Topsail Gun Gal: What you see is what you get, and then some

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Today we are overwhelmed with the amazing clarity of optics, mainly used for long range rifles though the market has readily expanded for shotguns and pistols.

One of the most commonly recognized names in these parts is the Eotech (made by LG3 Communications that also makes those wonderful black boxes for airplanes). This optic is truly a holographic sight – which means that even if the lens is cracked, the red dot still works. Though not a magnifier, it is designed for the user to keep both eyes open for target acquisition at close range. Durable, water proof, and one of the most reasonable of all the high end optics, this can be used for all types of weapons (including a smaller version for pistols).  An additional magnifier may be added to make this a long range optic (though a bit pricy).

Aimpoint is designed to work the same way and tends to have a longer battery life for tactical use.

UTG makes a circle and cross hair red dot that is one of the most affordable and best for the money (under $100) and is shock proof, water proof and fog proof and has the ability to be installed on a shotgun without losing zero. All of these options make this a very impressive option for the new buyer.

Leupold is one of the most recognized makers of scopes and optics on the market today and is American made product. This company has been a military optics supplier since before Vietnam war and continues to supply our men and women today.  One of the best customer service departments in the industry and unknown to most, this company has just acquired Redfield (also an optics company).

The very best optic made today is by Schmidt and Bender ( A German Company). Even the very basic model of their scope starts at around $1,000.00. From what I’ve heard, the best of the best prefer this scope over all others for competition and military.

To change gears….let’s talk about the famous red laser. Crimson Trace has made red lasers on pistols almost a household commodity. There is nothing more fascinating to some than wrapping their fingers around a pistol grip of a handgun only to have that magical red beam of light appear, with a small red dot glaring back at them in the distance. It always fascinates.



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