Best Reflex Sights of 2021

Reflex sights are a type of gun sights that can go on a variety of firearms, depending on the mounting system available. Reflex, red dot, and holographic sights are commonly associated with each other because of their similar construction and electronic reticles. They are also common on many of the firing systems on vehicles, aircraft, and ships.

While they may look the similar or the same on the outside, each of these sights uses a different method of optical imagery. The goal of a reflex sight is to provide the user with the best reticle while eliminating or lessening a lot of the optical problems that come with other sights like parallax, zeroing, or MOA.

How Does it Work?

You’ll see a lot of similarities aesthetically between all three sights. All three commonly use a red dot as a reticle. A reflex sight projects an image (reticle) onto a lens that reflects towards your eye. There are a few different ways a reflex sight can project an image that eventually you see, but in the end, the words “reflex” and “reflection” are the most basic terms.

The most common way reflex sights solve sighting problems is by using collimating lenses and light. Collimating light is light that is parallel to whatever surface it is facing. When light goes through a collimating lens, it straightens and then bounces off another lens into your eye. As a result, the dot or reticle that you see is virtually parallel to the gun barrel. Right off the bat, parallax is eliminated.

Reflex sights offer near unlimited eye relief, so you can mount it on different positions on your firearm and still have excellent target acquisition.

Why Buy A Reflex Sight?

Red dot sights are very popular for their on target pointing with the dot itself. Reflex sights build on top of the illuminating nature of pure red dot sights in order to factor out sighting and zeroing problems. You will have to zero in the reflex sight, this is standard for just about every scope you fit on a firearm.

Reflex sights typically give the user more chance of on target hit at longer range (excluding gun recoil). Whichever way your head moves, the reticle will remain in the center of the panel.

Let’s say for example you’re looking at a target down range. Because the reticle stays in place at the center of the sight, you can acquire targets faster without having to swing the gun about. If you look around or avert your eyes from the center of the sight, it will still point straight ahead. A reflex sight isn’t a massive, groundbreaking upgrade from a normal red dot sight, but it does provide the user with a simpler method of

Best Under $100

Dagger Defense Reflex Sight

The Dagger Defense sight is a fully encased sight with four different types of reticles in red or green fashion.  It comes with four different locking screws so you can adjust and zero in the sight. Most users have mounted this sight on a semi-automatic rifle and have been able to zero it in between 100-350 rounds.

It also features a dial on the right-hand side for choosing the reticle and power level.

  • Aperture: 33mm
  • Length: 82mm
  • Weight:  10 oz
  • Field of view at 100m: 15.8m
  • Rail: Picatinny


Browning Buckmark Reflex Sight

Browning, a popular sporting company, has crafted the equally popular Buckmark sight. This sight is designed specifically for Buckmark pistols, which fire .22 ammunition but also works on other rimfire weapons. It comes with four different reticles for your convenience and a dial for brightness.

You should only consider this sight if you are looking into .22 caliber rimfire guns or a Buckmark pistol specifically.

  • Length: 3.25in
  • Height: 2in
  • Width: 1.25in
  • Field-of-view at 100m: 15.7m
  • Weight: 6.6 oz
  • Rail: Weaver base


Sightmark Sure Shot Reflex Sight

The Sure Shot sight is a lot like the Buckmark sight in design but isn’t limited to .22 weapons. It comes with a built-in Weaver mount, which saves you the hassle of figuring out what railing its compatible with.

This sight comes in either black or camo pattern, with the latter being a little more expensive than the former.

  • Aperature: 33mm
  • Field of view at 100m: 35m
  • Length: 3.23in
  • Width: 2.52in
  • Height: 2.20in
  • Weight: 4.76oz



The reflex sight by Survival land is the cheapest sight on our list, coming in at just under $15. Normally the first impression would be horrible reviews and overall dissatisfaction, but this sight maintains a small fanbase. It has a similar construction to most wide-angle sights and mounts on a picatinny rail.

It comes with four different reticles and two different colors or said reticles.


The Ultra Shot M-Spec is a big step up from the Sure Shot. This sight is encased in cast magnesium alloy, a very strong and sturdy metal that is unlikely to suffer any damaging dings or scratches. This casing also better protects the interior panel.

The M-Spec is Sightmark’s most rugged and durable sight, built to handle the elements and water submersion up to 40ft. It’s brightness settings also come with a night vision mode, enabling you to find a comfortable setting without the reticle being overly bright.

  • Field of View at 100m: 35m
  • Dimensions: 103x58x61 mm
  • Window Dimension: 33x24mm
  • Weight: 8 oz.



Best Under $300

Holosun Open Reflex Sight 

In a similar fashion to the M-Spec, the Holosun reflex sight sports a titantium casing with an aluminum finish, making it one of the strongest and most durable sights on our list. Those features are always nice, but what’s even better is its wide 32mm×24mm open lens.

Even with a solid casing, a wide lens expands the field of view so you can a clear shot at your target without having to squint through the metal.There is no automatic shutoff on this sight, so you have to make sure you turn it off manually.

Best Under $400

The Sig Saur Romeo 3 is an advanced, miniature sight that has a couple of neat features. The first is its MOTAC illumination system. When it senses movement, it will turn on and when it doesn’t, it will shut off. Basically, it’s the sight’s automatic shutoff system (no power on/off button needed). The battery compartment is located in the side of the sight, so you don’t have to completely remove the sight from the gun in order to change the battery.
As a high-quality optic, it’s designed for modern-day rifles, shotguns carbines, SMGs, and handguns. It comes with a built-in picatinny mount.

Leupold Delta Point Pro Reflex Dot Sight 

The Delta Point Pro is also equipped with motion sensing technology, saving you the hassle of remembering to turn on and off the sight. While it may be small, its incredibly rugged and waterproof up to 33 feet.
This sight works on everything from ARs to handguns. With its unlimited eye relief, you can mount it anywhere and still see perfectly down the sight.



What to Consider When Buying A Reflex Sight


A lot of reflex and red dot sights refer to one another as each other, and it can get sort of confusing. A reflex sight is inherently different from a pure red dot sight, but use many similar housings. Housing refers to the type of construction around the glass panels. Tube, open, or fully encased.

Different sights with different housings will allow for more or less field of view, so choose according to how much you want to see through the sight.


All sights run on either CR2, AA, or AAA batteries. The amount of life you get out of these batteries depends on the illumination setting you have for the sight. Some sights will give you thousands of hours worth of life on the lowest intensity setting.

Some sights have their batteries in the rear or underside of the sight, which could affect the overall housing. Be sure that you are combing the right housing with battery location.


Using different reticles is going to result in a different user experience. Most of these sights come with different selections of reticles that might be better suited for your range and weapon handling.

Just because a reticle looks cool in the sight doesn’t mean it will give you the best target acquisition.


There are certainly some very popular but expensive sights on this list. You shouldn’t feel pressured to purchase the biggest one just because the price indicates quality. Some might come with a couple of small perks.

The higher priced sights are usually more rugged and designed for extreme conditions, so take this into account when considering the higher end sights.


Some of these sights will come with built-in picatinny or weaver mounts. Usually, these sights will say which one they come or what type of railing they are compatible with. Nevertheless, you should double-check your weapon and the mount to see if they are compatible with the sight you are considering.

What are the Real Differences?

Between the big three reticle sights (red dot, reflex, and holographic), reflexes are sort of the midpoint between user experience and accuracy. You’ll see a lot more of red dot sights for close range shooting, but reflexes and holographic sights give you the edge in accuracy and focusing abilities.

That’s not to say that red dot sights are wholly unreliable, but reflexes will be more versatile across different firearms, especially with each of them having near unlimited eye relief.

Click here to see our picks for the top red dot sights of 2018.

Click here to see our picks for the top holographic sights of 2018.


Best Action Cameras of 2021

Action cameras are some of the most popular on-the-go video and photo taking devices on the market. Their video and photo taking capabilities are matched by some of the higher-end DSLR and SLR cameras. We use them to document our lives (no matter how crazy they are) at the moment. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see them mounted on shoulders, helmets, vehicles, aircraft, and even pets.

GoPro is definitely the first name that comes to mind when it comes to action cameras. Sure, GoPro certainly makes some high-quality cameras that are raved about. However, some of their cameras have limitations as to where you should take them and what conditions you should put them under. If you’re on a budget, a couple hundred dollar GoPro may not be in your best interest. That is why we’ve compiled a list of action cameras according to budget and occupation.

Furthermore, we’ll discuss how to compare one action camera vs. another and what you should look out for.

