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Smith & Wessons Classic Model 27 Part IV

Smith & Wessons Classic Model 27  Part IV/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d3da71aa_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d3da71aa_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The author won his first state championship (police combat) in 1973 with this Model 27-1, rebarreled to 6 inches and now wearing Eagle Grips. Personal Experience I was in my mid-teens when my dad bought me an 8-3/8-inch Model 27, and I remain eternally grateful. I took it hunting, and shot matches with it ranging from deer targets at 50 yards at the local turkey shoots, to bulls-eye matches, where it served as my Centerfire handgun. (In .45, most of the time, I used a similar Smith & Wesson Model 1955 Target in .45 ACP. .38 wadcutters in the 27 kicked less during timed and rapid fire, and were cheaper. Besides, that full 10-inch sight radius really did seem to cut down on errors in 50-yard slow fire.) The heavy revolver was not uncomfortable in its slim, simple Lawrence holster. I did find it unwieldy on one occasion. I was 16, finishing a fruitless deer hunt near dusk. The 3-1/2-inch barrel Model 27 rivals the Colt Python for recognizable silhouette and classic sculpting. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! The revolver was on the car seat behind me, about to be unloaded before I drove home, when I saw a fox standing in the road. Recalling that they were legal to shoot, I swung up the big Magnum‚ and the 8-3/8-inch barrel clanged against the wind wing on the driver‚ window of the‚ Pontiac I was driving. The fox scampered cheerfully away‚ and I found myself wishing for a shorter Model 27. That came in my early twenties. I was a young cop who had just gotten into PPC shooting, and needed a 6-inch .38 I didn't have. Borrowing a good friend‚ 6-inch Python for the interim, I left my Model 27 with gunsmith Nolan Santy to have its 8-3/8-inch barrel replaced with a 6-incher. Related GunDigest Articles Smith & Wesson Introduces M&P22 Compact Suppressor Ready Model New Gun: Ruger Mark IV Standard Model Classic Guns: Remington Model 8 Rifle The slick old six-shooter worked out great, and at the age of 25 I won my first New Hampshire State Law Enforcement Pistol Championship with it. I own it to this day, still a fine example of the gunmaker art.

Stopping Power, What Caliber Should You Carry?

Stopping Power, What Caliber Should You Carry?

What Caliber Should You Carry for Optimal Stopping Power? If you ask five people this question you will probably get five different answers. This question seems to encourage a somewhat opinionated answer. It also tends to be a somewhat controversial topic. Is there even a correct answer?  In my quest to answer this with the most accurate evidence-based information possible, I have come across a lot of history into why this is such a hard question to answer. Let’s first look into a few facts. Stopping Power: What is it and Does it Matter? The answer to “Is there even such a thing as stopping power ?” is in itself somewhat misleading. If you look up the definition of stopping power, Wikipedia will tell you that it has to do with a bullets ability to stop or incapacitate a target. It does not necessarily relate to its force but instead its ability to do enough damage to prevent the target from advancing, therefore, equaling stopping power. This is different than how lethal the weapon may be but instead is directly related to whether the target will continue advancing after being shot. Source Caliber vs. Stopping Power If you were paying attention, then you have already realized that force does not necessarily equal stopping power. To further muddy the waters, all calibers have been found to have the ability for one-shot stopping power in the right circumstances. Even the lightest and heaviest of calibers have real-life situations where this has been proven. One-shot wonders have been statistically documented from many decades by book authors Evan Marshall and Edwin J. Sanow in multiple books. To be included in the statics, the shots had to meet certain criteria, such as only counting torso shots, only counting attackers that stopped attacking or shooting, and only allowing for a set amount of travel once a round was shot. Realizing that headshots in an attack situation are unlikely and that most people are trained to shoot for center mass, it only makes sense to take out headshots as part of the comparisons. Keep in mind when referencing these statistics, I’m referring to stopping power as a single shot to center mass that results in incapacitating a target. Not even extremity shots were counted, even if it achieved the same outcome of stopping an attacker. Now, let’s throw out the one-shot wonders. What? Yes, forget about them. Why even bring them up, you ask? They do happen, but it's not the norm. Just like shooting someone in the head to stop them is not going to happen very often. The idea behind shooting for center mass is to give you the best chance of hitting a target under stressful conditions. Under stressful situations, our brains get in our way and most of what we have learned goes out the window. For most of us in this kind of situation, we go into lifesaving mode with adrenaline pumping and forget most of what we know to do. This is partly why there are two very simple, but important, techniques to remember. Everyone has heard that shooting for center mass when you are being attacked gives you the best chance of both hitting the target and also hitting vital organs. However, this is only part of the equation. The second part is to continue shooting. If you have to shoot to stop an attacker, keep shooting until that threat stops. Most attackers will not be stopped in one shot, so this rule and real-life technique to live by changes everything. How many attackers would have been stopped with only one shot? It is impossible to say. If an attacker keeps advancing, then the rule to live by is to keep shooting. Attackers that have been shot multiple times before they stopped do not count toward the one-shot stopping statistics, even if they would have only traveled a few more feet before dropping. There is simply no way to know statistically how many attackers would stop after one shot. Is Stopping Power Even Real? I have a background in science. To me, stopping power is a measurement of a material or a force’s ability to stop energy or a median’s ability to absorb energy. If we apply the same concept, then we can come up with a measurable, repeatable outcome. In this case, we could depend on ballistics testing to decide exactly what to carry, but the testing on materials cannot be applied to people. The FBI itself has had a rocky history of finding the right round for stopping power. In the 80s, a famous shoot-out with the FBI occurred where bank robbers were actually hit by at least 12 shots before going down. The FBI decided that they needed a more powerful handgun. At this point, the FBI decided to try out the 10mm, 40 caliber round. What they found is that the gun itself made it difficult to shoot follow up shots accurately. After this, they decided they needed a less powerful round and went to the 10mm light load. Ultimately, they landed on the 40 caliber by S&W which was used for over 20 years. Guess what? In 2018, they went back to the 9mm. Mostly this tells me that if the FBI can't decide, the answer is that there is no perfect round. "What Caliber Should" You Carry? The most accurate answer is probably not what you want to hear. If you truly want to know what you should carry, then you need to figure out what Is best for you, not me. If you are excellent at making your first shot but the recoil makes your second shot nearly impossible, then you have a problem. In a shoot-out, it’s estimated that more shots miss, than hit, the target. Here are some things to consider: Is your weapon a size that you can handle day in and day out? Can you effectively train and carry your gun? How many bullets do you need to carry to be able to stop a target? What are you most accurate with when firing multiple shots in a row? The Caliber Doesn’t Matter When I started researching this topic, I had my mind made up. I assumed the more powerful the gun the more likely you are to stop a target. I quickly found out that my reasoning simply didn’t make any sense. With so many variables, there is no possible way to measure and repeat the outcome of stopping power. So, I have to agree with the FBI, stopping power is a myth. Mike Epson, contributor at TheSmartConsumer "I always do research before writing about my opinions to help you make the best decision possible."

