Orion Grandview 12-36×50

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If you’re looking for a high-quality spotter for long-range shooting, don’t bother reading further. But if you want something small enough to stuff into a range bag to spot .223 holes at 100yrds, the Orion Grandview 50mm will more than do the job.

Orion doesn’t make rifle scopes or red dots, so many shooters and hunters aren’t familiar with this brand. Orion is one of the top brands in astronomical telescopes. They are so well established that they own the URL: www.telescope.com

Orion was founded in Santa Cruz, CA in 1975 and is still based in Northern California. While I can’t confirm if all or any of their scopes are built in the U.S., their company is employee-owned and also owns the “Meade Telescope” brand. What I can confirm is that the Grandview is the clearest/sharpest 50mm spotter that retails for under $100.

Best optical clarity in a sub $100 “budget” spotting scope
Good eye relief
Well built and well-armoured body

No built-in sunshade on the tube

RATINGS (Based on maximum magnification and price tier)
Eye Relief: 3:3
Eye Box: 2:3
Clarity and Detail: 3:3
Edge to Edge Sharpness: 3:3
Contrast: 3:3
Color Saturation: 2:3
Brightness: 2:3

Group: -1 / Element: 6


Weapon Light Give Away

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Two lucky entries will win a Feyachi WL25. Two runners-up will receive an EZshot weaponlight or a Feyachi magnetic pistol mount. Agree to be interviewed on a future Zoom episode and give your unbiased thoughts on the prize you won. No purchase necessary. You must be of legal age to enter. Enter to win. Deadline for entry is September 30, 2021

Camolo Trail Cam

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Camolo C0097 Wifi Trail Cam is a budget to mid-range wifi-enabled trailcam sent to me to review. It offers excellent High Def video footage and photos that can be triggered by movement as far away as 60ft. 

27MP 140º IR triggered digital trail cam. Water-resistant IP67. 6-month standby time powered by 8 xAA batteries. 



Feyachi WL25 Weapon Light

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The WL25 is Feyachi’s newest 1200 lumen weapon light. It has a premium pressure plate with momentary and constant-on buttons which comes with adapter plates that fix it to either Picatinny or M-Lok rail. Unfortunately, my model would not switch from Strobe/Alt to Low/Alt modes, despite my following the instructions. Despite this, I still found it to be Feyachi’s best-made tac light

As an aside, I had to upload this to YouTube 3 times. The first two times, YouTube’s staff flagged the video as being Advertiser Unfriendly. The first video, due to my showing how to install it on my rifle (which I showed was safely unloaded). The second video because I still showed the light mounted to my rifle. We are living in a nanny culture.

Gosky 13-40×50 Spotting Scope

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If you’re looking for a good cheap long-range spotter, don’t bother watching. This is a “dumpster diving” review of a budget spotter I’m only using for 50yrd pistol matches or 100yrd rifle matches. In this case, size and weight are key deciding factors.

The 13-40×50 GoSky is one of the best rated compact spotting scopes on Amazon (which doesn’t mean much since most of those reviews are fake or underinformed). It retails for about $99 but I purchased it on sale for $70 putting it closer in price to a SvBony SV28. Making this the best spotter I’ve tried that currently retails for under $100.


  • Well built eye-piece with an independent rotating zoom dial. 
  • Good to Great optical clarity for a sub $100 “budget” spotting scope
  • Nice geared tripod that works better than it looks


  • Warm cast on image
  • Cheap looking tripod
  • Clunky company website with minimum info

PRODUCT LINK Amazon https://amzn.to/2VEKYH3

SvBony SV28 15-45×50

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SVbony is one of the bigger brands in budget-to-midrange astronomy optics, so I wanted to see if any of that telescope expertise made it down to their least expensive spotting scope, the SV28.

The optic clarity is…just so-so. But for a $60 scope, I suppose it’s actually pretty good (that isn’t saying much.) Personally, if your budget is $60, I’d recommend saving another $50 and buying a GoSky or Celestron.

Purchase from Amazon https://amzn.to/3fxAyQ3

Spotty Scope: Barska Colorado 15-40×50

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The Barska Colorado is a spotty scope instead of a spotting scope (see what I did there). It boasts a nice list of specs and a rugged appearance for a low, low price of $35 but it is in a word: disappointing. Well, there are many other words you can use to describe it, many comprising of four letters.

Amazon reviewers gave it an average of 3.9 stars out of 5 with almost half of its reviewers giving it 5 stars?! These reviewers either have never looked through another spotting scope or are awaiting cataract surgery. There is one positive thing I have to say about this scope: I can return it.


Barska Colorado https://amzn.to/3flcTlO

Celestron 20x binoculars: https://amzn.to/3rQWuuy

Vilux 12x binoculars: https://amzn.to/3A68Wcq

CCI Mini-Mag ammo test: Ruger 10/22 vs. Marlin 60

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I’ve been shooting CCI Mini-Mags since the ’80s and it’s always been my gold standard for 22LR. But it’s been decades since I actually measured how it shot in my Marlin 60. I thought it was high time I re-checked my baseline assumptions.

In a previous ammo test with Aguila Super Extra HV, I found very little difference in performance when shot with a Ruger 10/22 and Marlin 60. The results in this test were even more surprising to me, with the Ruger 10/22 slightly edging out the Marlin 60; which I always thought was the more accurate rifle.

Of course, my rifle isn’t your rifle. Ammo and gun manufacturing technology change and improve. What this is a perfect example of is: it’s never a bad idea to periodically take new readings of your old standards.

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