NASGW- Optics, Sights and Scopes - Bushnell Elite LRHS 3-12x 44mm
NASGW- Optics, Sights and Scopes - Bushnell Elite LRHS 3-12x 44mm

NASGW— Optics, Sights and Scopes

Newly-released optics, sights and scopes from Burris, Leupold, Weaver and more.

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NASGW— Optics, Sights and Scopes
Coming up with better optics for shooters annually must be a headache for engineers. Examine a top-end scope and you might wonder, as I do, how it could be improved. But the glass, coatings, variable power mechanisms and adjustments in even mid-level scopes today trump the best available a few years ago. Incremental improvements, like compounding interest, add up. Still, you needn’t buy them all.

Rifle-scopes have grown in size and magnification. That evolution doesn’t make them better, just different and more costly. You may find such scopes useful, depending on what you want a scope to do. Mechanical and cosmetic tweaks labeled “tactical” complement rifles in police cruisers and those peddled to civilians steeped in “black ops” lore. Stripped down, many are just like scopes on deer rifles. Beyond the marketing, though, lies real innovation. I sought the latest at the annual National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) show in Dallas.

Held in late fall, NASGW offers a glimpse at what should next appear in January at the SHOT (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show. Unlike SHOT, a juggernaut with more than a dozen miles of aisles and an apocalyptic pace, the NASGW event is of modest size and has an easy rhythm. I came away with this preview.

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