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AK’s are new to me. I enjoy the AK platform as a grab and go truck gun, as the low cost of ammo is a welcome change compared to the lengthy reloading process that I use to get 5. 56.

Atibal Verum + GG&G AK Optic Mount Review

Atibal Verum + GG&G AK Optic Mount ReviewAK’s are new to me. I enjoy the AK platform as a grab and go truck gun, as the low cost of ammo is a welcome change compared to the lengthy reloading process that I use to get 5.56. The AK is a platform I would like to continue exploring as I beleive many of my readers rock a kalashnikob. As this is a blog about riflery, it makes sense to explore the accuracy capabilities of the AK and 7.62×39. One of the biggest boosts we will get to a rifle’s accuracy is by making it easier for the dufus behind the trigger to aim. Optics rule the day. The AK isn’t known as the most user friendly optic platform around, and I found quality mounts to be scarce in the grand scheme of things… and once a mount is aquired, the question then becomes, which optic? GG&G and Atibal Send Their Best: I sent a few emails and found a good solution. GG&G sent their AK quick detach scope mount and Atibal sent the 1-4x Verum , a brother to the Japanese made Velocity / Velox line. I paired them together with a set of Warne 30mm medium height split rings. First let’s take a look at the GG&G mount: The GG&G AK optic mount is a aluminum & steel scope mount for side rail equipped AKs. The overall quality of this component is perfection. I don’t believe GG&G gets enough credit for their manufacturing capability, but they should, as every product I have ever received from them has been quality. The AK optic mount’s body is made from 6061-t6 aluminum which is hard anodized a perfect flat black. The clamping mechanism and lever are made of 4130 phosphated steel. As you can see from the photos, the finish between the steel and aluminum components match perfectly. Aluminum body, machined steel lever. Perfect color match. The mount has no sharp edges and was tumbled well. Reference material reports it will maintain 1/2 minute of accuracy with removal and replacement. I couldn’t measure that degree of accuracy as my AK load was 4 MOA with ten shot groups, but overall I would say I did not notice any change or shift in zero with removal and re-application of the mount. The lever cams against a steel riser which clamps to the AK securely from the bottom of the mount. A steel cam / lever is important, as these components are levers after all… What happens to cheap levers? I noted a competitor’s product arrived “used and in good condition” but clearly it was not as described. The cam on this competitor’s mount appeared to be cast steel… and I believe the previous owner may have clamped it too tight and then proceeded to pry it off the AK. CRACK went the lever. This is a photo of a competitors lever that I had purchased used. Note it utilizes a steel casting which… well… BROKE. I sent it back. SO you see why I am impressed with GG&G’s product. Important components are made of the proper materials. The AK Mount retails for $162.50 on their website which is a higher cost than some of the other competing rails… in this case, I would say it’s absolutely worth it if you want to glass your AK. Spring for a piece of gear that will last a lifetime. What’s a high quality rail without a high quality optic? The Atibal Verum: Truth. This is the Verum’s Latin name. This optic is a brother to the Velox/Velocity which I reviewed here . Since the Verum is from the same line as the Velox, consider this a addendum to the Velox as many of the components are the same. The differences are the Verum sports raised turrets, and is SFP instead of FFP. The illumination dial is in a different spot and the magnification ring is slightly different, but it is clear that these two optics are brothers. The body of the optic is robust and feels as tough and overbuilt as the Velox. Optically there are no surprises. The glass is clear, and fish-eye at 1x is minimal. The illumination dial feels robust and the turrets have a nice feel and audible click. The magnification ring is slightly on the stiffer side of things, but is smooth and grit free. At 4x we have a Mil-Dot Crosshair with a center 1 MOA dot. Illumination is not daylight bright, but useful for twilight and dark conditions. This optic has minimal light bleed out of the front objective. Overall it’s a quality 4x optic… but there are some quirks. There were some oversights in the configuration from the factory. As best as I can estimate, the mil-dots in the reticle are too large for a 4x optic. Indeed, they appear to be similar in size to the mil-dots on my Bushnell Elite 10x optic. The discrepancy was then evaluated by measuring a target down range, milling it with the 10x optic, and then comparing the calculations between the 10x Bushnell and the Verum. It appears to me that the Verum’s reticle is calibrated for a 10x-11x optic… but it is 4x. Milling is not possible without extra layers of math. Second point of interest is the reticle turrets… on top the reticle is marked with a clear set of instructions: Each click is 1/2 MOA. This is true. However, on the body of the turret the numerics and etchings are clearly made for a 1/4 minute optic. This is a handsome setup. GG&G AK mount, Warne split medium height rings, and the Verum. Some of my readers probably know me very well. I don’t have OCD when it comes to guns, and I will tape, spray paint, and mark things to my satisfaction. The overall quality of the optic is sky high just like the Velox that precedes it, but the reticle and turret oversight can be quite off-putting… 1 click = 1/2 MOA, but look at the turrets… that’s 4 notches from number to number. The turret is notched for 1/4 MOA. The turrets are waterproof without the caps. I threw the mil-dot reticle into Strelok for evaluation. I used the settings for a single focal plane mil-dot calibrated