Our #1 Recommendation

GoPro HERO 6 Black

The HERO 6 is the newest toy in GoPro’s expanding product base. Soon to follow is the GoPro Fusion, but for now, the HERO 6 tops the market as the best action camera in the world. Customers might be a little hesitant based on price and how new it is, but trust us, you’d think you were a filmmaker with this little camera.

Aesthetically, it’s not all too dissimilar from the HERO 5. The one button on top of the camera and touchscreen on the back both make a reappearance. The actual lens placement on the front of the camera is a little different to allow for a new type of camera.

This camera is by far the most advanced in the world. Regardless of the fact that the HERO 6 hasn’t been out for so long, 4k at 60FPS quality is about as close as you can get to something like Blu-Ray quality. As soon as you’ve recorded your videos, they are also uploaded to the GoPro app for improved editing.

You won’t have to worry about jarring or shakiness because the HERO 6 features even better stabilization technology than the HERO 5 (which already made a statement on its own). It’s also waterproof without a casing up to 10m (best not to try and test that limit).

It’s hard to make a case for why the HERO 6 shouldn’t be the best action camera in the world.


Best Action Cameras under $100

FITFORT Action Camera

The Fitfort is a simple looking action camera that is loaded with impressive specs. It’s natural for people to be wary of brands that don’t say “GoPro” on the front but the Fitfort really handles the competition with a wide range of capabilities. The biggest spec is its 4k/25FPS setting—the highest setting for the video component. This is basically saying HD without specifically saying HD.

For less than a hundred dollars, the FitFort is waterproof above ten meters (thirty-three feet), and users have taken it with them biking, bungee jumping, and snowboarding among other activities. If you’re attaching the Fitfort to an area that you can’t easily reach, not to worry. The camera comes with a wireless controller that will fit around your wrist for easy access.


The Crosstour is a bulkier camera but still offers many of the same specs that the Fitfort does all for an insanely low price. We know what you’re thinking—cheap doesn’t always mean good quality but the Crosstour is here to dispel that rumor. 12MP and 1080P quality video (not 4k but still awesome) will still get you prime shots no matter the conditions you put it in. That being said, don’t treat the Crosstour like it’s indestructible. Like the Fitfort, it operates best underwater above 

The Crosstour has nearly triple the operating floor of the Fitfort underwater at thirty meters (ninety-eight feet). This will definitely appeal to swimmers or divers looking to take a camera to deeper spots than just beyond the shore.


We might as well call this camera the “McCool” because that’s what it is. With 4k at 30fps and 16mp, the Explorer-Pro is one of the fastest shooting action cameras at the highest quality for an affordable price. Using both rechargeable batteries will give you at maximum, a little over three hours of recording time—perfect for outdoor excursions.

The Explorer Pro comes with two additional shooting features—slow-motion and time-lapse. These features basically give you control over normal and slow to extremely slow speeds. If you consider yourself at the crossroads between hobbies and artistry, then the Explorer Pro is the right balance for you.



You may recognize the name DBPOWER by the drones they manufacture. They manufacture the N6 action camera with the same precision and quality that they do their drones. A simplistic camera with 4k video and 170-degree camera angle (almost completely horizontal) makes sure that your shots are of the utmost quality.

Some designs you might find handy is the inclusion of a touchscreen on the back of the camera. Like many cameras, the N6 can be controlled via a smartphone app. The CamKing app also gives you the ability to do some slight photo and video editing with the camera’s onboard software. This is perfect for getting repeated shots in a particular area without having to go home to a laptop or desktop to do dedicated editing.



The Akaso EK7000 could also fit under the best waterproof cameras section, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put it in our budget section.  The EK7000 is a more dedicated camera for the extreme athlete or hobbyist. It combines a lot of the specs that make previous cameras great—4k video, 25FPS, and 12mp, all of which point to high-quality shots. A remote control attachable to your wrist will enable you to control the camera without much difficulty.

The operating floor of the EK7000 is around 100 feet below the surface of the water. It’s hard to find a better camera better equipped for nature than the EK7000 and for a low price.


Best Action Cameras under $200


SJCAM SJ5000X Elite

The SJ5000X may look like your average GoPro, but the reality is it’s anything but. It’s’ built to handle most grueling of journeys but still return some of the best images and videos possible. On the inside, it’s equipped with a number of programs and components to keep its shutter steady. In extreme environments, you can expect your camera to be tossed around almost as much as you are. The SJ5000X makes sure to compensate for these conditions while still maintaining a high standard in light filtering and coloration.

This camera also comes equipped with a slow motion feature (240FPS), enabling you to capture precise movements and details as they occur.


Best Waterproof Action Cameras

HLS Action Camera

The HLS action camera is a masterpiece of durable, waterproof technology. The highest possible setting on the HLS is a 4k/30 FPS, one of if not the best in the action camera market. Like the rest of the cameras in the waterproof section, it’s perfectly capable operating above and below the water line.

In regards to operating underwater, the HLS has an operating floor of a hundred feet, which is about the lowest floor of any camera on this list. To take full advantage of this feature, diving will probably be preferable to snorkeling.


Best Action Cameras for Hunting

Spypoint Xcel

During a hunt, it’s key to have a reliable action camera that can capture sights and sounds of game with precision. The Spypoint Xcel has a 4k quality option and every spec below that with the corresponding megapixel setting. You’ll also enjoy the fact that it’s camouflaged for forest terrain. It’s possible game might be scared away or confused by any other color of action camera.

The Xcel also has a burst mode feature—able to take three photos in only one and a half seconds. If you’re looking to track the position of game over time, this feature will definitely come in handy.


Olympus TG-Tracker

The TG-Tracker is a more dedicated action camera for hunting as opposed to ones that are applicable for hunting. It shoots at 4k quality which is what most people are going to be looking for. Its design is a little wonky in that its front facing with the LCD screen located on the side. This means you probably won’t be holding it when its recording. Instead it would probably work best strapped to some part of your body or tree.

This camera, besides its video and camera capabilities, has five senors—GPS, compass, accelerometer, thermometer, and a barometer. It would appear that camera is more of a multi-tool than just a camera, which is extremely beneficial to the dedicated hunter.


Best Action Cameras for Sports


Not to be mistaken with the HERO5 Session. The simply put “HERO5” is the crown jewel of current GoPro technology. This camera truly has the most astounding specs about it. The price is still looming but if you’re looking to capture important moments on vacation or holiday, the HERO5 is the best camera for the job.

Like the Session, the HERO5 is a simple, one button camera. This button turns on the camera and you can basically control the recording from there with your voice. The back screen is also touch sensitive, giving you the ability to alter the quality and do some slight editing.


GoPro HERO5 Session

The HERO5 Session is another odd looking action camera. Don’t mistake this feature for the inability to do its job well. The camera itself is relatively easy to operate compared to the more rectangular action cameras. Aside from being waterproof, the Session fits snug onto everything from surfboards to helmets.

The Session is one of GoPro’s most advanced cameras. It can be voice controlled, enabling you to record without having to reach around to press a button.  Its 4k video at 30FPS is the fastest and highest quality on the market. The price is going to be a concern for most people, but GoPro really knocks it out of the park with the Session. This camera is built to handle the elements and give you some of the recordings of images and videos.


YI 4K Sports and Action Video Camera

The YI is definitely an advanced piece of equipment, employing a number of technologies to produce high-quality shots. The YI’s lens covers 160 degrees, slightly lower than the average degree angle but the difference isn’t too noticeable. Basically, the YI’s specs are designed to compensate for the worst of conditions.

Some cameras (and even phones) will get blazing hot when you set them on the highest quality. The YI compensates for this factor with an advanced cooler that will keep the camera and its valuable electronics from overheating, even on a hot day. The touchscreen will also give you editing capabilities


Best Action Cameras for Helmets

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

The VIRB tops our list in this category for a number of reasons, not the least of which because of its all-around specs and capabilities. While not a dedicated helmet camera, it’s the best kind for the job of off-roading or helmeted sports. It shoots at 30FPS, the highest setting for 4k quality. You’ll be getting more than just above average quality.

The VIRB is almost on point with the hunting camera, the TG-Tracker, in that it has a number of sensors built into supplement your journey. If you plan on staying away from home or taking an extended trip, the VIRB can help you adjust to your surroundings and even keep track of your heart rate.


GoPro HD Helmet Hero

The Helmet Hero is an older model of GoPro but don’t let that fool you as to its capabilities. It doesn’t have the 4k quality option that a general action camera does by 1080p setting is still up there in terms of quality. The advantage with this is at 1080p, you get a whopping four hours of recording time!

