Thursday, November 15, 2012

AGP-scopes


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AGP
APOCALYPSE GUN PORN
SCOPES
Back in the day when all war surplus rifles were affordable, I spent a lot of time debating the merits of the three main guns in terms of their siting system.  The Mauser and the Russian M-N had crappy leaf and post sites.  In the trenches, mass firing, by young troops with good eyesight, that wasn’t too much of a big deal.  But to a civilian of advanced years, conserving precious ammunition, those sites blew rabid monkey chunks.  The Enfield ( the No. 4, not the No. 1 of WWI fame [ the #1 had no barrel sticking out at the end but was flush with the wood ] ) had peep sites, so much better.  The Mauser and the Russian were difficult to scope.  You needed to mount a long relief scope on the rear site which were in front of the bolt ( the buttstock is the rear of the weapon, if all this is newish to you ) and those sites are great for magnifying low light ( evening, say ) more than they help at long range.  The mounts and the scope usually cost more than the rifle.  The Enfield, once again dazzling us with its natural superiority, was able to be scoped conventionally ( yes, you lost the ability to load with a stripper clip.  But if you were 300 yards away theoretically you had time to reload a bit slower ). 
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Nowadays, this is far less of a worry, since most likely the most economical course of action is going with a conventional modern new manufacture rifle.  And they come ready to install a scope mount.  A scope is not a magic wand that transforms you into a sniper.  Most of us, the vast majority, the regular Joe, will at most aspire to reach Marksman level.  Leave the sniper fantasy to the Mall Ninja’s buying from Paladin Press.  What a scope does is help conserve ammunition by narrowing the odds of missing.  In case you are still confused, the overwhelming theme of the frugal apocalypse warrior equipping themselves is to always beware wasting ammunition as the non-renewable resource it is.  You don’t need a super deluxe $300 scope that is in Mil-Dot and has a glowing red dot and can be adjusted to varying levels of magnification.  You just need a glass tube that brings things into better focus.  A $25 scope should work well enough for the average, non-sniper.  You WILL break your scope.  They are still relatively fragile and Murphy’s Law is not what you bet against with your life.  Buy multiples of the $25 Chinese scopes.  No, I don’t trust the Chinese junk myself.  But I don’t trust that my wages will increase, not enough to buy MULTIPLE units of quality.  Buy the crap scopes.  Until they break they will work better for the average shooter than the metal sites will.  If you ever get around to buying better quality you can always use the cheap scopes on your plinking trips with your rimfires.
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You can always do a bit of research on bore sites, ballistics tables ( to see what range your bullet levels out with the barrel ) and the like, but there isn’t a whole lot of rocket science involved with a scope once you give up on the fantasy of being a sniper.  Perhaps you’ll want to try it out first on the 22 and use that cheap shooting as your learning curve.  I would buy a tube of Lock-Tite and scope mount all your rifles at once ( assuming you have more than one ) so you don’t waste any of the screw adhesive.  It isn’t too expensive but you might as well start learning how to NOT throw away money at every opportunity ( not just saving on big ticket items ). 
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8 comments:

  1. The 25.00 chinese scopes won't last ten shots from the recoil of a .303.Your just wasting your money.If your really frugal, at least go with the 50.00 simmons scopes,chinese or not, those will last a little while.While twice the money they'll ten times as long.Thats real frugality.

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  2. Lord Bison;

    Thank You for the wonderful manual, I've been looking for an non-corrupted version for years now, and thus with a knowledge of chemistry, this version is the real deal.

    On optics for Mil-Surp rifles, it used to be very difficult for anyone without machining experience to mount an optic to a Mosin-Nagant rifle, now with the wide availability of bent bolt bodies and off the shelf Picatinny rails are also available practically anyone with a little gas welding skill can improvise a mount to a Mosin-Nagant without being a gunsmith. Now with the excessive recoil of a Mosin-Nagant being a guide one should take care when mounting a desired optic to said rifle and choose an appropriate optic for the task. Keep keeping it real James!

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  3. I agree James fortunately I utilized my bankruptcy during the economic fall and racked up a credit card buying an ACOG ( thank you cap one). Unfortunately for them I made sure to stockpile as much tradeable junk to acquire better gear. Cost out of pocket $25 living into the decline.... Priceless!

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  4. I like the aftermarket ghost rings sights better than most scope options. You can get them for lots of milsurp and standard rifles and they are often not much more than a basic, low cost scope (~$50-75). If I can't see it with my iron sights, I'm better off running than shooting. For getting meat, I'd rather use snares.

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  5. re: Nowadays, this is far less of a worry, since most likely the most economical course of action is going with a conventional modern new manufacture rifle.

    Remember...lots of those commercial rifles with scopes DO NOT have iron sights. When the scope gets busted you had better be good at point an pull

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  6. Buy the best scope you can afford, and then some. A mediocre rifle with quality optics is a far better option than a great rifle with junk glass.

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  7. Modern military optics like the Aimpoint and Eotech 'red dot's' and the Trijicon ACOG are about as rugged as the guns they go on. Then again you certainly pay for it.

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