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General Discussion / Re: Looking for Appointment, willing to pay
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:26:21 PM »
 I thought this was posted before but couldn’t find it.  I will say that I’m not a lawyer and this shouldn’t be taken as legal advice.  I’m also not a real doctor so there’s that disclaimer too, and I would never encourage anyone on this forum to do anything illegal.
General Discussion / Re: range reopening 9/24/2020
« on: September 23, 2020, 07:53:39 AM »
Hi guys,
Mayor announced today that the Koko Head Shooting Range & Archery Range can re-open on September 24, 2020.

·       Action Ranges:  since these ranges are by permit only.  They will have to wait until “tier 3” is reached.  Whoever owns those trailers need to move them out of the facility!

Masks are mandatory and practice social distancing.
See you guys soon!
Mike Muramoto
Range Master

Off Topic / Re: Pork Chops - Discuss
« on: September 22, 2020, 09:17:36 AM »
You already said it, Side Street, hands down.
Reviews / Vortex Razor Gen III 1-10x24
« on: September 20, 2020, 08:04:32 PM »
Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24

With the range being closed for a second time this year, I’ve had a little more time to dedicate to doing more in depth reviews.  Like the title says, this is my review of the Vortex Razor Gen III 1-10x24.  I’ve seen previous attempts at a 1-10 before and while those attempts were cool, a lot of them had something peculiar about them, that made them outliers.

Like many of you, I’ve not had the luxury to put endless rounds down range so I’ve had to settle with an abbreviated evaluation cycle.  In my last review I started at the front of the optic and worked my way to the back, but I’m going to make a departure from that format for this review and start with the “cons” of the optic first.  This may foreshadow my opinion of this optic, but I think it’ll make more sense that to jump from pro to con and back to pro again.

The first “con” that I came across was the very light bluish hued tint towards the edges of the glass.  I’ll preface it with this, it’s not anywhere as bad as the RMR, so let me just put that out there right now. I noticed this hue more when I was looking at something that was white. For those that don’t know, the tint is there on purpose to increase the visibility of illumination which is often the Achilles heel of first focal plane optics.  You'll see what I mean if you look at the top arc (from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock in the picture below from The Armory Life) there is some slight distortion and coloration of the dirt as well as the insert image of his white and red target that shows a slight blueish hue.  Some may not notice this as much and it may not bother them.

The Gen III does not have parallax adjustment and that can be a deal breaker for some.  Vortex probably has some very good reasons as to why they didn’t work to try and include this in their Gen III, but it is what it is.

My next “con” may sound like me nitpicking, but I was a little disappointed in the reticle size in relation to the field of view at 1 power.  It just seems empty.  There’s a lot of space around the “T” reticle even with the center illuminated during the day.  I might have preferred a much larger “T” that gradually fades out of view as the magnification goes up, eventually leaving just the Christmas Tree.  Otherwise, the glass is decent for the price point with limited distortion towards the outside edges at 10 power.  I noticed a little chromatic aberration at 10x but that is to be expected.  The center reticle is translucent at increased power, and I find myself rather ambivalent towards that.  It’s cool that you can see through the reticle at range while it’s not illuminated, but is that a big positive?  I’m not sure.  This is the last gripe, if I can even call them that, against the scope. 

Photo courtesy of the Amory Life

Speaking of illumination, the illumination dial to me is perfect.  It’s a rather large diameter knob on the left that has a shut off notch between each level of illumination.  Each level is tactile and you can really feel the knob settle on each setting.  This is a pretty common feature on most modern tactical rifle scopes in the past few years which allows the user to set their preferred illumination level, and make a partial turn to shut the illumination off rather than having to go all the way back to 0.

The Gen III runs capped turrets which prevent unintended adjustments when using the scope in competition or in the field.  My preference is for capped turrets, but I know a lot of other shooters prefer exposed turrets.  I believe Vortex intended to market this scope towards the LE/Mil market and is the reason why they went with capped turrets.  I’m drawing my conclusion from the marketing materials that Vortex has been putting out there and the types of social media personalities they’ve been sending scopes to review to.  If you're one who wants to manually adjust your dope based on your own hand loads, simply leaving the caps off isn't a problem and you'll like the very easy to adjust turrets.

