American Survival Guide - - NEW PRODUCTS -

I am just past the half-cen­tury mark, and the art of armed com­bat has evolved markedly dur­ing my life­time. Mod­ern, tricked-out com­bat ri­fles are un­rec­og­niz­able along­side their 1960s-era fore­bears.

One of the stark­est ex­am­ples of this process has been in the area of tac­ti­cal glass.

Ri­fle­scopes back in the day pretty much fell into two broad cat­e­gories: You could have a crude and clumsy fixed mag­ni­fi­ca­tion op­tic or you could perch some­thing vari­able atop your smoke pole—most typ­i­cally, 3-9 power. This was great for shoot­ing deer. It didn’t work so well in a fluid, close-com­bat en­vi­ron­ment.

Nowa­days, Bush­nell has de­vel­oped the ideal op­ti­cal for­mat for to­day’s mod­ern sport­ing ri­fle (MSR).

The MSR is a close- to medium-range gun. If your tar­get is lurk­ing out there a kilo­me­ter away, you need a dif­fer­ent tool. The Bush­nell AR Op­tics 1-4x24mm scope is, it­self, op­ti­mized for the MSR en­ve­lope.

Turn the tube down to 1X, and you have a zero-mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, both-eyes-open sight for use at bad-breath ranges. Spin it up to 4X, and you can drop your rounds on tar­get re­li­ably out to sev­eral hun­dred me­ters. Nat­u­rally, the op­tics are mul­ti­coated, the unit is water­proof, and it can stand up to a holy beat­ing. This deep into the In­for­ma­tion Age, we would tol­er­ate noth­ing else.

The Bush­nell Drop Zone-223 Bul­let Drop Com­pen­sator lets you make el­e­va­tion ad­just­ments on the fly with a lit­tle prac­tice. The scope’s sec­ond fo­cal plane design means that the ret­i­cle re­mains the same size, in­de­pen­dent of the sight’s power set­ting. All this is packed into a ro­bust pack­age that looks cool.

There are dozens, if not hun­dreds, of op­ti­cal op­tions for your fa­vorite black ri­fle. In the Bush­nell AR Op­tics 1-4x24, you get re­li­able qual­ity, along with fea­tures that are cus­tom de­signed to fit this plat­form. Ver­sa­tile, ro­bust and func­tional, this glass will keep you on tar­get.

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