for 10x and I zoomed down to 4x to evaluate what loading this reticle could work with. Lo and behold, at 4x the BDC matches 7.62×39 well enough to utilize this optic as a 7.62 BDC reticle. At 4x I had decent holdovers for the 7.62×39 and oddly consistent windage in 8 mph increments. Not impossible to use in this role. As best as I can estimate, the Verum and its mil-dot / not mil-dot reticle matches the 7.62×39 very closely at 4x with a 200 yard zero. The Mil-Dots are calibrated to a higher level of magnification, meaning they can’t be used to mil a target. They do match the 7.62×39 quite well however. Note the reticle is quite clear and crisp, and the photo above does not reflect the quality of the reticle. It’s just a bad photo. As for the turrets… they will get a coat of jet black paint and I will mark them to my BDC satisfaction. That’s me though. I realize that this optic market is flooded with quality options that come in at lower cost than the Velox (which retails for $549) with turrets that match and a reticle that is calibrated as it is supposed to be… So we need to find a niche where this optic fits. Let’s hit the range! Verum + GG&G In Use The optic was placed on a AKM with the GG&G mount and Warne medium split rings. Sight in completed quickly at 25 yards, and then minor adjustment was utilized at 100 yards to finalize zero. The turrets are zero’ed as any other optic, and then a screw is loosened and the turret is lifted off the body of the optic and then replaced on the 0 marking. Clicks are positive. The clarity from the optic is excellent and the Japanese have given us quality glass with the Verum, no doubt. I noted a slight warmth to the tint. AK rocking the GG&G + Atibal Verum and a Vietnam bringback magazine. Still works. Webmaster at the helm. Flowing lions main of hair. Check. The optic and rail increased my capability with the AK quite a bit. The setup shaved 2 MOA off my iron sight shooting at 100 yards with factory ammo. The Verum sits at a very odd place. This is a high quality optic with some mis-matched features. It sits at a odd place in the market. Shooters are gravitating to 1-6x minumum. They want daylight bright reticles. They want hard use, last a lifetime optics on a budget. They want easy to use BDC reticles. Some consumer wants are harder to fill than others and everything is a compromise. Wrapping Up: The Verum hits some check-boxes and misses others. If you are looking for a optic for your AK or 7.62×39 rifle, the Verum would certainly fit the bill. It’s very high quality and would be a good match for a hunting rifle. It is overbuilt, and the glass quality is sky high. It’s fortunate that the reticle matches 7.62×39, but for other platforms it is simply a crosshair reticle as the mil-dots are not usable. In low light, the illumination is sharp with minimal bleed-through out the front of the objective. If your looking to glass your AK, consider it a solid option for this role. The GG&G Mount is perfection on the AK. I think I would consider it likely that it is the highest quality side mount on the market. I studied several models and ordered the two most well known – highest rated and I had to send one back right from the get go. The GG&G AK mount is likely the king of side rail Kalash mounts. I compared it to the K-Var / Arsenal, MidWest, and a smattering of Russian mounts that looked of dubious quality. Nope. The GG&G wipes them all out, but it is the most expensive option so the price matches the quality. I did find it online for 140 at Brownells , so shop around! This combo is not cheap. This setup… the rail, optic, and rings will set you back around $750 dollars. The rail and rings by themselves will push $180 to 200 depending on the deals you can find. It’s a costly setup, but not out of line for the high end construction this package offers. From rail, to rings, to optic, everything is built right. As for the Verum’s feature set, love it or leave it. I will be holding on to this one for the long haul as it suits the AK-47 very well, and I likely wont find an overbuilt Japanese optic like this anywhere else for the cost. For that, I will live with the quirks and make it my own. Atibal Verum: Lifetime Warranty Made in Japan Second Focal Plane (SFP) Laser Etched Reticle Red Illuminated Center Dot 7 Brightness Settings Fully multi-coated lens providing over 95% light transmission H lens coating UV-curable hard coat, much more scratch-resistant than most UV coatings commercially available. High profile target turrets for windage and elevation adjustment Water proof with or without elevation and windage caps. Shock Proof Fog Proof Magnification: 1-4x Twilight Factor: 4.7-9.4 Objective Lens Diameter: 22mm Eye Relief: 4.68-6.7 inches Field of View: 17.7-67 feet / 100 meters Tube Size: 30 mm Turret Style: Target Turret Adjustment Per Click: 1/2 MOA Max Elevation Adjustment: 80 MOA Max Windage Adjustment: 80 MOA Weight: 14.4 ounces with no mount Length: 10.25 inches Made of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum AK-47 SCOPE MOUNT – QUICK DETACH SPECIFICATIONS: Attaches to most AK variants with a built in receiver scope rail interface. Scope mounting dovetail rail meets MIL-SPEC-1913. The AK-ucam QD adjustable locking mechanism is shown to have 1/2moa return to zero or less when re-installed properly on to the AK-47 scope rail. QD system allows for easy attachment, removal and re-attachment. The AK-ucam lever is serrated on the bottom finger pad to facilitate a secure grip when unlocking the quick detach mechanism. The GG&G AK-ucam QD System is fully adjustable for a worn or out of tolerance AK-47 side rail. All edges are smoothed and rounded for the shooter’s safety. Material 1: The scope mount is precision machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum. Material 2: The AK-ucam Quick Detach mechanism is manufactured from heat treated 4130 steel. Finish: Aluminum Body is Type III hard coat anodized in a non-reflective matte black finish per Mil-Spec. Finish: Steel parts are manganese phosphated a non-reflective matte black per Mil-Spec. Rail Length: 6 1/8″. Weight: 8.4 oz. Warranty: Lifetime. Made In America By Men And Women Proud To Be Americans! Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by their respective manufacturers, and I am not compensated or paid for any of the review above. I would like to thank Atibal and GG&G for submitting these products for a full review. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Best 243 Rifle Scopes Rated & Reviewed

