Night vision & thermal weapon sights, accessories, & equipment.
My experience with night vision equipment is relatively limited. I have run BNVS in a helmet rig with weapon-mounted IR laser/illuminator setups in the past, and that was alright, but did not offer the precision I was looking for. Certainly was great for walking around, and were I in a run & gun type scenario at night, I think I would really like that setup. Though when it comes to vermin control, I definitely wanted something a bit more precise.
I'd love to hear what someone has to say regarding clip-on thermal sights. I played with a few at SHOT show last year, and the Eotech LWTS was the most impressive unit I handled at that time, but I didn't get hands on all of them. I really like the idea of having a dual-role thermal that can work in front of a day optic as a clip-on, but can also be mounted as a stand-alone thermal sight with it's own reticle.
Some requirements I'd be looking for would be:
When using as clip on, doesn't shift day scope zero, or is at least easy to zero and is repeatable.
Doesn't need frequent calibration when in use.
At least 6-8hrs of continuous battery life.
Works as clip-on or stand alone sight.
If you just want to see bullet holes in paper at great distances, then a target cam is a much better purchase.
If you're trying to spot animals or call trace on misses, then a spotter can be quite handy. Reticles are great so that you can actually call in angular units. Important detail. Otherwise you're stuck guessing based on known size relationships.
Hensoldt and Swarovski spotters rule the roost. You'll have to part with serious coin to own one. Vortex, kowa, and a few other oddball brands occupy the mid range and low end.
I absolutely love both of my TT scopes. I originally bought a 525P for my desert tech and then when I had a 40x built I bought a 315P to match it. The 525 is great...but the 315 is awesome. Obviously not as much magnification...and I know clarity is subjective...but the 315 seems like even better glass than the 525. I wouldn't trade either though...they help make shooting enjoyable.
turrets match reticles...so no thinking there. Clicks are great...very positive. If zero needs to be adjusted it is done in seconds without tools. I don't regret the purchase of either of these scopes.
There are a few differences between the "P" and the "M" model. You will need to talk to greg about the differences as I have never seen personally an "M" model. I just knew that I wanted the scope on my 40x to match the one on my DTA.
Those look like some sweet rings.
The design is well thought out and as Hypo said "Everything appears to have a nice fillet or chamfer".
I doubt that the screw needs to be completely removed and the springs will probably facilitate installation and removal by moving the steel side plate out of the way.
And besides that they are pretty.:laughing:
Here is an update on the Athlon Argos BTR 6-24X50 FFP Mil/Mil scope.
I now have 554 rounds through my rifle with this scope without a hiccup.
I would buy it again as I have had no issues with it other than the grease change in the turrets...
Most of those rounds were dialed up and down to varying distances up to 570 yards.
The turrets require paying attention as they are not the most audible or tactile out there; however, they are accurate.
For the price these scopes are an excellent choice to get you out shooting as you save up for the Tier 1 glass.
Thank you for taking the time to go find the truth. I've said it for years, but it's apparent to me that it often doesn't sink in unless you spend the time required to find out yourself. For some reason some people just have a hard time taking things I say at face value.
If you look at some better scopes you'll get an even better representation of what I was talking about. Kahles, USO, vortex genII razor, S&B, TT, etc. The moral of the story is exactly what I've been saying for years, in that quality FFP optics are capable of doing nearly everything a SFP optic can, and with an illuminated reticle the exceptions to that rule are very few and relegated to specific circumstances. Though just as you say, the SFP scopes can NOT do everything the FFP scopes can.
There are specific models in each camp, SFP and FFP, which are designed around a specific purpose. Though the underlying trend remains the same: The intended application determines what is best chosen. Why spend $4000 on a top end FFP optic for a benchrest rifle which will only EVER be fired at fixed distances, with sighters allowed, on a square range? A cheaper SFP optic with finer adjustments would be the correct choice. Conversely, a field capable long range rifle of ANY variety will ALWAYS be best paired with an FFP optic.
I'm sure youre right, maybe on the original rifle when you bought it? I'm sure it added a few bucks to my 40x
If I had the choice of two identical rifles like your new 22, one that said USMC and one that didn't, I'd go USMC- because like you say, it looks cool. I'm not sure how much more I'd be willing to pay for it though.
It has value to someone.
How do you make a marine kill himself?
Throw a shovel of sand at a brick wall and tell him to hit the beach.
I have a Burris FastFire III on a Ruger 22/45. I got this setup primarily for my wife but she doesn't really get out much. I sneak it to the range once and a while and can't get home without putting 200 rounds through it. The Burris has been great for plinking. Easy to turn on and flip through brightness options. Haven't had any issues with reliability or function. I only have 2 complaints:
The optic sits a little high. It is mounted to a rail on top of the 22/45. Still fast to acquire but a little different feel than lower iron sights.
The thing is, it's already really easy to shoot stuff at distances which tech like that works. If you run the numbers on a 600yd firing solution for most cartridges, you'll see that the numbers don't change much even in temperature extremes. This is obviously quite dependent upon cartridge choice, as a 308 is going to show more environmentally induced variance than a 7LRM. Even the lowly 308 isn't affected much in those short ranges. It doesn't take much to throw a drop chart inside your scope cap and you can effectively accomplish about the same thing as these units do.
There is a utility in knowing the exact range at the push of a button though. That is super handy when a guy is out hunting. When combined with 6x magnification, you'll need a larger sized target, such as a deer or something to make the system work to its potential. A coyote looks pretty small at 500yds on 6x, and there's no telling if it will actually work at those ranges on a target such as that. Time will tell!
Now the question, do I want an ELCAN in a few months, or an Aimpoint T-2 Rright now?
Kind of depends on the purpose of the rifle. Obviously for close range work, a red dot is a red dot. T2's are tiny, and tough. They don't cross over into the mid range territory at all though.
Elcan Specter DR 1x/4x is the ultimate rifle sight for rifles that require close and intermediate capability. I've used the bdc in my elcan to engage targets out to 800yds, and it will do 500yds with boring regularity.
If you'd like to talk it out or pick one up sometime, just give me a call. :)