My day started with a very nice meeting with the folks over at March Optics. Mari is a lovely person who I know I would enjoy doing business with. The only issue is in order to work with March, at this time, I would have to import directly from Japan. In the grand scheme of things this is possible and they do offer great optics with some innovative options, however, between the shipping, customs & customs broker fees it's not a sound business decision. Mari did indicate that she may be working with a central distributor here in the USA in the future and of course at that time we will revisit the idea of becoming a March dealer.
Gotta get everything in today as I leave tomorrow morning. My next meeting was with with Leupold. I posted already about all the products that they discontinued. Their new products are:
- 179292 VX-6HD 4-24x52 (34mm) CDS-ZL3 Side Focus Illum. TMOA
- 179293 VX-6HD 4-24x52 (34mm) CDS-ZL3 Side Focus Illum. Impact-23 MOA
- 179294 VX-6HD 4-24x52 (34mm) CDS-ZL3 Side Focus Illum. FireDot Duplex
- 178027 VX-5HD 3-15x44 (30mm) CDS-ZL2 Side Focus Mil TMR
- 178166 VX-5HD 4-20x52 (34mm) CDS-ZL2 Side Illum. FireDot Duplex
- 177823 VX-3i 3.5-10x40 (1 inch) CDS-ZL Duplex
- 177861 VX-3i 4.5-14x40 (1 inch) CDS-ZL Duplex
- 177820 VX-3i 4.5-14x40 (30mm) Side Focus CDS-ZL Wind-Plex
- 177822 VX-3i 4.5-14x50 (30mm) Side Focus CDS-ZL Duplex
VX-3i LRP Scopes
- 179069 VX-3i LRP 8.5-25x50 (30mm) Side Focus FFP CCH
- 178253 VX-Freedom 4-12x40 (1 inch) Duplex
- 178255 VX-Freedom 4-12x50 (1 inch) Duplex
- 177226 VX-Freedom AR 1.5-4X20 (30mm) 223 Mil Illum. FireDot MIL-Ring
- 178252 VX-Freedom AR 3-9X40 (1 inch) 223 Mil TMR
- 178254 VX-Freedom AR 4-12x40 (1 inch) 223 Mil TMR
- 177230 VX-Freedom AR 4-12x40 (30mm) 223 Side Focus Mil TMR
- 177231 VX-Freedom AR 6-18X40 (30mm) 223 Mil Side Focus TMR
- 177225 VX-Freedom 1.5-4X20 (30mm) Illum. FireDot MOA-Ring
- 177227 VX-Freedom 3-9X40 (30mm) Illum. FireDot Tri-MOA
- 177228 VX-Freedom 3-9X50 (30mm) Illum. FireDot Twilight Hunter
- 177229 VX-Freedom 4-12X50 (30mm) CDS Illum. FireDot Duplex Freedom RDS
- 176204 Freedom - RDS 1x34 (34mm) Red Dot 1.0 MOA Dot
We ordered some of the VX Freedom Illuminated 3-9X40 (30mm) Illum. FireDot Tri-MOA & VX-Freedom 4-12X50 (30mm) CDS Illum. FireDot Duplex scopes. I think they are a nice addition and priced well. We shall see how the field reviews are when they arrive.
Here's some more detail on the VX-Freedom AR Models
Something new and different for Leupold is their new Line of Performance Eyewear. Actually pretty great quality. Maybe not something we would handle here but maybe over at my Tackle Shop.
I next went to meet with a rep from Pulsar Thermal Riflescopes. We have been doing more and more with Pulsar and I wanted to get a more hands on with the products. Very enlightening. We plan to expand business with Pulsar.
Our FotoPro Tripod rep also reps for an outdoor accessory company called Field Optics and asked me to come by to look at BiPods, Accessories and such. So very glad I did. We are most certainly bringing in a BUNCH of their products.
Their PRO39-MIL ASPLR System was amazing quality: includes a professional military grade, Made in The USA, FBT PRO39-MIL carbon fiber tripod with Precision Bowl Tensioner FPBT-LH and a Raised Arca Swiss-Picatinny Lever Clamp FBT-ASPLR Tripod system is 63.3" tall, 7.4 lbs. Can convert from 75mm bowl top to flat top. 29.75" folded length, 145 lb load capacity, Extra strong 10 layer 39 mm x 1.2mm leg tube, FREE QR44 Arca Swiss QR plate. Precision Bowl Tensioner and Arca Swiss Picatinny Lever Clamp provides +/- 20 deg dynamic movement and 360 independent pan rotation. Instantly switch between Arca Swiss and Picatinny mounts with the same lever clamp system. With Coyote brown Tactical padded carry case & shoulder sling strap.