Best 243 Rifle Scopes  Rated & Reviewed

The .243 Winchester is a marvel among calibers. Released in 1955, this is one of the most versatile rounds out there, capable of handling everything from varmints to mid-sized game such as deer. For anyone pursuing the unicorn of an all-purpose rifle, this is a top contender. All you need is the right scope. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Scopes for 243 OUR TOP PICK: Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm) Vortex Optics Razor HD LH Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm BDC 1in Waterproof Matte Riflescope BEST BUDGET OPTION: Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope with 3.3-Inch Eye Relief, 3-9X 40mm CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount Comparison of the Best .243 Rifle Scopes IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick "Bushnell Elite Tactical" G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm) The Tactical Reticle is Ideal For Precise Long-Range Shooting Extra-Wide Objective Lens at 50mm Guarantees Ample Brightness Excellent Build Quality and Lens Coatings Backed up by a Lifetime Warranty View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Vortex Optics Razor" HD LH "Second Focal Plane" Riflescopes Quality Guaranteed by an Unconditional, Unlimited Lifetime Warranty Most Advanced Lens Materials and Coatings for Brightness and Protection Selection of Mid-Range Magnification Options Ideal for Mixed Terrain "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm BDC "1in Waterproof Matte" Riflescope Market-Leading Lens Quality for Maximum Clarity and Brightness BDC Reticle Allows You to Hold On Targets at Extreme Ranges A Limited Lifetime Warranty Backs Up Nikon's Reputation for Build Quality View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option "Bushnell Banner Dusk" & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope with 3.3-Inch Eye Relief, 3-9X 40mm Perfect for Mixed Terrain and Medium to Large Game Hunting Excellent Value for Money From a Cassic American Company Features Bushnell's Patented Dusk & Dawn Brightness Multi-coating View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews CVLIFE "Hunting Rifle Scope" 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount Illuminated Reticle With the Choice of Red or Green Unbeatable Value for the Money, Especially for an Illuminated Scope Very High Magnification Range for Long-Range and Small Targets View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Leupold VX-1 3-9x50 Rifle Scope, Duplex Reticle, Matte Black All Leupold Scopes Come With a Lifetime Warranty Most Versatile Design and Magnification Range Available Best Build Quality and Brightness Anywhere Near This Price Range View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews How Accurate is a .243 Winchester? Like all cartridges in the 6mm neighborhood, the .243 is inherently accurate. It is very popular among the long-distance target shooting crowd. Incredible accuracy, if not kill-shots, can be achieved right out to 1000 yards. Of course, accuracy depends on a lot more than the caliber used. Different loadings, both factory and reloaded, use different bullet weights and different powder loads. Source Quality factory ammo or finely tuned reloads help a lot, but the most crucial determinant of accuracy is the barrel. Fortunately, due to its popularity in long-range target shooting, plenty of top-notch barrel options are available from practically every recreational firearm manufacturer. Each barrel, even of the same model, will have its own harmonics. You will need to experiment with factory loads or reloading to get the most accuracy out of your rifle. When testing, remember that the first shot of a five-shot group will often be a flyer as the cold barrel will shoot differently than the later shots. Aspects to Consider Before Buying .243 Scope One major consideration in selecting a scope is finding the correct magnification range for your needs. The major determining factor here is the environment you expect to be hunting in. A brush gun for use in the thick woods of the Pacific Northwest where shots rarely surpass 150 yards, for example, is best served with a low-power scope, such as the 1-4x . If you live on the prairies and expect to be shooting at coyotes or pronghorn at 350 yards away or more, you need 9x and higher. If you shoot in a moderately wooded environment, something like a 5-9x will serve you well. Light absorption and clarity are the two other main selling points in scopes. Light absorption is determined by the diameter of the objective lens. Forty millimeters is ample for most applications. Clarity is determined by the quality of the lenses and lens coatings used in manufacture. Build quality is crucial for allowing your scope to withstand recoil and other abuse and still hold zero. A lifetime warranty is an excellent indication of solid build quality. Most crucial design features come standard, such as capped turrets and parallax correction. Quick Take - The Best .243 Scopes These are our top 3 recommendations: Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm) Vortex Optics Razor Riflescopes Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm​ Review of the Best .243 Scopes There are thousands of scopes on the market and the specifications of each can be hard for the new shooter to decipher. Pairing the ideal scope to a given