SHOT Show 2015: It’s the small things that count . . .

One booth I always visit when I am at SHOT Show is the Alexander Arms booth. I went to see the new Ulfbehrt rifle and to see what was new with the 6.5 Grendel, but when Bill Alexander dropped an AR firing pin into my hand, I immediately felt a big advantage. The advantage I felt can be seen in this photo:


Can you see the advantage? The Alexander Arms Tactical AR-15 firing pin is designed for flawless function in cold weather conditions. The design reduces surface contact for cold, sticky oil, and also gives carbon, sand, and brass shavings a place to go if the AR-15 gets extremely dirty, improving function in dirty conditions as well.

This might not seem to be a big deal, but this small improvement can pay off in a big way when you need to depend on your rifle to function in cold or dirty conditions. These firing pins have been tested in extremely cold temperatures, and have even been tested by freezing water inside the bolt and carrier, which stops standard firing pins from functioning, yet these firing pins functioned fine.

. . . and the big!


The Ulfberht was, of course, the famous Viking sword that incorporated technology far beyond its time. In fact it was likely the most advanced sword of its time, and it is only recently that researchers have begun to understand how the swords may have been made.

The Alexander Arms Ulfberht rifle, like its namesake, advances another type of weaponry – the long-range .338 Lapua rifles. The Ulfberht rifle is a semi-auto .338 Lapua rifle that is capable of bolt-action accuracy. Ballistically superior to and much lighter than a semi-auto .50 caliber rifle, the Ulfberht with its flash hider recoils like a .243 rifle. This is very important, because it means that the familiar recoil, muzzle blast, concussion, and dust signature common with .50 caliber or even other .338 Lapua rifles is avoided. There is evidence now that the concussion resulting from .50 Caliber rifles and their large brakes can actually cause brain injury with heavy use.

The Ulfberht rifle is fairly simple and robust, innovative in its design, and takes advantage of a proven system of operation.

Alexander Arms Ulfberht .338 Lapua Rifle

Alexander Arms Ulfberht .338 Lapua Rifle

And everything in between.

Alexander Arms Rifles

Alexander Arms Rifles

Alexander Arms Blade Trigger.

Alexander Arms Blade Trigger.

Alexander Arms had several variation of their 6.5 Grendel rifles on display, including their 18″ hunter model, designed to be light and well-balanced, designed to be ideal for most hunting. This model includes a side charging handle as well as a standard AR charging handle, and Alexander Arm’s excellent trigger.

AA Side Charging 6.5 Grendel Hunter

AA Side Charging 6.5 Grendel Hunter

The Incursion is a very lightweight 16″ 6.5 Grendel rifle. The balance on both the Hunter and the Incursion rifles is excellent, and either would be an excellent hunting rifle choice for a child or smaller adult who has trouble with heavier rifles.

Of course, the .50 Beowulf is a hard-hitting beast in a light, handy, mild-recoiling carbine, and the .17 HMR AR-15s are just too cool.


SHOT Show 2015: Mako Supports Discover Courage

CMOH Recipient Sammy Davis accepts a donation on behalf of Discover Courage.

From the media portrayal of soldiers suffering from PTSD as crazed killers to the new emphasis by the military to recognize and treat it, we are hearing a lot about PTSD these days. PTSD has long been misunderstood, labeled shell shock or combat fatigue in previous wars, or simply ignored. Almost all soldiers who have seen combat will be affected in some ways.

But family and friends of deployed soldiers are affected too. While a soldier is deployed, and busy with combat duties, those who remain behind are left to worry. When the soldier returns, he or she often needs to talk about combat experiences, but those who were left at home are glad the deployment is over, want to move forward, and don’t want to hear about it. Others just simply can’t understand, or think they are supporting the soldier with comments like, “We just need to nuke the whole place,” or, “Sorry you had to waste your time over there for nothing.” One of the most important avenues for dealing with PTSD, talking through experiences, feelings, and stress, is closed to the returning veteran.

Some veterans are involved in operations that they cannot discuss in detail with anyone other than those who were members of similar units.

To help veterans of certain special operations units deal with these issues, Discover Courage was formed. Among other things, Discover Courage provides opportunities for personnel from specific organizations to spend time with others from the same or similar organizations. Discover Courage is a veteran’s organization that is dedicated to providing services tailored to the particular needs of the special operations community – SEALs, DELTA, MARSOC and PJ’s (Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force).

