Archive for January, 2010

Picking the Right Rifle Scope

January 28, 2010

Most experienced hunters know that they need an excellence rifle scope to improve his hunting skill. Rifle scopes are also used by the military and law enforcement, and from time to time for trap shooting. Scopes are obtainable for crossbows, shotguns and handguns as well as for rifles. Spotting scopes are often used by golfers, hunters, and for birding. The purpose of a rifle scope is to permit the user to see further and more clearly than he would with the unaided eye. The scope magnifies the target and its surroundings. Lower quality rifles can benefit greatly when enhanced by good rifle scopes. Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, and Burris are all manufacturers of excellence scopes. (more…)

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Fake Leupold Rifle Scope

January 24, 2010

A week ago I was speaking with a fellow shooting enthusiast who surprised me with a story about knock off Leupold rifle scopes. It seems that customers were sending their Leupold scopes back to the factory for service and the factory techs were discovering that the scopes were actually very authentic looking counterfeits.

The majority of the fake rifle scopes located so far are mostly knock offs of the popular and expensive Mark 4 series, and is one of Leupold’s top sellers in the law enforcement and military markets. Since the Mark 4 series is a high end product it makes sense for the counterfeiters to produce the fake scopes and then offer them to the shooting market place at a lower than normal price. When the buyer recognizes the quality of the Leupold rifle scope brand and sees a bargain price a quick sale occurs. Leupold has investigators who have traced the fakes back to China. They have determined that most of the sales of these knock off rifle scopes begin on the internet. Additionally, it is believed that these scopes are making their way into the U.S. secondary market through unauthorized Leupold riflescope dealers, grey market and surplus goods  shipped via Europe and Canada into the United States. (more…)

Leupold Rifle Scopes

January 21, 2010

The Leupold rifle scope is clearly a great invention, and like the majority inventions it was born out of need. Most huge inventions evolve from somebody finding a need for something and figuring out how to make it work. The development of the rifle scope began when people started attaching telescopes to rifles to make the most of viewing capabilities. This idea was of course very crude and did not provide the desired outcomes. The first demonstrable use of a telescopic sight on a pistol dates back to 1834,but attempts to create a workable rifle scope were unsuccessful until 1880 when August Fielder managed to build the first telescopic sight that really actually worked. This was the predecessor of all modern day rifle scopes. In 1907 a German immigrant named Fred Leupold set up a small shop in Portland Oregon repairing survey equipment. Several years later when he met inventor John Stevens, the amazing company named Leupold and Stevens was born and still exists today. It was around 1930 after a failed hunting trip, that they began making his first Leupold rifle scopes. The small company survived World War I and the great depression but it was the Second World War that changed the company forever. Working with the US Army and Navy, the engineers at Leupold learned the secrets of waterproofing and durable construction that would change the world of optics forever. The engineers learned that by introducing nitrogen gases within the scope that the optics would remain clear, waterproof and fogproof… for a lifetime. (more…)

Bushnell Rifle Scopes

January 18, 2010

For about 50 years, the Bushnell Company has supplied hunters and shooters with a range of rifle scopes that are durable, precise and of very high quality. Bushnell rifle scopes are all covered with a warranty, even though there is very little chance that one of these waterproof, shockproof and fog-proof scopes would malfunction.

Now you do not have to be anxious about building up a layer of water vapor on your scope lens because Bushnell rifle scopes all come with a special coating on the lens. This coating allows for the beads of water to scatter in to minute droplets. Condensation on your lens or eyepiece results in the image being distorted. You also do not have to worry about breaking your Bushnell rifle scope because they are made from an aluminium alloy that is very strong. The inside of the scope is protected from outside factors because it is sealed. These scopes also do not rust easily. The manufacturers have ensured that these scopes are free from moisture by filling the inside with dry nitrogen. (more…)

Nikon Rifle Scopes

January 15, 2010

Here’s a feature over-view of rifle scopes offered by Nikon both for first time shooters as well as for avid professional hunters.

About Nikon Rifle Scopes

To purchase a product that promises quality in terms of make and usage, Nikon is a brand you can’t disregard. With technology pointing the way and a life time warranty that sets aside all fears related to purchasing a product, you may be guaranteed the best in a Nikon rifle scope. The company has a broad selection of rifle scopes in its inventory, some of which are the sovereign series, Buckmasters, Omega, and SlugHunter, ProStaff and Team Realtree scopes. These scopes come covered with Ultra Clear Coat which supplies anti-reflection features. This knocks out the need for tools to do the same thereby saving a lot of effort and time.

The Titanium series is provided with clearness and the power to tolerate rough conditions which make it excellent for big game hunting. A 44mm lens, which is adjustable, serves as a vital accessory for foggy days and low lit conditions. With no glare features and a scratch resistant matte finish, you can be sure that this is a scope to go with. The Nikon Buckmaster rifle scope series also share a few of these features and are waterproof and fog explanation.

The Nikon Monarch rifle scope series offers an African model. Equipped with a German reticle and a single tube make, you’ll be delighted on each hunting expedition.

The newly introduced Nikon Omega rifle scope is the tamer version of its source, the 3-9x forty muzzleloader scopes. This scope promises to be as impressive and spotless as the first as it contains almost all features that come with the first piece. It contains the BDC 250 Reticle, which can be adjusted for muzzleloader shots; it easily delivers what it promises.

With rifle scopes that fit each budget and liking, Nikon rifle scopes strives to introduce new pieces that fulfill varied desires and are moderately priced, in order to not be too steep or unaffordable.

For Self-Defense Look at the 9mm Versus .380 ACP

January 14, 2010
 
 

The .380 also know as 9mm short is not in the same performance category as the 9mm

The last fifteen years have seen serious changes in the framework within which regular American people obtain and use handguns for personal defense. On the unhelpful side the federal Crime Bill of 1994 limited magazine capacity and put new restrictions on ammunition manufacturers’ freedom to develop high-performance handgun loads. On the helpful side more and more concealed-carry laws are being enacted every year at the state level, with the total of states now allowing some form of legal civilian concealed handgun carry now standing at 47 and more are likely to join that list. The result has been significant change in the comparative market share and availability of various cartridges and handgun formats, with a large increase in the popularity of small, pocket-size autoloading pistols and an attendant incorporation of previous “duty level” cartridges into ever-smaller guns. The market for related firearm accessories and shooting supplies including stocks, grips, scopes, holsters, gun cases, sights, binoculars and cleaning equipment has also shifted.

When it comes to personal-defense carry, most people buy small guns. The single largest category of handguns bought in the US during the last 15 years has been petite, short-barrel, pocket-size protection models-autoloaders and revolvers alike. Overall, compact concealment-size handguns account for more than 70 percent of all current civilian handgun sales, and autoloaders account for approximately 75 percent of that number (according to the most current BATF statistics). In terms of caliber selection the two most popular choices within this main portion of the overall handgun pie are the .380 ACP and the 9mm.

In the present market, compact and pocket-size guns available for the 9mm and the .380 have essentially the same range of available features and performance capabilities-in fact, identical pocket-size 9mm and .380 pistol versions are increasingly available from the same manufacturer. You can choose among single-action, double-action, with the same type of sighting setups and safety-operating mechanisms, and choices of steel, aluminum, or molded-polymer frames for either cartridge. Which means the choice is really between the capabilities of the cartridges, not the guns. There is also a wide selection of firearm accessories like grips, sights and holsters to consider when making a choice. (more…)