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1990 optics review: the SHOT Show review of optics, mounts & sights.

Aimpoint's 3000 Series has a long-life lithium battery to power its red dot and fits standard or Aimpoint bases. The newest product from Aimpoint is the Laserpoint, a laser diode sighting system that is designed for heavy recoil and fits standard one-inch rings.

Aimtech Mount Systems has expanded their fine line of optics mounts for the new year with the addition of the ASM Series of Remington and Mossberg shotgun mounts. They are now delivering their APM-7 1911 mount and have also outfitted the Browning Hi-Power as well.

B-Square's Recoil-Proof Trigger Guard Clamping Mount is available for the Smith & Wesson 59 series pistols and also the Glock 9s. The mount for the 1911 frames will be out as you read this. Rifle scope mounts are new for the Ruger Mini-14s, the SMLE, the SKS 56, the AR 180 and the SIG 550.

Burris is following up their successful Signature Series with two new Signature Series models. The first, a 6-24x44, features Burris' patented Light Collector system and is designed to deliver optimum performance in low light conditions. Competition shooters should really enjoy this one. The second, a 1.5x6 power model, will be offered in the standard finish as well as the safari matte black finish. Burris' final new product is a no drill, no tap handgun mount designed to fit Dan Wesson, Colt Pythons and Smith & Wesson's K, L and N frames with six inch or longer barrels.

Bushnell's news came from the introduction of the Bausch & Lomb Waterproof Spotting Scope in 15-45x zoom and 22x fixed eyepiece models. The 60mm scope is only 12-1/2 inches long. The spectator series from Bushnell has been expanded with four new models. a 5x25. an 8x23 and an 8x42, and a 10x50. Bushnell's Trophy Series for rifle shooters has six models from 1.75-5x32 to 6-18x40 with a lot of ground covered in between. They have the pistol shooter taken care of with a 2x32 and a 2-6x32 in either blue or silver. The Bushnell Scopechief line has been updated to the Bausch & Lomb name and quality control. Eight different models are available in this line.

Celestron has a new 10-100x60mm spotting scope. The eyepieces are fixed power and interchangeable in order to go from 10 to 100 power. The scope includes a shoulder mount for stability.

Emerging Technologies, in addition to their Taurus affiliation, has introduced the LA3 Modular Laser. The Modular Laser can be mounted over a standard scope if Emerging Technologies new Lase-R-Rings[CR], are used. The LA3 can also be mounted on any revolver using the LA 16000 Revolver Mount. Nicad batteries are standard.

Imatronic Inc. is in the running with the availability of their LS25 lasersight. This lightweight, AAA battery operated laser is good for up to eight hours of continuous usage. It can be mounted with any 3/4" mounting system.

Jason has introduced a new line of PermaFocus [CR] binoculars, the Perma Focus 1000 line. Competitively priced, this line of 6, 7, and 8 power permanently focused binoculars fills a niche below the Perma Focus 2000 series. The 2000 line has added an 8x25 waterproof and a 6-12x zoom. Jason's Eagle, their top-of-the-line focusing binocular, offers increased brightness over comparable binoculars and is being offered in 7x40, 8x42 and 10x56.

Laser Devices' new FA-4 Diode laser is small and compact and weighs only 3.5 ounces including the built in Weaver-type rings. Battery life is 32 hours continuous and up to a year using bursts.

Leica's West German manufactured optics have expanded to include the new Leica Ultra-Line. Available in three models, the 7x42 BA, the 8x42 BA and the lOx42 BA are ne\&. generation Leica optics. All three have a unique locking dual-eye diopter adjustment and fast focusing wheel that makes the binoculars easy to use.

Leupold made progress in scopes and mounts for 1990. The Alaskan 3/4" scope was reintroduced after a long absence and is available in 2.5, 4 and 6 power. Rings are also available. Leupold has kept the design but upgraded the optics to current Leupold quality. Multicoating is the new name in premium optics from Leupold and the ultimate model for 1990 is the 3.5-10x50. The Multicoat 411, process improves light transmission across the board in all 13 models that are equipped with the new coating process. The VARI-X II 1-4 has also been reintroduced. The smallest of the VARI-X line, the 1x4 rounds out the line. In mounting systems, Leupold has designed two-piece mounts for the Browning A-Bolt Stalker in a silver finish.