The biggest plus in my book, and I’m not alone in my opinion, is that Vortex was able to squeeze all the capabilities of a 1-10 in the same footprint as their 1-6 and still improve on it.  This to me is worthy of an industry award and why the Gen III has garnered so much positive praise. 

In addition to squeezing all that performance into the same package, Vortex has managed to improve the Razor’s already impressive light gathering ability by increasing the diameter of the tube to 34mm.  That 4mm does make a big difference in light transmission which is only going to help you distinguish your target at range.  During the summer months here, light is overly abundant, but if you're going the the Pacific Northwest, or hunt in Alaska where it can get overcast in a heartbeat, that larger diameter will help gather up what light there is.

The magnification adjustment has been significantly tweaked with the Gen III to the point where you don’t have to have the hand strength of Hercules in order to make adjustments.  The Gen II was notoriously sluggish when time came to change magnification.  I’d go so far to say that this has the best adjustment “ring” of any of the scopes I’ve recently had – it’d give my Mark 6 a run for its money.  It comes with an adjustment “cat tail” and I reluctantly installed so I could fully review the scope as Vortex has it boxed, but I don’t feel I need it.

Overall, if this scope is in your range, I won’t hesitate to tell you to give it a moment of your time.  I didn’t want to turn this into a comparison with my Vudu, Trijicon, or Mark 6, but the Gen III can definitely stand on its own merit.  I’m going to go so far to say that Vortex has another “Gold Standard” product on its hands.

Weight: 21.5 oz
Length: 10.1”
Reticle: EBR-9 MRAD   
Eye Relief: 3”- 4”
Focal Plane: First
Magnification Range: 1-10X
Price: $2899 @ Vortex
$1999 @ Optics Planet
$199.99 @ Wish  ;) ;D (j/k)
FOV @ 100 Yds:  11.7’

Here are some “Pro” opinions:

General Discussion / Re: Ghost gun bill passes
« on: September 09, 2020, 09:40:37 PM »
I will ask my friend at the gun store how hard it was to get his. I do already make gun parts though, just not the parts that make it go boom.

A 01 is different than an 07
General Discussion / Re: Looks like Daniel Defense did buy the patent.
« on: September 03, 2020, 08:38:05 PM »
Crowd sourcing a business decision rarely ends well.
Reviews / Leupold Mark6 1-6x20mm LPVO
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:33:28 PM »
Leupold Mark 6 1-6x20mm

It’s been awhile since I last did an optic review.  I haven’t been immune to the Great Ammo Shortage of 2020 to where I can do my typical 1,000 round test.  As many have had to adjust, I’ve had to curtail my test shooting to about half of what I used to do.  Everything else being the same, I’m not connected to Leupold in any way and consider myself neutral and fair when reviewing stuff that I buy.  Overall, this optic has been everything I wanted, but it does have its shortcomings which I’ll get to in a little bit.

First, let’s start with the positives. When I was building my AR-10 I did some research into what LPVO I was going to mount and came up with a list of criteria it would need to meet, and I feel the Leupold Mark 6 1-6x20 meets all those criteria and then some.

The first thing I was looking for was an overall weight savings with the scope and mount.  I had previously run an Eotech Vudu 1-6 which weighed 22 oz. in a Warne Ramp 2 mount that was 8 oz. (1/2 lb.).  The reason why I was looking for this was because I really noticed the weight difference and change in handling characteristics when I changed out the Vudu for another optic.

So I ended up saving half a pound in overall weight by switching to the Leupold and Scalarworks LEAP mount.  While it doesn’t sound like much, I think there is something to be said about good design and how it affects perceived feel when it comes to weight and balance.  A mechanical engineering friend told me that people often mistake weight, or something being heavy, as being durable, when in fact that additional weight is just a backstop against bad design and poor engineering.

