Review

Bushnell Excursion FLP 15-45x60mm Tactical Spotting Scope

When it comes to spotting scopes with a mildot or other range finding reticle in it, the choices are fairly limited. The benefits of having the spotter with ranging capability as well as having the higher precision of ranging with more magnification are desired and any time a spotting scope comes onto the market with a reticle, we take note with anticipation. The leupold Mark4 has been out for a while now and US Optics also offers a spotting scope with reticle, these are both about $1000 and are good choices. Now Bushnell has entered the market place with their new Excursion FLP 15-45x60mm Tactical spotting scope with mildot reticle… Read more »

Burris Landmark Compact 20X 50mm Spotting Scope

Over the years I have started to really enjoy the products that Burris Optics have been producing. I was looking forward to using this compact spotting scope to see if it would continue my appreciation of their products. These spotting scopes are by no means a high end spotting scope, and do not represent the true high quality optics that Burris makes, if you want to see their best, then you would need to go for a signature series spotting scope, which are truly high quality optics. The purpose of this review was to try one of their lower quality spotting scopes, especially one that might serve a unique role… Read more »

Review

Tactical Precision Systems Rings and Bases

Recently there have been a few new comers to the arena of high quality tactical rings and bases. One of these new commers is Tactical Precision Systems, or TPS for short. TPS makes several styles of rings, out of several different materials. They also make bases that are 0 MOA and 20 MOA cant, out of the same variety of material (Stainless Steel and Alloys). For this review, I received a set of 30mm Alloy TSR “low” rings, and a XP 20 MOA base for a remington short action. The first thing that many people will notice is the price. You can get a set of rings and bases together… Read more »

Review

Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50mm

Mention the name Zeiss and one of the first things people think of is “quality” or “excellent glass”. The Zeiss name has been around for a very long time in the optics industry and it has always been associated with high quality optics. Of course, they have always been expensive as well. The Zeiss Conquest line of sport optics was designed many years ago to be a more affordable line of optics tailored to the USA market and yet still utilized the same excellent optics that is associated with the Zeiss name. There have always been a few models in the lineup that have been suitable for tactical use and… Read more »

Review

Vortex Viper 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope

Vortex Optics has made a big splash onto the scene of Tactical Scopes in the past several years with the introduction of their top of the line Razor series of scopes as well as their mid priced Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) line of scopes. The Razor line of scopes is aimed squarely at the likes of Nightforce and Leupold Mk4 series of scopes and the PST series is focused more toward the lower end Mk4 and high end Bushnell Elite series of tactical scopes. We have reviews of those scopes coming in the next few months but before that we had the opportunity to review a standard no PST… Read more »

Review

Vector Optics Capricorn 4.5-14x44mm FFP

A few years back we performed a review of the Vector Optics Templar 1-4x24mm that had been sent for evaluation. We were a bit baffled why they sent a low powered optic to a sniper focused long range web site for evaluation and commented in the review that it would be a bit more relevant to send out a scope that is more focused on long range sniping. Well, this time around it was a retailer that contacted us and asked us to review one of the Vector Optics Capricorn 4-14x44mm tactical scopes. The Capricorn is much more in line with what we do here so we were willing to… Read more »

Review

Vector Optics Templar 1-4x24mm

Vector Optics contacted us several months ago asking if we would take a look at and do a review on one of their scopes. Not knowing the company or their products, we agreed to take a look. We had thought that they would send out a scope that was geared toward the long range sniping market but what showed up was a 1-4x24mm scope that is aimed more at the battle rifle market. But since we agreed to take a look and there is a role for lower powered scopes for SPRs (Special Purpose Rifle), we figured we could take a little bit of time and give it a good… Read more »

Review

IOR Valdada 4-14x50mm Tactical Rifle Scope

When we reviewed our first IOR scope, how ever many years ago, we went in a bit skeptical and were surprised with the excellent optics and robust design of the scope. No, it was not the prettiest scope in the world, but it performed, and performed well. That original review was done on an older generation variable power scope, we then brought in a fixed 10x scope of a newer generation with an illuminated reticle and was again impressed by its optical clarity and solid construction. Now we figured it was time to do another review but we wanted to test one of their newer variable power scopes and see… Read more »