8 Gun Products I Thought Were April Fools JokesBut Arent

8 Gun Products I Thought Were April Fools JokesBut Arent

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s You won’t believe number 9! This one weird trick gives you unlimited ammo! Gun instructors HATE him! Ok, got those out of my system.  Here’s some dumb gun products that I thought were April Fool’s jokes but really aren’t.  So you can actually buy them for the lulz. Then we’ll end with some great April Fool’s stuff of 2017. 1. Pistol Knife Bayonet Firefield "Pistol Knife Bayonet" When you’re out of ammo and there’s still threats based on your exaggerated scanning procedure.  This pistol knife bayonet ($20) has got you covered. But hopefully you didn’t stab yourself drawing it out in the first place. 2. The Alternative Actual product that has the right intentions…but man, I can see stuff going sideways. The Alternative (real name) goes over your gun and uses the force of the first shot to propel a metal ball into the threat. Just uh…make sure you don’t shoot twice! 3.  Tufforce Railed Muzzle Brake Tufforce Muzzle Brake When you absolutely need that extra rail space…on your muzzle brake. The "Tufforce Muzzle Brake" ($25) is for you! 4.  Zombie X Chainsaw Zombie X Chainsaw Actually kind of cool if you REALLY loves yourself some Gears of War. Chainsaws Chainsaws Chainsaws Got $800 burning in your pocket, get the Zombie X Chainsaw attachment for your rifle.  It’s a real battery powered chainsaw for when the inevitable zombie apocalypse comes around. 5. Mission Critical Baby Carrier "Mission Critical Baby" Carrier I’m totally getting the Mission Critical Baby Carrier ($180) when I have kids. You can’t put a price on being tacticool. 6. Manly Innovations Magazine Bayonet MBX Manly Bayonet Somehow knives and pistols shouldn’t mix… The “DED Blade attachment is a last ditch tool, NOT INTENDED FOR USE AT THE RANGE.” Of course. Get yours now at Manly Innovations ($150). 7.  Brick Camo Urban Brick Camo, Forces.net Maybe you can’t get this one easily…but a great actual April Fool’s article from Forces.net regarding some new urban camouflage. 8.  Vortex Bullet Cam Vortex Bullet Cam Tired of having a bullet cam only in video games like Sniper Elite? Sniper Elite Nut Shot Vortex in conjunction with Hornady bring you the Bullet Cam ($99.99 for 10 rounds).  Should be the latest video on their FB page.  Kudos for the time and effort! Ready for some real optics? Best Red Dots and Scope: 2017 . 9.  Aero Precision Pica-Key-Lok Handguard (defunct) Pica Key Lok Keeping you on your toes with this last one…combination Picatinny-Keymod-MLok Handguard ($150) from Aero Precision. For when you’ve got to put all the extra crap you have on your handguard. Be sure to scroll down on the page for full details and for their April Fool’s 10% off coupon.  And check out our Best AR-15 Upgrades for some actually useful stuff. Conclusion Any other great gun related April Fool’s jokes I’ve missed?  Or anything that’s super dumb and actually real?