This camera comes with a couple of mounts so you can mount it on everything from motorbike helmets to sports helmets. A multitude of shooting modes will give you an equally diverse way of looking at your footage.



The PIXPRO is a cute little camera similar in design to the TG-Tracker. It’s probably the simplest action camera you can get and pretty small at that. It won’t have the quality that bigger and more advanced action cameras do but it makes up for these in its versatility. It’s waterproof up to thirty feet and has stabilization software to avoid blurry shots.
Its shape is ideal for fitting on helmets or even the sides of helmets.

Comparing Cameras

With technology being updated almost every day, you can expect to see prices drop as higher quality optics becomes more affordable. Still, there is a multitude of action cameras out there, and it’s pretty overwhelming. As you’re looking through this guide, you’re probably wondering, how do I choose between two really good cameras?

If the categories didn’t already narrow down your decision, we’ve provided some pointers and tips to help guide your search.

Sports, Environments, and Conditions

One of the biggest factors you’ll have to consider when purchasing an action camera is where are you going to take it and how are you going to use it. Some examples of activities outdoorsmen and women have taken action cameras on are the following—

  • Rafting
  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • Running
  • Snowboarding/Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Helmeted Sports

While these are just some examples of activities, you’ll also have to factor in the weather should it come into play. Rain, wind, and snow are all threats to sensitive optics. Most manufacturers realize that their customers will be going on adventures with their action cameras, so they prepare them as best they can for rugged terrain and harsh weather.

  • This doesn’t mean you should treat your action camera as invincible. Treat it how you would treat a sensitive telescope or camera—with caution and handling.


Most of the action cameras on our list have the ability to shoot in 4k, 1080p, and 12mp quality. There are some cameras with specs above and below those mentioned, but for the most part, you should be able to get an excellent camera for under $400. However, maybe your budget and desire for camera quality are interlinked, how do you reconcile the two?

If you consider yourself a hobbyist and adventure above all, maybe you’re not too keen on purchasing the camera with the highest possible specs on the action camera market. If you’re contempt with the shots you get the first time, then you can probably push your search towards the $100 range and below.  If specs are your primary ambition, then the higher priced cameras are going to be your best bet. You may even get a few more shooting methods and editing styles for paying a little more.

  • Keep in mind which action cameras say they are waterproof. They may be common, but you don’t want to purchase one that isn’t just because it has fancy specs!


What does it mean when a camera says it has “built-in WiFi”? 

  • Most, if not all cameras require a WiFi connection to operate. Out in the wilderness or under the water, the internet doesn’t exist, so what does this mean? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. The camera will have a WiFi adapter compared to your smartphone’s emitter. The two will search for each other even outside civilization. Once they’re connected, you’re good to go! Just don’t expect to run much beyond the camera’s specific app.



We guarantee that you’re going to be satisfied with whatever action camera you end up purchasing from this list. While GoPro is still the hottest name on the market, don’t count out the various other manufacturers. Some of them, like the Ppap and the MGcool have some unique qualities about them that will make you do a double take.

It’s important to take care of these optics despite how battle-tested they may be according to other users. The warranty can only cover so much for so long. Carefully and soundly attaching a camera to your body or helmet will extend its lifetime dramatically.



The Best Pistol Scopes on the Market in 2021

Recreational shooters and handgun hunters have a list of questions to answer when choosing the best scope for their pistols:

  • Will you hunt from a stand?
  • What is the expected shot length?
  • How long is the maximum distance of a shot?
  • Will you hunt with dogs?
  • How well do you see?
  • Will the recoil of the pistol generate abuse to the scope of choice?

Using a scope on a pistol is different than using one on a rifle: 1) there are physical limitations that are not manufactured or design errors; 2) the location of the scope in relation to the shooter’s eye is not the same; 3) the long eye relief of a pistol scope compromises the exit pupil because of light gathering capabilities; 4) without the whole-body support afforded by a rifle, the movement of a hand gun increases; and 5) the wobbles and shakes are exaggerated when looking through a scope, especially one set on a high magnification.

Scoped pistols function best when used with a solid rest, so use a shooting stick or the rail of a stand when hunting blind over bait or from a stand for optimal performance. A benefit of the scope is its magnification, so hunters assess and judge animals in their sights better with scopes. There is also an increase in shooting ability from longer ranges, and target shooters are more accurate shots when utilizing a pistol scope. The scope provides a more precise sighting system.

Once you have determined whether you can mount a scope on your pistol in the first place, check manufacturer information to ensure the scope you choose is compatible with your pistol, the intended use, and the recoil. The arrangement of scopes described here is by price, starting with the most economical and ending with the most expensive recommendation. Included are the retail prices and features of the scopes. Overall, if you’re looking for a quality optic that you will give you maximum clarity on target, you’ll have to spend more money.

Top Pistol Scopes in Different Price Ranges

NcSTAR 2 – 7×32 mm AO Pistol Scope

NcSTAR Pistolero has a pistol scope features a long eye relief that satisfies just about any hunter’s needs. Professional marksmen and target shooters appreciate this scope. This pistol scope was optimally designed for any platform requiring long eye relief.


The duplex reticle of the AIM Sports pistol/scouting scope has a built-in Red Laser and is manufactured with milled aircraft grade aluminum. It is purged and charged with nitrogen to make it fog proof, while a sealing process makes it weather resistant. This scope takes plenty of heavy recoil, and the one-piece design gives the scope its ruggedness. Users can choose between green and red reticles.


 The BSA pistol scope is a simple, yet effective scope. You can adjust for elevation and windage with finger-adjustable ¼ MOA clicks. Nearly instant target acquisition is available from the multi-coated optics that yield a clear sight picture. The eye relief is a generous range from 11 to 20 inches.The versatile scope is useful as a scout scope also.
Simmons has a rugged and reliable scope for pistols features a TrueZero™ Flex Erector System that provides non-shifting point-of-aim at all adjustment settings and magnifications. All power ranges have 3¾” constant eye relief provided by the fast focus system of the scope, and the expanded eyebox is superior to many scopes. In addition to elevation and windage dials maintaining accuracy, no deviation occurs in the adjustment range. Images are sharper, flatter, and wider thanks to the Simmons Aspherical Lens Technology, and the lens has a high transmission coating. There are four Simmons pistol scopes that have ¼ MOA adjustments, and they are designed to be shockproof, waterproof, and fog proof.
 The Swift Reliant pistol scope is available with either a matte black or nickel satin finish. The one-piece design of the monobloc tube ensures shock resistance and strength necessary for use with magnum handguns. Multi-coated optics provide the brightest, four-power magnification images. The reticle is a self-centering Quadraplex that makes the scope outstanding for target shooting or hunting over 100 yards. This nitrogen-filled scope is a hard anodized, fog proof piece of equipment, and micro adjustments are available to accommodate for elevation and windage. A lens cover completes the package.

Nikon has built a scope with extended eye relief and shockproof optics. This scope takes the recoil from the most powerful pistol calibers. Its ability to handle powerful recoil is only one of its famed features; one can view maximum brightness from sunup to sundown because of the Ultra ClearCoat optical system, or make an on-the-fly adjustment with the quick-focus eyepiece. This reliable Nikon scope is fog proof and waterproof, and it is available in trajectory-compensating and patented Nikoplex reticles.


The Bushnell Trophy is a 2-6x that comes in either silver or black colors. Regardless, both versions have a 20-inch eye relief. Despite their size, the scopes are surprisingly durable, being water, fog, and shockproof to the highest degree.

When operating in the rain, the Trophy can transmit up to 90% worth of light available. Even when conditions aren’t ideal, the Trophy can identify and acquire targets. Bushnell prides itself on making some very durable products, and the Trophy is no exception.


 Serious hand gunners often choose the Burris scope. Burris was first to build the variable configuration. They also initiated adjustable parallax and target knobs. A Ballistic Plex reticle is available on some models. The calibration is for short magnum cartridges. The Posi-Lock construction absorbs shock from the recoil that plows into the pistol and scope, which is a beneficial component since the scope of a pistol needs to withstand brutal shot-after-shot pounding that today’s single-shot pistols and revolvers produce.

Weaver has a classic gloss, Dual-X scope with a long eye relief that allows efficient use of the firearm at arm’s length. The accuracy of this scope is reliable and repeatable, and its reliability extends beyond accuracy; this rugged piece of equipment handles a tremendous revolver recoil of 1,000 rounds.


