Steven Rinella – MeatEater stopped by for a tour of the shop and a LIVE event. If you missed it, check out our Facebook LIVE Q&A video with some insight on hunting, wild game recipes, cooking techniques, and some tips/tricks for preparation in the field.
Keep an eye out for the next MeatEater podcast as we talked with the MeatEater crew all about optics and hunting!
The Strike Eagle 1-8×24 intrinsically adapts to a wide range of scenarios, letting You engage targets from point-blank out to extended ranges. Home defense, competition, recreational shooting, feral hog “removal” and any task between, this scope is up for whatever you want to throw at it.
Making its first public appearance this weekend at NRA 2017, come check it out at booth # 741!
The story of who stays and who goes to “That big laundry basket in the sky” is about to unfold. Cast your vote, as these dynamic poly/cotton contenders face off in a color matchup for the ages. It’s like Tyson vs. Tyson…..but shirts.
The shirt winner will be announced April 24th.
Can’t get enough Vortex Gear? We’d love to send You one of our new Gear catalogs featuring all the latest shirts, hats, hoodies and other branded items for 2017. Already think You have enough Vortex Gear? You probably don’t, but it’s Free and has lots of cool pictures, so why not?
Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with *Full name and address* and we’ll get You one while they last!
We’re getting prepped for tomorrow and can’t wait to see you there. Swing by our booth to peek some New-for-2017 products like the Fury HD Rangefinding Binos, check out some giveaways we’re running, or to just hang out!
You can find us at Booth #3731
So You like exclusive VIPeeks at new products? We like giving them. Today, we bring You not just one, but THREE new for 2017 products from Vortex. Think this is public knowledge for just any ol’ Joe to stumble upon?
Negative, Ghost Rider – You’re part of the VIP crowd, and this is for your eyes only.
Viper PST Gen II Riflescopes
CQB, Target Shooting, 3 Gun, Hunting, or Precision Long Range – the PST series has always had a solution. Now in our second generation, we’ve taken Your direct experience and feedback and made our do-it-all series even better. Vortex Nation – meet your new family of Viper PST’s.
1-6×24: Now even more versatile, the new PST Gen II 1-6×24 picks up right where the venerable 1-4x left off. With a true 1x on its low end and a monstrous eyebox for close-quarters, rapid acquisition, shooters can easily engage targets in the tightest of scenarios. On the high end of its zoom spectrum, an even more versatile 6x facilitates accurate mid to long-range engagements. A side illumination adjustment, coupled with low-drag capped turrets make for a sleek and streamlined profile. Inside, the same VMR-2 reticle from the Razor Gen II 1-6, with its daylight-bright center illuminated dot, is standard and available in MOA or MRAD.
2-10×32, 3-15×44 and 5-25×50: Meet your new group of long-range workhorses. Whether you’re topping off a DMR-type build or a PRS rig you’ll be pushing to the limits, there is an option just for you. Tall, tactical turrets and a side focus parallax adjustment with integrated illumination help dial in your shots for ultimate precision. Each model features the patented RZR Zero Stop, taken from our proven Razor HD 5-20×50 riflescope, to ensure you have an accurate and reliable return-to-zero – every time. Reticles include our New EBR-4 and EBR-2C. Available in MOA or MRAD to match your turrets. First Focal Plane reticles are available on select models.
Available Spring 2017
Diamondback Tactical Riflescopes
All of the legendary performance and extreme durability the Diamondback name is known for with a tactical twist, make this series a true head turner.
Meet the Diamondback Tactical – Your answer when it comes to tactical performance and features in an affordable package. Tall turrets are perfect for dialing Your shots at various distances and deliver accurate, repeatable adjustments over and over. The Diamondback Tactical features an optical system that gives excellent image quality and generous eye relief. Inside, a hashmark-style reticle gives shooters versatile reference points for ranging, holdover and wind calls – extremely useful in tactical shooting applications.
Available Spring 2017
Fury Laser Rangefinding Binocular
The moment You’ve all been waiting for. We heard Your requests – this is Your answer. The Fury Laser Rangefinding Binocular brings You two invaluable tools in a single, compact, high-performing package.
