Use Enough Glass – Selecting a Spotting Scope

Peeping Hipster

Peeping Hipster

If you are going to do any long-range hunting, or if you want to improve your marksmanship beyond 50 yards, you need a spotting scope. You can’t learn & grow your skills if you can’t see what your current performance is. Not knowing where your last bullet hit will hold back your development as a shooter. And running downrange to examine your target repeatedly is going to tire you out and piss off your fellow marksmen.

A binocular is fine out to 50 yards, but beyond that distance the lack of magnification is a problem.

And, no, the scope on your rifle is not “good enough”, even if it is a fancy German brand. It doesn’t have enough magnification, and you don’t want to get into the habit of aiming your gun at everything that you want a closer look at.

If you want to improve your skills with a long gun, and get your guns sighted in correctly, you need a spotting scope. In optics, you generally get the quality that you pay for. Below, I will address some of the considerations that you need to think about before choosing a spotting scope.

Scientific American: “Socialism will stop gun deaths”

Anti-Gun Media

Anti-Gun Media

No, really, that is exactly what a writer for the “science” rag said:

A modest proposal for curbing homicides: Socialism

It goes downhill from there:

Yes, the U.S. homicide rate is much higher than in England, Japan and other nations that severely restrict civilian ownership of firearms.

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DEA ruled not responsible for embarrassing Agent who shot himself

Gun Safety

Gun Safety

Who shot himself while being recorded on video, in fact.

Poor Lee Paige.  A former football player for the Tampa Bay Suckaneers, Paige became a DEA agent and then made himself famous when he shot himself in the leg with his own gun, right after declaring to his audience of kids and their parents that his gun was unloaded and that he was “the only person in the room professional enough to carry the Glock .40”  BANG.

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Quality – SIG and Kahr

SIG and Kahr

Two more brands to consider: SIG and Kahr.

Kahr is a relative newcomer to the gun scene.  Founded by the son of the man who headed the Unification Church (the “Moonies”), Kahr makes small and medium-sized handguns with steel or polymer frames.  They are all single-stack, striker-fired designs.

SIG is…SIG.  They used to be designed in Switzerland, and made in Germany.  Nowadays they make slides and other components in the United States as well.  They have a reputation for quality and precision.  They were late to the polymer frame pistol party, but have been making up for lost time.

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The Fitz Special

Fitz Revolvers 2

Fitz Specials

What is the “Fitz Special”? A snub nose revolver with (what many consider to be) extreme modifications to make it more suitable for close-quarters gun-fighting. John H. Fitzgerald created the Fitz Special, and other well-known shootists such as Charles Askins and Rex Applegate endorsed the concept by employing it.

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