To say there was anticipation and buzz over this spotter in the law enforcement/military/tactical/competitive circles is an understatement. All the sniper forums were discussing what a unique and innovative product this was and how there was nothing else like it anywhere.
To make a long story short, the spotter never materialized and the hype eventually faded away to become another footnote in optics history.
Fast forward to SHOT Show 2008, and I stopped by the Kruger Optical booth (they are licensed to produce scopes and binos for Columbia Sportswear) and lo and behold there is this neat looking spotter, with a projected first focal plane illuminated mildot reticle, with nice glass and what seems to be very stout construction. I really liked how the spotter performed (albeit indoors in the confines of the SHOT tent), and left my card after talking with Dan Callen, their Director of Sporting Goods Sales. Well, the move to Montana and other business distracted me from follow up, but I finally pulled out my brochure and contact info from Kruger and we are finally getting the ball rolling on stocking these. It was after posting the flyer on Sniper's Paradise that someone mentioned it looked like the old "SpiderWeb" spotter and posted the above flyer in the forum. A quick email to Dan confirmed this is indeed the same spotter. Kruger Optical owns the design and patents and decided to bring it to market themselves. The "SpiderWeb" flyer is their product and all intellectual property is owned by Kruger Optical. the scope has been reborn as the APR spotting scope, sans the "spiderweb" rubber armor pattern. Here is the latest catalog page from them:We are excited here at Liberty Optics to bring this product to you. We have had requests to give our usual objective evaluation once the production units arrive. We will do this outdoors here in Montana. We believe the spotter will do fine.
So, there you have it. The APR promises to offer a compact, packable, fieldable, rugged, and functional spotter with a selling price well under $1K. Check back with us as we await our shipment. We will post these on our website also. As always, if you have any questions, comment here or drop me a line. We can send you a hi-res copy of the catalog page if you want.