At the Mako group booth at SHOT Show this year, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis was present to accept a donation from The Mako Group to support Discover Courage.

If you are not familiar with Sammy Davis and his actions at Firebase Cudgel, it is a story you must read. His motto, “You don’t lose until you quit trying,” was proven by his actions that night. Jay Manty, a 26-year Navy SEAL veteran and founder of Discover Courage, considers Sammy Davis to be one of his mentors.

The Mako Group presented a donation of $5,000 to support the Discover Courage mission.

SHOT Show 2015: FAB 10/22 Sniper Stock

One of the things I was most excited to see at SHOT Show this year was the new sniper stock for Ruger® 10/22 rifles.

Seriously? There are tons of stocks available for 10/22 rifles on the market already. What makes this one any different?

IDF Snipers with Ruger 10-22

Israeli Snipers using a suppressed Ruger 10/22 with modified factory wood stock.

Well, serious is the key. This is the first tactical stock for 10/22s entering the US market that was purpose-built for a serious military role. Few people realize this, but snipers in Israel employ 10/22 rifles as sniper rifles for certain applications, most notably to remove instigators and leaders during violent riots. Firing non-lethal shots to their legs, they can remove them from the situation, causing the riots to die naturally. These rifles, suppressed, are also used for other purposes, including removing outside light sources at the onset of a raid and more lethal roles.

Heavily Modified Factory Stock on IDF 10/22 Sniper Rifle.

Heavily Modified Factory Stock on IDF 10/22 Sniper Rifle.

The IDF has been using modified factory stocks, but requested a purpose-built stock system from FAB Defense. FAB designed a stock to fit the purpose, being a hybrid between a tactical CQB-type stock and a precision target-type stock. To meet the initial urgent need, they machined several hundred out of solid blocks of polymer for issue to the Israeli troops while the molds were being created to place the stocks into full production. The stock that you see in the photos here is one of the milled pre-production stocks.

New FAB Defense IDF-issue Ruger 10/22 Tactical Stock.

New FAB Defense IDF-issue Ruger 10/22 Tactical Stock. The poor lighting and camera flash make the side of the stock look rough, but it is actually smooth.

The stock is designed to use FAB’s modular buttstock systems, so it can come in a variety of folding or folding and collapsible stock configurations, or could be built with a fixed stock if needed. It has a comfortable  pistol grip, a wide, flat forend with just enough rails, and a trigger finger shelf on the side of the stock.

The barrel channel has room for heavy barrels, and has a removable spacer that allows for an integrally suppressed barrel when removed.

One of the most exciting features will be the price, which is expected to be competitive with some of the consumer-grade stocks on the market.

This 10/22 stock should be available for purchase within a few months, and you can be sure that I will be picking one up.

Sniper stock installed on a civilian 10/22 during a demo.

Sniper stock installed on a civilian 10/22 during a demo.

SHOT Show 2015: Nemo Arms

I thought I would share a few things I saw at this year’s SHOT Show. Even though the industry as a whole has been fairly cautious about investing too heavily in new products going into 2015, there was still plenty of new and innovative stuff to see. In the next couple of days, I will share some of the things that impressed me.

Buck Hume displays a Nemo Omen rifle. Chambered in .300 WM with an internal recoil-reducing system, the Omen features a well-designed handguard, rubberized grip, and SSR-25 Sniper Stock. The rifle also shows off Nemo's attractive and functional finish.

Buck Hume displays a Nemo Omen Match 2.0 rifle. Chambered in .300 WM with an internal recoil-reducing system, the Omen features a well-designed handguard, rubberized grip, and SSR-25 Sniper Stock. The rifle also shows off Nemo’s attractive and functional finish.

I stopped by the Nemo Arms booth to see if they had anything new. For those who don’t know about Nemo, they offer AR-style rifles that are far from the same thing everyone else builds.


Nemo Rifles use compensators compatible with GEMTECH suppressors and the GEMTECH Blast Jacket (bottom rifle), which redirects muzzle blast and report away from the shooter and reduces dust signature.

Nemo builds AR rifles in calibers such as .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Winchester Magnum. If that was all they did, it would be cool enough, but they have designed an internal recoil-reducing system that brings the recoil of magnum cartridges down to a very manageable level.

