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Nikon Introduces New LaserForce Rangefinder Binocular

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Melville, NY (April 19, 2017) – Nikon Sport Optics has officially announced the introduction of its highly anticipated binocular with a built-in 1900-yard laser rangefinder. The new LaserForce rangefinder binocular combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100% backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy. This combination equates to a highly efficient, must-have optic for results-driven hunters and shooters.

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LaserForce features a laser capable of ranging distances from 10-1900 yards* with instantaneous readouts on a crisp OLED display. Distances are displayed in 0.1 yd increments to 100 yards, and 1-yard increments over 100 yards. The OLED display offers a 4-step brightness adjustment, making it easily readable under any light conditions and against various objects.

Featuring Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to compensate for the effects that slope has on trajectory, LaserForce provides hunters and shooters with the compensated range necessary to make the shot, whether uphill, downhill or on level ground.

The 10×42 binocular component of the optic features ED (Extra-low dispersion) Glass. This superior glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes color fringing for high-resolution, contrast-rich images. Additionally, full multilayer-coated lenses and prisms and a reflective mirror coating that is applied on the mirror surface of the roof prism unit reveal pristine images. The long eye relief design, combined with turn-and-slide rubber eyecups facilitate a custom fit for users’ individual viewing needs, with or without eyeglasses.

The overall design of LaserForce was engineered with the specific needs of hunters and shooters traveling the world’s most rugged types of terrain. The rubber armoring conforming to a metal die-cast body provides a highly durable exterior with a grip that is tailored to the texture and shape of the human hand. LaserForce is also completely waterproof/fogproof with a nitrogen-purged body that prevents fogging or molding inside the optical system, even under significant changes in temperature.

With an MSRP of $1,199.95, LaserForce is the single optic solution for serious hunters and shooters who mandate a high-quality binocular to acquire a distant target and a dependable laser to range the exact distance before taking the shot.

www.nikonsportoptics.com

SHOT Show 2017 – EOTech

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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This can be considered a bit of a ‘non-story’ since there’s not a lot of ‘new’ info, but it’s worth bringing up all the same.

For a bit of background, at last year’s SHOT, EOTech focused exclusively on their line of magnified Vudu scopes, and didn’t feature a single one of their HWS (Holographic Weapon Sights) at their booth. This was likely in response to the US Government’s lawsuit against L3 Communications regarding performance issues experienced by the EOTech HWS optics in temperature extremes and high moisture environments, and more importantly L3’s failure to disclose they had prior knowledge of these performance issues to the US Government.

As a result, L3 settled with the Government for about $26 million, and even went so far as to offer refunds to virtually any customers who purchased an EOTech sight. After that, the issue was more or less dealt with, although it did leave a bad taste in many people’s mouths.

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This year, EOTech came out with new branding for the line of HWS optics, including a new logo, and has started reproducing their most popular HWS models: XPS2, 512, 552, etc., in both black and FDE. My immediate question to the rep who talked to me was if there were any changes to the internals of the optics. The answer was somewhat vague, but I was told that the engineers at the company spent the past year or so retooling the optics, with the thermal drift issue being corrected.

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So, the TL;DR of the situation is this: EOTech claims they fixed the issues with their HWS that caused them to get sued by the Government, and now they’re reintroducing their products to the market with new branding.

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We’ll have to wait and see if they hold up this time.

www.eotechinc.com

Umarex USA Partners With TACOMHQ for Axeon Optic Solutions’ Second Zero Product Lin

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

FORT SMITH, Ark. (January 15, 2017)—Umarex USA expands their Axeon Optic Solutions™ product line with a revolutionary new way for shooters to hit their long distance targets. Axeon’s new, patented Second Zero™ optical device will change the way hunters and AR shooters think about taking that 300+ yard shot.

Available in both rail-mounted versions for the MSR market and scope-mounted versions for the traditional hunting market, the Second Zero system allows any scope or optic to have two functional zeros with no manual manipulation of the reticle or red-dot. Utilizing a patented custom prism system, a rifle that is zeroed in at 100 yards can be on target at a second distance when the Second Zero system is engaged—without the need to compensate for bullet drop.

TACOMHQ and its president, longtime and highly respected optic developer, John Baker, have partnered with Umarex USA to bring the Second Zero to hunters and shooters worldwide. In addition to the stock Second Zero product line, TACOMHQ will continue to offer custom versions of the product to meet individual shooters’ needs through the TACOMHQ custom shop.

“We are excited about our partnership with Umarex USA. They have the strength to bring in sales and they’re well equipped in the areas of marketing, consumer understanding and distribution. Their new Axeon product line will debut at SHOT Show 2017 (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show) with the Second Zero system, an affordable and extremely usable tool for all hunters and tactical shooters,” said TACOMHQ President, John Baker.

“Our acquisition of these and other assets assures that Umarex USA’s Axeon Optics brand will be a market leader through innovation,” said Richard Turner III, Umarex USA’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “We have tremendous respect for the innovation and commitment to performance that John and his TACOMHQ team have in developing optical products and we share these same approaches within Umarex.”

www.UmarexUSA.com

Morovision – PVS-15 Sale

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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As the PVS-15 has been replaced by the AN/PVS-31, Morovision has added the former to their “Specials and Closeouts” page. Get the PVS-15 Gen 3 PINNACLE at 35% off while the sale lasts.

morovision.com/shop/mv-pvs-15-gen-3-pinnacle

SHOT Show 2014 – Full Motion Video/Torrey Pines Logic

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Torry Pines Logic’s GPH-GSM Super-HERO Vision Gun Scope Adapter is a gun scope adapter for GoPro HERO 3+ cameras. It features an integral watertight plastic HERO 3 housing and requires no modifications to the original camera to work. The Super-HERO utilizes a “…sophisticated imaging formatting relay lens system and high quality optical prism to sample light from the scope and direct it towards the camera.” This allows the user to record full HD video through their gun scope without compromising the scope itself or its functionality. Great for reviewing target groups, documenting shot environment, or recording general performance.

