Category: Optics

Pentax’s motorized scope zoom

Tyler Kreis has blogged about Pentax’s new Ultimate Zoom scope. The zoom is controlled with a motor that is operated with a wired remote. Like Tyler, I cannot think of a good reason to buy it, but I would love to play around with it.

1x Scopes

Shooting Illustrated has posted an article written by Steve Adelmann about the latest in 1x, 1.1x and 1.5x zoom scopes. While passing through Leupold’s booth at the SHOT Show in January, I noticed crowds gathering around several CQBSS scopes on display. The [Read More…]

Mil-Dot Range Finder for iPhone

From their website … Mil-Dot Rangefinder for the iPhone takes the math out of ranging targets using a mil-dot scope. Real-time calculations provide instant range measurements in both yards and meters. The simple interface allows for one handed operation and [Read More…]

TAS Pistol sight

The TAS Pistol is an interesting new pistol fiber optic sight system. For night shooting a tritium lamp lights up the fiber. It looks quite impressive in the video … They hope to be selling the product in the United States this year. [ Many thanks to Mark for [Read More…]

“Tactical” Red Dot Sight for Camera

Brando.com are selling a cheap red dot sight and adapter to attach it to a camera’s hot shoe (flash) mount. I very much dislike this trend of attaching gun parts to cameras. It is going to one day end in disaster. [ Many thanks to David for emailing me the link. ]

Burris FastFire II review

The Packing Rat has reviewed the Burris FastFire II red dot sight … The RD is small and light weight – it’s likely you wouldn’t notice the difference on Ruger Mark III 22/45. According to the project description, Burris states that the unit is waterproof. [Read More…]

Detecting Sniper Scopes

GizMag reports on JETprotect CS300K “Long Range Counter Surveillance Camera” … Now a new device which uses the same “red-eye” effect of flash cameras and projects it hundreds of meters, can identify binoculars, sniper scopes, cameras and [Read More…]

Night Vision Explained

OnPoint Firearms, an online gun retailer, have published an article explaining the different between each generation of nigh vision gear. I learn’t quite a lot from reading it. It’s true that a sportsman could get by with a $500 system since his primary mission [Read More…]

New Leupold RX-1000 Rangefinder

Leupold’s new RX-1000 Rangefinder is very impressive. It is lightweight, compact, has a 6x zoom and can measure out to 1000 yards. Standard model RX-1000 There are two models, the standard and the TBR model (True Ballistic Range). The TBR model includes an [Read More…]

Leupold Mark AR scopes

Capitalizing on the phenomenal popularity of the AR-15, Leupold have produced a line of scopes designed for AR-15 hunting rifles. Mark AR 1.5-4x20mm The Mark AR 1.5-4x20mm model is a light weight scope allowing a wide field of view at the 1.5x zoom, while giving the [Read More…]

Trijicon ATWS Thermal Imager

Trijicon have partnered with FLIR Systems, night vision expects, to develop a very compact thermal imager for ACOG scopes. The ATWS or Advanced Thermal Weapon Sight uses a 640×480 pixel uncooled camera. While it is compact it is not light, weighing in at 1.5 lbs.