I have been familiar with the Nemo Omen rifle for some time, but I found several new developments at the Nemo booth this year. The first was the Nemo Omen ASP. This .300 WM AR-style rifle has a 15.5″ barrel with a permanently attached brake. The brake (also used on other Nemo rifle models) is designed to accommodate either a GEMTECH suppressor, or the GEMTECH Blast Jacket. The Blast Jacket covers the brake and directs the blast forward. It is not a suppressor, but it protects the shooter and bystanders from the increased muzzle blast and noise common with muzzle brakes. I see this as a great asset for hunting when lighter hearing protection may be used than is used at the range. It also reduces dust signature.

In answer to the inevitable question, the 15.5″ barrel give still produces an average of 2700 FPS.

Buck Hume, one of the experts who build these rifles, showed me an example of the Omen Watchman rifles with carbon fiber wrapped barrel and continuous 20 MOA receiver and handguard top rail, and the new Tango 8 rifles.

The Tango 8 rifles are Nemo’s line of .308-sized AR rifles. Since the market has become full of new .308 AR manufacturers stepping into the 308 realm, a new .308 AR would usually be somewhat underwhelming, but he Tango 8 is actually quite remarkable.

The Nemo Tango 8 rifles utilize the same recoil reduction system that the Omen series uses. This results in .308 rifles with less recoil than .223 rifles!

For those who consider heavy recoil necessary to prove their manhood, consider the advantages:
– Low recoil means a .308 that handles like a 5.56, with fast followup shots, higher rates of effective semi-auto fire, and less fatigue.
– Low recoil means that even at shorter ranges, bullet flight and impact can be observed through the scope by the shooter.
– The rifle stays on target, meaning allowing faster follow-up shots.
– It is a good choice for recoil-sensitive shooters, children, and smaller-framed adults.
– It makes shooting from awkward positions easier.

Nemo is also is also producing their own .300 WM ammunition specifically tuned to their rifles. The 220 grain load exhibits 1/2 MOA accuracy when fired from a Nemo Omen rifle.

I have always appreciated Nemo Arms for their innovation and the very evident quality of their rifles. Instead of just plodding along and building AR rifles that are just like every other AR rifle, they stepped off the beaten path with innovative engineering and produced an AR rifle like no other. I even handled a .458 Winchester Magnum AR rifle in their booth (a non-production rifle). Nemo has gained a lot of attention not just from hunters and long-range shooters, but from militaries around the world.

Nemo .458 Winchester Magnum AR rifle. This non-production rifle is suitable for hunting elephants!

Nemo .458 Winchester Magnum AR rifle. This non-production rifle is suitable for hunting elephants!


A caliber I didn’t think I had a use for . . .


I have always considered .300 AAC Blackout to be a niche cartridge. I never had much use for the cartridge, because for everything I needed, another caliber did just as well or better, plus did what .300 BLK couldn’t.

While I understand the advantages for suppression, and I know it is a good little cartridge for hunting deer from tree stands in the eastern forests and farmland, for use in Alaska, I prefer something like the 6.5 Grendel, which gives that magical balance of range, accuracy, and terminal performance from an AR rifle.

When my oldest daughter was three, she got it into her head that she really wanted to shoot a wild hog. For four years she has squirreled away every magazine she could find with an article about hog hunting. Most people would just take their daughter hog hunting, but if there is one type of game we don’t have in Alaska, it is hogs. So for years, a little girl growing up with moose and bears in her yard, Dall sheep on the sides of the mountain roads, caribou, musk oxen, arctic hare, and ptarmigan has had one dream; to shoot a pig.

So I recently talked to our friends at SWHAT about a visit to Texas. Now Texas might only be a third the size of Alaska when our tide goes out, but they do have something we don’t – plenty of destructive wild hogs.

My daughter has an AR-15, but shoots it best off of a bench or prone. She is very small and the forward weight of even a light 16″ AR-15 is a bit of a struggle for her. But while she will struggle to aim a 6 lb AR-15 off-hand, she can balance a friend’s 8 1/2 lb Steyr Aug just fine. So the dilemma was choosing the appropriate AR-15 configuration for her body size and strength.

It became apparent that a short AR-15 would be best. A 10.3″ or 10.5″ barrel would bring the balance back and reduce weight. Reliable function is easy to achieve, and decent terminal ballistics are easy to attain at shorter ranges with the right 5.56 mm ammunition.