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SHOT Show 2014 – TrackingPoint

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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TrackingPoint is expanding into the semi-auto realm with the new TrackingPoint 500 Series ARs, announced for 2014. Built upon the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, the TrackingPoint AR utilizes the same Tag Track Xact technology as the bolt-action rifle scopes, but in a smaller frame. This allows for the user to make marked shots on targets traveling up to 10 mph out to 500 yards and utilize 2-12x magnification. Because of the integrated nature of the TrackingPoint system, it will only be available as a complete rifle w/ scope.

The rifles will be offered in offered in 7.62, .300 BLK, and 5.56 calibers. They are currently taking pre-orders. Delivery starts October 2014.

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SHOT Show 2014 – Trijicon

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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1-6×24 VCOG

The 1-6×24 VCOG is a variable zoom optic with a first focal plane illuminated reticle. The housing is made from 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. Powered by a single AA battery, the VCOG is capable of a constant on battery life of 700 hours at setting 4 of 6. An integrated magnification dialing fin makes it easy to switch from 1x to 6x magnification. Tested to MIL-STD-810G; waterproof up to 20 meters.

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Trijicon also revealed they will be offering Cerakote coating as an option for select models of the ACOG, Reflex, and RMR in OD Green, FDE, and Sniper Gray.

Additionally, a representative at the Trijicon booth mentioned the possibility of a limited run of Glock slides in partnership with Zev Technologies, featuring the RMR optic.

www.trijicon.com

CenterPoint Zombie Sniper Riflescopes

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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CenterPoint has released two zombie-themed scopes in their product line: 3-9x40mm and 4x32mm. The 3-9×40 mm features a red/green illuminated mil-dot reticule, while the 4x32mm features a duplex reticule. Both scopes feature finger adjustable windage and elevation dials, splatter-proof lens covers, picatinny mounts, and cleaning cloths.

http://centerpoint.crosman.com/

.300 BLK ACOG – SHOT 2013

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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The Trijicon ACOG 3×30 with 300 AAC Blackout reticle features a battery-free, self-illuminated reticle with a ballistic drop compensator for both supersonic and subsonic rounds. One of its key features is the Bindon Aiming Concept, which allows for both-eyes-open shooting. The reticle utilizes standard 16 inch barrel velocities and is designed to be calibrated with supersonic (115 gr.) ammo using a zero of 100 yards.

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This is an image of the reticle used by the .300 BLK ACOG.

EOTech .300 Sight Zeroing Diagram – SHOT 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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This photo shows the zeroing diagram found on the roof of EOTech’s .300 BLK / Whisper sight.

EOTech New Sights – SHOT 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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EOTech’s newest showings in their line of sights at this year’s SHOT can be seen above. The first is a sight calibrated specifically for use with .300 BLK and .300 whisper. It features a two dot reticle that is set for two different ranges depending on whether subsonic or supersonic ammunition is used. Not shown is the diagram on the roof of the sight detailing this information.

The other sight is the Zombie II. Practically identical to the original EOTech zombie sight, it features the same biohazard reticle, with the largest change being the inclusion of ‘Reaper Z’ camouflage. Other features include 20 brightness settings, a 600 hour run time on a single 123 battery, and attachment to a 1″ weaver rail or 1913 picatinny rail.

Tactical Distributors – 4th Of July Blowout Sale

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Tactical Distributors is having another sale, celebrating the day of independence of the United States of America! The sale runs from today, July 2nd, to midnight July 7th. 20% off everything storewide (excluding EOTech, Aimpoint, and SureFire) with free overnight shipping on all orders $100 and over (excluding oversized orders and most Pelican cases). Just use promo code ‘LIBERTY20’ at checkout.

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TD Memorial Day Sale

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Tactical Distributors is celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a huge sale! 20% off all items in the store (excluding EOTech and Aimpoint) with all orders over $100 getting free overnight shipping (excluding oversized orders and Pelican cases). It starts midnight tonight (EDT) and ends May 28th at midnight. Use promo code ‘HOTDOG20’ at checkout to apply the discount.

Reflex Sights from Rapid Reticle Half Off on WOOT

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

PFI has partnered with WOOT to sell their SOPS-33M Reflex Sight at half MSRP to “get more of [their] scopes into shooters hands”.  The SOPS-22M is an excellent red-dot optic with an established reputation. It’s built to mil-spec standards, will not lose zero (due to its steel drop-drum turrets), features an auto-brightness/off setting so you don’t have to adjust brightness in different conditions, and has two nightvision settings. Check it out.

Here’s the designer talking about it (pay no attention to the music):

“The SOPS-33mm sighting system is the most advanced sight of its kind available. It has the standard light intensity settings (1-8 manual), but this is where it leaves the rest behind with 2-night vision settings to be used with night vision equipment, and a special “Auto” feature that automatically adjusts the intensity to the environment’s ambient light due to the proprietary photo cell. This scope was designed and built to PFI’s rigid specifications and can take a beating that others won’t. The scope comes with two standard low mount 33mm rings, a flash kill filter, flip up caps, covered target turrets, and heavy duty windage and elevation adjustments that will never leave zero. Also available is the PFI-QRR quick release mount that is designed especially for this system for fast mounting and dismounting in the field.”