rifle can also seem like an impossible challenge. Fear not, below is our list of the best scopes for a .243 rifle . Best Overall: ​ Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm) CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Designed to Exhibit the Maximum in Brightness and Clarity Mil-Hash Marked Reticle Allows You to Adjust Your Shot for All Conditions Outstanding Magnification Range for Long-Range Precision on Small Targets Robust Construction and Materials Supported By a "Limited Lifetime Warranty" Cons Will Not Mount on Low Scope Rings Bushnell is a household name in the optics world, and not without reason. In shooting, tactical applications and varmint applications enjoy a huge amount of overlap in suitable equipment. Long-range varmint hunting is probably the most demanding activity to which you can subject your rifle and scope combo, and this Bushnell Elite Tactical is ideal for the job. The 6-24x magnification means that you will be able to pick which of the gopher's whiskers to blow off at well over 400m. The ultra-wide 50mm objective lens admits an extremely high amount of light, making this scope ideal for those perfect hunting conditions around dawn and dusk . Bushnell has designed this scope with a designated marksman-rated, first focal plane, reticle mil-hash marked for windage correction, ranging, and holdover. One necessity for the best long-range accuracy is parallax adjustment and the Elite Tactical has this in a very fine, 0.1 mil-click, value side focus knob. The build quality of this scope is excellent. It features a single-piece, argon-purged tube with a three-inch sunshade. The lens coatings are also top-notch, ultra-wide for brightness in low light conditions and including a special Rainguard HD coating for adverse weather conditions. Bottom Line Bushnell has a solid reputation. The warranty, reticle, magnification range, and brightness are the top reasons that this is the best overall .243 scope. Runner-up: ​ Vortex Optics Razor HD LH Second Focal Plane Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Lightweight Popular MOA Reticle Industry-Leading Unconditional, "Unlimited Lifetime Warranty" "Excellent Build Quality" for the Price, Especially the Lenses and Coatings Choice of Magnification Ranges to Suit Your Shooting Environment and Target Size Cons Scope Ring Selection Will Depend on Your Choice of Objective Lens Diameter Vortex is shaking up their image as a newcomer and underdog in rifle optics. The main selling point of the Razor HD LH is the excellent lens technology and coatings used while keeping the price and weight down. Vortex definitely punches above its weight with extra-low dispersion, high-density glass. They employ a whole slew of advanced lens coatings to keep the sight picture bright and clear, edge to edge, in any conditions. The eye box is very forgiving, allowing a full sight picture to be acquired from a relatively wide range of eye placement. There are no big surprises or gimmicks with this scope, just great attention to detail. The build quality is everything you would expect, backed up by an unconditional, unlimited lifetime warranty. The body is a single-piece, hard anodized tube, which is argon-purged and sealed with strong O-rings to prevent fogging. This scope comes with a popular MOA reticle. Bottom Line Vortex is a rising star in the riflescope field. This is especially due to their focus on top-notch lens quality and coatings. Vortex gives you plenty of magnification range options, although we recommend the 3-15x42 for the utmost in versatility and long-range accuracy. The build quality and design features will not disappoint. The exceptional warranty means that you can buy a Vortex with total peace of mind. Best Nikon .243 Scope: ​ Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Outstanding Value for the Money BDC Reticle Takes the Guesswork Out of Long-Range Shots Lenses and Coatings are of Nikon's World-Leading Standards Nikon's No-Fault Policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty Back Up Industry-Leading Build Quality Cons The Focus is Pre-Set and Non-Adjustable The Short Tube Length Complicates Mounting Options for Some Rifles Nikon is a giant in the optics industry, not just for rifle scopes but in most other consumer and professional applications as well. The Buckmaster II is designed specifically for mid-range deer hunting, though of course, it does provide great versatility. With a 3-9x magnification range, this scope can reach out far without making it difficult to pick up a target at close range. For most shooters, this is a great compromise that will take care of almost any task you throw at it. The Buckmaster II is another scope with no frills or needless gimmicks, just top-quality glass and coatings from one of the world's most reputable manufacturers. The eye relief is generous, keeping the scope from getting hung up on hats or shooting glasses. The BDC reticle includes aim points for various ranges, allowing you to hold dead-on targeting at extreme ranges. Bottom Line The main selling points of this scope are Nikon's reputation for optics, the warranty, and the BDC reticle. Shooters appreciate the positive action on the turrets. This is an excellent no-nonsense deer-hunting scope trusted by legions of hunters. It is definitely one of the best scopes on the market at this price point. Best Scope for .243 Savage: ​ Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Extremely Versatile Provides a Quality Scope for an Incredible Price Designed for Hunting Mid-Sized Game in the Most Common Conditions Designed Specifically to Provide Brightness at Dusk and Dawn, the Best Times for Hunting Cons Relatively Short Eye Relief, But Not a Critical Problem for the Low-Recoil .243 Savage is known for producing ridiculously accurate rifles for incredibly low prices. If you want to take 1000-yard shots but don't want to spend a lot of money, a Savage is the rifle for you. Bushnell and Savage