August 20th, 2019

Four Affordable Red Dot Sight Systems Reviewed and Ranked

Ammoland Red Dot Review Bushnell Vortex Nikon Aimpoint Trijicon

Frankly, we are not big fans of Red Dot sights, as they are not a good choice for precision rifle shooting beyond 100 yards. But Red Dot sight systems do have a place for pistol shooters, night-time hunters, and folks defending their home and property at short range.

Those considering purchasing a Red Dot sight system should read the latest Ammoland Red Dot Review by former U.S. Army Ranger Rex Nanorum. Rex took four affordable (under $200) Red Dot optics into the field, putting them through their paces. Rex notes: “Red dot sights are excellent options for those wanting a lightweight upgrade to iron sights and those prioritizing speed over the maximum accurate range.”

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Rex tested the five Red Dot units, evaluating them based on multiple key factors: weight, brightness settings, ingress resistance to moisture and particulates, range performance, and battery life.

The Four Under-$200 Red Dot Optics were:

Bushnell TRS-26
Nikon P-Tactical Superdot
Primary Arms Microdot (Md-Ads)
Vortex Crossfire Red Dot

We recommend you read the full review, which includes detailed discussion of multiple factors. But there were some interesting “take-aways” from Rex’s Ammoland review.

Dot Size — The Bushnell has a 3 MOA central Dot, while the other units have a 2 MOA Dot.

Weight — The four units are similar, weighing 5.3 to 6.6 ounces.

Battery Life — The Bushnell TRS-26 and Primary Arms Microdot enjoyed a huge advantage in battery-life, with a claimed 50,000 hours! The Nikon SuperDot offers 14,000 hours, while the Vortex Crossfire delivers only 7000 hours.

Intrusion Resistance — All four units claim to be fog-proof, shock-proof, and water-resistant, typically good for 30 minutes immersion at 1 meter water depth. But the Nikon unit also has a particulate-ingress resistance rating. In the real world, keeping dust out may be more important than the ability to survice a half-hour dunking. In dry states such as Arizona, dust is a bigger issue than water.

The Primary Arms Microdot Earned Top Honors in Ammoland’s Test:

Overall, based on a variety of factors, Rex the reviewer rated the Primary Arms Microdot “best in test”, followed by the Bushnell TRS-26 in second place. The Nikon placed third, while the Vortex was ranked fourth. Rex was somewhat disappointed with the Vortex’s battery life and brightness controls.

Newer Bushnell TRS-26 has larger objective and longer battery life than older TRS-25:

Review of Higher-Priced ($400-$1000) Red Dot Optics
If you’re willing to pay $400 or more for a Red Dot optic, there are many good options. The same reviewer, Rex Nanorum, has tested and ranked five more costly Red Dot Sights:

Trijicon MRO – $400
Vortex UH-1 – $499
Meprolight RDS Pro – $610
Leupold LCO – $700
Aimpoint Comp M5 – $820 ($981 with LRP mount)

Of these units, Rex rated the Aimpoint Comp M5 the highest, with the Trijicon MRO Second.

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August 20th, 2019

Enter Now to Win Over $45,500 Worth of Guns and Gear

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

So, are you feeling lucky? If so, head over to the NSSF’s Gearbox Giveaway webpage. To celebrate National Shooting Sports Month (NSSM), gun and gear manufacturers are offering big prize packages — the Gearbox Giveaways. Enter to win rifles, pistols, ammo, and other valuable prizes. Total Product Value is over $45,500! Many of the Gearbox packages are worth over $3000 with the most valuable package worth over $5600. Enter as many of the Gearbox Giveaways as you like, but time’s running out — the last day to enter is August 31, 2019.

Shown below are all 17 Gearbox Giveaways ranked in order of value — starting with the most valuable prize package. You’ll find more details of the prize packages on the NSSF website. NOTE: You need to enter separately for each Gearbox Giveaway prize package. Good luck!

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1. ENTER TO WIN FN SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $5632.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

2. ENTER TO WIN PRIMARY ARMS RIFLE GEARBOX. MSRP $5237.00

Primary Arms Rifle Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

3. ENTER TO WIN THE MOSSBERG SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $4024.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

4. ENTER TO WIN PHOENIX WEAPONRY SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $4002.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

5. ENTER TO WIN PRIMARY ARMS PISTOL GEARBOX MSRP $3570.43

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

6. ENTER TO WIN SIG SAUER SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $3304.64

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

7. ENTER TO WIN DANIEL DEFENSE SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $2953.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

8. ENTER TO WIN AERO PRECISION SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $2883.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

9. ENTER TO WIN RUGER SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $2767.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

10. ENTER TO WIN GLOCK SHOOTING SPORTS GEARBOX. MSRP $2426.99

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

11. ENTER TO WIN AGUILA AMMUNITION GEARBOX. MSRP $1416.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

12. ENTER RCBS+HOPPE’S+CHAMPION+BUTLER CREEK GEARBOX. MSRP $1376.25

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

13. ENTER BUTLER CREEK+CHAMPION+HOPPE’S+RCBS GEARBOX. MSRP $1376.25

RCBS Hoppes Hunting Gearbox Giveaway contest August

14. ENTER TO WIN OTTO + LEUPOLD + VERTX + MAGPUL GEARBOX. MSRP $1235.64

Otto Leupold vertex Gearbox Giveaway contest August

15. ENTER TO WIN COLT COMPETITION GEARBOX. MSRP $1230.00

Colt 1911 Pistol targets Gearbox Giveaway contest August

16. ENTER TO WIN THE ACCU-TAC GEARBOX. MSRP $1113.95

Accutac bipod rifle rest Gearbox Giveaway contest August

17. ENTER TO WIN ODIN WORKS ALL-AMERICAN GEARBOX. MSRP $1088.00

AR MSR upper billet receiver Gearbox Giveaway contest August

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August 20th, 2019

Zediker Book Helps with Build-You-Own AR-15 Projects

AR15 Varmint rifle AR gunsmithing robert whitley

AR15 construction guideMany of our readers use AR-type rifles for Service Rifle matches, varmint hunting, 3-Gun competition, or defensive use. AR-platform rifles can be configured in a multitude of ways to suit the application. But if you plan to put together your own purpose-built AR rifle, how do you get started?

For AR Do-It-Yourselfers, we suggest reading Glen Zedicker’s book, the Competitive AR-15 Builders Guide. Following on Zedicker’s The Competitive AR15: Ultimate Technical Guide, the Builders Guide provides step-by-step instructions that will help non-professional “home builders” assemble a competitive match or varmint rifle. This book isn’t for everyone — you need some basic gun assembly experience and an aptitude for tools. But the AR-15 Builders’ Guide provides a complete list of the tools you’ll need for the job, and Zedicker outlines all the procedures to build an AR-15 from start to finish.

One of our Forum members who purchased the AR-15 Builders Guide confirms it is a great resource: “Much like any of the books Mr. Zediker puts out this one is well thought-out and is a no nonsense approach to AR building. I can not stress how helpful this book is from beginner to expert level.”

Along with assembly methods, this book covers parts selection and preparation, not just hammers and pins. Creedmoor Sports explains: “Knowing how to get what you want, and be happy with the result, is truly the focus of this book. Doing it yourself gives you a huge advantage. The build will honestly have been done right, and you’ll know it! Little problems will have been fixed, function and performance enhancements will have been made, and the result is you’ll have a custom-grade rifle without paying custom-builder prices.” Other good resources for AR projects is Gunsmithing the AR: The Bench Manual, and the Building Your AR from Scratch DVD.

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