Pro Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Talion XQ35 Pro Thermal Imaging Riflescope. This is a compact, lightweight thermal imaging hunting riflescope available at a reasonable price. Its fairly small size in combination with various possible mounting solutions makes it suitable for a large number of platforms, like ARs, semi-autos and bolt-action rifles.

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Pulsar's New Compact Thermal Imaging Binoculars – Merger LRF XQ35

Pulsar have a long history with Thermal Imaging Binoculars, with models like the Accolade and the Merger – all reviewed by TFB of course. It’s now time for a more compact Merger, called the Merger LRF XQ35, which has a lot of features to become a perfect companion for hunters and rescue workers. The new, compact Merger uses a European-made thermal sensor, with 384×288 pixels @ 17 µm and a sensitivity of < 25 mK NETD. Apart from the thermal capability, there is also an integrated Laser Range Finder which is said to reach out to 1 kilometer.

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TFB Review: Primary Arms Classic RD-25 Red Dot Sight – Push Button Operation

Primary Arms recently added the Classic RD-25 Red Dot Sight that features push button operation to their lineup, which contrasts the knob-operated PA MD-25 in the SLx series. The new 25mm push button red dot sight harkens back to the style of early reflex sights like the Bushnell TRS-25, Aimpoints, hence its position in Primary Arms’ Classic Series of optics. This affordable 1x optic packs some surprising features for $129.99, so let’s dive in.

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New Swampfox Sentinel II Micro Dot Sight

Colorado-based Swampfox Optics have announced the Sentinel II Micro Dot Sight. Available in red or green illumination, the Sentinel II has 10 brightness levels, shake awake initiation and a 20mm lens with a 3 MOA dot. Swampfox says the slimline Sentinel II has a 50,000-hour battery life and a 7075-T6 aluminum body and reinforced hood. MSRP for the new red dot is $269 with Blackout Rear Sight Guide, and $299 with Tritium.

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Night Deagle: XS Sights Introduces New Desert Eagle Night Sights

XS Sights is pleased to now offer its new R3D 2.0 and DXT2 Big Dot night sights for the legendary Magnum Research Desert Eagle series of pistols. These Desert Eagle Night Sights will be made from the same durable materials that all XS sights are made with and will help you have either a solid backup or a primary aiming solution that works in a wider variety of lighting situations.

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