A 7.5″ or 8″ barrel is better in the weight and balance department, but reliability is tougher, and 5.56mm terminal ballistics are dismal. Shooting a 5.56 AR-15 with a short barrel is like having a flashbang go off in front of your face, and it is tough on a suppressor. Going up to 6.5 Grendel or 6.8 SPC helps with terminal ballistics, but doubles the recoil.

But an 8″ barreled AR-15 for hunting hogs lands squarely in realm of the .300 AAC Blackout. This is the area where the cartridge really outpaces the competition. With recoil similar to 5.56 with subsonic loads, and between 5.56 and 6.5 Grendel and 6.8 SPC with supersonic, low muzzle flash and report, good terminal ballistics at short ranges with the right ammo, even from a short barrel, there really is no other choice.

So suddenly a cartridge I had little personal interest in has arrested my interest. Extremely short ARs and .300 BLK, and wild hogs; all areas where I have little experience, but I expect that to change quickly, and I’m borrowing from the expertise of the guys at SHWAT and at CMMG as I go. I’ll keep you updated.

Please comment and let me know about your experiences with .300 BLK, short-barreled ARs, and hog hunting. If you use .300 BLK, what led you to the caliber, and what purpose does it fulfill for you?

Dr. Frankenstein’s CETME

So I picked up this poor rifle. It has the look of an illegitimate child of a CETME and an HK G3.


CETME Rifle kit, Century reciever, G3 buttstock hardware and recoil spring, G-3 rear sight, CETME trigger pack, G3 Trigger housing, G3 takedown pins, G3 magazines, had a G3 handgurard, Century pistol grip, cheapo aftermarket plastic receiver extension, and an ill-fitting M4-style stock (it also came with a cracked G3 buttstock). All stitched together by Century Arms and subsequent owners.

Pretty much Frankenstein.

So what can be done to help this unfortunate monster? I think some FAB G3/HK-91 accessories would be a good start . . .

The Frankenstein CETME prepped for reconstructive surgery.

The Frankenstein CETME prior to reconstructive surgery.

Stay tuned for more photos of this project.

What Users Say About the Mepro TRU-DOT RDS

The new Mepro TRU-DOT RDS sight builds on combat-proven technology to provide an affordable optic for Law Enforcement.

Now that the Mepro TRU-DOT RDS red dot sight has been in the hands of shooters for a while, we have been getting feedback from our customers. Here are some comments we have heard from them:

“I currently own a SRS, Eotech, Elcan, Aimpoint M4s and the Mepro and the Mepro RDS sight is a steal.”

“Seriously awesome.”

“Very happy, like a d—n aim point with more features and a bigger fov”

“I’ve had my RDS for 1.5 weeks and I’ve already dropped the sucker on a brazilian koa hardwood floor, the optic didn’t even scratch but damn if it didn’t gouge the wood . . . so far this thing is a tank.”

“. . . this RDS is looking great. For all the features that it has that I wanted, the integrated mount, big viewing window, single dot reticle, single AA battery, auto off, etc. I would buy it again so far, even over my exps2. It seems so far like you are getting a great optic at a price that is very competitive, which I like.”

“I like my rds much better than eotechs”

“. . . I have to say I am really impressed…like it was made for the Tavor I mounted mine to. Nice big view, the right height with no riser, switch is a breeze to use some thing a lot of other sites could improve on, quick releases are small so I don’t feel inclined to remove them to save weight. Appears to be made military strong like my Aimpoint M4s, Trijicon SRS, Eotech, and Elcan DR.”

“It is 2 oz lighter than the Pro with the issued Aimpoint mount . . . . The over all high of the Mepro is lower than the Aimpoint but the window is higher! Sweet! :)
The auto off works great! It sook about 20 min to go out and then I touched the rifle literally with one finger and it came back on. Sweet!!
In conclusion if I were on the market for a red dot for my Tavor the Mepro True-dot is the way I would go. I obliviously can’t speak on it’s fog resistance or water proof or even shock resistance but I would guess it ranks up there with the best of them.. ”

“Now for the impression that counts — Nice crisp dot. Nice build quality. Nice feel in hand. Nice sight picture. NICE!!! Can’t find any real flaw other than my Tavor is the tan/earth color. I think need a black Tavor now too.”

“Happy to say I got mine zeroed today at 50yards. Easy to zero, removed the mount and put it back on same position and it returned to zero fine. Nice crisp dot helps for shooting longer ranges. At 50 yards I was grouping a little over an inch 5 shot groups. Moved to 100 and was grouping around 2 inches with Wolf gold, which is right on for my rifle even when using my 4x ACOG. Very pleased, as long as it holds up, would buy again.”