belong to the same company and focus on a similar target market, so it makes sense to keep it all in the family. Bushnell is a very popular American scope maker. This scope is a stiff competitor for the Nikon. Optimized for larger game, like the Nikon, it features a great mid-range, all-purpose magnification range at 3-9x and a wide 40m objective lens for optimum light absorption and brightness. The reticle is a no-nonsense Bushnell Multi-X giving you an uncluttered sight picture. Lens quality and construction quality are nothing to scoff at. The scope features a one-piece, nitrogen-filled tube, and multi-coated optics. Bottom Line The perfect scope depends on your desired purpose and usual shooting conditions. If you are shooting a Savage, it means you value long-range accuracy at a low price. This scope definitely provides the latter, while offering great versatility with a focus on the most typical hunting scenarios. Given the short eye relief, you wouldn't mount this on a Magnum rifle, but it is perfect for a .243. Best Scope for .243 Win: ​ CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 With Free Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Amazing Price Standard Eye Relief Includes Weaver Scope Mount and Mounting Wrench 6-24x Magnification for Long-Range Varmint Hunting or Target Shooting Reticle Illumination Comes With Five Brightness Settings in Either Red or Green Cons Imported No Warranty CVLIFE is Too New in the Market to Have Any Reputation The .243 caliber was originally developed by Winchester in the 50s, making the caliber and rifle a classic pair. Let's say grandpa's venerable old Winchester Model 70 been handed down to you and you want to upgrade from irons to a scope without dropping a lot of cash. Not only is the CVLife a jaw-dropping deal for a pretty sold scope, but it's also even illuminated. You get five levels of brightness in both the red and green illumination options. CVLIFE may be an absolute newcomer to the rifle scope game, but it is gaining traction fast. Shooters appreciate the outstanding value for money. With 6-24x magnification, this is definitely a scope for long-range varmint shooting in open country. The 50mm objective lens will allow for optimum brightness. Luckily, CVLIFE saves you the trouble of finding an appropriate scope mount by including one with the scope. Bottom Line If you want to experiment with a long-range illuminated scope to brin ​ ​ g an old Winchester back to life for little money, this is it. CVLIFE may be an unknown entity, but so far shooter feedback has been exceptional. As a little added bonus, CVLIFE ships this scope with a nice package of added extras including the scope mount, mounting wrench, lens cover, and a cleaning cloth. Best Leupold Scope for .243: ​ Leupold VX-1 3- "9x50 Rifle Scope" , Duplex Reticle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Long Eye Relief Tactile Magnification Adjustment Scopes Don't Get Any More Versatile Than This 50mm Objective Lens Ensures Brightness and Clarity in Low-Light Conditions Leupold Has an Industry-Leading Reputation for Quality and a Warranty to Match Cons No Parallax Adjustment Few scope makers enjoy the reputation of America's own Leupold. Nothing inspires confidence and peace of mind in the field like that famous gold ring. This scope is perhaps the ideal all-rounder for average shooting conditions and mixed terrain. With a mid-range 3-9x magnification range, you may not be choosing which toenail to shoot off a gopher at a 1000-yards, but it will handle almost any realistic task. This is especially true given the extra-wide 50mm objective lens which gives you the greatest possible brightness. You will be thankful for this in those perfect hunting conditions around dusk and dawn . Of course, with Leupold, the build quality and turret operation are precise and beyond reproach. The company is known to offer longer than average eye relief, although this is probably not crucial on a .243. Nevertheless, you can be sure that this scope will stand up to abuse and hold zero as well as any. Leupold's duplex reticle is a classic uncluttered design, aiding in quick target acquisition. Bottom Line Buy once, cry once is a good rule to live by. With this Leupold, you may not even shed a tear given its great price point. The greatest advantage of this scope is its versatility. It can handle pretty much any realistic shooting task you throw at it. There is a good chance that it will out-live any rifle you mount it on. Types of .243 Scopes The types of scopes practical for a .243 rifle are divided into categories based on their practical range. No one in their right mind would put a scope on their rifle that arbitrarily limits its range. Rather, the range is determined by the terrain you expect to be shooting in. If you are shooting very small game you may opt to raise the magnification range a bit. If your shooting environment is mostly obstructed by thick brush, you will be putting together a brush gun, and probably don't need a scope with a magnification range greater than 1-4x. Most .243 shooters are probably looking at shooting a variety of small to mid-sized game in a terrain of mixed brush and open field. This is where scopes in the range of 3-9x magnification come in. These serve as your classic all-rounders. The .243 is also an outstanding long-range target and varmint round. If you plan to shoot out past 400 yards, particularly at small targets like rodents, consider something like a 4-16x or 6-24x. In wide open spaces, you'll probably never be able to sneak up to within a few hundred yards of any game, so the high base-level magnification won't be a problem. Conclusion The .243 is an excellent all-around cartridge for everything except large game. It is also a classic long-range target caliber. The right scope for you depends on your shooting environment and intended target. Whatever your shooting style and budget, there is a scope on the list above for you.