The Leupold pistol scope handles the crushing recoil of the magnum and big-bore pistols of today and are available in variable and fixed configurations. Whether you are shooting at a target or opt to hunt game, the noncritical, extended eye relief provides fast target acquisition. These rugged scopes are waterproof and have sight pictures with brightness, contrast, and clarity.


Reason for Pistol Scope Use

Modern pistols operate on extreme ranges, so having a pistol scopes can prove to be very beneficial. Overcoming the lack of trigger control is relatively easy with practice, especially when repetition of the movement can help you develop a reflex. Utilizing a scope emphasizes the user’s mistakes while shooting, so this provides an easy opportunity to identify and correct those mistakes. Accuracy can improve by approximately 20 percent with proper trigger control mastery, so pistol scopes prove to be a worthwhile purchase.

The Best Trail Cameras of 2021

With the advent of modern technology, the trail camera has become a must-have tool for hunting, hiking, and surveying. Also known as game cameras, trail cameras have become so technologically advanced that even outdoor photographers, landscapers, and security-savvy homeowners have begun to invest in these invaluable optical tools. With a host of trail camera options available, however, pinpointing just the right camera is easier said than done. A look at the complete guide to trail cameras can help you select the right device for your outdoor needs.

The Top 10 Best Trail Cameras

1. Browning Strike Force Pro XD Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: The Browning camera is the brainchild of a company that originally specialized in manufacturing firearms, scouting equipment, and hunting tools. With over a century of experience in the hunting business, this company has insider knowledge of what makes a good trail camera. The top features of the Strike Force Trail Camera are the built-in dual lenses. These two camera lenses work together to produce high-quality images 24MP in size. Trigger speed for this camera averages around 0.19 seconds, and it has a power-conservation feature that results in a battery life of approximately 10 months for six lithium batteries.

Browning Strike Force Trail CameraSpecs:

  • Photo Resolution – 24MP
  • Video – 1080p HD video with audio
  • Trigger Speed – Between 0.15 and 0.22 seconds
  • Detection Range – 80 feet
  • Flash – Red-Glow Infrared
  • Stand-Out Feature – Dual Lenses


  • Dual Lenses produce stellar picture quality
  • High-definition video
  • Long battery life
  • Fast trigger speed


  • Short video duration (20 seconds or less)
  • Very small camera screen display
  • Time and date may be difficult to read due to small display

2. Campark T45 Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: Campark trail cameras are among the most well-known game cameras on the market. Instead of using one passive infrared sensor, this camera uses three. This triple-action capability increases motion sensitivity and results in a trigger speed of 0.3 seconds. It also lessens the amount of battery power needed to activity the camera. The camera takes high-definition video and can also film game at night without scaring off camera-shy species like deer. (Since humans can usually detect the LED lighting, however, this camera may not be suitable for discreet home security.) The camera is compatible with a microSD and has a color display screen.

Campark Trail Game CameraSpecs:

  • Photo Resolution – 14MP
  • Video – 1080p HD video
  • Trigger Speed – 0.3 seconds
  • Detection Range – 65 feet
  • Flash – 42 Low-Glow Infrared LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – Three PIR sensors


  • Three passive-infrared sensors
  • Takes good-quality daytime and nighttime photos
  • Attractive camouflage color options
  • Waterproof casing


  • Initial setup may be challenging for beginners

3. Stealth Cam G30 Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: The Stealth Cam with GPS is a no-nonsense device perfect for everyone from beginners to seasoned professional scouts. It has a matrix-blur reduction feature that ensures each 8MP photograph comes out crisp (regardless of angle). Boasting a multi-zone detection feature, this trail camera accurately responds to movement at a trigger speed ranging from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds. The camera’s 30 infrared LEDs provide superb illumination for up to 80 feet in the dark, making this tool perfect for taking nighttime pictures. In addition, another excellent scouting feature is the game camera’s smart GPS capability. The GPS records the exact location of the snapped photograph and it can also notate the location of the camera itself. This way, you can use a handheld hunting GPS if you suspect the camera has been lost or stolen.

Stealth Cam G30 Stealth IR STC-G30Specs:

  • Photo Resolution – 8MP
  • Video – HD with Audio
  • Trigger Speed – 0.75 seconds
  • Detection Range – 80 feet
  • Flash – 30 IR LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – GPS capabilities, matrix-blur reduction, multi-zone detection


  • Multi-zone, motion-sensor detection
  • Matrix-blur reduction
  • Pre-configuration settings for beginners
  • Clear nighttime photos
  • Records HD video with audio
  • GPS tagging included


  • Glowing LED lights may be visible to nearby wildlife
  • Slower trigger speed than some models

4. Reconyx HyperFire 2 HF2X Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: At first glance, some of the specs for the Reconyx HyperFire 2 HF2X may seem unusual. Why does an upscale camera have 3MP resolution and 720p video? The reasons for the non-standard specs is that this is not your average camera. Because instead of the usual 32GB to 64GB SD Card storage compatibility, this trail camera can hold an SD card of up to a whopping 512GB in size. The camera also accepts 12 AA batteries that can last up to two years. Given the massive storage capacity and extremely long battery life, the Reconyx is the perfect “set up and go” device. Photos taken with this camera feature excellent visual contrast and sharpness relative to its sharp resolution, allowing you to collect years’ worth of high-quality images with minimal effort. In addition to the excellent storage and setup features, the trail camera uses no-glow, high-output infrared illumination technology. This means that you can capture images up to 150 feet away during the nighttime without any LED brightness scaring away the wildlife away.

Reconyx HyperFire 2 HF2X Covert IR CameraSpecs:

  • Photo Resolution – 3MP
  • Video – 720p with Audio
  • Trigger Speed – 0.2 seconds
  • Detection Range – 150 feet
  • Flash – No-Glow High Output-Covert IR
  • Stand-Out Feature – Buckview Advanced Software


  • Extreme storage capacity
  • Extra-long battery life
  • Very fast trigger speed
  • Superior image quality
  • Easy to “set up and go”
  • No-glow ifrared illumination for nighttime recording
  • Five-year warranty


  • Video duration maxes out after 10 seconds

5. Foxelli Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: The Foxelli trail camera is a super stealthy device that takes equally high-quality photos during both daytime and nighttime. Like a sly fox, this game camera can swipe desired information without detection from prey. It features natural camouflage that blends in with tree bark, and its lens snaps high-resolution 14MP pictures. And Foxelli’s video feature is among the most impressive as it can record high-definition 1080p videos of up to 10 minutes long. Because of the lengthy video capacity, the Foxelli trail camera is the go-to device for holistic study of game behavior. The camera also has 42 low-glow LED lights for discreet nighttime recording and crisp daylight photos and video.


  • Photo Resolution – 14MP
  • Video – 1080p
  • Trigger Speed – 0.5 seconds
  • Detection Range – 65 feet
  • Flash – 42 low-glow IR LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – Super fast PIR motion sensor, excellent night lighting


  • Can record 1080p HD videos of up to 10 minutes long
  • Low-glow infrared illumination technology for steathy day and night recording
  • Fast motion sensors
  • Excellent natural camo and easy mounting


  • Display screen is difficult to see under certain lighting
  • Keypad is not the easiest to use

6. Victure HC300 Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: The Victure HC300 has an innovative design that is sure to make you feel victorious in hunting, gaming, or scouting. It snaps high-quality photos with excellent color contrast, and the camera casing is completely weatherproof. The trail camera also contains 38 no-glow LEDs, making it perfect for capture nighttime photos and videos on your property or on the field.


  • Photo Resolution – 16MP
  • Video – 1080p
  • Trigger Speed – 0.5 seconds
  • Flash – 38 No-Glow IR LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – Completely stealth nighttime illumination


  • Excellent image quality
  • No-Glow infrared technology
  • HD video quality
  • Weatherproof


  • Fewer frames per second (fps)
  • Must open camera cover to access control panel and display screen

7. Moultrie A-40i Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: Moultrie is another highly recognizable brand name in the game camera world. Famous for the production of hunting-specific products like deer bait and squirrel traps, Moutlrie knows exactly what it takes to create a successful trail camera. The Moultrie camera features no-glow, motion-activated LED lights that make it perfect for capturing images and video in the dark. Moultrie devices are also compatible with wireless modems to transfer images or videos across connected networks.


