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SHOT SHOW 2013: New Bushnell Elite Tactical Rifle Scopes and Spotting Scope

We got a chance to spend some time with Tim Tanker who is the Bushnell Senior Product Manager for Rifle Scopes. Bushnell has really burst onto the tactical scene this past year with some optics from their Elite Tactical line for the precision shooters that are getting good feedback. They are even being seen with some regularity in the special ops community, including last year’s international Sniper Competition. Many are touting these scopes as being as good as the $3000-$4000 scopes from other companies at half the price, which is a huge selling point for most average shooters.

Tim showed us three variable magnification models for this year that stood out.

The Bushnell Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21x50mm comes in FDE or Matte Black, is a first focal plane optic with a G2DMR reticle, and locking zero stop turrets. Price point will be about $1999.

Specs for ERS 3.5-21x 50mm (ET315215GZ, ET315215GZA)
Power / Obj Lens: 3.5-21x 50mm
Finish: Matte, Flat Dark Earth
Length (in / mm): 13 / 332
Reticle: G2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 6 / 154
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 26/8@3.5x / 5/1.5@21x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 50 / 1.3
Weight (oz. / g): 35 / 992
Exit Pupil (mm): 10@3.5x / 2.4@21x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.7 / 95
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21x 50mm

The Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS 4.5-30x50mm is he big boy and comes in Matte Black only, is also first focal plane with G2DMR reticle, and locking zero stop turrets. Price point will be about $2199.

Specs for XRS 4.5-30x 50mm (ET45305GZ)
Power / Obj Lens: 4.5x-30x 50mm
Finish: Matte
Length (in / mm): 10.2 / 265
Reticle: G2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 6.4 / 162
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 24/7.3@4.5x / 3.6/1@30x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 50 / 1.3
Weight (oz. / g): 37 / 1049
Exit Pupil (mm): 9@4.5x / 1.7@30x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.7 / 95
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS 4.5-30x 50mm

And for the close-medium range shooters who need an optic that can work up close or reach out to longer ranges, like 3 gunners for example, they’ve introduced the Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS 1-8.5×24 with illuminated red dot. It comes in Matte Black with a first focal plane illuminated BTR-2 reticle w/ 10 brightness settings, and again zero stop locking target turrets. Price point will be about $1999.

Specs for SMRS 1-8.5x 24mm (ET18524)
Power / Obj Lens: 1.8.5x 24mm
Finish: Matte
Length (in / mm): 10.2 / 265
Reticle: Illuminated BTR-2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 7.4 / 188
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 105/32@1x 14/4@8.5x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 60 / 1.5
Weight (oz. / g): 23 / 652
Exit Pupil (mm): 13.2@1x / 3.2@8.5x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.5 / 8.9
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS  1-8.5x 24mm

All three scopes have good optical clarity when zoomed in and feel durable as would be expected.

They will also introduce this year the Bushnell Elite Tactical LMSS 8-40x60mm Spotting Scope. This compact spotter has a durable coating around the outside, and will come with or without a reticule to match your rifle scope.

Specs for Elite Tactical LMSS 8-40x 60mm (780840)
Magnification: 8-40x
Objective: 60
Prism Glass: BaK-4
Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View: 50 / 16@40x / 250 / 83@8x
Exit Pupil(mm): 1.5@40x / 5@8x
Close Focus: 30 ft.
Weight(oz. / g): 37.1 / 1053
Length(in / mm): 12.7 / 323
Waterproof / Fogproof : Yes
Other Eye Pieces Available: –
Eye Relief: 30
Color: Sand

Bushnell Elite Tactical LMSS Spotting Scope



SHOT SHOW 2013: Blade-Tech Expands Product Line

In 1995, Tim Wegner began his experimentation in the kitchen to create a high quality knife sheath out of Kydex.  Although several toaster ovens were sacrificed during the testing phases, he reached his goal in forming a knife sheath he was proud of.  That is how Blade-Tech was born (hence the name).  Since then, they have been producing knife sheaths, holsters, magazine pouches, and more…

Ryan Preece of Blade-Tech took time to speak with me and explain in detail their products that were showcased at Shot Show.  They had a lot of great products displayed.

From their Revolution series of holsters for the budget minded consumer (under $30) to their HYBRID tuckable IWB with a combination of leather and Kydex (about $80).

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Hybrid IWB

Blade-Tech is also well-known for their competition series of products (which I own and I am very happy with).  This year they’ve introduced a rigid belt for competitive shooters called the Competition Speed Belt.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Competition Speed Belt

Blade-Tech also makes an everyday carry belt which is casual in appearance yet contains a ply of Kydex sandwiched between the leather running the length of the belt, providing extra rigidity and eliminating those stretched worn out belt holes after prolonged use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

They also introduced a holster line in partnership with Packing in Pink (packinginpink.com) geared toward the ladies of the shooting world in a hot pink color.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

As far as mounting options they have the TMMS (Tactical Modular Mount System) which comes with one male and two female locking attachments that you can mount to various parts of your gear for easy transferring of your holsters or mag pouches. It can also be used with their Tek-Lok which makes mounting a breeze by “clipping” your TMMS on and off of your belt in seconds.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech TMMS Tactical Modular Mount System

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Tek-Lok

For MOLLE users, they have upgraded to their new MOLLE-LOK clips which is simple and easy to use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

From what I’ve seen, whatever your need is whether it be duty carry, concealed carry, or competition, Blade-Tech has every avenue covered for you.