Survival Gear Review: Personal Solar Light (PSL)

Survival Gear Review: Personal Solar Light (PSL)

There is a reason that the term “Going Dark” contains ominous overtones no matter how it’s applied. But the worst is when it is literal. A majority of the human brain is dedicated to the eyes and the hands with the remaining tiny portion covering all the rest of the senses and those functions necessary for life and decoding its challenges. And in case it wasn’t obvious, eyes need light to function. So light must be a key ingredient in all aspects of your survival kit and survival plan. And everyday life for that matter. Quick Navigation Light The Way Covering the Bases A Light Light Light The Way I’m n o stranger to the spectrum of survival lighting, and offered up solutions from large tool-battery lighting to tiny keyfob lights . From high end flashlights , to the nuances of gun lights . So I was especially happy to get a chance to the PSL or Personal Solar Light for a ride. A major player in the lightweight expandable solar-powered area lighting solution has been something called the Luci Light. It was an inflatable cylinder that offered a mildly bright LED lantern for general camp situations and inner tent lighting. While the Luci Light has many drawbacks, its first-on-the-scene popularity made it the Kleenex of its inflatable lighting space. But being popular certainly doesn’t make it the best. As the only game in town for a while, the Luci Light was impressive, but now that the particular space the Luci Light popularized is getting crowded, we can ask for more. And more has certainly showed up in the form of the PSL or "Personal Solar Light" . Covering the Bases By crossing a flashlight and an area lighting lantern, the Personal Solar Light provides a single solution for many situations. Years ago Black Diamond addressed the combination of diffuse and point light sources with its products reviewed here. But looking back, that was just a combination solutions where a directional flashlight was bolted onto an area light lantern. Compared to the PSL, the downfalls of the Black Diamonds were that the BDs took batteries, were of larger form factor, no solar options, no in-house recharging option, and they sink if you drop them in the water as if that even matters since they were only slightly water resistant to begin with. Also Read: Compact Flashlight Comparison Further survival lighting solutions addressed the Milwaukee Tool Lights and their high-capacity albeit heavy batteries and worksite durability . By leveraging powerful rechargeable tool batteries, there is much to be gained if your budget for weight and price is within Milwaukee specs. And while it would be nice to have the 861 lumens of a white gas Coleman lantern at your fingertips, the cost of liquid fuel, pressurized steel tank, and dangerously hot glowing mantels is just not worth it anymore. The 107 lumens of the PSL area lighting is plenty for a localized span of geography about the size of a picnic table. By pointing the bottom of the light forward, the entire front-end power of the LED generates a smoothly lit undiffused circle of light that is plenty bright enough to jog through the woods with reasonable confidence. And that same circle scales with the size of the accordion diffusion shade. When compressed, the circle of light is about twice as big as the distance from what it’s shining on. With the shade extended, the ratio is about 1:1 meaning the diameter of the circle of light is about the same size as the distance from the illuminated surface. A Light Light At only 4.2 ounces, the Personal Solar Light provides four modes of lighting, three of different intensities of steady output, and one of a bright SOS signaling. The big red button on the side of the PSL toggles from off through the three light descending light volumes and back off. If the button is held down for three seconds, the SOS mode kicks in blinking out the three-short, three-long, three-short distress signal. Holding the button down in the SOS mode stops the blinking signal and lands on the brightest output. Related: SureFire G2 Review A few hours of sunlight can be stored in the 2000 mAh battery housing up to 30 hours of lighting runtime. It turns out the PSL battery is about the same capacity as the battery in the iPhone 7. In other words, this is a serious battery in a serious light. And also like the iPhone, you can charge the PSL with a cable and USB port. The included charging cable has a small circular pin connector rather than the industry-standard microUSB connector. So again like the iPhone, you will need the specific charging cable if you want to pump electrons into your PSL battery from the grid, an auto battery or a cell phone backup battery. But quite unlike the iPhone, the PSL costs less than $30. Also Read: Tips To Fly With A Handgun The onboard solar panel is about four square inches (2” x 2”) and resides on the top of the PSL under the removable strap. So a natural gravity fed hanging by the strap places the solar panel in a good to great position to absorb as much sunlight as possible. The PSL Personal Solar Light floats, is solar powered, and can be hardwire recharged but best of all the PSL provides a very clean, white light both over a 360 degree area and a short throw spot option firing out unobstructed from the bottom of the light. The single super bright LED creates a uniform, shadow-free flow of photons that is ultimately dependent only on the energy of the same powerplant that keeps our earth alive…the sun. Having an efficient solar charging system and large battery built into the bombproof PSL unit is what secures this performer’s place on the bug out lighting list. 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These Are The 7 Best Foregrips For 2019 [Vertical & Angled]

These Are The 7 Best Foregrips For 2019 [Vertical & Angled]

For owners of AR-15 framed firearms in the United States, the amount of modifications and accessories on the market is nearly endless. You can find just about any add-ons you desire, including things like lasers, flashlights, bipods, bayonets, and scopes . And just in case you really mean business… there are even a few chainsaws mods out there as well! For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on a very useful attachment for just about any frame. That’s right, I’m talking about the foregrip. For those unfamiliar with this piece of equipment or looking to learn more about their equipment, we will start with a bit of general information and work our way into the best ones that I have had the pleasure of using. Table of Contents 1 What is an AR-15 Foregrip? 