  • Photo Resolution – 14MP
  • Video – 720p with audio
  • Trigger Speed – 0.7 seconds
  • Detection Range – 60 feet
  • Flash – iNVISIBLE IR LED technology
  • Stand-Out Feature – Mobile device integration


  • One of the very best nighttime trail cameras
  • Mobile integration available
  • Video includes audio
  • No-glow and motion-activated LEDs preserve battery life


  • Requires older-model SD memory card

8. TOGUARD Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: TOGUARD specializes in economical hunting cameras and home security devices. This camera snaps pictures ranging from 1MP to 14MP in resolution. In addition, the device can film videos up to 60 seconds in duration and up to 1080p in high-definition quality. With motion detection up to 75 feet in depth and 120 degrees in width, it is suitable for wide-range scanning or near-panoramic security views. With 42 low-glow LEDs, the trail camera also provides excellent nighttime recording.


  • Photo Resolution – 14MP
  • Video – 1080p
  • Trigger Speed – 0.5 seconds
  • Detection Range – 75 feet
  • Flash – 42 low-glow IR LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – Detection width of 120 degrees


  • Economical
  • Durable
  • Long battery life
  • Great detection range and field of view
  • Low-glow LEDs for nighttime illumination


  • Videos playback is double-speed unless using a VLC media player

9. BlazeVideo Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: BlazeVideo provides high-quality images and video in even the harshest climates and environments. Capable of functioning in everything from below freezing temperatures to sweltering heat, it is perfect for year-round field use. The camera takes eight AA batteries that perform efficiently for at least six months. With its theft-proof mounting, you can use this device to monitor game, fowl, or the exterior of your home.


  • Photo Resolution – 16MP
  • Video – 1080p
  • Trigger Speed – 0.6 seconds
  • Detection Range – 65 feet
  • Flash – No-glow IR
  • Stand-Out Feature – Weather-resistant, long-batery life


  • High-quality images
  • Long battery life
  • Climate-resistant
  • No-glow illumination


  • Shorter detection range

10. FHDCAM Trail Camera

Features and Benefits: FHDCAM is a motion-activated trail camera with a field of view that is 120 degrees in width. Combined with a fast trigger time, this feature enables the camera to snap excellent daytime photos. And at night, 42 no-glow LEDs provide picture-perfect viewing without scaring the animals away. With a built-in screen for photo and video review, this camera is a pratical resource for the field and home.


  • Photo Resolution – 12MP
  • Video – 1080p
  • Trigger Speed – 0.4 seconds
  • Detection Range – 45 feet
  • Flash – 42 No-glow IR LEDs
  • Stand-Out Feature – Motion-activated detection width of 120 degrees


  • Durable mounting
  • High-quality video
  • Fast trigger time
  • No-glow LEDs for night vision


  • Shorter detection range than other models

What is a Trail Camera?

A trail camera is a field-based recording device capable of capturing pictures or video regardless of whether the photographer is available to snap the shutter. Sometimes referred to as a remote camera or game camera, this specialized camera is a valuable resource for capturing photographs in limited-access areas or tight spaces. The trail camera is the perfect equipment for working in outdoor conditions that make high-quality conditions difficult to achieve with a regular camera.

Suggested uses for trail cameras include the following:

Scouting Activities

Trail cameras have changed the game for hunters and wildlife watchers. These game cameras provide precise detail on the size, quantity, gender, species, and trophy quality of animals that frequent a hunting area. A good trail camera can provide insight on everything from pattern movement to shed collection.

Scouts can choose from among weatherproof features and motion-activated snapshots to monitor wildlife throughout the season. There are also long-range and wireless options that can snap distance photos and download the images directly to your smartphone.

Home Security

Trail cameras can provide excellent safety information about your home or business property. Placing a camera in the right area can provide a bird’s eye view of your property complete with date and time stamps. Trail cameras also offer excellent night-vision and can help mitigate the fear of everything from burglars to nocturnal animals.

Sporting Events

Trail cameras are also practical for team, club, intramural, or collegiate sports. Suggested applications include behind a scoreboard during a court-based game or overhead in of a sports arena.

How Does a Trail Camera Work?

Before strapping your trail camera against timber to zoom in on the nearest whitetail buck, it is wise to have a basic understanding of how these cameras work.

1. Camera Range

The first step to understanding any remote camera is becoming knowledgeable about range. There are two main types of trail camera range: detection range and flash range. Detection range is the span at which the camera can detect and photograph game during the daytime. Flash range span at which the camera can detect and record game at night (since nighttime photos require a flash for visible recording). Camera traits like high resolution, fast trigger speed, and quick recovery time can all enhance the information provided when a camera saps a photograph within its range.

While detection range and flash range involve depth and lighting, you may also need to consider field of vision. This refers to the scope (e.g. side angle and peripheral) that the lens can accommodate. For example, you may want a panoramic view to study herd activity in an enclosed space or for security monitoring purposes. If you find this setting irrelevant for night recording or trophy hunting, however, you may choose to bypass this setting completely in favor of a better depth of view.

2. Flash Type

Flash type describes how well the trail camera can illuminate passing game during the nighttime. There are three flash categories: white flash, no-flash infrared, and infrared trail cameras (IR cams).

  • White-Flash Cameras – These cameras snap color photographs at night, making them great for identifying species and studying game behavior. One possible disadvantage is that the flash may be bright enough to scare off game in certain areas.
  • No-Flash Infrared Cameras – These cameras take black-and-white nighttime photos. Animals are unlikely to notice this camera because there is no flash, but no-flash also means the pictures may be grainy and will not include color.
  • Infrared Trail Cameras – IR cams include no-glow (black flash) cameras and low-glow cameras. These cameras have infrared emitters that produce a minuscule to faint illumination when motion-triggered, offering a compromise between white-flash and no-flash types.

3. Detection Circuits

In addition to range and flash types, the camera also includes detection circuits that detect movement or game activity. Two important operations aspects of the detection circuit are trigger speed and recovery time.

  • Trigger Speed – The time it takes for the camera to detect movement and capture a photo. The total elapsed time is the trigger speed.
  • Recovery Time– The time it takes for the camera to reset itself after taking a photo. If the camera has a sleep or power-conserve setting, the wake-up time after an inactive session is also important.

Fast wake-up time, trigger speed, and recovery time are important for active trails on which game may be visible for only a few seconds. However, slower trigger speeds and recovery times may work just fine near food sources or grazing areas in which game may remain for an extended period of time.

4. Battery Unit

Batteries help determine how long the camera will last out on the trail, and long battery-life may prove more economical over the life of the camera. A trail camera typically includes eight sockets for AA batteries. Battery-powered options include lithium batteries, rechargeable batteries, and solar panels. Lithium batteries are non-alkaline batteries that offer 100-percent consistent power over the lifetime of the battery. Rechargeable batteries are practical in colder regions and help prevent environmental waste. Solar panels work well in sunny regions and can operate indefinitely, but this energy source also requires an external power port that may be more noticeable to passing game.

5. Viewing Screen

A trail camera may also include a screen or input setting to view captured photos or video.

  • Integrated Viewing Screen – Trail cameras with built-in viewing screens allow you to scroll through footage on-site (similar to looking at photos saved on a digital camera or smartphone). These on-board screens are small and provide a good idea of the images captured, but you may still need to download them to a larger screen to view specific details.
  • No Screen – Some brands find the viewing screen unnecessary for a rugged trail camera, so they do not include it. This may help lower the overall cost of the camera and eliminate any anxiety over the risk of LCD screen damage on the field. However, this also means that you have to remove the SD card to view images on your laptop or computer. In some cases, you can also use an adapter to view the images directly on a smartphone.
  • Wireless Download – There are also advanced camera models that let you download images remotely as well as text or email the photos. You may also be able to use a trail-camera network to connect all cameras and computing devices.

Cellular Cameras vs. Wireless Cameras

When it comes to viewing photos, some brands may label trail cameras either cellular or wireless. Cellular cameras record pictures and then transmit them to your phone via an internet connection. The camera includes a SIM card just like the one that stores photos on a cell phone. And like a cell phone, you may need to purchase a data package to store and send photos. Wireless cameras have built-in transmitters that transfer photos using a WiFi network. You can then download and view the photos from a device in the network.

Trail Camera Storage Capabilities

Nearly all game cameras use removable SD cards to store photos or video. SD cards vary widely in memory (storage capacity). Depending on how large the storage capacity, an SD card can hold anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of images.

1. SD Card Storage Space

Available storage space within an SD card can also depend upon picture quality. High-megapixel images use up much more storage space. For instance, an SD card with 32MB of storage space can save up to 11,000 pictures of 8-megapixel quality. However, the same SD card can store only half that amount if the megapixel quality is 22MP or higher. Simply put, you will need an SD card with plenty of storage space if you plan to take any high-definition pictures.