Looserounds will be testing some of their newest products soon and we will share with you our results.  We appreciate Blade-Tech for their time to speak with us.


SHOT SHOW 2013: New Glock 30S for Redefined Conceal Carry

Adding onto Duncan’s article (http://looserounds.com/2013/01/15/glocks-at-shot-show-2013/) regarding the Glock 30S, here are further specifications and a short video clip from Media Day at the Range.


Length (overall): 177 mm / 6.97 inch

Length (slide cpl.): 172 mm / 6.77 inch

Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch

Height with magazine: 122 mm / 4.80 inch

Barrel length: 96 mm / 3.78 inch

Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 inch

Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch

Trigger travel to discharge: 12.5 mm / 0.49 inch

Length between sights (polymer): 150 mm / 5.91 inch


Pistol w/o magazine: 575 g / 20.28 oz

Magazine std. empty: 70 g / 2.47 oz

Magazine std. full (depending on ammo used): 280 g / 9.88 oz

Magazine capacity (rounds): 10

Barrel profile: right hand twist; octagonal

Standard Trigger pull: ~5.5lbs

Muzzle velocity V0**: 787 fps

Muzzle energy E0**: 317 ft lb

**depending on ammunition used

SHOT SHOW 2013: Daniel Defense ISR Marks their Entry into the Suppressor Market

The Daniel Defense ISR (Integrated Suppressor Rifle) is essentially a 10.3” SBR with a pinned/welded suppressor that they developed specifically for this rifle, bringing the total barrel length to over 16”.  This means you only need to purchase one NFA stamp to own this gun.  It does not require being registered as an SBR.  The forend is Daniel Defense’s new MFR which I found to be extremely comfortable.

As of right now, this model is only offered in AAC 300 blackout, with no word on future plans for other calibers.  They will begin accepting orders for this platform beginning of April and should start shipping around mid-May.  The MSRP is projected around $3199.

*As a side note, this year Daniel Defense will also be offering their new premium line of ammunition in 5.56 and .300BLK calibers.

Daniel Defense ISR


We have a  lot of stuff to show you from SHOT already, and its going to be a bit before we can get it all uploaded. Video and higher quality picture of more detail on everything is coming. I want to give a few teasers taken with a Iphone camera to wet the mouth with.


Here are a few glimpses into some new stuff from Colt this year. If you know anything about Looserounds and the writers, you know we like Colt. So, we like to see hwta they have out first.


Some big news from Colt this year is of course the USMC adopting the Colt rail gun in a modified form and called the M45A1 .  Colt will be selling this pistol to civilians once the USMC contract is filled. Looserounds has been told they will be sent a pistol for testing and writing about after SHOT, so we hope you look forward to that as much as us.




Next is a glimpse at some of the many carbines and rifles offered by Hartford this year.  Note the middle carbine is finished in ATACS camo pattern.  I like the looks and potential of the bottom carbine with the interesting FF tube that appears to be a PRI type shaped like the older triangle style A1 handgaurds.


A lot of offerings from the Colt Competition ( CR ) line this year. Rifles intended for 3-gun and such.   This year we see a few offerings in 308 in the CR line. Once has a billet lower with a flared mag well.





we will have more ( a lot more ) from colt later on as we get everything sorted. Follow the LR facebook page for up to the second updates.


Next thing to make an impression on us this year was the amount of Remington 1911s  big green had up.

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Left hand picture shows the R1  1911 in ATACs finish. ATACs seems to be a fad this year.  Remington is  offering up 1911s ready for carry and combat and not just a stock gov model copy now. Some really nice semi custom pistols look like they will be out soon.

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FN has some new models out this year. The FNX looks to be a really nice pistol. You can find my thoughts on the FN 45 here already and know that I am a fan. I am really liking the new pistols.

FN also now has a version of the pistols out with no external safety, something a lot of people have been wanting.


Above you can see the two new pistols with the FN SCAR H with extended factory rail and Warne scope mount.



We will have much more coming up so please come back to our SHOT show coverage  and we will do our best to get the info you want out for your enjoyment.

More Guns from SHOT SHOW 2013 Range day



The Glock in 10mm is reported to shoot very smooth , worked flawless and had surprisingly little felt recoil.


The new Remington R1 carry model pictured above comes with some semi custom touches. The gun has been dehorned  for carry.  Catherine reports it malfunctioned on her a few times during firing.


Some famous faces have already rubbed elbows with Looserounds staff, trying to make sure everyone can see they are pals with the best gun blog on the web!

Keep checking back during the rest of the SHOT show for more pictures, news and updates.  We will get you knew info as fast as we can.