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  • January 19, 2014

    New Tactical Scopes: Burris XTR 2 Series -0


    The XTR 2 Series is Burris' latest push into the tactical scope market. This series of scopes has a wide range of magnification options, from 1-5 to 8-40, and includes a ton of features. The scope in the video is a first focal plan mil scope, but it utilizes a donut-shaped reticle feature on the second focal plane. This reticle doesn't change sizes as you zoom up or down in magnification. The scope also includes an offset mount and a red dot sight. 

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  • January 14, 2014

    New Rifle and Scope Combo: Howa Model 1500 Walnut and Zeiss Terra-0


    Not every bargain is cheap. These days, it seems like all the big gun makers have a sub-$500 bolt action that is crazy accurate, reliable enough, eminently useful — but screams CHEAP!

    Typically, it’s a rough fit and finish and chinsey plastic stock that are doing all that screaming. But you get none of that here. Instead, you get a handsome walnut stock, pretty darn good fit and finish, and the same barrel and action that comes on a Howa Hogue or Weatherby Vanguard Series 2, both good, accurate guns. You also get a 3-9X42 Zeiss Terra 3X scope, plus rings and a one-piece base.

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  • February 12, 2013

    Pulsar N550: Anatomy of a Digital Riflescope -1


    Born from technology developed by the military in the old Eastern Bloc, the Pulsar electronic riflescope is at the leading edge of the marriage of digital imaging with traditional optics. The sight, made in Belarus, is becoming increasingly popular among hog hunters and varmint shooters in states that permit night-vision equipment to be used to hunt non-game species. Among its attributes:

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  • July 9, 2012

    Leupold VX-6 Multigun: A Scope for the Field or 3-Gun Course-0


    Leupold’s new VX-6 Multigun 1-6x24mm riflescope, featuring the company’s illuminated FireDot Special Purpose Reticle, was built to the demands of 3-gun shooting. But it can also do the job afield hunting, and may be just the thing for the hunter who wants to try 3-gun but, like many of us, can’t afford a separate optic.

With a powerful 6:1 zoom ratio, the VX-6 Multigun delivers the speed of a zero-magnification red dot at its lowest power setting.

    Leupold’s FireDot Reticle is designed for instinctive, close-range/low-magnification situations, yet allows shooters to engage longer-range targets as well. The illuminated center aiming point attracts the eye naturally and makes target acquisition quick and easy.  It has a one-button, low-profile design that offers a choice of 12 different reticle brightness settings.  Proprietary Motion Sensor Technology automatically deactivates illumination after five minutes of inactivity, but reactivates immediately when any movement is detected. 

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  • May 11, 2012

    Field Test: Plano AW Gun Case Offers Supreme Protection-0


    My Plano AW Gun Case went through a field test in the unlikeliest of places: the airport.

    I watched as the case poked its nose out onto the baggage carousel, came down the conveyor line and immediately got hung up on the very tight corner. With 30 people between me and the case, I couldn’t get there before a suitcase gave it a bump — my gun case slid off the line, dropped a foot and a half and slammed hard onto the floor.

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  • February 16, 2012

    Vortex's New Razor Red Dot Reflex-Style Sight-0


    The new Vortex Razor Red Dot is a reflex-style sight, with a daylight bright red dot that’s easy to find and paint targets with no matter the lighting conditions or background. The Razor Red Dot is at home on a pistol or on an AR-style rifle or a shotgun, where it can also function as an offset-mounted sight alongside your primary magnified optic.

    The highly polished glass is clear and crisp from edge-to-edge, and offers a wide field of view.  Lenses have multiple premium coatings including ArmorTek, an ultra-hard scratch-resistant coating. The sight is parallax free with unlimited eye relief. The On/Off and dot brightness controls are shielded from incidental activation, yet remain easy to access.

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  • February 3, 2012

    Bloomberg Anti-Gun Commercial To Air During Super Bowl-9


    Keep the remote handy during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast because you'll want to mute the volume when Big Nanny himself--New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg--and Boston Mayor Thomas Merino share a couch and lecture unsuspecting football fans about the evils of firearms and, by extension, the dangers posed by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Bloomberg and Menino filmed a 30-second gun-control commercial Tuesday in New York that will air in the Northeast, not nationally, during Sunday’s big game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

    The commercial will show the two mayors sitting on a couch, wearing Giants and Patriots jerseys over their shirts and ties, ribbing each other about New York-Boston sports rivalries, pretending to watch the game, before declaring that one thing they agree on is the need for stricter federal gun control laws.

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  • January 30, 2012

    Anti-Gun Protestors Target Starbucks for Upholding the Second Amendment-18


    A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine's Day to eliminate "the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S."

    This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim's Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million gun victims, and is targeting Starbucks because it allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores in 43 states, and concealed and carried in its stores in 49 states.

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  • January 25, 2012

    Trijicon TARS: An Excellent Long-Range Scope-0


    At $3,900 this scope is an investment. The TARS (Tactical Advanced Rifle Scope) has a battery operated illumination system and serious MOA turrets. Internally it has less glass than rival scopes, which increases light transmission and makes it a brighter scope.

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  • January 12, 2012

    Where Do Romney and Santorum Stand on the 2nd Amendment?-6


    Since the 2012 Presidential campaign began the day after Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, we've avoided discussing Republican candidates' views on the Second Amendment here on the Gun Shots blog.

    There were better uses of your time and this space, especially since some candidates -- Herb Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul -- were never more than marginal hopefuls while others, such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, peaked and paled even before the primaries began.

    And there was also this: Whoever gets the GOP nod will be far friendlier to the Second Amendment than the incumbent liberal seeking a second term in the White House -- a second term in which he is expected pursue an anti-gun agenda that has been simmering on the backburner since 2009.

    But, alas -- and finally -- the primary season did begin on Jan. 3 with the Iowa caucuses. If results there prove prognostic, the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination could shape up to be a contest between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (even though Santorum was recently trounced in the New Hampshire primary).

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