Certain settings may also require a spacious SD memory card. If you frequently use the automatic, time-lapse, or burst-mode setting, you will need more storage space to save high quantity or unexpected images. Large storage space is also essential for scouts unable to check the trail camera very often. Plenty of space will ensure that you never miss any images until you are ready to check the device again.

As a last rule of thumb, always make sure the trail camera is compatible with large-storage SD card. Most cameras will note the SD-card capacity that it will accept. If a trail camera notes it is compatible with SD cards of up to 32MB, for example, it will not be able to recognize a large-capacity SD card such as 64MB.

2. SD Card Speed Class

Most trail camera brands recommend that you select Class 10 SD cards. This is a designation that ensures continuous recording of images or videos with less likelihood of corruption. If you have problems with a camera, the first troubleshooting step is to replace the corrupted SD card. Slower speed classes (such as 6, 4, and 2) are inefficient for trail cameras, so always be sure that the SD card has a Class 10 speed label to enable your game camera to function properly.

Trail Camera Setup and Placement

Most experts would recommend setting up the trail camera with the same consideration you would for hunting, scouting, or shed tracking. The most notable setup factors include timing, sense of direction, scout path of entry and exit, and adequately stocked equipment.

Tips for Trail Camera Setup and Checkups:

  • Try to set up the trail camera at midday when the sun is at its apex. If possible, setting the camera up just after a light rain can help disguise human scent.
  • Ensure that the motion sensor points in the direction you believe that the game will travel. If hunting a specific species (e.g. deer, elk, moose, boar, turkey, or bear), be sure to adjust for height so that the motion-sensor can detect any movement.
  • Camera lens should point in the northern or southern direction (to avoid false positives of shadows as the sun moves from east to west).
  • Ensure the camera has fresh batteries the first day of setup.
  • Plan to check the SD card every 10 to 14 days.

Tips for Trail Camera Placement Depending on the Season

  • Spring – Early in the year, animals tend to be social animals. They may frequent the same feeding areas or follow daily routines. This is a good time of year to take an inventory of probable game availability before peak hunting season arrives. Camera setup should focus on food sources, field edges, and (if legal) mineral licks. Fawns, farrow, cubs also tend to arrive in the spring.
  • Summer – Hot summer months are great for catching activity at the water hole. Set up the camera in a flat or low-impact location.
  • Late Summer – Young breeder males begin to shed, and travel patterns include heavy-tread trails and bedding areas. Set the camera up near staging areas, pinch points, and well-traveled terrain.
  • Early Fall – This is early hunting and breeding season that tends to separate bachelors from bucks. Place the camera near (meaning 20-30 yards) scrapes – the pawed ground beneath tree branches that is a popular resting spot for male game.
  • Peak Season Fall – Known as “rut,” this is the best season to get daytime photos. Set up the trail camera near high-traffic areas, funnels, and rub lines.

What Brands Make Trail Cameras?

Popular brands include the following:

  • Browning – American hunting brand famous for high-functionality trail cameras
  • Campark – Notable trail camera brand designed for scouting and field work
  • Foxelli – A product line of stealthy, camo-inspired trail cameras
  • Moultrie – Trusted brand of hunting-specific trail cameras and products
  • Reconyx – A line of innovative “set it and forget it” trail cameras
  • Stealth Cam – Practical, no-nonsense trail cameras for beginners and veterans alike
  • Victure – Excellent trail cameras for daytime and nighttime recording
  • TOGUARD – An innovative line of trail cameras and home security products
  • BlazeVideo – Top-selling brand of low-glow trail cameras
  • FHDCAM – Rugged and technologically advanced line of trail cameras for hunting and protecting the home

Important Features to Consider

Understanding camera basics already provides an idea of features to look for when selecting your device. For example, you may have already deduced that fast trigger speed and quick recovery time are both desirable traits in a game camera. The ability to access your files (either through an LCD screen, cellular, or wireless download) and compatibility with a large enough SD card are also desirable features. The other key features to look for in a trail camera specifically refer to the quality of photo and video.

Important Photo Features

  • Megapixels (MP) – Megapixels are the building blocks of any photograph. The higher the megapixels, the sharper the photograph. High megapixels are important for outdoor photography, but this feature may not be as much of a priority for general scouting or a basic home-security camera.
  • Burst Mode – A setting that enables the trail camera to snap a sequence of images very quickly. This is a great way to look at fast animals, but you will also need plenty of storage space.
  • Time-Lapse Mode – This setting automatically takes pictures on a set timer (for example, at intervals of every 10 minutes). It is ideal for daytime and also requires sufficient storage space.
  • Time-and-Date Stamps – A setting that records calendar data against each photo. Data may include time, date, temperature, location, and even moon phase. This feature is important for perfect hunting technique and is a critical feature if the trail camera is meant for home security.

Important Video Features

If the purpose of your trail camera is to take video footage, consider the following features:

  • Resolution – Generally speaking, the higher the resolution, the sharper the video feed. Standard resolution is 640x480p, but you may also find high-definition resolution in 720p or 1080p. Some high-end cameras offer up to 4K resolution
  • Duration – For trail cameras, video length can range from three seconds to over five minutes per video.
  • Audio – Many newer models enable audio. While audio may not be necessary for tracking game, but you may wish to have it for scouting large-game birds or when using the camera for home security.
  • Time-Lapse Video Mode – This setting can record video clips at set intervals (such as once every two hours). Keep in mind that time-lapse image mode is not the same as time-lapse video; a camera MUST have video recording to perform the second option.
  • Hybrid Mode – This high-end option can record a picture and short video clip simultaneously.
  • Night Video – This option using LED lighting to record videos in the dark, but it may require extensive battery power to sustain.

The Bottom Line

Whether hunting, scouting, sporting, or interested in home security, a trail camera is an integral part of your equipment arsenal. Be sure to maintain your camera periodically with compatible glass or plastic cleanser for the lenses, consistent battery recharging, and SD card replacement if needed. If storing the trail camera during off-season, remove batteries and double-check seals and gaskets against any wear and tear. By choosing the right trail camera and following basic maintenance techniques, any outdoor enthusiast can make the most of this device.

Best Holographic Sights of 2021

What are Holographic Sights?

Holographic sights are part of the primary trio of gun sights with red dots and reflexes. They are also the most advanced type of reticle sight, utilizing internal lasers to craft the image of a reticle in the sight’s viewing panel.

They come in a variety of shapes, but the holographic fabrication process is pretty much the same across all holographic sights. These are not to be confused with authentic laser sights, which produce a laser dot on target that almost everyone can see.

  • It’s not uncommon to see tube and open circle versions of the holographic sight. A tube version looks sort of like a dedicated scope but provides better sighting at close range.

It’s commonly thought that reflex and holographic sights are constructed differently but solve the same problems. Zeroing and focusing issues are common across all sights, even iron sights. A holographic doesn’t entirely eliminate those problems, but like reflex sights, they eliminate the need for eye relief with a more accurate optic.

Why Were They Developed?

The first holographic sight was developed by EOTech in 1998. These sights are the first to use true lasers in order to craft the reticle you see in the sight. The thought was that these sights would even further increase target acquisition speeds and reduce sighting problems that one may still encounter when using reflex or red dot sights.

EOTech remains the largest manufacturer of holographic sights in the country and due to their price, you’re not likely to see holographic sights as widespread as red dot or reflex sights. Regardless, those that have them are in for an entirely new shooting experience.

Note: You’ll definitely come across some sights that say “holographic” in their name. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see the word “reflex” in their title as well. These are not pure holographic sights, they are reflex. Holographic and reflex sights may look similar but their construction and use is different.

How Do They Work?

Reflex sights and holographic sights work in similar ways. If you move your head left, right, up, or down, the reticle will always remain pointed forward or down the barrel of a gun its mounted on. The concept is different than if you were to move the sight around freehandedly.

It’s astonishing to think that so much goes on inside these little sights in order to correct zeroing and parallax problems. The basic concept of a holographic sight is that a laser bounces light off a collimating reflector.

  • A collimating reflector straightens light.

The light then travels to a holographic grating panel which produces the holographic image you see in the sight. Light is technically reflected three times, but no two sights are completely identical to each other.

Best Under $500

The XPS2-0 is EOTech’s lightest and easiest to use holographic sight. When you set the illumination factor to its basic level, you can get nearly 600 hours worth of use out of the XPS2. Considering the battery life of holographic sights is relatively short, this is a huge plus.
This sight is similar to the XPS3 sight, also sold by EOTech, but the XPS2 does not have night vision capability.