9 Best Shotgun Sights: Iron, Ghost, Red Dot, Scope

9 Best Shotgun Sights: Iron, Ghost, Red Dot, Scope

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Shotguns…trusty, great for hunting and home defense, and practically impossible to miss a target with…or are they? Daniel Horner, US Army Marksmanship Unit Shotguns are pretty good at hitting things with only a general sense of aim, but if you want to hit things consistently (or hit the right things), it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra help in the aim department. I’ve been a huge fan of shotguns for years, and one thing I have learned is that the sights on your shotgun are more important than you think. Unless looking like this much of a badass is more important than hitting your target, listen up. Let’s talk about that, as well as go over a multitude of the best options for shotgun sights. Table of Contents Loading... Why Do I Need Shotgun Sights? Modern shotgun ammo holds together well. 12ga Shotgun Shells, Opened (L to R: Bird, Buck, Slug) The idea that you can’t miss with a shotgun is one of the big myths about this weapon and it makes me cringe whenever I hear it. You got to aim the gun like any other, and that means using the sights. Most shotguns come with a simple bead sight. In general, there is nothing wrong with a bead sight. It works fine for buck/birdshot and out to 100 yards, it’s effective for slugs. It’s not perfect though. Like red dots? Boy, do we have good news for you… Beads are often quite small , and they can be difficult to see, especially in low light, or if you are in a hurry the bead can work, but they are not the end all be all for shotguns. Maverick 88 The majority of weapons can benefit from upgraded sights and the shotgun is no different. I’ve gathered a variety of both optics and sights that are well suited for shotguns of all types. I wanted to cover sporting use as well as defensive use. I also tried to accommodate a wide variety of different budgets. My collection of Remington 870 shotguns On top of that, I’ve also included options for the most popular styles of shotguns, as well as some that are a little more universal. I think there’s something for just about everyone here, so let’s get to it! Best Shotgun Sights Iron Sights The cool thing about shotguns is that iron sights are still a very valid way to use these guns. Optics are cool, but shotguns really don’t need them for the tasks most of us use a shotgun for. There are several shotgun sights out there that are much better than your standard bead sight. For shotguns, iron sights come in beads, open sights and ghost ring sights. Bead and open sights are easy and quick to use with shot. Ghost rings can be used with shot effectively but aren’t typically as fast but work well for slugs. Open sights are often a compromise that works okay with both. 1. Hi-Viz Snap-on Sight If you want an incredibly cheap and easy way to upgrade your shotgun’s bead is the Hi-Viz snap-on fiber optic front sight . There is no gunsmithing required to install this little device. It just snaps on the barrel and you are ready to roll. This Snap-On sight provides a very high visibility green or red fiber optic front sight. It’s much easier to pick up the front sight in all light conditions and allows you to quickly pick the dot up and put it on target. Easy to mount, easy to see. A design like this isn’t designed for high volume shooting. Shotgun barrels get hot and this may cause the polymer to heat up and stretch which may compromise its hold on the barrel. This is still a good choice for hunting and even home defense. Shotguns are not high-volume weapons and this issue is unlikely to come up in a standard home defense situation or when hunting deer, turkey, hogs, etc. Bird hunting may be another situation where you are shooting a ton of rounds at one time and this might be an issue. Hi-Viz Snap-on Sight 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing At this low cost, it’s a simple solution to a simple platform. Perfect for those on a tight budget using the always great Maverick 88 or 870 Express. This is a sight designed for 12, 20, and 16-gauge shotguns and it will only work with bare barrels. No vent ribs. 2. XS Big Dot Front Sight XS sights are well known for their big front sights designed for handguns. The idea is to improve your speed by providing you a much bigger, and much easier to see bead that just so happens to glow when the lights get low. XS took that same idea and applied it to shotguns. Now you see it, now you don’t. This single dot replaces your bead by being inserted over the bead. This system will work with some beads but includes a bead to replace yours if yours is too big or too small. The difficulty of installing will vary on your gun and the ability to remove the bead. With a Mossberg 590, I had zero issues unscrewing the front bead and installing this system. It has been on my gun for over a year without any issue. The XS sight is very easy to see and your eye will pick it up extremely fast. XS Big Dot Night Sights glow brightly. The XS Big Dot Sight has a tritium vial in the middle that glows very brightly and it’s easy to see in low light. The white ring is also easy on the eyes and works great for both low light and normal daylight conditions. It’s a solid front sight that acts like a bead on steroids. It’s affordable and will fit a variety of shotguns. Certainly, double-check the XS website and ensure your gun is covered. It’s a great investment for a home defense shotgun. XS Big "Dot Front Sight" 60 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 60 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It is better suited for using shot than slugs. At long ranges, the large size of this front sight is going to make it hard to shoot slugs at smaller targets. 3. Williams Gun Sight Fire Sight Ghost Ring I didn’t want to leave my hunters behind and I know most sporting shotguns come with a ribbed barrel. That ribbed barrel just so happens to be an excellent base for sights. The Williams "Gun Sight Fire" Sights are a very handy set of sights if you have a vent rib shotgun. Williams Gun Sight Fire "Sight Ghost Ring" These sights attach to the vent rib and they work for most shotguns. Best of all they require zero gunsmithing to install. The front sight sits right behind your traditional bead and provides you a high visibility orange front sight. The rear sight is a ghost ring model that is flanked by two glowing green orbs for low light shootings. These sights are quick and easy to acquire and well suited for hunting deer, hogs, turkey, etc. Williams Gun Sight Fire Sight Ghost Ring 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing They are an excellent choice for slug guns and because they are easy to install and remove you can easily switch from deer season to bird season. Also, they are affordably priced. 4. Trijicon Night Sights Trijicon is the name in duty grade night sights, and duty optics, and basically anything that glows in the dark. Trijicon night sights are also made for shotguns! Well, they are made for Remington shotguns to include the 870, 1100, and 1187. Trijicon Night Sight 3-Dot rear sight These sights are not for everyone, and not for every 870. You’ll have to take it to a gunsmith for install. The receiver needs to be tapped for a rear sight and installed and the barrel will need to bead removed and the front sight permanently attached via welding. These sights are outstanding for long-range slug work, and precision buckshot work. The tritium vials glow brightly, and one is placed in the front sight and one on each side of the ghost ring. It’s perfect for home defense, including night time work. These sights are explicitly made for defensive and duty use and are duty grade sights. Trijicon is the professional’s choice for a reason. These are serious sights for serious work, and I’ll say it again aren’t for everyone. Trijicon 3 Dot Front And Ghost Ring Rear Night Sight Set 94 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 94 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing However, if you want a bombproof, well-proven design for defensive and combative use these sights are an excellent go-to option. 