Optics

Laser Range Finders Tested Head to Head: Burris and Vortex

We recently tested four of the longer-ranging laser range finder (LRFs) products now available, two of which we covered in the July 2023 issue...

Best Guns & Gear for 2023

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Robert Sadowski, Tracey Taylor, and Joe Woolley have done in...

Swampfox Justice JTC00127-3

Swampfox is another relatively new player in this game, proudly stating on their website that they were “born on the 4th of July, 2018.”

Crimson Trace RAD Pro 01-01940

We included the Crimson Trace CTS 1250 in our first review, liking what we saw. Then we heard about CT’s next-generation red dots being introduced in the guise of the RAD (Rapid Aiming Dot), so we had to try it.

Holosun AEMS 211301

After our previous red-dot article, we received requests for info on additional optics, a number of which specifically mentioned the Holosun. We’ve seen the devices any number of times on the competition circuit, where they are known as something of a price brand.

Lucid Optics M7

Lucid Optics is a relatively new company and is perhaps not as widely known as others we have examined. Founded in 2009, they describe themselves as “On Target and Under Budget.”

SHOT 2022: Holosun AEMS Takes Aim at Red Dot Market

The Holosun AEMS combines a large field of view in a compact, lightweight package. AEMS has double the glass surface area and is 11% shorter...

Vortex Razor RZR-2003

The secret to shooting a handgun correctly has been boiled down to three words — Front Sight, Press. Anyone can line up the sights...

SIG Sauer Romeo1Pro SOP1P101

The SIG Romeo1Pro red dot is available with 3- or 6-MOA dots, and we chose the larger for these closer-range pistol tests. The Romeo1Pro is covered via their Electro-Optics Infinite Guarantee, and somewhere in there the Electronic Component Limited 5-Year warranty takes over.

Crimson Trace CTS 1250 01-00560

Crimson Trace (CT) has been around since 1994 and has developed a sterling reputation for its laser sighting devices, even providing free batteries for life. CT was purchased by Smith & Wesson in 2016. CT introduced a series of red-dot sights for pistols in late 2018.

Quick-Release Extended Scope Mounts For Carbines & Rifles

One-piece scope mounts with QD or quick-detachable systems offer a number of advantages over employing two separate rings. The first is strength. Seated in...

2018 Best New Optics for Rifles, Handguns, and Shotguns

We've had a chance to use quite a few new optics this year, including red dots, lasers, scopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes, while we have performed firearms testing for future issues. We shoot a lot of firearms every year, and with that round count comes the insight that what's on top of the guns matters as much as the gun itself in many cases. Following are a few recommendations for optics that have proven themselves as worthwhile complementary products in firearms evaluations, but which we haven't tested in head-to-head comparisons as yet.

‘Background Check’ Rule Is Coming For You

On April 11, 2024, the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new rule to expand background-check requirements for private...