Aimpoint H-2 Release

Check out the alert sent to us today on the  new Aimpoint H-2 RDS. For those who do not need night vision capability, the H-1 and new H-2 Aimpoint’s are the way to go.

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Aimpoint Micro H-2

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT May 11, 2015

AIMPOINT LAUNCHES NEW 

MICRO H-2 HUNTING SIGHT

New sight provides additional features and enhanced performance for hunters


 Chantilly, VA – May 11, 2015 – Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology for forty years, has announced the addition of the new Micro H-2 sight to the company’s commercial product line. The Micro H-2 will be available for shipment in August 2015, and will be offered alongside the company’s existing Micro H-1 product.

Since its introduction in 2007, the Aimpoint Micro sight has become a popular hunting sight worldwide due to its lightweight and compact size, durability, and extremely long battery life. Product reviews with hunters and sport shooters identified a series of desired product enhancements that have now been added to this new product. These changes include: a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

The most significant developments in the Micro H-2 however, are the advanced optical lenses that allow for even better light transmission and provide a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the sight. This ensures a more distinct and clearer dot in all conditions and situations.

“The Aimpoint Micro has become the worldwide standard for compact reflex sights” says Matt Swenson, Vice President of Sales. “With the sight’s new design, the Micro H-2 takes the level of performance available from a compact sight to an entirely new level.”

The Micro H-2 can be mounted on nearly any rifle, shotgun, handgun or crossbow, and can be used with most existing mounts that fit the Micro H-1 including the Blaser saddle mount.  The sight can also be mounted to a larger magnified scope with a 30mm or 34mm scope adapter giving the hunter ability to hunt at both short and long distances while providing faster target acquisition. The Micro H-2 can operate for up to five years of constant-on use, using just one CR-2032 battery, and is waterproof.

Duncan.

Colt SP-1, AR15

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The Colt, SP-1 is a classic. It has certainly become more desirable as time has went by and no doubt will continue to.  I acquired the AR15 shown for my Dad who carried the Colt 602 version of the M16 in Vietnam and the SP1 is nearly the same gun.  I am not much into “clones” nor do I much  want an AR15 that is not a Colt or have at the least, a majoirty of Colt parts. So the SP1 really hits the nail on the head for me.

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With the help of some very good friends over the years, I have managed to gather all the extras that came with various SP1s during their time of production.  The last pieces I found was this MINT  Colt Japanese made 3X scope.  It has the regular duplex crosshairs and was never used.

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Another friend was kind enough to give me a brand new never used Colt M16  Bayonet  with scabbard. The bayonet is mint as well and in perfect condition. The same friend also gifted me the M16 spring loaded bipod also mint and Colt marked. Both items very hard to get in mint, unused shape and with the colt factory markings.

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Lastly, my personal favorite detail of the AR15 is the chrome slick side Colt bolt carrier group. The BCG in the earlier guns were chrome plated and since the SP1 does not have a forward assist, the carrier is slick on the side with no grove cuts for a forward assist to even bare against.  The majority of SP1s had the more common and now standard BCG with cuts for the FA and with the standard Milspec finish seen every where today.  It was hard to track one down at the time but eventually the effort paid off.  Pictured above is a set of new condition original   1956 web gear . the type used in the Vietnam war.

The SP1 has a chromed lined barrel with 1/12 twist, which fired the M193 FMJ round.  This rifle will shoot groups around 1.5 MOA with quality handloads. I load  the excellent 53 and 55 grain Barnes TSX solid copper hollow points for it in case my Dad or I ever want to use it for something more serious than paper.  I have used it a few times for hunting and plan to try the combo of gun, scope and TSX ammo on a deer later this year unless something more exotic is put in my hands for review purposes.  The lighter bullets will kill deer sized game just fine. Many threads are on AR15.com showing deer and hog kills using 55 weight range bullets and several deer kill threads. At one time I recall a retro AR15 thread about taking deer with the older guns.   So if you have one. or a clone of a M16A1 etc, take that beauty out and let it do what it was meant to do. They are still fine rifles that will serve well.

One last thought before the end.  As good as these are, and they are good and still effective. Do not fall into the trap of nostalgia over common sense or the idiotic “KISS rifle” concepts.  Those guns will work. But the force multipliers and tools on modern guns out class them for serious practical purposes by light years.  So don’t wax all nostalgic and try to use one for very serious work just for the sake of being different or cool.  You can if you have to. but it would not be wise. Have fun with it, hunt with it. admire it. It is still deadly effective and just as reliable. But it is not going to beat a handy carbine with a red dot and weapon light.

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Above is my SP1 Colt AR15 with friend’s Colt SP1 AR15 carbine

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Above, SP1 and Colt M16A1 upper on Colt retro preban lower.  A beautiful pair indeed and not a supermodel anywhere in sight!

Testing the 50BMG On Car Pentration

Last year I did a series of posts where I fired a variety of common rifle and pistol rounds into a car to see what would penetrate  different parts of the body. Today, we did a little PM on a Barrett M82A1/XM107 and decided to fire some round into the same car to see what would happen. We used plain ball and armor piercing.

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We all have hear about the 50s power and ability to make scrap metal out of some pretty heavy cover. I have also heard claims it will shoot  through the engine block.  So today we put it to the test.  We went the extra mile with it and even shot from only 25 yards.

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I set a “Q” target on the back side of the car to simulate some one taking cover behind the engine  and also to show any round that would go through and what it would look like.

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And then one in front for the aiming point.