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Holographic Sight 

The Vortex UH-1 is one of the more unique sights we’ve seen, even if it is holographic. It’s housing definitely makes it stand out compared to tube or open constructions. Despite this construction, the UH-1 is popular for its larger than normal viewing panel and 15 levels of brightness settings.

You also have the option of using a rechargeable battery and using the UH-1’s onboard USB port to charge it. Otherwise, it runs on a standard CR2 battery.

Best Under $600

The 552 model is one of EOTech’s smallest holographic sights. The reason for its elongated structure is that it is actually powered by two AA batteries instead of a single CR2 battery. It can also support Lithium or rechargeable batters, the former allowing for nearly a thousand hours of use.
This model is night vision equipped, which explains part of the price jump but gives hunters and other handlers an edge in nighttime shooting.

What to Consider When Buying A Holographic Sight


A holographic sight is pretty neat, but you shouldn’t consider just because it is a holographic sight. It’s designed to give you better target acquisition compared to normal red dot sights. You should be considering a holographic sight if speed of handling and acquisition are integral to your job.


There are few “cheap” holographic sights on the market. As we explained earlier, they are still a relatively new technology and more likely to be seen in the hands of law enforcement and the military than civilians.

Regardless, each of the holographic sights has proved its worth with a happy fanbase. While the EOTech XR308 may be the most expensive and versatile sight on our list, it shouldn’t have to be your first choice. Remember, a high price doesn’t always mean the best sight for your gun.


One of the noticeable drawbacks is battery life. The power used to illuminate the laser diode in a holographic sight is considerably larger than a reflex or red dot sight. As such, the battery life is shorter.

Red dot and reflex sights have noticeably longer lives with their batteries. If you don’t want to pour money into AA and CR2 batteries, consider getting a rechargable battery or USB cable if a sight has the correct port.


Holographic sights are pretty rare and relatively new, the first only being developed by EOTech in 1998. Even now, it’s still pretty hard to find holographic sights because the process of manufacturing them is very particular. Not to mention working with lasers is always expensive.

In the end, a holographic sight is constructed for a better user experience and target acquisition. Target acquisition is defined as how fast the reticle gets on target, and how much space it takes up on the target. Using different reticles will probably change the experience for you.

Click here to see our picks for the best red dot sights of 2020.
Click here to see our picks for the best reflex sights of 2020.

Binoculars Deals to Watch For on Amazon Prime Day 2019

With Prime Day approaching quickly, we’ve compiled a list of binoculars that are likely to be on sale based on prior history and binoculars that are already on sale. The following companies produce some of the most popular binos on the market.

We’ll be updating this guide as we learn more about the deals that will for sure be available on Prime Day 2019, which is set to be held for two days this year — July 15-16. For now, check out our favorites and predictions.

Upland Optics

One brand that will not be on sale but still produces widely popular pairs of binos is Upland Optics. They produce high-quality 8x42mm and 10x42mm hunting binos that some customers have found use in other activities like birding. They also recently released their newest 10x42mm pair, the Venator, which sports some of the best quality lenses on the market.

You can find links to their current prices below:



Bushnell is a wide selection of binos that are already on sale and are likely to stay that way on prime day. Bushnell is known for producing binos for every outdoor and indoor situation possible. They are also rugged and designed to endure the toughest of elements.

Here are some binos that are already on sale:



Like Bushnell, Nikon also has various selections of binos for just about every long-range activity you can think of. They also sport numerous designs in order to accommodate different sized lenses. You’ll see that for one particular pair of binoculars, you’ll have different sized lenses.

The following are popular models of Nikon binoculars and are most likely to be on sale:


Wingspan Optics

Wingspan Optics is primarily focused on producing smaller-sized binos for birding, but they do have a handful of 8x42mm and 10x42mm models. Wingspan’s products are far cheaper than most higher end brands, but still pack a punch when it comes to quality. When it comes to birding in particular, detail is everything.

Here are some of Wingspan’s most popular models and are most likely to be on sale.



While Vortex produces some of the priciest pairs of binos on the market, they are so worth it. The quality of all their binos is almost unbeatable. Most Vortex optics have a similar design with twisting eyecups and a durable rubber exterior. Like Nikon, there are usually multiple sizes for specific models of binoculars.

Here are the most popular Vortex binos:



Why you should consider Binoculars on Prime Day

Hunting season is just around the corner and prices will only go up from here. There aren’t too many big shopping holidays between now and the fall save perhaps Labor Day. Prime Day is an excellent day to save money on a prime account and all the perks that come with it. If you’re not already a prime member, you can usually get a free trial that should last you through the end of this month.

We will keep updating this list as we discover more sales for binoculars and as Prime Day approaches. Check back soon!


Best Binoculars for Stargazing

While most might immediately associate telescopes with astronomy and stargazing, there are plenty of good reasons to go with binoculars instead (or in addition to). They are smaller and more portable, and they tend to cost much less. It’s also often easier for a beginner to get to know the stars with binoculars.

There’s also the added benefit of investing in a multi-purpose set of optics — binos are great for much more than just astronomy and can be used for more activities than telescopes.

Having said that, it’s important to remember that, though there are plenty of perks to using binoculars, you won’t have the same magnification so the viewing quality is going to be different.

Some of the best stargazing binoculars are going to be big, so you may need to have a tripod handy to use them.

With all that in mind, let’s dive into our top picks for the best astronomy-friendly binos. You’ll notice that there are just a few brands — namely, Celestron and Orion — that make most best lists, and that’s because they specialize in astronomical binos. These brands are worth checking out if our top picks aren’t quite right for you.

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars

celestron skymaster giant 15x70We covered this pair in our best binoculars guide and our full review here so it’s no surprise that the Celestron SkyMaster Giant takes our top spot for best stargazing binos.

For a relatively inexpensive pair, the Celestron does an amazing job of aiding you in your astronomy excursions. They have high magnification, multi-coated lenses, and large aperture, so there’s plenty inside that make them useful for such an activity.

While lightweight given the size, most users find that they work best with a tripod. Eyeglass wearers will appreciate the 18-millimeter eye relief.


Celestron SkyMaster Astro 25×100 Binoculars

Though you’ll pay quite a bit more for the Astro, the 100mm objective lens is the largest available size from Celestron. Multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms are optimal for low light conditions and for stargazing.

The build on the SkyMaster Astro is part of the reason for the additional cost as well. As the company notes, “Celestron has designed and engineered the larger SkyMaster models to meet the special demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions.” This means that, although they are large, the balance and overall design is more conducive to longer uses.

The Astro includes a tripod adaptor, which you’ll most definitely want to use to catch specifics like Saturn’s rings. It also comes with a deluxe carrying case. Overall, the SkyMaster Astro is worth a look if you have a budget in the $300 range.


Orion Resulux 15×70 Binoculars

Another step up in price brings us to another great astronomy-focused brand, Orion, and their 10×70 Resulux binoculars. Boasting excellent optical quality and an 18mm eye relief, this is a fantastic pair that rivals many telescopes for star viewing.

The Resulux features a comfortable grip and full water resistance. Nitrogen purged construction helps eliminate fogging. But it’s really the optical features that makes this such an excellent choice, like the BAK-4 prisms and advanced multi-coatings on all optical surfaces. Like most stargazing binos, a tripod or monopod is strongly encouraged for optimal experiences.

This is a pair you’ll see often in articles about astronomy binoculars, though its price may put it out of budget for a lot of folks. Still, we think it’s worth saving up for if you’re a serious stargazer or if you’re forgoing a telescope altogether.


Orion Ultraview 10×50 Binoculars

This second option from Orion is a good blend of affordability (at around $150) and quality. The multi-coated optics offer 50mm objective lenses and BAK-4 prisms for solid light transmission and good image quality. Eyeglass wearers will appreciate the 22mm eye relief as well.

This is a model that has been around a while and reviews overall are primarily positive. These are the most high powered binos out there, so folks hoping to be able to see everything will be disappointed. Even so, these work great for the casual viewer and work equally well in the daylight.

The body is constructed with cast metal alloy. The Ultraview includes a carrying case and wide neck strap.


Canon 18×50 Image Stabilization Binoculars

The price tag on these is not for the faint of heart. At around $1000, the Canon 18×50 IS is one of the most expensive pairs of binoculars out there, and definitely the most expensive astronomy binos. However, these are a must-have for many hard core stargazers and definitely should be considered if you have the means.