“I just got back from the range, I think I’m keeping mine. “

“I agree w/the AA battery & battery life initially being the biggest draws for me as well, but now that I’ve had time to play with it for awhile, I have to say the motion-sensing auto-on/off feature is rapidly becoming my fav feature. It’s so nice to set the optic for the desired setting and just put it away knowing that there’ll be no constant battery drain or service life wear on the LED yet it’s ready to go literally the moment I pick it up. ”

“I just returned from the gun range and sighted in the Mepro.
Using a Colt LE6920, which is my first AR 15, purchased about a month ago.
I had previously shot the riffle with the Magpul sights, and it was a challenge to
zero it in at 25 yards.

Today was a different story altogether. I took my time and followed the manual
regarding the procedure for sighting at 25 yards. After that was accomplished I
went through another 30 rounds just having fun. The difference in using the iron
sights compared to the Mepro is just amazing, and difficult to explain to someone
who has never used a red dot optic. The ease in acquiring the target, with both
eyes open, and the large FOV through the lens makes even a newbie like me look
like an accomplished shooter. I still have a lot to learn obviously.

I do plan on some longer range target acquisition next time I go out to the range,
but for now I’m very comfortable in knowing that this rifle and RDS can, and may be,
the defensive weapon of choice that I had been wanting for a long time. CCW with my pistols
is still a daily routine, but with the Colt and Mepro I have most any situation covered. “

“I actually think the QD mount levers are some of the better ones I’ve used, as they solidly lock yet aren’t too hard to pull open with my fingers. Brightness levels seem well-chosen, too. Glass is very clear.”

“I’ve had to remove some quick release levers because they were so large they stuck out and got in my way and the weight of them just bugged me. The Mepro ones I found addressed all these issues, Worked great small out of the way. Excellent design.”

“Bottom line:  . . . I have to say I’m impressed w/the features offered for the price. The only possible downside I can think of at this time is if you just can’t live w/o an absolute cowitness. ”

“QD mounts adjusted easily and clamped-down solidly, no worries there. Did a lowlight test in my darkened garage using the 500 lumen Inforce WMLx on my rifles. I was very surprised that the dot was still visible at the low setting even when aiming at a white wall 6′ away. The dot was very visible on the medium setting, I believe that will be my default setting in the future. This optic is looking better and better. “

“FOV is almost the same as the Eotech. Maybe even a touch wider.
I really like the simplicity of the brightness settings also. H-M-L and night is adequate and the knob is very tactile. Kinda’ like a PVS14.
It’s definately going to hurt Eotech business. Probably the same for Aimpoint guys that were only buying for the battery life!
I’m likin’ it so far!”

“Love the fov, love the auto on and off feature, glass is nice and clear with no tint, brightness options are just right as well.”

“The Mepro RDS was the fastest/easiest sight-in I’ve ever experienced . . . it took me only 15 minutes to sight-in 3 rifles (and that includes walking back and forth to move targets and patch holes).
After initially adjusting the RDS’ dot to match my BUIS, 1st shot put me on paper at 25yds, 2nd shot confirmed initial adjustment, then 10rds of 5.56 at 50yds followed by final adjustment. .5moa clicks were very precise & accurate for me, a huge difference from my earlier 1moa Mepro M21’s. Color me happy!”

“I mounted my Mepro RDS to my Tavor today and it looks like it was made for it…which it probably was, I set it just ahead of the rear iron and that seems pretty good you can easily see the irons through the bottom third of the large view. The glass is clear and the dot focuses at infinity better than some much more expensive scopes. The on/off level dial is really nice and easy to use something many much more expensive scopes could benefit from. “

“I like my rds much better than eotechs”

“Like how clear the glass is, no blue or green tint. Adjusting the dot brightness is fast and easy, even when wearing gloves.”

“so far I’m thinking this the perfect optic for my Tavor.”

“it seems like this will officially unseat or compliment the Aimpoint PRO for affordability and capability!”

“The main reason I originally went w/the Meprolight M21 is that Aimpoint/Eotech reticles were increasingly distorted due to my astigmatism yet the M21’s reticle was clear/sharp for me. The Mepro RDS dot is still a little distorted to my eyes but more usable than the Aimpoints/Eotechs.”

“It’s great . . . . I would buy it again if I was to do it over. Big glass, easy knob a d solid. I mounted mine on an AR15 300 Blackout pistol.”