When you get behind the scope, you’ll see what I find to be one of the best reticles out there.  The CMR-W 7.62 reticle with BDC:

You’ve got a BDC out to 1200m for a 175 grain freedom seed traveling at 2575 fps.  There are wind holds for crosswind as well as a range estimator.  I realized that some will find the Christmas Tree style reticle too busy and cluttered for their liking.  The center dot is 0.15MIL which is nice and tight for those precision shots.

When you have the scope at 1x the center horseshoe and dot combo is small and is close enough to a red dot for short distance shots.  The Mark 6 is a First Focal Plane (FFP) optic with a very good “true” 1x.  The reason why I say is it’s “true” is because as with most if not all LPVO’s 1x is not really a 1x.  Within say self-defense ranges (30 feet and closer) there is a degree of magnification at 1x.

That aside, the clarity of the glass is amazing and the image is flat with no bending of your sight picture towards the edges.  I tend to shoot with the optic at 4 or 5 power and even then, the eye box is very forgiving to the point where I’m comfortable pulling off snap shots with the optic.

This is where the first of the scopes shortcomings starts – the illumination.  The illumination is nothing to write home about.  At 1x it works perfectly, at magnification, you really need to have your eye at the perfect distance to really see the illuminated reticle.  It’s because of this, I don’t run the illumination during the day, and just us the etched reticle instead.  Illumination in first focal plane optics has often been their Achilles heel, and the Mark 6 is no exception. 

I personally tend to do a lot of work range wise in the scope, meaning I don’t fiddle with the turrets to make adjustments between shots.  I’ll use the holds in the reticle to make my adjustments which just makes sense to me given all the information you can gather from it.  So in the end I’m ambivalent towards the turret system.  It’s cool that all you have to do is depress a button and make your adjustments, but honestly, I’d be just as happy with capped turrets.

Making magnification adjustments are super easy to do with the scope lever, but it’s an additional cost.  For the price of the scope, I think Leupold should have included the throw lever with it, otherwise that’s an additional $125.  If you have super long fingers or hands and can just man handle the adjustment ring, you probably don’t need the lever to be honest. 

If you’re in the market for an intermediate LVPO and aren’t turned off by the price give the Leupold a look.  Just know that if there is anything that goes wrong with your scope, Leupold has a well-earned reputation of taking care of their customers, so don’t fear.

Went to Xring to zero the red dot

Weight: 17 oz
Length: 10.3”
Reticle: CMR-W 7.62 (MRAD)
Eye Relief: 3”- 4”
Focal Plane: First
Magnification: 1-6X
Price: $2859 @ Leupold   
$2199 @ Optics Planet
FOV @ 100 Yds: 19’

A couple of “Pro” opinions on the scope you may find helpful:

MSM is trying to demonize this kid and silence any voices who suggest otherwise.
To paraphrase:”Trump supporter Killed two “unarmed” “protestors” and a volunteer medic. “   :wacko:

Social media is trying to bury anyone or group who is fundraising for his defense.

No mention of bald man rushing him and running after him While throwing what appeared to be a weapon wrapped in a plastic bag at him.
(Or bald man’s prior comment)
No mention of skater dude using his skateboard as a weapon to try to bash Ritt in the head while attempting to grab his weapon.
No mention of volunteer medic drawing a gun and rushing at Ritt with gun drawn.

Thank goodness for Rittenhouse there is so much video of this incident.

How come we’re not hearing much about the ProTrump Patriot Prayer supporter who was shot dead in Portland this week ?