5. XS Ghost Rings If you like the idea of XS sights, but what something more precise, then they have you covered–at least the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500. The XS Ghost Ring sights are unique because they allow you to add a standard front sight and rear ghost ring relatively easily. It’s most easy on the Mossberg 500 and 590. XS Ghost Ring sights (via The Loadout Room ) The Mossberg 500 series come tapped from the factory and this makes it easy to install the rear sight. Remington 870s are not tapped in most models and must be tapped to install the rear rail and sight. The front sight clamps to the end of the barrel and is tightened via a set of screws. XS Ghost Ring MB-1002-4 (Mossberg) 182 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 182 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing As long as your receiver is tapped you can install this system at home with ease. These sights make reaching out with slugs more precise than a standard shotgun bead. What I also like is the fact that the rear ghost sight is very wide. What you could see… in theory. This allows you to keep a wide field of view and still quickly acquire a target and disperse with standard buckshot–which means a shotgun remains a shotgun. Because this system is from XS you can assume that the front sight is easy to see and is a night sight. The front sight has a white strip and in the center is a tritium vial that glows for low light performance. The entire site system is made from aluminum and is matte black. The entire system is well thought out and well-executed. XS Ghost Ring RE-4001R-4 (Remington) 182 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 182 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I love the fact you can install these sights at home and get a set of Ghost ring sights on your shotgun. They are admittedly expensive, but they are a high-quality set of shotgun sights. What’s your take? Readers' Ratings 4.98/5 (336) Your Rating? Red Dots As close-range weapons, shotguns can be easily equipped with a red dot and be ultra-effective. Red dots are not necessary on shotguns but can make you faster and would allow you to easily use both slugs and shot. Red dots can make it a whole lot easier to get on target with your shotgun. They aren’t limited to a load. If you are going to be using both slugs and shot, then you should zero the dot to slugs. Your use of shot at close range will still be incredibly effective. The dot will be zeroed enough for dropping buckshot into a target accurately enough to take it down. Red dots are slick and fast and there are two I like for shotguns. 6. Burris FastFire 3 The Burris FastFire 3 is a great mini red dot for a few reasons and is great on shotguns for a number of other reasons. First, it is small and light and easy to use. It’s rugged, dependable, and affordable for what you are getting. Burris Fastfire 3 This red dot has three intensity settings and an auto setting that will adapt the reticle to the light around you. The auto setting is legit and does adapt quickly to the light around you. It’s also a pretty solid unit and mine has been banged around a lot and it still keeps going. The FastFire 3 comes in 3 or 8 MOA, and to me, the 8 MOA is better for shotguns, but the 3 itself isn’t bad either. Fastfire 3 in AR Mount You can find it with a Picatinny mount as well as a hood to protect the optic. It’s got a top-loading battery, one-button controls, and is very lightweight. A big reason I love it is the Speed Bead mounting system. This mounts between the stock and the receiver and the red dot replaces your bead. This also allows you to mount the optic to guns without needing to tap them for an optics rail. Burris FastFire 3 219 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 219 at Amazon Compare prices (3 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It also positions the optic far enough down that it is super low profile and easy to use with a traditional shotgun sight. 7. Eotech EXPS2 The Eotech offers shotguns a very interesting design for shotguns, I specifically like the Eotech EXPS2 for shotguns. Eotech optics provide a combination of features that compliment shotguns very well. Let’s explain some of these features. EOTech EXPS2-0 Side First, the square-shaped design encourages two eyes opened shooting, which is perfect for a shotgun. It gives you a wide field of view that is a must for close-quarters shooting. You have time to miss seeing your target. Next, the traditional reticle is perfect for shotguns and works well for both slugs and buckshot. The 68 MOA ring and 1 MOA red dot combination are very versatile. You should pattern your shotgun for different distances and you should know the distance you can engage with a shotgun. EOTech EXPS2-0 Reticle With that in mind, the shotgun rules in close quarters use and the big red 68 MOA circle makes it easy to put that big circle on the target and pull the trigger. When it comes down to speed the big circle makes a big difference. The 1 MOA dot can be zeroed for slugs and be quite precise for hunting or just long-range engagements in general. This combination is an excellent choice if you want an optic that can do a little bit of it all. Eotech EXPS2 484 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 484 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The EXPS2 model is smaller, lighter, and needs only 1 inch of rail to mount. It has 20 brightness settings and a 10-year warranty. Plus, it handles shotgun recoil very well. 8. Crimson Trace Laser Saddle One of the most fun I’ve had at SHOT shows range day was at the Crimson Trace booth. Their new optics were outstanding, but the reason I had so much fun at the booth was the Laser Saddle for shotguns. They had one mounted on a Shockwave and it was a literal blast. The Laser Saddle fits on the receiver of a Mossberg 500 or 590 series shotgun and gives you an ultra-bright laser sight that allows you to fire from the hip accurately. Its absurdly low profile and very bright. This was 11 Am in the desert on a cloudless day, it was bright outside, but I can still see and use the laser. "Crimson Trace Laser" Saddle diagram This red dot has ambidextrous on-off switches, as well as a master switch to shut it down. It’s a shotgun designed laser that I love. Especially for those non-NFA firearms like the Shockwave and TAC-14. Crimson Trace Laser Saddle 159 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 159 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing It adds hardly any bulk to the design and is easy to use in a firing position without compromising your positioning. Not to mention, it’s ultra-bright and gives you a sure shot and a solid idea of where you are aiming. Variable Slug Scope Slug guns are quite popular in states where it’s very flat and rifles are prohibited. A slug gun is technically a shotgun but is designed with a rifled barrel to accurately shoot a slug. These guns shoot pretty far so a variable scope is a great addition to a slug gun. 12ga Slugs 9. Bushnell Trophy Shotgun Scope Bushnell makes affordable optics that often punch above their weight when it comes to quality. Slug guns offer more range than shotguns, but not much beyond 200 yards. You won’t need a crazy level of magnification, and the Bushnell "Trophy Shotgun Scope" is a 1.75-4x power compact optic designed for slug guns. Bushnell Trophy Scope The Trophy Shotgun scope has their rain guard HD which makes it easy to aim in wet conditions. The Scope uses a simple circle X reticle that is far from complicated and well suited for short-range slug gun shooting. The Shotgun scope has a fast-focus eyepiece, and this makes it quick to go from shoulder to shoot. The Shotgun scope features fully-multicoated optics, ¼ MOA adjustments, and its backed with a Lifetime Warranty. Bushnell Trophy Shotgun Scope 130 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 130 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing This is a purpose-built scope and that’s why I appreciate it for a slug gun. Plus, the low price and excellent warranty are great selling points. Parting Shots Never underestimate the need to aim with a shotgun and the need for good sights. With that being said let me know what you like and what kind of shotgun sight you use? Did your favorites make our list? Tell us all about it in the comments below! While you’re here, why not check out the Best Shotguns for Home Defense ?

