I’ve been checking out the Vortex Viper 12×50 binoculars for a few months now, using them from everything from checking out the random animals in the neighborhood, to spotting shot placement at the range.
Trinity Force sent me another optic to take a look at. This is their 1-4x28mm scope with a small-cross reticle.
We first took a look at the Trinity Force P4 Sniper optic back in July, 2014. While we liked it, especially for the price, there were a few things that could use some improvement.
Trinity Force sent us out an updated optic (with a different reticle) that has few updates. I wish this optic had the same reticle, but, part of the improvement is the new reticle has cleaner illumination… More on that shortly.
I’m in the process of upgrading the sights on a few of my pistols so I figured I should get a variety of sights and do a quick once over on them all… In this round I have access to a set of Ameriglo (GL-115) sights, a set of Meprolight (ML-10224) sights and a set of TruGlo TFO (TG131GTIY) fiber optic sights; all are for standard Glock pistols (9mm, .40, etc) and are Tritium powered night sights.
It is worth noting, the Ameriglo sights are marked as Trijicon sights; from what I’ve read the metal portions of the sights are made by Ameriglo, but the Tritium inserts are designed and made by Trijicon.
Tritium is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen that emits electrons that can cause phosphors to glow and be used as self-powered lighting devices called betalights. This is used in many things, like watches and night sights. Tritium is very expensive costing around $30,000 USD per gram.
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Lets see how they stack up…
Are you in the market for a low price optic that you can use on a range gun, airsoft gun, or maybe an AR-15 .22LR? Take a look at the Trinity Force P4 Sniper optic. You can find them online and in retailers for around $135.
I purchased a SWFA SS 10×42 scope (the ‘SS’) many years ago, and have been using it, with great success.
At the time I purchased the scope, the $299.95 price was, by far, the most expensive optic I had ever purchased. And even at that low relative price, I have been nothing by extremely happy with the optical quality and overall functionality of the scope. I have used other high-priced scopes and in more than one occasion preferred the SS over options that have cost 4-5x as much.
Not everyone has $1,000+ to spend on an optic for their fancy new rifle. In the video below, Mac @ Military Arms goes over some of the more budget friendly options he’s been able to find.
He makes the great point “I have a lot of guns, and honestly I cannot afford to put a Aimpoint T1-Micro on every thing I own.” – Mac (4:11) As your collection of firearms starts to grow, you will run into this issue; and moving optics and having to re-zero on every outing just doesn’t work out!
So, if you’re in the market for a budget optic, check out the video below… It may help you make a decision on what to buy.
I recently got my hands on a Ranger 1000 Rangefinder by Vortex Optics. I’ve played with these in the store and used similar range finders that friends have owned, but out of all of the rangefinders I’ve used, I keep going back to the Ranger 1000. The ergonomics are great, it’s very compact and light, and it’s accurate.
The ergonomics of the Ranger 1000 are great, and it allows for easy one handed operation, something that is great if you are also carrying a rifle when out hunting, etc. Along with the great ergonomics, the Ranger 1000 is also fully o-ring sealed, so it’s very water resistant.
Included with the rangefinder is a nice carrying case that will attach to a 2″ or smaller belt. The case has elastic on the sides, it pinches the rangefinder, so even if you forget to clip it closed, it’ll take some serious moving around for it to fall out of the case. It also has a belt clip directly on the side of the rangefinder, so you can simply clip it to your belt; the clip can be moved to either side of the range finder. Also included in the box is a lanyard, a field reference card and the required CR2 3v battery.
With everything in the case, the battery in the rangefinder and the lanyard attached, the whole package weighs in at 9oz and measures 3.5 in x 4.25 in x 2 in (L x W x D). So a pretty small and light weight package.