Meet the Fury Laser Rangefinding Binocular. With a 10×42 optical system and 1600-yard ranging capability, the Fury packs in loads of versatility for a variety of situations. The Fury’s compact design and light weight mean the only time you’ll notice it in the field, is when its HD glass helps you spot and range your next meal. Last but not least, the Fury laser rangefinding binocular is the only of its kind backed 100% by a lifetime warranty – including electronics. If a high-quality Laser rangfinding binocular that doesn’t absolutely kill your pocket book is on your list of “I need that’s,” the Fury is your answer.
Available Summer 2017
With the popularity of guns continually on the rise, that just means more people are getting guns that look exactly like yours. If you want to switch up your look or go for a functional camo, but aren’t looking to spend a fortune, here’s the way we do it!
We picked up everything here at our local hardware store for right around $25. Results may vary, but that’s a lot less than a full-blown Cerakote job.
- Gun – AR, Bolt Gun or Other. All will work; we went with the Mossberg MVP Flex in this example.
- Paint – We used Rustoleum Camouflage tan, green and reddish brown (Super technical term) – You can use any colors you want!
- Painters tape
- Denatured Alcohol
- Old Mesh Laundry Bag (Optional)
- Paracord (Optional – Not Pictured)
- Leaves (Optional – Not Pictured)
2.) Remove Bolt and Apply Tape
- Apply tape to the inside of the action
- Make sure to tape the red safety indicator so it is still visible after painting.
- Apply tape to all laser engraved portions of the optic – Magnification ring numbers, eyepiece engravings, numbers on illumination knobs and exposed elevation turrets
- Tape up the glass! It’s pretty important ;)
- Don’t forget to tape up the end of the muzzle!
3.) Apply Base Coat
- It’s always best to start with your lightest color, so the darker colors can go over top and visually pop. We went tan in this case.
- Get Creative! For this gun, we wrapped it randomly in paracord for a striped finish. You can cover the gun in anything you want to break up the lines of the gun.
(For example: leaves, mesh laundry bag, random bits of painters tape, etc.)
- Keep the rattle can about a foot away from the gun, and paint in shorter bursts rather than one long stream. It’s better to do multiple thin layers than one thick layer all at once.
- Don’t forget to use a nice base to hold the rifle while painting. These PMAGS with the MagPod base plate are excellent for holding a gun without having anything touching areas where you would otherwise want to put paint. Mossberg came in clutch making Bolt Guns that can accept AR mags!
- Lastly, NEVER paint your scope unmounted, outside of the rings. Paint adds thickness to your scope’s tube, which is precisely machined to a very tight tolerance in diameter. Your rings will not be able to properly grip your scope if that dimension is altered.
4.) Start Layering
- Dark colors come next – We followed up our tan with a little OD Green and this reddish-brown color from Rustoleum. Never used that one before, but it came out OK!
- This was also the point where we covered the gun in an old mesh laundry bag. This is what helps give painted guns that “Snake Skin” look.
- We like to do our darker colors in big, thick “Tiger Stripes” so they stand out, but also give plenty of room for the lighter base color to show through as well.
5.) Examine your work
- In this case, we took off the laundry bag to see the rifle more clearly so we could see if we wanted to change anything. We did this about two or three times until the paint and pattern were just right.
6.) Finishing Touches!
- Watch your creativity come to life as you remove all the paracord, leaves, mesh laundry bags, painters tape (Unless you are clear-coating! See Below), or anything else you used to get yourself a pattern.
- It’s best to remove all your coverings before the paint has completely cured. At this point, it is still soft and malleable. Once it cures, it is much more hard and brittle with a greater chance to chip and crack where you remove anything.
7.) Clear-coat or No?
- If you remove your coverings and decide “I did awesome! I want to keep this paint job forever” it is a good idea to spend a couple extra bucks and get some **Matte Finish** Clear-coat. This will help seal in your new paint job and prevent it from chipping/wearing away over time. Get the Matte Finish stuff, especially if you just did camo, or you’ll have a great camo rifle that is extremely shiny… Ask us how we know…
- If you don’t like your paint job, intend to change it in the future, or just don’t really care if your new paint job gets worn away, you can just leave it here and let it cure for 24-48 hours!
8.) Showoff to Friends
Everyone else with their boring, plain guns will be so jealous ;)
Here is the finished product. Our rattle canned Mossberg MVP Flex in .223. Ready to go blast some varmints!
What paint jobs have you done on your rifles? Send us some pictures! We’d love to see them!
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