Best Survival Watch for 2020: Top 6 Picks, Buying Guide

When I was 14 years old, I went hunting with a friend and his dad. We were in an unfamiliar forested area. I tracked a buck for about two hours when I realized the clouds had dropped down to ground level. I decided it was time to return to camp. But, like I said, I was in unfamiliar territory. Night was not far away. I got so caught up in tracking that buck I lost track of where I was. For just a moment panic set in. Imagine yourself in my shoes. You’re on the move, running out of daylight. The weather has blocked your horizon. What’s your move? How will you get to safety? Take a breath. Check your watch. Relax. You can move confidently because your survival watch has the tools and reliability to get you moving in the right direction. It’s accurate, durable, and water-resistant. But how do you know what survival watch is for you? Prices range from under $40 to over $1200 and come with a wide variety of features. The first step is to decide on what features you need. Temperature gauge, date, altimeter, calendar, tides, barometer, tachymeter, GMT, and a rotating bezel are some of the options you should consider. But are they necessary for your situation? Do you already carry a GPS? Or have you been thinking about getting one? All these things matter and we will cover them in this guide. Before that, if you want to just check our top picks, here they are at a quick glance: WATCHES DETAILS #1 Watch #1 Watch Luminox Men's LM8822 Anti-reflective window. Clearly identifiable second count-down zone with dive-timing bezel. Illuminated face. Check Price on Amazon.com Casio Men's Pro Trek PRG-270-1 Battery Life: 9 months on full charge. Northerly calibration function. Full Auto LED (Super Illuminator) Backlight with Afterglow. Check Price on Amazon.com G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 Mud Resistant Case &; buttons are sealed to prevent mud, dirt and dust from getting into the watch. 40 records Memory capacity. Protective mineral crystal dial window. Check Price on Amazon.com Quick Navigation Best Survival Watch: Top 6 Picks 1. Best Fitness Tracker Survival Watch – Bolt CAPACITOR Tactical Military Watch Review 2. Best Durable Survival Watch – Luminox Recon Pointman Watch Review 3. Best Solar Survival Watch – Casio Pro Trek Solar Watch Review 3. Best Budget Survival Watch – Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 Watch Review 5. "Best Survival Watch" for Hardcore Adventurers – Garmin Instinct Survival Watch Review 6. Survivor’s Choice – Casio G-SHOCK "Survival Watch Review" What You Need to Know about Survival Watches 1. The Survival Kit Watch 2. The G-shock watch 3. The Navigation watch Buying Guide Water Resistance Durability Power Features Verdict Best Survival Watch: Top 6 Picks Here are the reviews. 1. Best Fitness "Tracker Survival Watch" – Bolt CAPACITOR "Tactical Military Watch" Review Features: The Bolt Capacitor Tactical Military Watch is a great bargain.  A pedometer tracks your steps while the GPS guides your travel. A Calorie counter and heart rate sensor are also included. Your steps, heart rate, and calories burned are easy to see on the face. There’s a compass and the Capacitor is waterproof up to 50 meters. The dial is sapphire glass. The battery life ranges from 2-7 days depending on use. To sweeten the deal, you’re given a Tactical Belt Pouch & Phone Holder, a Safety Tactical Flashlight, and a Glass Breaking Tactical Pen when ordered from the Bolt website.  They also include Free Shipping Worldwide, Free Returns, and a Money-back guarantee. Pros: Low-cost GPS Easy to read dial Heartrate sensor, pedometer, and calorie counter included Cons: Screen Glare is a bit annoying, but because of the bold coloring it’s acceptable The one-inch band is a rubber material that can become sweaty and isn’t real durable Not available on Amazon 2. Best "Durable Survival Watch" – Luminox Recon "Pointman Watch Review" See Price on Amazon Features: Pointman is waterproof up to 660 feet and has Night Vision tube so you can clearly see the face in the dark. It’s a GMT watch with a rotating, carbon-reinforced bezel and silver-tone hands allow you to track both 12- and 24-hour time simultaneously. It also has a tachometer so you can track your walking speed. Its’ large compass is located on the band as is a ruler with inch and cm markings to help you with your map. Thanks to the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, your watch is easy to see in all conditions.  This Swiss-made watch features a rubber strap that is lightweight and flexible for great comfort and durability. Pros: Anti-reflective window Clearly identifiable second count-down zone with dive-timing bezel Illuminated face Carrying case included Night Vision Tubes last 25 years Cons: Not suitable for diving Glows constantly Walking tachymeter in metric units (Km) Some issues with bevel ring coming off Customer Sentiment: There was one main issue customers reported – the bevel ring. Don’t let that one past problem keep you from considering this great Luminox product. Customers love how easy it is to read and the overall fit and quality. Luminox Men's LM8822.MI Recon Point Black Watch Round watch featuring unidirectional rotating bezel with compass markings and black dial with... 45 mm polycarbonate case with anti-reflective sapphire dial window See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 15:49 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 3. Best "Solar Survival Watch" – Casio Pro Trek "Solar Watch Review" See Price on Amazon Features: The Casio Pro Trek technology packs powerful little sensors that bring you greater energy efficiency and higher reading accuracy. Altitude, barometric pressure, and direction readings are more reliable than ever. The large buttons on the side for digital compass, barometric pressure and altitude, and temperature readings are easy to use. The Triple Sensor V3 is water-resistant to 100 meters, includes a stopwatch, five daily alarms, and 31 time zones. I love the LED backlighting with the Auto Illumination that makes viewing in low light a breeze. Pros: Battery Life: 9 months on full charge (without further exposure to light) Northerly calibration function Full Auto LED (Super Illuminator) Backlight with Afterglow Auto Calendar 5 Daily Alarms Cons: Some resetting issues reported Accuracy of altimeter is questionable Wrist band is small Customer Sentiment: Customers like the size of the watch and love all the great features for such a low price. Sale Casio Men's Pro Trek PRG-270-1 Tough Solar Triple Sensor Multifunction... Tough Solar Power,100M Water Resistant,Low Temperature Resistant (-10 C / 14 F),Module 3415,Approx.... Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month ,Full Auto Calendar (Pre-programmed until the year 2099),5 Daily... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 15:49 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API 3. Best "Budget Survival Watch" – Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW- "9400 Watch Review" See Price on Amazon Features: Rangeman watches stand up to the most brutal of conditions. Their Shock Resistant Triple Sensor, keeps altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and direction readings at your fingertips. Impact-resistance is built in with their cylindrical buttons that also makes it easy to use. You get a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, sunrise and sunset date, time stamp, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, stop watch, countdown timer, day/date/month calendar, and buckle closure. It’s water resistant to 660 feet so you can take your Rangeman scuba diving with confidence. The black face has red accents on the dial and the side button for easy viewing. Add in sunrise/sunset data, one-touch time recording, one-touch elapsed time measurement, with G-Shock toughness and durability for one great survival watch. Pros: Mud "Resistant Case &" ; buttons are sealed to prevent mud, dirt and dust from getting into the watch 40 records Memory capacity Each sensor mode has its own audible tone, which means you can determine which mode you are entering without even looking at the watch. Protective mineral crystal dial window Solar-powered digital watch in stainless steel with multiple displays, red contrasts, and textured pushers Quartz movement with analog display Watch can stay fully functional anywhere from 5-23 months without