As you can see in the picture, the AP round hit in the kill zone.   But it did not make it through the engine. Which also had been shot to pieces over the last few years anyway and was not in its best shape to begin with as can be seen in the picture.  Of course, ball did not even come close. and AP failed completely as well.   We did move the target more toward the front so the shot would not hit the engine and only rake through the front bumper and radiator.

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Even as little as that barrel showed anything on the target. Mainly some shrapnel.

We did put some targets behind the car door and got spectacular results as expected.

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Above picture shows opposite side door after AP had torn through the passenger side door and targets, then passed through drivers side door.  The damage is  impressive.   Of course that is no surprise since we fired four 690 grain armor piercing rounds through it.

With this limited test, in this limited environment of shooting from 25 yards showed the 50BMG even using AP certainly is not the ultimate weapon some may think it is.

A Boy And His 22

Once upon a time in this very country, a boy could wander through the woods on a warm evening exploring his surroundings. and  shooting small game or tin cans  or anything he felt like shooting.  He was trusted to use his rifle. It was not powerful rifle, but he was taught that it was still a weapon,and he knew this and respected it.

As he wondered though the woods near his home, that groundhog that his older neighbor lady wanted him to get rid of, may turn into a Nazi, or if he was my generation, a commie.  He would use the same rifle for small game when it was in season. Usually he just carried it with him and would plink when the mood came on.   The rifle was usually a single shot bolt action with open sights. Maybe a repeating bolt action. A few would have carried a lever action or pump action, but it was always a .22 long rifle. Usually after years or carrying a BB gun before moving up to the holy of all holies, the 22.

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This time is now long gone for the most part but at one time if was nothing special.  When I was a boy I had a single shot 22 bolt action winchester like the one pictured.  Though mine was not in this good as shape.  I live in a rural area in the south east and n one thought anything of a boy walking down the single lane road with a 22 rifle.  I would walk through the hills in the summer and fall with my rifle.  When school was in, I would eat and after watching a few favorite cartoons if they were not  canceled to show some boring ball game, I would grab my rifle and head off into the mountains behind my house.

I was never allowed to shoot at squirrel with the rifle at that age because my Dad feared me shooting at anything at a high angle.  Like small game in a tree. He worried a miss might come down  and hurt some one so I was told not to shoot at game in trees.   but many chipmunks and other small game made for rich targets.  One day I spent 8 or 9 hours leaning against a huge oak tree deathly still as I shot chipmunk after chipmunk.  It never got any better than shooting commie groundhogs trying to raid my Grandma’s garden like Russkies sweeping through Europe looking for food after spending all their money on building nukes!

As I got older. friends would want to join me or come along.  Mainly they wanted to waste my ammo and shoot just so they could say they did it.   they were not gun guys like I already knew I was. they would come with me but showed little patience or skill and shooting was no more than a passing thought for them.  Besides I nor my Dad trusted them with a rifle. so I very, very rarely had a friend with me.

When I held that rifle in my hand, I knew the rest of my life would be spent with a rifle or pistol in my hand. Even then I could not imagine life without one.  By 9 years of age, my Dad had given me my first 1911 and I had been shooting it ,but It did not accompany me until a few years later.  Ammo for the “45” was too expensive and important for just plinking.  Later I was given a Marlin semi auto 22 by my Grandpa. It was pretty heady stuff for me at the time, but like every kid in history who had one learned, it was not all that accurate and cheap rimfire ammo fouled it so fast it was more a pain than it was fun.

Anyone who grew up in the 80s or earlier  loves guns and lived in a rural area probably has a lot of stories like mine. I have met people who told me in the late 70s. they would keep their rifle or shotgun in their school locker before leaving to hunt after school let out. No one cared and no one was ever hurt believe it or not.

One of my friends a bit younger than my own Father has a lot of wonderful stories about him and his 22.  When He was a boy he had a Winchester single shot bolt action. like a million boys before and after him. He lived in a rural town in WV that sprouted a few businesses near a creek,  One business was a general store ( and my friend says upstairs it was brothel) that set against the creek. The owner kept grain and corn in barrel on the back side and was constantly in a fight with rats.  My friend said every weekend he would wade across the creek with his rifle and lay in wait.  He would shoot the rats as they came in from the creek bank to raid the corn. For every two rats he killed and showed the owner. he would get 25 cents. He used this money for buying his 22 ammo and it kept him shooting all summer.

My own Dad told stories of  how he and friend would walk or ride their bikes to a garbage dump used by a local town at the time.  Back then. the people would just drive to the city dump and toss it out. Predictably the place was lousy with huge rats.  He and his friends would spend all day shooting those rats grown fat, lazy and complacent from eating the leftover swill of the townspeople.  The dump was disturbingly close to the local river and apparently it was a real treat when it rained hard enough for the river to raise.  When the water was high enough to get into the dump, the shooting became fast and furious as the rats swam into the water.

Of course shooting random trash floating down the creek or river was always worthwhile even when I was growing up in the 1980s.  A lot has been done to protect the environment, but in the rural south east in the 80s, Garbage would still float down the river when the water was high after a long hard rain.

A lot of boys that grew up to be shooters spent countless hours with their 22s just like I did. No doubt the generations before had even more fun with their rifles than we did. Having more freedom and less people and homes around, they had freedom to do just about anything within reason.  Sadly the days of a Boy grabbing his 22 rifle,  Boyscout canteen,  pocket knife and ammo and   heading out to shoot , pick black berries and shoot tin cans, are probably over for soon will be.  It was a great way to grow up and I feel sorry for those who lived in the city or another country and could not have these experiences.

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Pictured is A winchester model 67 single shot bolt action.  Vintage canteen was used by a friend of the family when he was a young Scout. Remington 100 year anniversary retro oil can and my Father’s vintage case knife with scarf.