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OPTIC OF THE WEEK : Leupold VX-II 6x-18x

This scope has been one of my favorites for a long time. The Vari-X II then as the VX-II, have been general purpose target optics of mine for at least 20 years. The 6x-18x being the one I found to be the most useful.

The VXII has the 40mm objective lens that is adjustable for range/focus/parallax. It has the inside threading to accept a sunshade which as you can see, I have installed.

The windage and elevation adjustments are in 1/4 MOA clicks and comes standard with a thinner turret and caps the screw on over them.

I have replaced them with the over sized turrets that are not covered so that Ic an quickly adjust them without having to remove cap. Very handy when making adjustments when hunting crow. The turrets have three small set screw that can be loosened to allow the turret to be reset at 0 when. One full revolution of the turret is 60 clicks of 1/4″ per. 144 clicks up will give a 1,000 yard zero from a .308 using 175gr Federal gold medal Match from a 100 yard zero.

The power ring is small with a slightly larger bump for adjusting power. It’s not big by modern standards and I am sure many would complain. But this is not a tactical optic. Of course the power goes from 6x-18x naturally.

I was not able to get a satisfactory picture of the reticle. The optic uses a plain duplex cross hair with fine main crosshairs. Like every Leupold, the glass is very clear and sharp. eye relief is generous and not picky at all. I have used these model optics for most of my long range shooting career before moving to NF and more specialized tactical leupolds. Even so I have spent more time behind one of these on live game since I have been using the VX and vari-x models for over 20 years.

And because I know you will ask. The Optic is currently mounted to my Pre-64 Winchester model 70 heavy varmint. Gun is chambered in .243 WCF with heavy target barrel.

Hong Kong Boogaloo Update 8/14/2019

As the protesting in Hong Kong continues I have decided to keep updating on it. Some interesting things are going on there and I have a feeling it’s a preview for other things to come. I have a friend who lives in HK and while talking to him last night, learned a few interesting things. The demonstrator/protestors there have made a few discoveries from careful review of video footage and on the ground observations.

The HK police have mixed themselves in with the protestors to encourage violence than then sweep in to arrest. The under cover police can be ID’ed by the neon pink colored air filter masks and small chem lights attached to their bodies. Video footage reviewed showed when the riot police moved in to arrest or to fire off bean bag shots, the under cover “protestor” cops would wave the lights to identify themselves so they aren’t hurt. Even further confirmed when one of the real protestors got his camera in the right place at the right time and followed the undercover cops back around a corner and into a police bus. He confronted a few of them they walked to the riot cops and took off their disguise and spoke with the other HK Top Men. None would comment and would flew onto the bus to escape the recorder.

The protestors have also stopped scheduling their activities online now ( smartly) and just pop up. Also Hong Kong residents who travel to the main land are having their phones searched.

Lastly it is confirmed that Chinese Military is preparing to move into the city.


The protests followed another weekend of violent clashes across the city. Aggrieved protesters communicated their outrage over police’s shooting of an unarmed woman in the eye with a nonlethal beanbag weapon.

Flights resumed early Tuesday morning after Monday’s total shutdown, but another 300 flights had been cancelled, and Hong Kong’s airport authority warned that its express trains to and from the airport would run more slowly at 15-minute intervals. According to the latest local media reports, the Airport has now suspended check-ins for some flights, though at least some flights will continue. Both North and South departure gates at Terminal 1 have been closed, per an airport authority spokeswoman.

Rail operator MTR Corporation warned those checking in for flights at Hong Kong or Kowloon stations to get there two hours early to fight through the heavy foot traffic. As of noon local time, the Airport Authority said there were fewer take offs and landings as it worked to reschedule flights, per SCMP.

To compensate, China’s national carrier, Air China, is adding additional flights between Beijing and Shenzen, the Chinese city across the border from Hong Kong where the Chinese military continues to build up an ominous presence of soldiers and tanks. Three of Air China’s Hong Kong-bound flights were diverted to Shenzen on Monday.

Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have entered their 10th week, and neither side is showing any willingness to back down, with Governor Carrie Lam – whose popularity has sunk to an all-time low according to the latest poll – warning on Tuesday that the protesters’ violence tactics were pushing Hong Kong into dangerous territory, and accused them of trying to “destroy the rule of law.”

“Violence, no matter if it’s using violence or condoning violence, will push Hong Kong down a path of no return, will plunge Hong Kong society into a very worrying and dangerous situation,”she said, while Beijing once again condemned protesters as ‘terrorists’. She added that police have been following guidelines about using minimum force when dealing with demonstrators.

During a press conference with local reporters on Tuesday, Lam at one point appeared to be on the verge of tears, and delivered a heart-felt appeal for calm, SCMP reports.

“Take a minute to think, look at our city, our home, do you all really want to see it pushed into an abyss?” Lam said.

Donning black outfits and face masks (the unofficial uniform of the protests), demonstrated “Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom” as exasperated passengers scrambling to try and catch rescheduled and delayed flights. As many found their passage blocked, angry confrontations between travelers and protesters erupted. One woman was seen trying to break through a crowd of protesters at the northern departure gate of Terminal 1, shouting in near tears “I just want to go home!”

Foreign tour groups were perhaps the most inconvenienced: One Brazilian passenger said she had to pay a lot of money for a hotel room after her Shanghai flight was cancelled. “I know it is not the airline’s fault, but I just really want to go home.”

One protester, Anson Ng, insisted that demonstrators not “panic flee” like they did on Monday following “people spreading fake news” about a police initiative to clear the area.

Debbie Chiu, a 48-year-old housewife, returned to the airport at noon on Tuesday after joining the sit-in the day before.

She considered Monday’s protest a failure, saying police “tricked us.”

“The internet network was paralysed, and photos of riot police standing by in the restricted area were circulated among the protesters…We were scared and left.”

As the number of takeoffs and landings dwindled, the airport authority activated its emergency center to help deal with the crowds and help carriers clear their backlogs of flights.

Many in the HK business community worried that the protests would damage the city’s reputation. In a statement, Cathay Pacific Airways said the demonstrations had damaged Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.

Still, the protesters show no signs of slowing down, even as the PLA masses forces in Shenzen, creating the looming impression of a possible invasion.

Nearly two months after Lam shelved the hated extradition bill that sparked the protest movement, the protesters still have yet to see their demands met, according to the Guardian: The ‘full withdrawal’ of the extradition bill, an independent investigation into the police’s use of force at the demonstrations, and the introduction ‘genuine universal suffrage’.

TOP. MAN. Triggered

The Secret Service. Tasked with one of the most difficult jobs in the country. What kind of cream of the crop MUST be selected, trained and groomed for such stressful details like protecting the POTUS?

A Secret Service officer accidentally shot himself in the finger in a hotel in Manhattan, it has been revealed.

The off-duty member of the Secret Service’s uniformed division shot himself in his room at the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South at about 8.30pm last night. Good thing it didn’t happen while he was on duty. That would just be bad.

A spokesman for the agency confirmed the incident to DailyMail.com and described it as an ‘accidental discharge’ on Monday. Nope. That would be a “Negligent Discharge” or would be for everyone else not one of the chosen few.

The officer was inside his hotel room and unloading his gun on Monday night during the incident, authorities said. Want to make bets on what gun it was?

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to sources. 

The Secret Service protects the president, the vice president, their immediate families and former presidents as well as foreign heads of states visiting the country. Confidence inspiring.

‘Last night at approximately 8:30 p.m., while in his hotel room in Manhattan, an off-duty U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer sustained minor injuries following an accidental discharge of his weapon,’ a statement from the federal agency read. 

‘The officer was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other persons were harmed or injured as a result of the incident.’ Read that as , because he is not one of the little people. no charges or punishment to follow.

Park Lane Hotel sits about half a mile from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. It is not clear if the officer was protecting any of the Trump family before going off duty. 

Trump Parc East, one of Eric and Lara Trump’s residences, is just over 400ft from the hotel. 

In 2017 the Secret Service moved out of the building in a lease dispute with the Trump Organization. What that has to do with anything is anyone’s guess.