BT Precision FBT5436C Bowl Top Tripod
Designed specifically for weapon support systems, Precision Rifle Shooting (PRS), Long Range Shooting Competition Shooting and videography. Fits 75m leveling base or video heads and allows for precise adjustments with the lowest profile possible. Leveling base locking system allows for tension control on the ball and not just a solid lock as other system operate. This allows for precision adjustment without the use of an additional head.
They also have the best binocular tripod adapter I've seen in their Rapid Release Binocular Tripod Adapter GEN 2. The new GEN 2 Rapid-Release Tripod Adapter allows for quick and easy connect-disconnect of your binocular to your tripod but unlike others, it can't fall off!!! Will fit any brand binocular with a 1/4-20 connection. No QR plate is required with our 3-way base. Which as Arca Swiss, Manfrotto 200PL, and 1/4-20 mounting options.
Off to the Tactical area for a meeting with Tangent Theta. I enjoy visiting with Jason. What a great guy. We ordered some of the new 3-15x50 Long Range Hunter scopes in both MOA and MIL versions. Tangent Theta’s model TT315H Long Range Hunter Rifle Telescope is a precision sighting instrument designed for Hunters looking for the best equipment available on the market today. Tangent Theta’s industry-leading development team has used their extensive experience to optimize and refine the Long Range Hunter for unfailing ruggedness, mechanical precision and unsurpassed image quality.
Unique features like the Auto Isolation feature means that once you set your Elevation and Windage, the caps snap in place to prevent any unintentional changes that might happen in demanding environments. If Changes to your Elevation or Windage are required the Rapid Access feature allows you to quickly pop up the caps and make your adjustments and take the shot. Every TT315H ships with a set of Tenebraex flip covers included.
- Rapid Access Elevation and Windage
- Auto Isolation feature
- Locking rapid adjust diopter
- Rev indication on Elevation
- Low profile parallax (side adjust and Illumination control)
- No field of view occlusion in shooting position
- Single piece tube
- Includes Tenebraex flip covers
- Includes battery cap tool
Last year we opened with Nightforce and have enjoyed a fantastic experiance with them since day 1. My rep is awesome. She is as attentive as can be and is always looking out for us and helping to expedite orders for us.
As announced last week, their new Wedge Prism was their new introduction this year. The Wedge Prism is a clip-on accessory that mounts to a forward or continuous MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail to increase the effective elevation travel. It optically shifts the incoming image to the riflescope by a precise elevation value, which directly adds to the available elevation travel within any riflescope.
A close friend in the industry has taken the head sales position over at Vanguard. I've been back and forth with Vanguard through the years. Some of their items have been of interest but I never saw a reason to take the plunge.
Starting small they have a great Porta-Aim Portable Gun Rest constructed of rugged aluminum, Porta-Aim gun rest provides stable shooting support in an easily portable device for the fast-action hunter. Porta-Aim enables users get on target and stay therewith a 360-degree swiveling bag.
Vesta 8320M monocular is very cool. It's like they broke an 8x42 binocular in half. It comes with a smart phone adapter and blue tooth remote so you can get some great images. I was very impressed with their VEO HD 2 binocular
Hydrophobic Coating, carbon fiber strong light weight body, very 3D image.
Last stop of the year was Burris. Last year was our best year ever with Burris so hopefully that upward trend will continue.
Eliminator IV Rifle Scope
- Magnification 4-16x
- Rear Focal Plane
- Reticle Choices: X96
- Weight 28.8 ounces
- 50mm objective lens
- Overall length of 15.5 inches
- FOV @ 100 yards: 33 feet at 4x and 9 feet
- 3.5-4 inches of eye relief
- Click Value 1/8 MOA
RT Rifle Scopes
- Magnification 5-25x
- Front focal plane
- Reticle Choices: SCR 2Mil
- Weight 24.8 ounces
- Eye relief: 3.3 - 3.6 inches
- 56mm clear objective lens
- Overall length of 14.3 inches
- FOV @ 100 yards: 22.5 feet at 5x and 4.5 feet at 25x
- Matte finish
- Click Value .1 mRad
- MAP: $699
RT 15 3-15x50:
- Magnification 3-15x
- Front focal plane
- Reticle Choices: SCR 2Mil
- Weight 23.2 ounces
- 50mm clear objective lens
- Overall length of 13.2 inches
- FOV @ 100 yards: 37 feet at 3x and 7.5 feet at 15x
- Eye relief: 3.5 - 3.8 inches of eye relief
- Matte finish
- Click Value .1 mRad
- MAP: $599
Now comes my final daily gelatto cone, Stracciatella today. Again, medicinal of course to sooth my now very sore, from talking all day, throat.
If there is anything you're looking for please give us a call at 516-217-1000. It is always our pleasure to speak with you. Always give a call to discuss options and what would be best for your needs
Have a great day.