Review

Falcon Optics Menace 4.5-18x56mm Tactical Rifle Scope

We have reviewed a couple of the Falcon scopes before, both the Merlin 10×42 and its replacement, the Menace 10×42. Falcon has additional scopes in their Merlin lineup that are geared more toward hunting, but they are also now just bringing out their variable power Menace lineup which includes a 4.5-18x56mm and a 4-14x44mm Front Focal Plane (FFP) model. The one we are reviewing here is a preproduction 4.5-18x56mm model. This 4.5-18x56mm version of the Menace scope appears to be a good solid scope that shares a few of the same features as the 10×42 model. But in reality the scopes are considerably different. Of course, the two most obvious… Read more »

Review

Falcon Optics Menace 10x42T

We reviewed our first Falcon Scope a few months back, the Merlin 10x42T tactical scope, and we liked what we saw for the price range that the scope was offered in, and we even brought some in ourselves and sold them. Since then, Falcon has continued to develop their scope lineup and they went ahead and revised their 10×42 tactical scope and upgraded it in several ways. The new scope is called the Menace 10×42 and while they considered offering both models, they ultimately decided that they could get the price close enough that they could just replace the old Merlin with the new Menace without much of a price… Read more »

Review

Falcon Optics Merlin 10x42T Tactical Rifle Scope

You have never heard of Falcon Optics? Well, neither had we until the name, and a link popped up on the forums. Falcon Optics discovered the small discussion about their tactical scope and then contacted us to introduce themselves and tell a little about their scope. The reason we had not heard of them is because they are a U.K. based company and do not currently have many of their scopes in the USA, but they are looking to change that, and that was one of the reasons they contacted us. Arrangements were made and we received one of these scopes for review. Falcon optics makes other rifle scopes as… Read more »

Review

Bushnell Elite Tactical DMR 3.5-21x50mm

Let us just say that Bushnell has come a long way over the past 20 years. In fact, just 15 years ago no one would consider using a Bushnell scope on a tactical rifle, but then they incorporated Bausch & Lomb into their business. They eventually removed the B&L name but kept their B&L 3000 and 4000 line of good quality scopes as the Bushnell Elite 3000 & 4000 line of scopes. Through the years Bushnell updated those scope lines and they became the 3200 and 4200 series. Recently they added an even higher quality line of scopes called the elite 6500 series. Through those iterations of scopes lines they… Read more »

Review

Holland Tactical Hunter 2.5-10x42mm

This scope is not from one of the main stream scopes manufacturers, and was brought to our attention by several readers who were interested in purchasing one. We contacted Holland’s Shooter Supply Inc and they provided a scope for evaluation and review, as well as an instructional video, and some additional accessories to compliment the scope. This scope offers a unique way of addressing long range shooting that is a bit refreshing from the norm. It may not fit everyone, but it does work and is at least worth investigating for your needs. The Holland Tactical Elite is a very well crafted scope. It has a 30mm tube and 42mm… Read more »

Review

Burris Burris Signature Zee Rings and Offset Inserts

Many shooters believe that they need tactical rings and bases when in fact they spend 95% of their shooting time shooting from a bench at the local shooting range. In reality, a typical cheap aluminum scope ring would serve them just fine in these conditions. Now, do not get me wrong, the high quality (and expensive) rings and bases like Leupold Mark4, Badger Ordnance, US optics, TPS, Warne and others are fantastic and are far more durable and grip the scope more solid than an average hunting ring… but are certainly overkill for most rifles, even tactical rifles. Those agencies that are on a tight budget or otherwise limited in… Read more »

Review

Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50mm Tactical

Burris Optics introduced the fullfield II tactical series of scopes in 2006 and is offered as a lower cost alternative to their XTR line of “Extreme Tactical Riflescopes”. The fullfield line has always been known for good bright and clear optics with a large field of view and as a good value. Burris is a USA based scope manufacturer and has been around for quite a while. I have used several Burris optics through the years and have been pleased with them so far. I decided to try out their latest fullfield tactical with the ballistic mildot reticule. The 6.5-20x version of the fullfield II Tactical is the only one… Read more »

Review

Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40mm

This is an older review of a Burris scope that was one of the earlier scopes to incorporate a BDC into the reticle. Burris Optics has a reputation of making good quality scopes right here in the USA. I decided to perform a review on one of their newer scopes that they have been pushing hard. I was originally looking for a 6x40mm scope suitable for tactical use. I ended up getting a 3-9x40mm with the ballistic plex reticule. The Fullfield II line of scopes is Burris’ mainstream line of scopes. The Signature series is their flagship/high end line of scopes. If you go straight off the spec sheet, the… Read more »