Better than Tape? Strike Industries New Strike Optic Cover for Red Dots

Occluded shooting is a method of target acquisition practiced mostly among sport shooters, but was developed much earlier for the same purpose – rapid target acquisition while maintaining target-focused rather than dot or sight-focused. A big problem that a lot of shooters, even seasoned ones have when switching from shooting irons to red dots is that it is all too easy to get sucked into the dot and become entirely focused on that rather than on your target. This is where occluded shooting comes in and why Strike Industries has bothered to give you an option rather than tape to slap onto your red dot to practice – the Strike Optic Cover for the Holosun 407/507 and Trijicon SRO.

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TFB Review: What Optic For A Steyr Scout? (Part 2)

We are back to continue this deep dive into the Steyr Scout rifle. Part 1 of this review looked at the features of the rifle and some accuracy testing. It also looked at some general features of the rifle and how it differs from a run-of-the-mill bolt gun. For Part 2, we will primarily look at optic selection. 

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Nightforce Adds New MRAD Reticle Options

Nightforce has added some new MRAD reticle options. The Mil-XT reticle is now offered for their 4-14×50 SHV F1 scope, and the Tremor 5 is available in two models. Let’s zoom in on these new reticles to see what they offer. 

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POTD: Modern Optics – Today vs. Yesterday

Photo Of The Day – The photo and story seemed worth sharing for anyone with the slightest interest in firearms and optics, as Zero Compromise Optic visited B.E. Meyers & Company, Inc.

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TFB REVIEW: The Trijicon RMR HD Red Dot Sight

I have carried a GLOCK 45 MOS every day for over a year in an inside the waistband holster. Equipped with a Surefire 300 Ultra and a Trijicon RMR, this is my perfect EDC gun for almost every situation.  But I didn’t fully appreciate the power of a slide-mounted red dot until I attended a basic two-day optics training class. We’ll talk more about the training in a bit, but my gun with the RMR was the only one that didn’t suffer from sort of optic failure during the drills. Now, officially announced last month, the Trijicon RMR HD adds features and functionality – including a forward facing light sensor – to an already bulletproof optic system for pistols. Let’s take a look.

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Delta Optical Launches Stryker HD 1-10×28 LPVO

Delta Optical officially launched the Stryker HD 1-10×28 on October 17th. This optic was announced earlier this year but is now available. Let’s check out the features it brings to the market.

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Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XL50 – HD Thermal Imaging Riflescope + Ballistic App

High-definition thermal Imaging is here, in the shape of the Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XL50 riflescope. Pulsar’s first HD thermal riflescope also includes a laser rangefinder, which can be connected to a ballistic calculator and deliver on-screen aiming.

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C+H Precision Releases Modular Ring Mount For Optics

C&H Precision Weapons has a new line of modular ring mounts for attaching red dots to scope tubes. Rather than place the secondary optic on top of the scope ring, C&H placed it on a ring so it could be placed anywhere on the main tube. This also allows it to sit at any angle.

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Riton Optics Introduces the New Enclosed 3 TACTIX EED Red Dot

The red dot market has been steadily seeing all of its major contributors add their own flavor of the enclosed red dot to the market. Riton Optics is no different and today they’ve finally announced their new 3 TACTIX EED (Enclosed Emitter Red Dot). This new addition comes in right around $300 in price and comes standard with a top-loading battery tray, 3 MOA dots, and a couple of adapter plates to fit different handgun optics-cut footprints.

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The Cronus ATS Thermal System from Athlon Optics [TriggrCon 2023]

We’re back at TriggrCon 2023, this time with Athlon Optics as they reveal their first ever Thermal Optic the new Cronus ATS Thermal system. Available in 3 objective/sensor size combinations, the Cronus ATS Thermal scope line starts pricing at around $2600 and comes loaded down with a ton of features including a long-lasting onboard rechargeable battery.

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Steiner's MPS (Micro Pistol Sight) Now Available in Flat Dark Earth

Steiner have announced the release of an FDE version of their popular MPS (Micro Pistol Sight) pistol red dot optic. The MPS has a 3.3 MOA reticle, eight brightness settings and a 13,000-hour battery life. It has various mounting options, weighs 2.05 oz and is powered by a CR1632 battery. The FDE model is available with an MSRP of $689.99.