exposure to any light Cons: Display can be difficult to read You have to take the watch off to get an accurate temperature reading Customer Sentiment: Users report being happy with every aspect of this durable and accurate watch that holds a charge like no other. Sale Casio Men's GW-9400-1CR Master of G Stainless Steel Solar Watch Solar-powered digital watch in stainless steel with multiple displays, red contrasts, and textured... Quartz movement with analog display See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 16:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 5. Best Survival Watch for Hardcore Adventurers – Garmin Instinct Survival Watch Review See Price on Amazon Features: Garmin delivers awesome GPS functionality with rugged dependability. Built to meet U.S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters), the Instinct will withstand the toughest environments. When you’re out trekking, ordinary GPS is no match to multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, Glonass and Galileo) to get you on the right track. You also get a built in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter, heart rate, activity and stress monitors, and the ability to stay connected with a compatible smartphone. Automatic data uploads to the Garmin connect online fitness community are included as well. ­­­­Pros: Multiple global navigation satellite systems TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point Garmin Explore website and app to plan your trips in advance Battery life: Up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, up to 40 hours in Ultratrac battery saver mode Silicone strap material Sleep tracking and other fitness tracking features Cons: Monochrome screen The Band isn’t the most comfortable Compass quality is only decent Customer Sentiment: Owners remark about how great this watch is. Features and battery life were noted often as the reason for the high rating. They are very excited about what this watch does for them. Garmin Instinct Rugged Outdoor Watch w/GPS and Heart Rate Monitoring Sea... GARMIN AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full GARMIN USA WARRANTY "Garmin Instinct Rugged" GPS Watch Built to Withstand the Toughest Environments See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 16:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 6. Survivor’s Choice – Casio G-SHOCK Survival Watch Review See Price on Amazon Features: Besides the Triple Sensor, the new GPR-B1000 is capable of GPS navigation—a first for a G-SHOCK watch to take your explorations to the next level. Data is collected from GPS satellites to show your current route in real-time. You can use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone to link the G-SHOCK Connected app where you it’s easy to create routes and manage log data. Being able to see tracks and point data as a timeline or on a 3D map makes the GPS easy to use and understand. As part of the “Master of G” series, this watch will work for you through the toughest of conditions. It’s water-resistant to 200 meters and shock-resistant. "The Triple Sensor" measures compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature, based on the concept of “Survival Toughness.” Not only does it have wireless charging, but it also includes a solar charging system. A wireless charge of five hours provides you GPS for up to 33 hours. If you’re outdoors when your battery level drops below a usable level for GPS, solar charging can be used to resume GPS functions for a limited time. There’s no need for concern about your time display because it will be kept going with solar charging, regardless of the status of GPS functions. Pros: 200-meter water-resistant Shock-resistant 39 time zones, and the ability to shut daylight saving on/off 24 hours Countdown Timer Solar charging Dust- and mud-resistant structure Carbon fiber insert band Cons: A bit pricey Customer Sentiment: This is the one watch customers love EVERY thing about it. Great fit, features, dial, battery, durability. It performs and looks great. Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation GPR-B1000-1JR Mens... 200-meter water-resistant Shock-resistant See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 16:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API What You Need to Know about Survival Watches There are three general categories of survival watches with many that are a mix of the three. 1. The Survival Kit Watch These watches are also known as paracord watches. They come with an assortment of tools, such as a compass, whistle, thermometer, scraper, and paracord rope. There are a few issues many people have with this type of watch. First of all, the tools included are generally low quality. Next, the bulkiness and lack of a good fit of the paracord band around the wrist can be very annoying. Then there is the small size of the compass.  I recommend that you carry a good quality paracord and the few other tools you need in your pack instead. In a bug-out situation, you’re trusting your life to your tools. Don’t sacrifice your survival for a few dollars. 2. The G-shock watch Built to withstand challenging environments, these are favored by military people. They are water and shock-resistant. The materials used to create these watches give you confidence they will withstand the punishment of outdoor survival. Check that the ones you’re considering come with the tools you need. Be prepared to pay more as you include more features. 3. The Navigation watch I’m restricting these to watches with a GPS system built in. If you’re into hiking, skiing, biking, or other sports that take you out into the wild, then having the ability to preset your course is a great asset. Many of these watches offer a long battery life and include options such as heartrate monitoring. Buying Guide In order to make this list, these watches had to meet minimum requirements designed to save your butt in a bugout situation. I chose four areas to focus on. I explain each of those areas below. For this guide, I decided to consider GPS as an additional feature because of the cost. Water Resistance The first requirement of my top picks is that the watch is water resistant. In the wild you don’t know what kind of conditions you may face. Rain, snow, fog, and water crossings can’t mean the end of your survival tool. Each of my picks is water-resistance at no less than 50 feet. Durability Next up is durability. Your survival watch must survive harsh conditions. You never know when or where your watch will save you, so it has to hold up beyond normal wear and tear. Look for shock-resistance, crystal faces, and a durable strap that will ensure your survival tool meets your heavy demands. Power My Power requirement simply refers to battery life. A great survival tool is useless if it doesn’t run. Survivor watches with solar charging are available. You’ll usually find solar available on better GPS watches which demand a lot of power. Here’s the bottom line: I’ve carried extra batteries and it was a huge hassle. Features Finally, in order to qualify as a survival watch, there are features that must be included. Each of the Survival watches I’ve chosen includes a compass and a tachymeter or GPS. Because surviving a bug-out situation could depend on weather conditions I recommend you consider a watch that also includes a barometer and altimeter. I’ve included a price for reference. Those may change and I don’t guarantee them. At the end of each review there’s a section about what others think of the product. I viewed hundreds of reviews and summed up the general consensus of product owners. One final note, I left out the very low end watches because they don’t meet the quality aspects you need in a bugout situation. Verdict I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase any of these six watches. But, since I’m only going to wear one at a time, it’s the Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 that is my choice. I hike, hunt, and fish all over the world and in many extreme environments, so I need to trust my tools. Known for its’ rugged durability and advance technological features, the 9400 is an unmatched value. Other interesting articles: Best Kabar Knives Review: Top 5 Picks and Buying Guide for 2020 Best Survival Blanket: Top Picks, Why Use One, Buying Guide Best Survival Boots: Buying Guide, Need To Knows in 2020 Top 6 Best Survival Gloves: Reviews, Buying Guide

