Category Archives: TGR Optic Reviews

Leupold VX-R 2-7X33 scope review

Mike Coker

The Leupold VX-R line of optics is an outstanding value for an illuminated reticle hunting scope.  We had one of the first VX-R scopes to hit the field and have it used it for several seasons now.  The scope features the Leupold Index Matched Lens System for superior light management.  In our field testing, we can attest to a clear, bright image even in low light.

The design is clean, slim, and light with an attractive matte finish.  Length is 11.30 inches with a weight of 12.70 ounces.  Magnification is 2x – 7x with 33mm objective lens.  Tube is 30mm for better light transmission.  

Steiner T5Xi 3-15 review

We test out the new Steiner T5Xi 3-15 scope..

how did it do?

Burris XTR II 3-15X50 Review

Why try a Burris?

Several reasons led me to want to demo a Burris XTR II. I have seen other reviewers, as well as average consumers praise the scope that Burris created. I have owned one Burris optic, in the past, and remember good clarity, but a BDC type reticle, and turrets that I didn’t trust. Based on the features Burris built into the XTR II, I felt they built a scope to enter the market for so many shooters that use Mil, or MOA based scopes, and first focal plane.

NcStar VISM Enhanced Combat Optic Review

By: Cary Kieffer


I recently rolled the dice on an inexpensive  NC Star scope called the Enhanced Combat Optic. It was loaded with neat features and cheap, additionally I really liked the way it looked. Many people would not consider putting cheap Chinese glass on a weapon they own but I thought “what the hell” let’s try it. Every Weaver I’ve bought in the last 7 or 8 years and a lot of other “American” named scopes we are peeling off the “Made in China” sticker anyways and quite a few of those have served me quite well. So let’s take a look.

Leupold VX6 Firedot G, Steiner T5xi 1-5 and Trijicon Accupoint 1-6 mildot reticle pictures

Steiner T5Xi 1-5 reticle picture at 1x at 25 yards

Here are the through the scope reticle pictures of 3 hot scopes for 3 gun use.

EOTech Refund Update

EOTech 512

The ugly situation at EOTech is now well-documented. EOTech and their parent company L3 Communications are in a tough spot of their own making. The company settled a fraud suit brought by the feds for $25.6 million. The primary complaint was thermal drift whereby the zero position may shift during changes in ambient temperatures. Imagine your life on the line and wondering if your zero is true….

I have an EOTech 512 that I bought in 2009. I had stopped using it primarily because I just prefer Aimpoint (and the new Trijicon MRO) but also because the unit was experiencing some deterioration in the battery compartment and a fading of the reticle (not getting as bright as it did when new). I assumed the two were related and intended to send it for repair.

Primary Arms Platinum Series 1-8×24

Primary Arms Platinum Series 1-8X24mm Riflescope

I recently had the chance to check out the new Primary Arms Platinum Series 1-8×24 scope with ACSS reticle.  There have been quite a few reviews out there on these type of scopes, mostly with them set up on three gun or SPR type of 556 rifles.  For this review I wanted to try something different. So I put it on my 16 inch 308 bolt rifle.

Trijicon HD 8×42 Binoculars

Trijicon HD 8x42 Binoculars

When I saw that Trijicon had come out with some new HD binoculars I knew I had to check them out.  I have never had a single issue whatsoever with any Trijicon product, and I don’t baby my gear, it gets used.  Having said that, if I were to have a problem I have absolute confidence they will make it right without a lot of drama.

Steiner Military 1-5 Review

Steiner Military 1-5 top view

We have spent quite a bit of time with the Steiner Military 1-5, it’s a fantastic scope.

Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm FFP EBR-1 Scope

After the excellent experience I had with my Zeiss, I went looking for another high-powered tactical variable-power scope. I found what I was looking for in the Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm First Focal Plane. Like so many of my optics and accessories, I purchased the Viper PST through Primary Arms.

I’ve used the Viper PST  on a variety of different weapons and barrels. The first was a Ballistic Advantage 16 inch Medium Heavy Rigid barrel. I was so impressed with it that the Viper PST (in an American Defense Recon Mount) became my standard optic for use in evaluating barrel accuracy. The PST is the scope I turned to when testing both the Tactical Government and Pencil profile 14.5 inch middy barrels from Ballistic Advantage.

Armasight Zeus-Pro Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight

Armasight Zeus-Pro

Armasight makes arguably the best Night Vision and Thermal Imaging solutions available in the USA.  Tactical Gun Review recently had the opportunity to test the Armasight Zeus-Pro Thermal Weapon Sight in a controlled environment and in the field.  Performance was superior, the controls were easy to use even in total darkness, and battery life was surprisingly good.  There are many variants with different components and performance features – specific model tested was the Armasight Zeus-Pro 640 2-16X50 (60Hz).  This is a top-of-the-line high-performance thermal rifle scope with an MSRP of $9,150.

As luck would have it, we were scheduled to go hog hunting right after receiving the Armasight Zeus-Pro.  I mounted the thermal sight on my LMT AR-10 .308 and sighted it in.  It may not be intuitive that you can use thermal during daylight but you can and the sight-in process was quick and easy.  Although the Armasight Zeus-Pro operated flawlessly that night I did not encounter any pigs at my spot.  

Trijicon MRO – Aimpoint Killer?

Trijicon MRO

Trijicon continues to release exciting new products at an incredible rate.  The new Trijicon MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) is out and Tactical Gun Review was on the list for an early test unit.  As MRO rumors began to circulate the most asked question was, “How does it compare to the Aimpoint Micro?”  We are big fans of the Aimpoint Micro series and have run them on a variety of weapons over the years so we had the same questions.

The first thing you notice is that the Trijicon MRO is slightly larger than the Aimpoint Micro.  For practical purposes it is about the same size and weight as the Aimpoint.  The obvious differences are that the MRO is certainly a bit taller than the Micro and the objective lens is larger (providing a “tapered light path” according to Trijicon).