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Swampfox Launches Warhorse 1-6x Premier FFP LPVO

Swampfox Optics have announced their first first focal plane (FFP) low power variable optic (LPVO) – the Warhorse 1-6x. It has a 34mm tube diameter, a 24mm objective lens and is available with either a Dragoon MOA or a MIL glass-etched illuminated reticle in either red or green. Swampfox attest to the Warhorse’s robustness stating the optic can withstand 1,100 g-forces and be can be fully submerged in water. The optic is available with an MSRP of $639.

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The NEW SIG-Sauer Romeo X Series Red Dot

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop visited the SIG optics factory to watch the Romeo X red dot being assembled by a dystopian machine that hopefully won’t turn on us someday (but it probably will). These optics are the successor to the Romeo Elite and Elite Zero, which had polymer bodies and really annoying buttons. The Romeo X is a step in the right direction, but is it too late to catch up with Holosun?

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TFB Review: Viridian RFX 35 Green Dot Sight

Last year, Viridian Weapon Tech released the Viridian RFX 35, along with two other new RFX line green dot optics, primarily driven for the optics cut pistol market. However, the new RFX line also comes supplied with a Picatinny mount for equipping them on long guns as well. Out of the new RFX series, the RFX 35 features the largest window, which is also rounded to allow a bit more through-optic sight picture. I spent some time with the RFX 35 mounted for my review of the Glock 45 MOS pistol and afterward mounted it onto a couple AR-15s. Let’s take a look at how the RFX 35 did.

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Shield Sights Aquires New Manufacturing Facility

UK-based Shield Sights have announced their expansion into a bigger manufacturing facility. The 26,000-square-foot factory will be refurbished over the next year and once they move in, they will be able to streamline production bringing manufacture, testing and shipping under one roof.

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Youth-Sized, Big Performance! Vortex Bantam HD 6.5×32 Binoculars

When we live in the digital age that we do, it can be a great break from “screen time” to get your kids into the great outdoors. Whether that is going to the shooting range with you, glassing for wild game, or actually hunting alongside you, any excuse to get outside can be a good one. If you want to instill a lifetime passion for the outdoors, a small, but great gesture can be to invest in gear for your little ones even knowing that they will inevitably outgrow it. Vortex Optics has announced a new youth binocular today in the Bantam HD 6.5×32 which is proportioned smaller for the next, younger generation that could make kids truly feel special since it is sized for them.

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Leupold Optics Academy – Day 2 & 3

The start of day two at the Leupold Optics Academy began with us confirming our 100 m zero on the Seekins Precision Havak HIT Pro rifle. We would then run a course of fire similar to the previous day, but this time it was at a much more rapid pace. This course of fire was also taking place earlier in the morning with the sun directly facing us. I’m happy to report that even with a lot of sunlight hitting the front of our optics, seeing down range was still really easy with these Leupold scopes. Of course, it really helps when you have an extended hood on the front of your scope as well.

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Winning Combo: XS Sights Lever Rail + Henry's Big Boy Lever Gun

The Henry Big Boy lever action rifle is a model that has deservedly gained a pretty positive reputation for not just being reliable, accurate, and durable, but also just plain fun to shoot. Henry makes these classic lever actions available in nearly all of the common straight-walled cartridges ranging from .357 Magnum all the way up to .44 Magnum. What is perhaps best about the Henry Big Boy series of lever guns is simply their value. Most of these lever guns can be had for about $900 or less and you’re getting an amazing combination of quality construction and reliability in a proven platform. However, these lever actions are quite limited when it comes to one thing – optics. Other more modern lever guns have started to incorporate integrated or factory-installed Picatinny rails for use with riflescopes, red dots, and sometimes even Laser IR devices for night vision hunting. Luckily, XS Sights sells a great DIY solution for replacing the factory iron sights on a Herny Big Boy rifle. Their functional and sleek-looking Lever Rail and Ghost Ring sights still preserve iron sight capability while adding some much-needed versatility to a dated platform.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: The Rare S&W 629 Master Hunter Revolver

Welcome to TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, where we delve into all things revolvers. This week, we’ll take a look at the rare Smith & Wesson 629 Master Hunter, which was designed as an optics-only model from the factory in 1997 to 1999. Our friend, Cédric Armurier happened across a nice example of the 629 Master Hunter when a customer requested some work done on one. Cédric provided the photos you see here, and Smith & Wesson assisted with some background details about the Master Hunter model.

