Archive for March, 2010

Mar
29

Nikon Monarch 4-16×42SF

The Nikon Monarch 4-16×42SF is what rests atop the Savage Model 10. This is the scope that helps me shoot 3/16″ groups with that Savage.

The Nikon Monarch 4-16x42SF graces the Savage Model 10 Tactical

The Nikon Monarch 4-16x42SF graces the Savage Model 10 Tactical

This Nikon Monarch features adjustable magnification from 4x-16x with a 42mm objective lens and a 1″ tube. Nikon offers three different reticles on this Monarch – their standard Nikoplex, a bullet drop compensator reticle, and a mildot reticle. This one features the standard Nikoplex, and it can be found at many online retailers for around $450.

Magnification is adjustable from 4-16 power.

Magnification is adjustable from 4-16 power.

One very nice feature of this scope is the “side focus” – parallax adjustment is made with a dial on the left side of the scope, rather than at the objective. This is very handy in the field, since you can adjust the parallax without moving the rifle too far out of position.

Parallax adjustments can be made from a firing position with the side focus

Parallax adjustments can be made from a firing position with the side focus

Another nicety is the mid-height windage and elevation turrets. If you don’t want the giant tacticool turrets, but you don’t want to get out a dime every time you want to make an adjustment, then this is a good solution.

Unscrew the aluminum caps, and you’ll find the windage and elevation turrets, plainly labeled and thumb-click adjustable in 1/4″ MOA increments.

The mid-height turrets feature 1/4" MOA adjustments

The mid-height turrets feature 1/4" MOA adjustments

The glass on this scope is stellar for its price. I had this side-by-side with a Leupold 4.5-14 Vari-XIII at the range. The Leupold’s glass was slightly clearer… but then again, the Leupold cost almost twice as much as the Nikon.

This Nikon scope is very well made, has excellent Japanese glass, great features and is an excellent value. You’ll be hard-pressed to find its equal in the sub-$500 price range. I highly recommend the Nikon Monarch line of riflescopes.

Mar
26

Did I Ever Mention…

That I love parking lot deals?

Kimber Ultra Tactical II, some mags, a couple holsters

Kimber Ultra Tactical II, some mags, a couple holsters

Mar
24

The Ammo has Arrived

The Big Brown Truck stopped by yesterday and left me a nice shipment of ammo to test. Tracking says the new Chrony should be here today, so we’ll be able to test these loads up right.

A lovely variety of 9mm (9×19mm, for you sticklers) was in the box, and we’re going to see what kind of groups we can get with them the HK USPc.

A wide variety of 124 grain 9mm ammunition

A wide variety of 124 grain 9mm ammunition

A fabulous selection of .22LR match ammo was in the box. We’ll be shooting these through the Savage Mark II BTVS. There’s a certain amount of cleaning and fouling that has to be done to make such a test consistent, and I’ll guide you through that when the time comes.

Nice assortment of high-end .22LR match ammunition

Nice assortment of (mostly) high-end .22LR match ammunition

Lastly, we have some higher-end .223 ammo. These are heavier bullets (62-75 grain) that we’ll be testing through the Sig 556 after it’s properly broken in.

We'll see how this variety of 62-75gr .223 shoots in the Sig 556

We'll see how this variety of 62-75gr .223 shoots in the Sig 556

This should make for a fun and educational day of shooting!

Mar
24

Heckler & Koch USP Compact 9mm

This is the H&K USPc 9mm.

H&K USPc 9mm Stainless

H&K USPc 9mm Stainless

This is my primary carry weapon. It’s durable, reliable, accurate, and just the right size for me.

H&K offers the USP (Universal Self-loading Pistol) in a variety of calibers, and is available in full size and compact models. This compact 9mm takes a double-stack magazine. 9mm USPc magazines are available in 10 and 13 round capacities. I carry this in a Galco Summer Comfort IWB holster. It’s quite comfortable and conceals well.

H&K USPc 9mm - Variant 1

H&K USPc 9mm - Variant 1

This particular USP is a “variant 1,” meaning it is DA/SA with a “safe” position and control lever (manual safety/decocking lever) on left side of the frame. This means the user has the option to carry the pistol in a single-action mode (cocked and locked) with the manual safety engaged, or decock the pistol and carry in double-action mode. Double-action only (with or without manual safety) and right side or ambidextrous controls are available in other variants. The USP is also available in .40SW, and .45ACP.

H&K USP full-size .45ACP stainless

H&K USP full-size .45ACP stainless

The HK USPc 9mm is a surprisingly accurate pistol, just like its big brother pictured above. I’m not a great pistol shooter by any means, and I have no problems putting 5 rounds of 9mm in a 3″ group at 25 yards with this gun. Keep it clean, use good quality ammo, and it will serve you well for a lifetime.

Mar
23

I Love Parking Lot Deals

I truly do.

RRA Lower, Ergo Grip, milspec VLTOR EMOD, PMAGS,

RRA Lower, Ergo Grip, milspec VLTOR EMOD, PMAGs