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By Jonathan Owen on 11/27/2014 6:31 AM

Aimpoint ACOPredictable and Exciting married and had a baby. Predictable’s DNA contributed the red dot, familiar controls and mount. Exciting naturally delivered the surprises - the price point and availability. I’m not writing this off a press release, I’ve used this baby, and I think the parents must both be proud. It’s the ACO from Aimpoint. ACO is short for Aimpoint Carbine Optic. 

My first red dot sight wasn’t an Aimpoint. In my mind, those were reserved for military and those who had incomes that dwarfed mine. Besides, I could only see them in magazines or online, and dropping the kind of coin involved without ever seeing one first hand was more than I could swallow. So like a lot of other people, I got a cheap Chinese knock off. Had the ACO been around back then, the rest of what you're about to read would be quite different.

By Jonathan Owen on 11/17/2014 8:12 PM

Bushnell Elite 1 Mile ARC"I was robbed!" 

Famous words uttered by more than one hunter blaming circumstance for a miss. Or a missed opportunity, for that matter. I'm not the only one guilty of having uttered that phrase when I should have said, "I blew it" or "I wasn't prepared for that." All kinds of scenarios come to mind here - the animal moved, the wind changed, a stick broke underfoot that caused the prey to bolt unexpectedly. Maybe you've confidently squeezed the trigger, over- or under- shooting your target because you didn't correctly determine the range. In my case, not knowing the range was cause for a severe beating of my head against the red Dodge truck's door. 

To date, it was the biggest hog I've ever personally seen...

By Jonathan Owen on 10/28/2014 5:50 PM

ELCAN SpecterDRAt first blush, the accolades come easily. And I’m not the first to struggle with involuntary drool here. Without a doubt, we’re talking about a real head turner in the ELCAN SpecterDR 1.5-6x. Like all true beauty, it starts inside. The field of view, the illumination, the reticle and the image quality are nothing less than utterly remarkable. When you’re not peering throughout the heart of the scope, it’s externals say “I’m rugged” yet well proportioned, nicely contoured. I’ve been meaning to check out this scope for years. What I discovered in getting to know her though caught me off guard: She is quite unforgiving...