Best Long Range Rifle Scopes 2020 Buyers Guide

If you plan on shooting at long ranges, then just any old scope won’t do. You need a long-range rifle scope to enhance your performance and ensure precision and accuracy. Let’s take a look at what makes a great scope and determine the best on the market today. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Long Range Rifle Scopes OUR TOP PICK: Vortex Optics Crossfire II Adjustable Objective, 30mm Tube, Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Vortex Optics Strike Eagle "Second Focal Plane" Riflescopes BEST BUDGET OPTION: Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Vortex Optics Viper PA Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical Riflescope (35mm Tube .25 MOA with Rings), Matte Best "Long Range Rifle" Scopes Comparison Chart IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick "Vortex Optics Crossfire" II Adjustable Objective, 30mm Tube, Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Best Overall Long-Range Scope 6x-24x Range is Wide and Versatile 50mm Objective Lens Diameter Provides Exceptional Picture View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Vortex Optics Strike" Eagle Second Focal Plane Riflescopes The Best Long-Range Rifle Scope For the Money 4-24x Magnification Provides Even Greater Range 50mm "Objective Lens Diameter" for Excellent, Wide View "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option "Vortex Optics Diamondback" Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Best Long- "Range Rifle Scope" Under $300 3.5-10x Magnification Range is Ideal for Most Skilled Hunters 50mm Wide Objective Lens for a Full View View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Vortex Optics Viper" PA Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Best Long-Range Rifle Scope Under $500 5x to 20x Magnification Allows for Great Lower-End Range Highly Advanced Glass and Optics View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 "Illuminated Side Focus" Tactical Riflescope (35mm Tube .25 MOA with Rings), Matte Best Long-Range Rifle Scope Under $1000 6x to 25x Magnification for a Superior Range Precise MOA Adjustments for Detailed Accuracy View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Nikon ProStaff 7 4-16X50 M BDC Riflescope Best Long-Range Hunting Rifle Scope 4-16x Magnification for Excellent Low-Range Viewing Nikon’s Premium Lens Technology and Coatings View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews ATN X-Sight II HD 5-20 Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope w/1080p Video, Ballistic Calculator, Rangefinder, WiFi, E-Compass, GPS, Barometer, IOS & Android App Best Long-Range Night Vision Rifle Scope Ballistic Calculator Tells You Exactly How Your Shot Will Land Digitally Enhanced Image Quality, Day or Night View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews Are All Long-Range Rifle Scopes The Same? Long-range rifle scopes might be the same in their goal to deliver better performance to the long-range shooter, but they couldn’t be more different in how they achieve this. Some major differences include: Magnification Power This is the most critical factor in determining a long-range rifle scope. Not only do you want to pay attention to how high-powered it can go, but you also want to look at the range. If the lowest magnification is too high to be usable at the shortest range you expect to shoot at, that’s a big problem. Source Magnification Type On the other hand, you can opt for a fixed power magnification instead of a variable magnification. This means you get a single magnification power, which is advantageous in terms of simplicity and often price. Durability You know we’re bringing you the best products in our reviews but be wary of scopes that can’t hold up in extreme conditions. You keep working in the rain and so should your scope! Objective Diameter Lastly, a wider lens makes for a bigger viewing picture and a brighter one, too. This means that even in the darkest of conditions, you’ll be able to witness a well-lit scene. On the other hand, you may prefer a thinner, darker lens if you don’t tend to shoot in darker conditions and want a more low-profile option. Best Uses For a Long-Range Rifle Scope Why should you get a long-range rifle scope? There are a few great reasons: You’re not getting the accuracy you want from your existing scope: If you’re shooting at long ranges with a scope that offers minimal magnification, a long-range rifle scope that’s specially designed for your needs makes sense. You want better features: Maybe your current scope is accurate enough for you, but using a scope specifically designed for longer ranges typically introduces features like reticles with bullet drop compensation. You want to be a better hunter: Whether you’re already a proficient hunter or haven’t hunted anything other than tin cans, better equipment will improve your results and provide for a cleaner, more ethical kill. You want a challenge: On the other hand, if you’re a competitive shooter or just enjoy shooting, picking up a long-range rifle scope can add some variety to your hobby and introduce new challenges. Quick Take - "The Best Long" - Range Rifle Scope These are our recommendations for the best long-range rifle scope: Vortex Optics Crossfire II Vortex Optics Strike Eagle​ Vortex Optics Diamondback​ Review of the Best Long-Range Rifle Scopes Now that you’re all caught up on your basic long-range rifle scope knowledge, you’re ready to dive into some reviews! As always, we’ve rounded up the best of the best, and we try to make it easy by breaking down what’s best for which type of shooter. That said, use your judgment and let your preferences dictate your buying decisions. Best Overall: ​ Vortex Optics Crossfire II CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Durable Construction From Aircraft Aluminum Proofed Against Water, Fog, Shock, and Corrosion Offers a Sizeable Picture So You Don’t Get Lost in the Details Suitable for Zooming Into Just About Any Reasonable Location "Wide Objective Lens" Produces Brilliant Light Even in Dark Conditions Cons If You Want a More Niche Product, This is Probably Too Widely Accommodating Vortex Optics is a solid brand, and the Crossfire II has become a bit of a legend among hunters. It’s likely that you know hunters who are using one. Heck, they’re so popular, we expect deer to start carrying the Vortex Optics Crossfire II when they get around to arming themselves. This popularity is for a very good reason, though. The scope is offered at a very fair price and can easily perform alongside some of the most expensive options on the market. It is also very utilitarian—just about anyone can comfortably use it. It largely comes down to two things: the magnification range and the objective lens diameter. With a 6x-24x range, you can really zoom into just about anywhere. Often, the larger ranges (like 24x) don’t come paired with a floor as low as 6x. That’s a lot of versatility. A 50mm objective lens diameter offers an exceptionally large view, ensuring you’ll have rapid target acquisition even when fully zoomed at 24x. You just don’t want a narrow picture when you’re deep in the details, or you’ll get lost too easily. Not only that, but this wide lens also ushers in a beautiful amount of light, ensuring an excellent picture even in the darkest conditions. You also get a super-precise, dead-hold BDC reticle with a custom hashmark design. It’s not the most fully-featured reticle, but it’s efficient and very crisp and clear. Pair that with fully-adjustable windage and elevation with ¼ MOA increments, courtesy of capped turrets with an audible click, and you’re set. Of course, it’s a tank, too. Made from a single cut of aircraft-grade aluminum and given a hard-anodized black matte finish, it is further nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed. You get waterproofing, fog proofing, and shock proofing. What more could we ask for? Only a more niche product, that’s what—and that’s why this scope is our top overall choice. ​ Bottom Line The Crossfire II is everywhere and for good reason. It’s a great product in every way, from durability, to feature set, to reliability. There are more niche products out there, but if ever there was a great go-to scope, it’s the Crossfire II. Best Long-Range Rifle Scope for the Money: ​ Vortex Optics Strike Eagle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros 11 Brightness Settings Durable "Construction From Aircraft" Aluminum Fully Adjustable Windage, Elevation, and Parallax Fully Proofed Against water, Shock, Fog, and Corrosion Greatly Improved Reticle With Holders, Ranges, Windage Corrections, and Moving Target Leads Cons Not Many Huge Improvements Beyond Brightness Settings and an Improved Reticle The Crossfire II topped our list because it should appeal to the widest number of shooters, checks all the boxes of what a great scope should be, and is a great value. But what if you’re looking for a scope that really focuses on giving you the most for your money? Well, Vortex Optics has you covered with the Strike Eagle. The biggest upgrade is the electronics. Thanks to a CR2032 battery, you’ll have 11 brightness levels. While you still get a beautifully wide 50mm objective diameter, you’ll never have to worry about lighting again. You also get a much-improved EBR-4 MOA reticle, which enables you to quickly determine holders, ranges, windage corrections, and moving target leads. It’s a lot of detail laid out very simply with minimal intrusion and being able to adjust the brightness really helps to relay the information just how you need it. You also get fully-adjustable windage, elevation, and even parallax, all adjustable in ¼ MOA increments with finger-clicks. Parallax is adjustable 20 yards to infinity. You can easily reset to zero. Of course, you also get the complete proofing against all elements as Vortex Optics offered with their cheaper model, the Crossfire II. Bottom Line The Strike Eagle serves as a slightly pricier upgrade to the Crossfire II, introducing a very worthy addition of battery-powered brightness and a much-improved reticle. Best Under $300: ​ Vortex Optics Diamondback CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent Value Highly Precise Adjustments for Perfect Viewing Dead-Hold BDC Reticle is Minimal and Unobtrusive 50mm Wide Objective Lens Captures Optimum Light Durable Construction From Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Cons Some May Prefer a More Detailed Reticle You might be noticing a trend here. Yep, Vortex Optics produces some of the best scopes around in a lot of categories. While the previous two entrants were very flexible and cater to everyone, the Diamondback is less flexible but is nonetheless