2 What Does It Do? 3 Vertical Grips 4 Horizontal or Angled Grips 5 Special Grips 6 Parting Shots What is an AR-15 Foregrip? When firing an AR-15, most shooters simply cup or grasp the handguard along the bottom of the barrel. And while that style of shooting works fine, you can greatly improve your accuracy and stability with a foregrip. Foregrips can enhance the marksman’s overall experience. The term foregrip actually describes a broad range of attachments, each that offer their own pros and cons. However, at the core of it, all foregrips share a common purpose and general concept. They are a place other than the frame to place your steadying hand and offer better, more centralized control. What Does It Do? As I mentioned, foregrips are designed to help with control, specifically recoil control. It’s important to note that ARs that fire a .223 or 5.56 don’t have much of a kick, and most range shooting is done with time to reset before sending a second shot. Having said this, when they are used in burst or full-auto, the added stability of a solid foregrip allows for more accurate placement of groups. This is achieved through its very design. When using your hand to clasp the bottom of the handguard you only have control of your grip in two directions. Whereas with a foregrip, you get full control of horizontal as well as vertical stabilization. It should be said that foregrips can also be used as a makeshift bipod by pressing it against a wall or barricade to further snug the rifle. Later in this article, I am going to discuss several subtypes of foregrip, namely the vertical, horizontal, and finally, special . Arguably these are similar enough in function to list them together, but I feel that each is unique enough to deserve their own section, as well. And to give you a quick run-down: Grips in a vertical position are fairly common and consist of a peg sticking straight down off the bottom of the frame, thus earning it the nickname “broomstick” in military service all around the world. Horizontal grips run more parallel to the barrel but still add substantial control and comfort. Lastly, special grips are a group that is home to some extreme examples of ingenuity to further the quest for complete recoil control and come in far too many forms to give a general description. Vertical Grips 1. Daniel Defense Vertical Foregrip This is the epitome of a vertical grip, made of durable polymer and available in different colors, and is compatible with M-LOK or Keymod . Elegantly designed with rounded edges to fit comfortably in the hand, this grip will feel natural to all but the largest shooters. Measuring 3.25 inches tall and 2 inches wide it provides maximum grip while presenting a sleek profile. The grip juts out perpendicular to the barrel allowing for a firm hold and more pressure on the shoulder. Pictured below is a variant of the broomstick grip, much like a ¾ grip where the handguard is held, using the grip for rearward force only. This particular way of holding the AR offers some unique recoil control. Using a grip in this way increases the pressure on the shoulder, which makes reacquiring the desired sight alignment much easier. Also, it improves the position of the support arm, lowering stress on the wrist when compared to just the handguard. 2. Magpul M-LOK MVG Magpul’s first entry on this list is very similar to the previous but is noticeably more rounded. Made of polymer and available in many colors , this grip mounts directly to the rifle’s rail. The location of the grip determines how the rifle can be held. As shown you are restricted to a fist like a grip. However, the position of any grip is only limited by the amount of space your handguard has. Another thing I noticed about the MVG is that the M-LOK setup seemed to be beefier while costing considerably less. Anyone that chooses to use this older style grip must pay close attention to how you are pulling back making sure that the force is straight into the shoulder, failure to do so can result in sloppy shot placement. Personally, I enjoy using a vertical foregrip, but I tend to stay away from the old school broomstick style. Both of the above grips are excellent for those long days at the range if a sling or stand isn’t available as they help with weight distribution, and make it easier to carry the rifle while supporting it with both hands. Horizontal or Angled Grips The next sub-category of foregrip I am going to discuss is the horizontal grip, also called an angled grip. Designed to fill the same roll, these grips are elongated and flatter while still offering similar results as the vertical grips. 3. Magpul Angled Fore Grip (AFG) The second showing for Magpul is the AFG, a polymer grip that offers an amazing hold on the firearm. Mimicking a more traditional handguard hold, the subtle angle straightens the wrist. Without as much bend in the wrist, the shock of recoil is absorbed with more ease, reducing impact. Those that use a thumb-over-bore hold will enjoy the addition of the AFG to their AR . It can also serve as a reference point when drawing as it cups effortlessly into the hand. Pulling straight back on the grip will also increase the pressure at the shoulder , improving recoil control for quick and accurate follow-ups. The grip can also be jammed into a hard spot to give even more stabilization for rapid re-firing. A great value, this grip is available in several styles and up to five unique colors. 4. Strike Industries LINK Curved Foregrip This grip from Strike Industries is perfect for those who prefer more traditional hand placement . The design of the bumpers is such that the hand is cupped snugly for applying pressure back to the stock or pushed forward onto a brace. A notched texture along the length of the grip improves grip. Strike Industries has a reputation for innovation and this grip lives up to the brands legacy. Built with the integrated LINK system, this accessory is ready to mount to Keymod and M-LOK setups. Being crafted from coated aluminum makes the SI LINK extremely durable and ultra-lightweight. Special Grips These grips are truly pushing the envelope of what a foregrip can be, while still providing top shelf performance. 5. Ryker Grip This mind-blowing design from Ryker takes a completely new approach to the idea of a foregrip. After many years of research and studying body positions while moving and firing a rifle, this is what they came up with. This completely unique grip had even the most open-minded shooters confused until they gave it a shot. Several of the workers at Ryker have proud military backgrounds and have gone so far as to test products with active duty service people and received feedback directly from those who know best. Recently NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association) praised this grip despite its unmistakable appearance, even some professional marksmen are coming around to this gem. At its core, this is a grip which snugly fits the hand and mounts to the side of the barrel. Like holding a ball, the thumb points up and the palm faces the rifle. When I had the opportunity to test this grip I was surprised by how much less bending of the wrist there was. Steering the AR is a breeze with this grip, allowing for quick acquisition of secondary targets with speed and precision . Made from polymer like so many others on this list, it is just as tough as the rest. The only real downside to this design is that it must be mounted to a Picatinny rail on the side of the handguard, limiting the uses of this modification. However, it is reversible so those of us that are left-handed aren’t left empty-handed. 