Crusader Weaponry has teamed up with Lucid to provide a very good optical gunsight for our rifles. When I first tested the Lucid HD7, it impressed the hell out of me. It was clear, solid, and did everything I wanted an optic to do. In fact, it did better than I had hoped. I put it on a number of guns, trying to break it. Including a 12 gauge with slugs. It held up. As far as accuracy goes, it actually improved my accuracy with my own M4.
We recommend the Lucid for the best bang for the buck solution for all our 5.56mm rifles. When you order your Bones, Partisan, Templar, or your own custom configuration, ask for the Lucid to come with the gun as a package.
All the new scopes and Binos I’ve been seeing from Weaver has really been impressing me. Their quality for the prices they are offered at Retail… Very impressive. ATK has done very well to make Weaver a serious optics brand again.
I can say that Weaver has a couple good scopes and a Bino that I would love to own… hell I’d even be willing to spend my own money on them.
Had a question about the Lucid HD7. Would I take it over a Vortex. (Strikefire or SPARC) Hands down I’d buy the Lucid. Again. Not a lot of people really know much about the Lucid. It’s pretty new in the market still, but it’s a good solid unit that’s given no problems and shoots with astonishing accuracy.
Crusader Weaponry is almost done with our new Broadsword Carbine Demo Gun. This gun is for Gun Writer Reviews. From this point previous, every photo you’ve seen of a Broadsword has been a Customer’s Gun. We’ve just not had the time and the parts to do a gun for just Demo Purposes.
This gun is going to be going out to the Writers sporting a new optic. I’ve talked to a few optic companies and they were willing to send us some normal run of the mill optics… which is precisely what we didn’t want. We wanted something unique.
Kruger Optics stepped up and is sending us a Prototype of their DTS Gen II optic. Check it out here. The concept is brilliant and I think it has huge potential. Now, this unit is a Prototype and not a Production unit, but it should work just fine. We’re looking forward to checking this thing out. Just looking at this thing – I want to love it.
This is a common question that I get. What add-on’s does one really need? The simple answer is “none”. A basic, stripped down AR is perfectly serviceable. So you don’t necessarily need anything else. Anything from here on that you might add, should only be based on how it’s going to help you do what you want to do with it.
Some time ago on the old MadOgre.com site, I made this list. Time to update it a little, and repost it. Prices may be a little off.
If I was to do just a Top Ten, it would be full of optics that never dipped below a grand. So what I’ve done is to take a look at each price tier and pick a scope or two at that level. I’ll start out on the low end of the price scale and we’ll work our way up. Now the interesting thing about some of these scopes is that they can sometimes beat scopes at a higher price level. So you might want to take this list with you next time you hit the gun counter so you can check them out head to head with other scopes. When you are looking at a couple different scopes you need to compare the brightness, clarity, eye relief, magnification levels (are they actually magnifying as they are saying they are), and their history for strength. Another thing to consider is the reputation of the company for taking care of the customer after the purchase. There is no chart or number that allows you to rate a scope. Like say Candle Power or Lumens. End since everyone’s eyes are different, optics are subjective. So here we go: Continue reading OGRE’S TOP SCOPE PICKS:→
Nikon has a great scope for a .223 rifle, such as your AR-15. They call it the “M-223”. It’s slick and easy to use. It’s actually one of my favorite optics for any longer barreled AR build (Think Crusader Templar) or Varminter configuration.
What does Nikon have for AR-10/SR-25/Broadsword? Nothing so much… Right now for a Broadsword I’m thinking a PFI RR800.
What Nikon needs to do is a .308 specific scope, much like the M-223… but with an illuminated reticle.