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October 6th, 2009

Vortex Releases New HD 5-20x50mm Tactical Scope

Vortex Optics of Middleton, Wisconsin has introduced the impressive new Razor HD 5-20x50mm tactical scope. With HD objective glass, this new scope is very bright and very sharp. It also has a ton of vertical and horizontal adjustment. Advanced design and a fat, 35mm maintube give the Razor 5-20×50 a whopping 125 MOA (36 milrads) of total adjustment (combined above and below center) for both elevation and windage. 125 MOA of adjustment is huge. That’s enough vertical for ultra-long-range shooting with almost any modern cartridge.

Vortex Razor 5-20x50

Impressive APO and HD Glass on new 5-20×50 Razor
The optically-indexed lenses are precision-ground from XD optical glass and coated with Vortex’s XR coating for enhanced resolution, clarity, and edge-to-edge brightness. The Vortex also boast a multi-element apochromatic (APO) objective lens that virtually eliminates chromatic aberration across the entire field of view.

Vortex Razor 5-20x50Ranging is simplified with Vortex Optics’ proprietary new EBR-2 milrad reticle. Laser-etched and placed in the first focal plane, the reticle enlarges and shrinks with the target when zoomed so the scale remains constant at all magnifications. In addition, the subtensions on the EBR-2 milrad reticle match the 0.1 milrad turret clicks for simpler ranging and adjustments.

Vortex’s RZR (Rapid Zero Return) Zero Stop mechanism employs a rotational-blocking steel design. Vortex claims this patent-pending system is “mechanically more reliable and accurate than other systems that block the vertical movement of the turret”. The RZR Zero Stop delivers precise return to zero without the need to count clicks.

The 5-20x50mm Razor features waterproof/dustproof/shockproof construction and boasts a full 3.9″ of eye relief through the entire 5-20X range of magnification. This impressive new tactical scope has an MSRP of $2499.00, while “street price” is about two grand. For $1999.95, offers the 5-20×50 HD with 0.1 milrad clicks and EBR-2 reticle (item RZR551), or with 1/4 MOA clicks and EBR-1 reticle (item RZR550).

Vortex Razor 5-20x50

Vortex Optics and Unconditional Lifetime Warranty
You may not have heard about Vortex Optics yet, but this American-owned company is putting out some very good scopes these days. Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime warranty. That warranty is as good as it gets.

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October 6th, 2009

Website Explains Canadian Gun License Procedures

Canada PAL licenseWe have many Canadian readers. Unfortunately, in our neighbor nation to the north, the process for obtaining firearms permits is fairly complicated. Thankfully, Noah, a Canadian firearms enthusiast, has created a helpful website with step-by-step instructions. explains the procedure for acquiring a firearm license — the forms you need to fill out, the tests you need to take, and the fees you need to pay. Here are the basic steps, as explained by the website:

1. Take and pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses (CFSC) test.
2. Get an appropriate photo and three references.
3. Fill out a form asking about your financial history and romantic life.
4. Mail in the form and wait to receive Possession and Acquisition License (PAL).

The website further explains: “With the exception of some antique guns you need to get a Possession and Acquisition License to buy guns and ammunition, (a slightly more expensive ‘restricted’ license is required for handguns and some other firearms). A word of advice — get the restricted license! It’s going to cost a bit more (about $95 more and then $20 more every 5 years after that), but it’s well worth it if you want to target shoot or collect guns[.]”

Canada PAL license

We recommend to any Canadian wanting to obtain a gun permit. As the website’s author explains: “You’re going to have to wade knee deep into Canada’s nearly two-billion-dollar firearms registry boondoggle. But it’s not as bad as it sounds; and you’re already paying for it with your tax dollars, so why not get something out of it?”

Hat’s off to Steve at The Firearm Blog for finding this useful website for Canadian shooters. Photos courtesy

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October 6th, 2009

Remington Acquires Advanced Armament (AAC)

Remington Arms Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC), a leading manufacturer of suppressors (silencers), muzzle brakes, and other shooting accessories. Located in Norcross, Georgia, AAC is a leading supplier of noise reduction and flash reduction devices for the military, government, and commercial markets. AAC will report to the Remington Military Products Division, but AAC will continue day-to-day operations in Georgia under company founder Kevin Brittingham.

The following was posted by AAC’s Tom Beckstrand in the AAC Blog:

“Remington has introduced new products in the sniper rifle space with the Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) and the carbine/sub-compact weapon space with the Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) to compete for emerging US government special operations and conventional force requirements. As it currently stands, the majority of small arms produced for the American military come from companies headquartered overseas.

Remington’s decision to purchase AAC stems from recognition that future military weapons selections will almost unilaterally require sound and/or signature reduction. Our military has been at war for over eight years now and experience shows that there are significant tactical advantages associated with suppressor use….”

AAC has experienced substantial growth due to the military’s demand for suppressors. AAC was the provider of silencers and flash hiders for the SOF Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) program. Civilian sales have increased also. AAC notes that suppressor ownership is legal in 34 U.S. states. The merger of Remington with AAC will enable AAC to take advantage of Remington’s larger production capabilities[.]

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