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New Strike Polymer Backup Sights With Tool-less Adjustments

Strike Industries is excited to share the latest addition to its rapidly expanding line of aftermarket AR components. The new Strike Polymer Backup Sights are a lightweight and affordable backup sighting option to pair with your rifle’s optic just in case of power loss or damage that would render it inoperable. These new backup iron sights have a number of neat features that make them a bit more practical and more durable than your typical standard polymer backup iron sight.

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New Direct Mount Holosun SCS-320 Sight for SIG P320 Pistols

The extremely popular Holosun SCS has just had a new bit of flexibility added to the platform with the addition of the new SCS-320 model. The new SCS-320 is a direct-mount Delta Point Pro footprint and should be a simple install to any optics-ready SIG P320 without the use of an adapter plate. The SCS-320 shares all of the same features and reticle options as the other versions of the SCS optic, this time just in a footprint that allows for a direct mount on P320 handguns and sporting a brand new fully enclosed design.

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Leupold Optics Academy – Day 1

Picking up where we left off from the factory tour at Leupold we would then spend the next three hours driving southeast to the Leupold shooting range at the Leupold Optics Academy in the town of Madras Oregon. 

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Edgar Brothers Share Details on UK's New Alternative Individual Weapon System

Edgar Brothers, the UK-based prime contractor for the UK’s new  Alternative Individual Weapon System – the L403A1, has provided some further details on the rifle and a breakdown of its components. The UK plans to procure 10,000 of the rifles over the next decade at an estimated cost of £90 million ($110 million).

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Aimpoint - Supplier Of Red Dot Sights For L403A1

Aimpoint has been chosen to deliver mini red dot sights to the Alternative Individual Weapon System, designated L403A1 to the UK’s Ministry Of Defence. Deliveries will be handled by Aimpoint’s exclusive UK distributor Edgar Brothers. The Alternative Individual Weapon System consists of three elements – the rifle itself made by Knight’s Armament Company and designated L403A1, the optic system L900A1, and a training system. As part of the optic system, Aimpoint will supply the ACRO® P-2 red dot sight.

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Leupold Factory Tour 2023 – Part 2

Last week 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. This is part two of the tour so if you have not read my previous article, I highly recommend starting here before reading this one.

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Leupold Factory Tour 2023 – Part 1

Last week 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. Our tour began in the beautiful front lobby of Leupold HQ where our tour guide Nic Kytlica gave us a brief history of the company. 

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New Steiner H6Xi Series of Rifle Scopes

Today, Steiner released the new H6Xi series of rifle scopes. These are more geared towards the outdoor/hunting market than the tactical market-oriented T- and P-series optics. Here’s the press release:

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Vortex GlassPak Sport & Pro Bino Harness plus Razor HD 13-39x56mm

Today is a good day if you love your glass and optics because Vortex Optics has 3 new products that they are ready to announce. The first is a lighter and leaner spotting scope in the Razor HD 13-39x56mm. Up next, are 2 new binocular harness systems in the GlassPak Sport and GlassPak Pro. All of these have been made available to order for dealers prior to today so hopefully your favorite, local Vortex dealer already has these on the shelf for you to check out.

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Swampfox Launches Raider 1x Micro Prism

Swampfox Optics have introduced their latest, new red/green dot, the Raider 1x Micro Prism optic. The new sight weighs in at just under 8oz and has a 35,000-hour battery life with Shake N’ Wake on/off functionality. The Raider has an MSRP of $279.

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TFB Review: Budget-minded Vortex Triumph Binoculars

Vortex Optics needs no introduction. In recent years they have become one of the most dominant brands in the optics space, and they are ubiquitous on store shelves. They sell everything from the Razor series of high-end scopes down to inexpensive hunting scopes and binoculars. Their most recent budget bino is the Triumph HD 10×42, and it is the subject of this review.

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