Just like Nick Sandman....and it'll be silent when the knee jerk emotional response is overturned by facts.

just wow

Funny....but photoshopped.
General Discussion / Re: PSA: Shoot at your OWN target
« on: August 28, 2020, 06:54:11 PM »
Firearms and Accessories / Re: is a fake can muzzle legal in Hawaii?
« on: August 28, 2020, 04:15:50 PM »
Does it say "FRAM" on it?   ;D

Works in CoD 😉.  Not that anyone on here does or would do anything illegal.  I think Surefire should come to the realization that they’d sell a ton more of this eWarden devices if they just looked more like the Mini cans.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: is a fake can muzzle legal in Hawaii?
« on: August 28, 2020, 01:20:41 PM »

Yeah, but’s that’s a Plasma SBR in the 40 kilowatt rang tho.....
I watched “Armed Scholar” on YouTube. Even if Becerra does nothing it still ain’t over. A whole bunch of things need to happen before California can start buying. I believe he said best case scenario if everything goes our way September 8th will be the day.

What’s probably more important than the ruling itself is the fact that strict scrutiny was used to determine if the law violated the constitution versis intermediate scrutiny before.  Strict scrutiny is a much higher threshold to meet for the State.

Tomorrow is the deadline for the state to submit it's response to the decision from 08/14.  :thumbsup:
U old guys might not understand this one.

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk

I’d have opted for the Shield Turret given the circumstances.  2 more and he get call in some BRRRRRRT BRRRRRRT.
General Discussion / Re: KHSC Closed Starting Tomorrow the 27th
« on: August 27, 2020, 11:18:30 AM »
So to clarify, Kirks orders say the range can stay open, but it's up to the department of parks and recreation.  So it wasn't Kirk who closed the range, but the parks & rec.  So the sign that is posted at KHSC blames Kirk, when it's a lie.

At least this gives me time to redo my pistol frame I got from heavies. It's all shot up so I need to replace the wood.

Flex Tape.
Either they were citizens or they were not. The point is they met zero resistance, which was later interpreted as permission. 

So easy even a 17yo kid can understand.

Where did you get that understanding about the events of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom?  I forget which book it was I read this in, but the US Marines came ashore at the request of a group of Hawaii businessmen who were upset with the Hawaiian Kingdom's rule.  Leading this group was Lorrin Thurston.  The marines came ashore in the early morning hours and quickly subdued the Queens guard who were still in their barracks.  They marines secured the palace grounds and the queen in one of her rooms.  As the day went on, word quickly spread of the events and a very large group of Kanaka Maoli began to gather around the palace grounds.  According to Native Hawaiian accounts, the group was so large, they encircled all four sides and outnumbered the marines by several times.  There were accounts of armed individuals in the crowd  This group did not leave until night fall as there are accounts of people carrying torches.  The accounts given about there being very little to not resistance come from the Pacific Courier Advertiser which was owned and operated by Thurston.  These accounts would not reach the US Mainland for some time after the events of the overthrow and would shape public opinion of the events as they had transpired.

The siege ended only after Queen Liliuokalani was compelled by a marine officer to tell the people to go home.  She did so because she did not want to see further bloodshed and believed that the US Government would find the invasion illegal and return the kingdom to here as the British had done prior.  These reasons were laid out in a collection of her personal writings and letters during her incarceration.

The 1993 Apology Resolution by the U.S. Congress concedes that "the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and [...] the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum"
The guy who got domed was convicted in 2002 for “sexual contact with a minor”.  Damn!  Kyle is stacking those Warzone contracts  :thumbsup:
Maybe the guy who got domed is unrelated.
You can hear gunfire coming from what seems like multiple gun shots in a different area after this shooting and the guy in the Popeye treatment video says gunfire is coming from all over.
Maybe someone took advantage of the chaos.
Hopefully for the kid, it wasn’t a background bystander hit by a miss.

The guy who was shot in the head is the bald guy in the maroon shirt.  There's video of them trying to administer first aid to him after he was shot.
Who are other two who got shot?
The guy that stomped him and the guy who bashed him with the skateboard ?

Seems like he only shot legitimate threats who were attacking him.

Of course that’s not the story we’ll read about in the news.

No info on the guy who got domed, but “Skateboard” guy is a twice convicted domestic abuser, and “Popeye” (all forearm and no bicep) is a felon convicted of burglary (he shouldn’t have had a pistol to begin with - but that’s none if my business).
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