Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here's a world premiere of a prototype IOR scope (code named "Big Daddy"). Described as basically a 3x25 QR-TS "on steroids" (big daddy compared to the little 3x25) this looks to be an interesting "outside the box" offering from IOR-Valdada that is expected for Fall 2009. Not much info right now but it is a 6x40 scope with exposed 1/10 mil increment knobs in a compact, all business package. Mount is integral and the accessory Picatinny(?) ring/rail is attached. A choice of reticular ranging/BDC reticles is expected. Enjoy the photos.
IOR prototype 6x40 (L) next to current production model 3x25 (R)
IOR 6x40 prototype on top, current production 3x25 on bottom
Friday, March 13, 2009
The SHOT show rumor concerning Kahles making Leica's new riflescopes has been debunked in an email from Dave Brown, Leica Sport Optics US vice president of sales. Here is an excerpt below:
".........Here’s the straight scoop, for example, regarding Leica rifle scopes:
First, it’s important to know that a lot has changed a Leica – so much so that it’s a substantially different company than it was even a year ago. The ownership is new, a separate vertical Sport Optics Business Unit has been created, and the management, product development, and marketing teams are almost entirely different, both in Germany and the US.
Heading up the new business unit is Dr. Gerold Dobler, a hunter and shooter, and formerly a dominant force in the development of the Swarovski rifle scope line. At Leica, Dr. Dobler has surrounded himself with some of the best minds in the optics industry, brought in from companies like Zeiss, Swarovski, Schmidt & Bender, and others. Combined, they have many decades of experience designing and building premium rifle scopes.
Leica has no association or connection with Kahles or any other optics brand, and there is no secret manufacturing partner for rifle scopes. Leica scopes are being made 100% by Leica in our factories. They are expensive; we know that. But we wanted to start out by establishing a really high standard with a flagship-type product. Leica is serious about becoming a major entity in the premium rifle scope business, and ultimately there will be many different models at many different price points.
All the best to you, and please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Vice President, Sales
Leica Sport Optics US"
Our take: Congrats to Leica for re-starting their riflescope program from the ground up. Serious shooters can't have too many quality options. I wonder if Leica will be adverse to entering the tactical market??
Also, the first paragraph reference to turnover and re-structuring may explain why there has been reports about uneven quality control in Leica products over the last year or two. I personally examined their new $4000 spotter that had serious chromatic aberration in an optical system designed to eliminate it. Not acceptable in my book. Looks like "change" is in effect at Leica. Until the dust settles, I would be cautious about purchasing Leica products, especially through internet or mail order. Examine your prospective purchase thoroughly.
Best of luck to Leica Sports Optics in their return to prominence.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
National Guard scraps plans to invade rural town
'This operation could be pretty intrusive to the people'
By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
DES MOINES, Iowa – Following publicized reports that the Army National Guard was planning a military training exercise on the streets of a rural Iowa town, the commanding officers have called off the mock "invasion."
The exercise was designed as a mock scenario to give soldiers the skills needed for deployment in an urban environment, and military officials stressed that only households that consented to be part of the drill would be searched.
"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company, told Carroll's Daily Times Herald. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing.
"We really want to get as much information out there as possible," Kots continued, "because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia."
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, however, told WND that the operation has now been "scaled back" and no longer involves an "invasion" of Arcadia.
And while Hapgood confirmed the Guard had been inundated with objections from citizens concerned about soldiers patrolling the streets of an American town, he said most came from people out of state and unfamiliar with the operation. Iowans, he explained, typically cooperate with the Guard. The change in plans was based on troop evaluation, he said, not public outcry.
Kots described the original operation to the Herald as set to begin on Thursday, April 2, with reconnaissance and exploratory patrols. On April 4 convoys were to be deployed from the armory in Carroll to nearby Arcadia, where soldiers would knock on doors, showing a picture of the invented "arms dealer."
"Once credible intelligence has been gathered," said Kots, "portions of the town will be road-blocked and more in-depth searches of homes and vehicles will be conducted in accordance with the residents' wishes.
"One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him."
The planned drill had also included overhead supervision from a Blackhawk helicopter, crowd-control measures and simulated extraction of "injured" people, culminating in capture of the "arms dealer."
"This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit," said Kots. "And it will hopefully improve the public's understanding of military operations."
"There are no active duty bases in Iowa, so there are no urban warfare training areas of any size," Hopgood said. "In order to get that larger neighborhood feel or city feel, we have to be creative and partner with our communities."
Hopgood further told WND that in past cooperative exercises with the community, the people of Iowa have welcomed learning how their sons and daughters operate in action.
Plans for the urban operation training, Hopgood explained, are still set to continue, but will be conducted in a smaller, platoon-by-platoon basis in the near vicinity of the Carroll armory.
Some points/opinions I would like to make....
- Why the heck are National Guardsmen looking for a "weapons dealer"??? Why not a suspected terrorist or other grave threat capable of explosive or biological or nuclear terror? Do private citizens selling guns among themselves qualify as a "weapons dealer"? Doesn't this sort of thing fall into the purview of civilian law enforcement?
- "Iowans, he explained, typically cooperate with the Guard." I'd like to see that kind of operation proposed here in Montana, or Idaho, or Alaska, or.... This kind of comment reinforces the stereotype of many Midwesterners as being slavish and obedient types. If the citizens of Arcadia truly had no issue at all with the exercise, in a "big picture" context, they should be barred from voting as American citizens.
- "One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. " The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him." Wow, where to begin here? What does he mean in today's "political" environment? Not "military" environment? Are these techniques used on our soil, like in the aftermath of Katrina? Did the homeowners maintain control then? Did their body language and position keep them from getting shot? Would there be loaded weapons in these exercises? I find this whole quote confusing and disturbing.
The title of this post gives you a clue as to what I think this is about. It's to condition Americans to cooperate with home searches and seizures, so it will be deemed "reasonable" to go door to door to seize firearms that are declared contraband under some federal declaration.
The National Guard using Blackhawk helicopters to search for a weapons dealer?
Just cooperate, and no one will get hurt.