our top choice if you’re looking for the finest quality instrument under $300. With a 3.5-10x magnification range, it’s ideal for shooters who have some experience under their belt. A magnification of 10x is typically more than enough for a skilled hunter. This lower magnification power means the wide 50mm objective diameter is even more noticeable, offering a brilliant view of the field of view, which is 35.8-12.5 feet per hundred yards. With max elevation adjustment of 65 MOA and max windage adjustment of 65 MOA, as well as 100 yards of parallax setting, it is possible for experienced hunters to experience optimum precision. These are all adjustable by way of metal-on-metal capped turrets. Additionally, the dead-hold BDC reticle is highly efficient and minimal, utilizing an unobtrusive single crosshair design overlaying a second focal plane spot reticle. This makes it perfect for estimating holdover. Of course, construction is solid, made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and argon-purged for full waterproofing, fog proofing, and shock resistance. A black nitride finish ensures a sleek but reflection-free surface that further resists corrosion. Bottom Line Designed for experienced hunters, the Vortex Optics Diamondback offers competitive features in an affordable package. Best Under $500: ​ Vortex Optics Viper CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Specially Designed With Hunters in Mind Exceptional Picture Clarity and Light Capture Highly Durable Construction Designed to Last a Lifetime Two Minimal and Cassic Reticle Options to Choose From Special Multi-Coating Protects Against Scratches and Oils Cons As it is a More Premium Scope, it May Be Outside of Some Budgets Upping the ante a bit, we have the Vortex Optics Viper PA Second Focal Plane Riflescope. In many ways, it shares the basic design of the Diamondback. Most notably, it has a much wider range of magnification, from 5x to 20x. We really like the fact that instead of going higher, Vortex Optics has focused on a more practical lower range. Many experienced hunters will enjoy this, too. The difference in quality is evident when using the scope, however. Vortex Optics has applied their finest lenses to this scope, and they are coated with a special XR coat to further enhance light. This is in addition to a standard multicoat and an armor coat. All in all, this means superior protection from scratches, and resistance to water droplets, fog, and oils. The lenses themselves offer exceptional brilliance and color fidelity. Additionally, a fast focus eyepiece with over three inches of eye relief takes great advantage of the 50mm-wide objective diameter. As you would expect, this diameter also adds a lot of brilliance to an already-great viewing picture, and really pushes the limits of just how dark it can be when you hunt. Two reticles are available, a dead-hold BDC or a standard mil-dot. Again, unlike some other reticles out there, these designs do not hold your hand, but as this is aimed at experienced and professional hunters, we suspect this won’t be an issue to most in its target market. ​ Bottom Line For those shopping for a more premium scope, Vortex Optics offers an excellent option with unbelievable clarity and a great suite of features at what is still a great price. Best Under $1000: ​ Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros High-Fidelity Color and Picture Clarity Includes a Cover, Sunshade, and Rings Super-Strong Construction With Elemental Resistance Massive 56mm Objective Lens Produces Brilliant Pictures. One of the Best Scopes for Your Money on the Market Today Cons Cost-Prohibitive to Some Shooters For those with bigger budgets still, there is an exceptional option worth considering from Millett. Right off the bat, you’ll notice a super wide 56mm objective lens which offers an outstanding field of view and a brilliant image in the worst of lighting conditions. You will be able to zoom anywhere from 6x to 25x, a wonderfully rich range that focuses heavily on the practical low end. Additionally, you get premium glass with standard multicoat, ensuring the best possible image at any magnification. This glass is further coated to enhance strength, resist scratches and shed water or oils. It also works exceptionally well on dirt and debris. It also features precision controls with a full 140 MOA adjustment for windage, elevation, and parallax. Extra large and ergonomic turrets provide smooth ¼ MOA adjustments and produce an audible click. This is complemented by the glass-etched, mil-dot bar reticle, designed for absolute precision. Of course, it is constructed from top-quality aluminum and finished with a black nitride coat. It is fog-proof, waterproof, shockproof, and resistant to corrosion. Lastly, it also comes with a sunshade, rings, and a cover. Bottom Line For those looking to take down serious game, or who hunt regularly and seriously, an investment in the top-quality Millett scope is an excellent idea for a lifetime of high performance. Best Long-Range Hunting Scope: ​ Nikon ProStaff 7 4-16X50 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Generous 4” Eye Relief Includes Nikon’s Proprietary Reticle Rugged and Resistant to Elemental Harm 50mm Objective Width Produces Brilliant Pictures A Great Value, Blending Premium Features and a Budget Price Cons Those Spending in This Range May Wish to Spend a Bit More for a Real High-End Scope Nikon never disappoints. As we often point out, they produce scopes that fit in that sweet spot between a premium offering and a high-value item. We’ll never turn down superior craftsmanship at a reduced price! The ProStaff is just another fine example of this trend. With a 4x-16x magnification range, we truly appreciate how low it can go. You’ll notice many others on our list start several orders of magnification higher, but there is a very practical purpose for starting at 4x, and we’re sure many experienced hunters will agree. Of course, Nikon is known for their lenses and you get the finest glass available. Completely scratch-proof and coated for optimum light pass-through, they also resist oils, debris, and shed water droplets. The picture itself is gorgeous, with high color fidelity and absolutely zero glare or unwanted light distortion. In the lowest of lighting conditions, it truly works magic with its 50mm objective width, seriously enhancing an image about as well as you can without the use of electronic processing. Furthermore, a generous 4” eye relief makes it ideal for a variety of situations, as does the proprietary Nikoplex reticle. This reticle is a combination reticle which is only as intrusive as a basic crosshair but offers exceptionally precise details worked into the design. It allows for unparalleled accuracy at any range and is one of our favorite proprietary reticles. Of course, you get full proofing from shocks, water, fog, and corrosion. The black nitride finish also ensures virtually no reflections, making for a stealthy choice. Add in a lifetime warranty, and you’ve got a real winner, with premium features at a reasonable price. Bottom Line If you’re willing to spend money on a premium scope, but don’t quite want to sink four digits of cash, Nikon can always be trusted to give you top-notch features on a budget. Durable, brilliant, and versatile, this is a beautiful scope. Best Long-Range Night "Vision Rifle Scope" : ​ ATN X-Sight II CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Records 4K Video Built-In Rangefinder Rechargeable Battery No Need to Calculate Bullet Ballistics Stunning Picture Quality in All Conditions Cons Definitely Not For Minimalists! Are you ready for something completely different, something next-generation? If you’re a tech-enthusiast and love using gear, you’ll likely love this scope. You should start by understanding that this is a “smart” scope. In other words, it uses an internal processor to perform some pretty mind-blowing feats relative to what wasn’t possible until pretty recently. For starters, you get a day and night mode , with the unit processing the image to enhance atmospheric conditions or even emulate a night-vision appearance, although in practice the night mode image looks far superior to actual night-vision, with very detailed precision and a full scale of light and dark tones. Your image can be magnified from 5x to 20x, and as the image is entirely based on real lenses, not digital enlargement, it retains optimum clarity. It is only after the ideal image passes through the wide objective lens that the image is processed. You also receive a ballistic calculator, which is truly like magic. Unlike other scopes, where you need to pay attention to a complicated reticle design, here, everything is calculated for you. What this means is that factors like wind, target lead, bullet drop, and other nuances are calculated and your projected point of impact is displayed. This takes all the guesswork out of taking your shot—and yes, it works. It can even record HD video with an internal SD card or with wireless streaming to your mobile device in full 4K for later viewing. All of this runs on a 20,000mAh battery which is rechargeable, and believe it or not, it can operate up to 22 hours straight before needing to be charged. Bottom Line For those looking for an affordable way to get the latest digital features so that they can hunt in any condition or light, this is simply the scope to beat. Aspects to Consider When Buying a Long-Best Long Range Before you make your purchase, consider the following factors that should guide you to your dream scope: What Magnification Range Makes Sense? Keep in mind that a wider range, or a higher range, is not necessarily ideal. Sometimes, a scope with a low minimum magnification is perfect for when shooting at a closer range. It can be great to have 2,000% magnification, but if your target is 100 yards away, you’ll value a lower number, too. Advanced Features ​ Do you want the ability to do next-generation tasks, such as stream your kill in 4K to your phone? How about having the ballistics calculated for you? You’d better believe that’s not standard! Objective Lens Width ​ An objective lens width that’s of a higher value is generally a good thing, but if you’re looking for stealth , you might want to trade the brighter picture for something slimmer, especially if you don’t hunt in low-light conditions. Conclusion It’s an excellent time to be a hunter with the variety of scopes and features on the market today. That said, there are so many, and with so many new and advanced features, it can be quite the shopping experience. Use our guide to focus your search and then use our reviews to pick from the best products out there.

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