The Image Stabilization is a fantastic addition to the high-end glass and beautiful build. You’ll need 2 AA batteries for the IS and you’ll have the best results with the addition of a tripod. Having said that, Canon claims that their technology is designed to combat the shake that accompanies not having a tripod thanks to a Vari-Angle Prism, dual transparent plates, independent vertical and horizontal sensors, and a dedicated microprocessor.

These are also All-Weather, so you can count on success in any condition, and they are shock- and water-resistant. While you’ll pay a good chunk of change for the Canon binoculars, most long-time users say it’s well worth the investment.

Best Gifts for Husbands in 2019

Men are notoriously hard to shop for. That’s why we have compiled some ideas to help you find just the right gift for your husband – whether you need a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or just because.

Here are 10 fun gift ideas for your husband:


Darts is a fun, timeless sport best paired with a frosty mug of beer. This Wimau dartboard isn’t your typical electronic dartboard that deflects 50% of the darts thrown. It looks sleek and professional. Sure, it’s a bit more spendy than other dartboards, but it’s definitely worth the money. It’s a high-quality, classic dartboard your husband will love for years tDSC3573o come.


For the husband who hunts, a quality pair of binoculars is essential. If his old pair just aren’t cutting it, give him a pair of Upland Optics. These binoculars are made specifically for hunters, and offer great clarity, durability, and a lifetime warranty. His eyes (and your freezer) will thank you.


The gift of alcohol is a classic gift, especially when it’s something the recipient wouldn’t normally treat themselves to. For example, if your hubby loves scotch, splurge on an expensive bottle. Or, fill a basket with local craft beer (this would also be a great complement to the dartboard). Add a kitchy mug, a Yeti coozie, or custom glassware, and you’ve got a classy and refreshing gift.

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Bluetooth headphones are a must-have these days, but a quality pair can be a bit expensive to get for yourself, but they make a perfect gift. Treat your man to some Bose earbuds or splurge on some Beats.


Cordless Drill

Tools are always a good idea. Win the day by bestowing upon him a DeWalt cordless drill. Bonus for you: he’ll probably be inspired to tackle the honey-do list. If he already has a drill, just buy him a set of tools or a nice hammer. Seriously.

SunglassesRay Bans

If the hubs is still running around in the shades he bought at the gas station two summers ago, perhaps it’s time for a *real* pair. Before you buy, though, ask yourself this: how frequently does my husband lose sunglasses? If the answer isn’t “never” or “seldom,” maybe skip this gift. But, if you trust him not to lose them, consider upgrading him to some Ray-Bans.


This is another one meant for hunters, but it’s a good one. Get your hunting partner a new rangefinder – we guarantee he will lose his mind. (Okay, we can’t really guarantee that, but he WILL dig it.)

Shaving KitShaving Kit

A nice shaving kit is a timeless gift that will help your man feel fancy (and smooth!) Get him a shave kit that includes all the essentials for a quality, long-lasting shave. Or, find a local barbershop that offers straight razor shaves and hot towels – it’s like a spa day for dudes who are afraid of spa days.

Universal Remote

If your guy loves gadgets and has control issues, this remote from Logitech might be the best thing you ever get him. With options to control both entertainment and automation devices, and with easy integration with Alexa, this is a cool, truly universal remote.

Gift Card

Gift cards often get a bad rap, but it can really be a good gift for some guys. If your husband is saving up for something (a gun, motorcycle parts, exercise equipment), getting him a giftcard that gets him closer to his goal is a smart move. We promise it’s not lazy.


Best Gifts for Hunters in 2019

Finding the perfect gift for someone you love can be tough. For the hunter in your life, we have some ideas for great gifts for any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or just because.


Our gift guide includes products specifically for hunting, as well as other ideas that your hunter is sure to love.




A good pair of binoculars makes all the difference for hunters, but few take the time and money to get a good pair. That’s why binoculars make a great gift for hunters. We did the research for you! Our binoculars guide will tell you everything you need to know and which models are best for each purpose. You’ll find a pair for any hunter and any budget. Our #1 recommendation is a pair from Upland Optics, the Perception HD 10x42mm Binocular.


If you’re out in the wild, chances are that you are going to need a knife. The worst thing that could happen is to have that knife fail you in a time of dire need. That is where survival knives come in. Designed specifically to handle any situation you throw at them, whether it be splitting firewood, cleaning an animal, or even as a weapon, a solid survival knife is literally built to save your life. The Banner Knives Ti-G10 is the knife that we’ve found to be the ideal choice for virtually any survival situation. It is made of the highest quality materials available with great craftsmanship, and it has never let me down. It’s fixed blade design makes it virtually indestructible, and capable of performing many tasks a smaller knife never would be up to.

Beer Kit

Hunters do more than just hunt! In off-season, your hunter can help provide for the family in a different way – by brewing their own beer. A beer making kit is a great way to help your budding brewer get started.


A Rangefinder is another great gift idea for hunters. Like binoculars, rangefinders are something that many hunters want and could really use, but they don’t want to spend the money on them. Also like binoculars, we did research on rangefinders and offer up numerous options for different needs and budgets.


GPS units are smart addition to your hunter’s equipment lineup. If your hunter is in need of one, there are many options available. There are great options at every price point, so you’ll definitely be able to find one that fits your specific needs and budget.

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This BioLite CampStove is a really neat bundle that does the work of several items in one – campstove, pot, and grill, plus a light and charger. It would make a fantastic gift for any hunter or backpacker.


Cozy Pajamas

After a week of hunting, coming home means getting comfortable. Why not get your hunter some cozy pajamas to lounge around in? Our vote is this camouflage onesie. Or, for the claustrophobic, maybe some nice pajama bottoms.

Boot Dryer

A boot dryer might sound like a luxury, but it’s actually a useful tool for anyone. This PEET boot dryer is super affordable and works great. You’ll prolong the life of hunting or hiking boots, as well as athletic shoes, too. Bonus: it helps reduce odors.

Trail Camera

Trail cameras are becoming more and more popular, and can actually be used for other surveillance in addition to scouting. Our trail camera guide talks about some of the uses of trail cameras and provides reviews of the best on the market. Trail cameras are available at all sorts of price points, and they make excellent gifts for any hunter.

Spotting Scope

As with all the optics we’ve discussed, spotting scopes make great gifts because many hunters don’t have them. Again, we’ve done all the hard work for you and created this guide to spotting scopes. For the hunter that seems to have it all, this might be one useful piece of equipment they don’t have. Our #1 recommendation is a spotting scope from Upland Optics.spotting scope




Best Gifts for Grandpa in 2019

For some of us, our grandfathers showed us the little tips, tricks, and shortcuts through life. Grandpas seem to provide a never-ending list of tall tales and adventures of which we are all jealous of. This holiday season, you can return the favor to your grandpa(s) by providing them with any of the nifty tools, devices, and gadgets listed below as a token of your appreciation.


Bluetooth Neckband

The Mpow Jaws V4.1 is a very popular set of wireless headphones that are noise-canceling. They are far cheaper than most over or in-ear Bluetooth headphones and fit comfortably around the neck. The earbuds are also finely shaped to fit into your ear rather than around it.



If your grandpas are still as invested in tradecraft and working with tools, they’ll really appreciate this laser-engraved multi-tool. What better way to show appreciation for all the hard work than a multi-tool that says “best grandpa ever”?


Amazon Echo

If mobility and distance are issues between you and your grandpa, consider the Amazon Echo, your new personal assistant. With a multitude of abilities, the Echo can make calls, purchases, and play music from a variety of apps among other things.

The Echo is as personable as you want to make it and is constantly updated with new firmware to increase its capabilities.



If your grandpa is still an avid outdoorsman, consider getting him a pair of Upland Optics 10x42mm sporting binoculars. These binoculars are high-quality optics perfect for any outdoor excursion from hunting to birding.



We all have the one grandpa who thinks that his burgers are the best in the west. If you think he’s as good as he says he says, then get him this stylish, Attitude Apron’s adjustable apron for his next grilling party. What dad or grandpa can’t help but brag about their grilling skills?




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The old-fashioned way of telling time certainly hasn’t gone out of style with the arrival of smartphones and smartwatches. Gift your grandpa a vintage wooden watch from Sentai that will remind him that he’s special to you.






As we mentioned before, our grandpas took on some of our first outdoor adventures. You can acknowledge his efforts by gifting him an affordable yet powerful telescope from Celestron, a trusted telescope maker. These telescopes are also family and user-friendly.




Picture Frame

It’s important to keep memories alive, so why not provide your grandpa with the proper picture frame? There are many grandpas out there, but this one, in particular, is yours!