Nikon has a new rifle scope for target shooters, the 6.5-20 x44AO. This variable power target scope is Nikon second in its high power variable line and is available in matte or black finishes. Nikon also has a new 1.5-4x24 pistol scope, in black or silver, that carries Nikon's limited lifetime warranty. Nikon watched for two years before introducing their StayFocus Plus[TM] line of fixed-focus binoculars. This is actually a combination binocular featuring central focus or fixed-focus that should meet the needs of all. Nikon's new 8x23 Mountaineer binocular is built for bad weather and harsh conditions with all metal construction and rubber coating. They also debuted their new 20-45x60 variable-power fieldscopes that are great for spotting or conversion for use as a telephoto lens.

Pentax has new scopes and binoculars this year. The Pentax 6-18x40 and the 4-12x36 round out the Pentax rifle scope line. Now Pentax has eight models to meet the needs of shooters. The binocular line has the new porro-prism, center focusing 12x24. This single-body unit supplements the 8x24 and 10x24 models already in use.

Redfield has scopes, mounts and binoculars in the "new" file this year. The scope field is covered with tile new intermediate eye relief 1-4x25 variable shotgun slug scope. They also have several new mounts such as the rings now available to fit Weaver-style bases; nickel plating for the medium rings; and no gunsmithing mounts for shotguns, pistols and muzzleloaders.

Simmons unveiled several new products. The Whitetail Classic line has added four new scopes; a fixed 4x32, a 1.5-5x20, a 2.5-8x36, and it 3.5-10x40. All feature Simmons' new "BlackGranite" finish and are covered by the usual Simmons' warranty. Simmons also unveiled the new Gold Medal handgun scope line. Fixed power scopes are available in 2x20 and 4x32 and variables are available in 1.5-4x28 and 2.5-7x28 (in black or silver). Their new binocular is the Focus-Free Folding Compact available in 8x21 and lOx25. Last but not least, Simmons has a new line of spotting scopes in 25x50 and 10-25x50mm sizes. Both are available in rubber armored camo or black or textured black paint finish.

Steiner Germany has developed a new hunting binocular, the Big Horn 9x40 for superior light gathering in low light conditions. Steiner also introduced the new Whitetail series with Steiner's most advanced coatings for the highest possible light transmission. The 7x50 has a light transmission of 96% with 99% per lens.

Swarovski has introduced a full line of American lightweight rifle scopes with European optical quality in a more compact American design, they are available in 4x32, 6x36, 1.5-4.5x20 and a 3-9x36. New binoculars are also in the line with the Mark II 7x30 and 8x30 compact series using a totally internal focusing system to guarantee maximum waterproofing.

Swift has a new pistol scope, a 4x32mm one-piece with monobloc construction. The pistol scope comes with 1/4 minute adjustments. Swift also has developed an Infinite Focus line of binoculars that can be center focused or rotated to the infinity position and used as a fast, no-focus-required binocular.

Tasco has spent two years developing their Titan[TM] premier line of riflescopes and introduced them at the SHOT Show. The fast focus, multicoated lenses, aluminum 30mm tube and 42mm objective lens make this one Tasco's top-of-the-line entry for the 90s. Tasco also increased the size of their InFocus binocular line with the addition of 11 more models. They range from an 8x25mm World Class wide angle to an 8-16x50mm zoom. With InFocus binoculars, focusing is a thing of the past. Lasers are in the lineup too. Tasco's LaserPoint is a compact, solid state unit that mounts using Tasco's 30mm rings. The battery life is five hours when used continuously and the unit is built to withstand high "G" forces. Last, is the release of Tasco's new World Class steel scope mount system. The bases have a permanent stud attached for quick mounting or removal of the rings either on the bench or in the field.

Thompson/Center rounds out our review of optics with the introduction of a new mounting system for all T/C's firearms. T/C's Quick Release[TM] Mounting system allows the rings to be removed as a unit from the base, then returned to the base with no loss in zero. Maybe T/C will make these for non-T/C firearms if the demand is high enough ! The SHOT Show is the premier event for new product introductions and first-hand familiarization with the products. The next big shows will be the IWA Show in Nuremburg this month and then the NRA show in June in Anaheim. SI will be at both shows to present you with the most up-to-date information on your Shooting Industry.

For more information on these new products, refer to the chart on page 55 and circle the corresponding number on the Reader Service card.
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Title Annotation:12th Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference
Author:Hillman, Bruce
Publication:Shooting Industry
Article Type:buyers guide
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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