6. Mid-Evil Industries 360 VFG Mid-Evil Industries must be living some distance in the future because the 360 VFG is straight from the world of science fiction! It mounts to your AR like any other grip, but that is where the similarities end. Twist the bottom section of the grip and suddenly the top will freely rotate. While loose, the grip can be pushed out, pulled back, or put out to the side. Pivoting on a ball located near the anchors you can customize the position and angle to fit your exact needs. Once it is in the sweet spot, tighten the grip and it will maintain that position. Measuring in at 3 7/8 inches long and weighing only 5.2 ounces , this aluminum grip will last for years of use. A handy storage spot for batteries has been included, simply unscrew the end of the grip. Coming in four colors it will match most finishes, and can be fitted for Picatinny, M-LOK, and Keymag. 7. Bravo Company KAG The brainchild of BCM and Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners, this Kinesthetic Angled Grip delivers maximum result while barely even being there. It is said that big things come in small packages, and this grip shows how true that can be. The KAG shows aspects from both vertical and horizontal foregrips while staying distinct. Mounting firmly to the bottom of your AR, this grip provides a natural reference point for your hand. Almost too small to notice upon first glance, once engaged you will immediately notice the comfort and stability the KAG brings to the table. It securely holds the back of your hand in its curved bumper. Furthermore, the slight angle allows the wrist to be in a more natural position that is fairly comfortable. Although it is small, you will get enough of a grip to have good leverage when snugging the butt of the rifle. When shooting with a traditional grip or with thumb-over, the KAG offers substantial support! You can get this grip in one of its many, many shades of black. Unfortunately, that is the only color available for now. Parting Shots There are many amazing choices of foregrips on the market that can be mounted to your AR-15. It should be noted that a lot of these modifications came from the needs of service people, the type of people that are toting their equipment for extended amounts of time, people who carry them on patrol, and people who rely on their equipment to do a job and get home safe. Foregrips were not created for the purpose of looking cool or being macho. Instead, it is an accessory constructed with a mission! In the end, it is your own personal needs and likes that determine which grip will work best for you. The only way to know for certain is to try several different styles in person. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to use all of the products on this list. And what’s better is I have found them all to be superb. I am certain that with a bit of testing different foregrips that you too will find your perfect fit. And remember, once you have that grip that you should train with it regularly. This will help you maintain safe shooting practices and to get the most from your equipment. 5/5 (1 Review) Alex Joseph Alex Joseph is an avid bow hunter and father of two boys. Originally from Tacoma, Washington. Alex now resides in California. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

SWFAs New 1-4x Variable

SWFA recently introduced their new and improved 1-4×24 SS Classic variable. While the market is FLOODED with variables, this optic caught my eye for a number of reasons: It has a multiple methods of target range estimation built into the reticle The center diamond is calibrated for a 200 yard zero with a variety of common 5.56 and 7.62 loads Having MILs instead of a BDC tailored to a specific loading will give the optic more versatility Target ranging can be based on height of the target or width. Pretty ingenious. What has me saying “geez why did no one think of this before” is that the optic uses the diamond as a quick BDC for 0-300 yards, and is subtended in MILS from there on out. Inside of 300 yards, many of the .308 and 5.56 loadings just don’t rise or fall enough to make you miss a man sized target with a 200 yard zero. Past 300 yards, the variety of loads put through a rifle really begin to show differences with regards to velocity and bullet drop, etc. Having a MIL reticle will allow you to map out the drop value for any number of loadings you may push through your rifle. The center diamond is a sweet spot for 5.56 and 7.62 loadings. In summary, I like this entry into the market. Its 14oz (very typical weight) and otherwise looks none too special, but it’s the well thought out reticle that grabs my eye. Unfortunately, I am not in the market for a 1-4x variable at the moment, but it may suit your needs well. Click here to check it out. Here is to hoping it gets favorable reviews and has a satisfactory build quality. Price runs at $299 as an introductory special. Specifications: Exit Pupil: 6 – 10.5mm Field of View @ 100yds: 7.21 – 34.78 Eye Relief (in): 5.0 – 3.1 Diopter Compensation: -2 ~ +1 dpr Click Adjustment Value: 0.1 MRAD Adjustment Per Revoultion: 5 Mils Total Elevation Adjustment: 55 Mils Total Windage Adjustment 55 Mils Type of Reticle: Illuminated Mil-Quad DM Focal Plane: 2nd Coating: Fully Multi Coated Waterproof: Yes Fogproof: Yes Shockproof: Yes Weight: 14.1 oz Length: 10.2″ Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

The Navys Mk 22 Hush Puppy Pistol

So you are a Navy SEAL crawling around deep in the enemy’s back yard. You are vastly outnumbered which means your primary weapon is stealth. You are a shadow—you have to be if you expect to get out of this alive. The thing is, the enemy’s camp has dogs that are bound to bark. What do you do to keep hidden? What was the Hushpuppy? Today the US Navy’s 2000+ Special Warfare operators , commonly referred to as SEALs for their mastery of SEa, Air-and Land insertion and extraction techniques, are well-known. In the 1960s, however the concept was brand new and just a few hundred men formed two small teams of frogme n. The majority of these divers, trained to fight in small groups, were forward deployed in a nice slice of green hell and brown water known as Vietnam . Operating in an intensive and unforgiving environment, these early Seals were always on the lookout for non-standard firearms to help give them an edge. Besides the myriad of standard-issue military weapons in Uncle Sam’s deep closets, the Seals used Swedish K-guns , commercial shotguns, and non-standard pistols . Among these was the Smith and Wesson M39 , a 9mm handgun. Originally bought as a commercial off the shelf design this compact semi-auto pistol was coupled to an effective detachable suppressor and dubbed the Mk 22. Since its use was in taking out sentries and the occasional yapping stray dog, it was commonly referred to as the Hush Puppy. Read more – Guns.com ( Featured image courtesy of guns.com )

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AK’s are new to me. I enjoy the AK platform as a grab and go truck gun, as the low cost of ammo is a welcome change compared to the lengthy reloading process that I use to get 5. 56.