“I like this red dot a lot. Really a good deal for the price. Shot great, easy to dial in and love the switch for turning on and dialing brightness.”

“I don’t post very much but I felt this being a new sight on the market I should chime in and comment on how freaking awesome it is for the money.
I’ve been saving up for a T-1 and saw this sight in the New Products forum and figured what the heck.”

“Up until now I was running an EOtech 552 and I loved it.
The RDS doesnt look as good to me aesthetically and is taller than the 552 but I’ll get over that because it’s lighter, the dot is clear and sharp, the simple adjustment knob is the best thing ever (I was worried going from the wide-range of 552 settings to the limited range of the RDS but now I see that 90% of those 552 settings are useless in the real world) and the battery life is an absolute knockout.
I have a series of carbine classes coming up and I’ll know after running, jumping, crawling and 5,000 or so rounds in the sand if the RDS is tough enough but from the last week with it I’m sure it’s plenty tough enough.
I’ll very likely be picking up a couple more within the next year provided people don’t catch on to what a deal this is and the MSRP jumps up.
One question I have, and is probably answered in the manual, is how water-resistant is it? NVM. Got my answer: Waterproof Depth: 20 Meters Awesome.”

“The mount is very solid, with a simple but effective design. The right side that grabs the rail is part of the lower sight body and is aluminum. The left side and all the other parts of the mount are steel. When adjusted properly, very easy to do with a 7mm wrench, it locks up tight, but can be easily removed using the QD levers. Did some barricade shooting this morning and banged it into the posts as hard as we always do during a timed run. The sight stayed solidly in place and maintained zero perfectly and is none the worse for wear.
So far it is proving to be everything they advertised . . . I own or have owned the other brands of red dots and so far this one seems to be of the same high quality as the best of them.”

“I’m liking mine so much, I picked up a second one for my shotgun from another member. Purchased my original with 7.62 and had zero issues. My EOTech XPS is now up for sale!”

“Shooting … took me 2 clicks to zero. Held up to 80 rounds of mixed PMC Xtac 55gr and Federal 62gr Gold Dots. I also banged the sight a few times against the shelf at the range, while mounted, then re-shot on the original sighting target. Held zero based on that (very short) shooting session.”

“Best friend (retired LEO) tried his today for the first time. Sighted-in quick/easy and he loves it, especially the large FOV through the optic & the motion-sensing auto-on/off feature.”

“I like the battery. But better yet is the dial instead of buttons.”

“Love the wide screen and uber quick brightness adjustment knob. Only time will tell how stout it is, but I have faith in Israeli military standards. Mounting on the forward rail makes the wide lower body look intrusive. No problem on receiver rail. Machining and finish are superb. I’ll still be looking for a bargain H1/T1 when the T2s come out, but would choose this over another Pro or M series.”

“No problems with mine. QD mount is solid, no rattle and locks up tight. No odd reflections and glass is very clear without any tint to it. Mount is as solid as any of my “quality mounts”

“I have one of these new Mepro’s. So far it is proving to be a much better optic than the 3 different Trijicon SRS’s I had. Those had a crazy glare. Even after sending them back to Trijicon. I really wanted that optic to work too.. Ran the Mepro Friday and really like the FOV. Shoulder the rifle and even with a bad cheek weld the dot is right there.”

“I confess to being a fan of Aimpoint and Trijicon. ( have 4 of each) I also find much to like about the Mepro.”

“-Build quality is excellent, however maybe not as finely finished as my ACOG or EoTech.
-Weight, some people have been complaining its a little heavy, however I cannot notice a difference mounted, so I’m happy.
-Glass, big window is clear no tint that I can detect with my naked eye so, excellent.
-Co-witness is about lower third as others have said. I prefer absolute but bringing the rifle up to my shoulder and pointing at an object is done quickly while still maintaining good cheek position. That being said, I use flip up sights and do not leave them in the up position unless I need them. I am not a fan of co-witnessing a rifle while actually in use.
-Brightness settings, one of the reasons that I wanted this optic specifically is because I hate optics that offer 10+ brightness settings. Who really needs that? Brightest setting still works outside in the bright sun and dimmest setting great for low light. IMO, perfect. Adjustment knob is on the left side is out of the way of anything you want to put behind it. Great job . . .”

We are receiving more reviews of the Mepro TRU-DOT RDS every day, too many to post!