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Airgun Optics and Accessories / Living with the X-Sight II Volume Two!
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:40:14 AM »
I've had fun with the X-Sight II for over two years. But as I write this, it is off to Steve(oh), our illustrious Web Master (heavy on the Master!).

Everything I wrote about it before it still true, but a few things have been added. A good example is the Bluetooth function. It does work, but it also add to the battery drain. And speaking of which, there is a following who insist the KentLi batteries are the answer—they are categorically mistaken! AA-sized batteries have a finite current limit, no matter their Ah rating. With the video running (RAV or otherwise), and any other "feature" running, the current draw exceeds their capabilities. This fact makes it mandatory to use the external battery pack. Period!

The another new feature (product?) is the laser ranger finder. Well great! All I need is another "thingy" to carry around. It does talk to the scope, and the scope responds by resetting the POI to agree with the laser-measured distance. I've never owned ATN's laser range finder, but those who have it swear at it. I do too, but for a different reason. Oh, and forget about the remote control button option. It is harder to use than the buttons on the scope!

The X-Sight II has the wonderful ballistic program built in. It is not applicable to airguns, as the minimum distance is 27 yards. But even when using the laser range finder, by the time you get everything setup, the game is long gone! Yes, it is that complicated to use. In my honest opinion, it isn't worth the effort. Ask yourself what MIL dot reticles are for? Not only that, but the firmware doesn't automatically reset the distance to target when it is reset. So when you forget to set the distance the same as the sight in distance, nothing works correctly. Do it right, and the POI is very close to the POA regardless of power. And, speaking of power....

Buy either the 3 to 14 or the 5 to 15, and leave it at the lowest power. Yes, you can zoom in, but remember it is an electrical zoom, not optical! As a result, the closer you zoom in, the more pixelated the image appears. Not the stuff of champions. In fact, it is this really low resolution (compared to an optical scope) which is its greatest failure. But then again, it sells for just $700. What should you expect for $700. Well one thing, is better Customer Service. It is hit and miss at best.

Using the night setting has a few quirks, but using the sun shade at night limits the amount of IR bloom from nearby objects. If it is still a problem, and you're like Steve (shooting from a fixed distance), move the IR source away from your position. Or, using one of the inexpensive units from Amazon. (And Steve, I didn't send my external source-I forgot-but if you need it, let me know. Buy some CR123s for the IR source while you're at it.)

If you're an air gunner (aren't we all) here is some sage advice(s). If at all possible, go to Cabelas or other retailer, and look at the scope. In some cases, it requires a rail extension to place the eyepiece in the correct position. And in most cases, an 11 mm to picatinny adapter, all from China! Limit yourself to the video record (for get the RAV—recoil activated video) feature as it won't work on an airgun. But don't mount it on any airgun with a notable kick, or you'll ruin the scope! If you don't need all of the fun features the X-Sight II offers, look at the Photon. It is cheaper, easier to mount, and most of all, lighter, and more battery friendly.

Lastly, the X-Sight II does what it does, trying to be everything to everyone. And that is, all-around medium to poor performance in every category, except for night vision where it is about a 6 to 8 depending on your individual circumstances.

PS: The next installment of the X-Sight II story will come from Steve!

Wicked Air Rifles (WAR) / Re: Casting pellets for .30 flex
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:06:42 AM »
Check with Bob Sterne. He posts about casting the most in the bog bore column, but you can always PM him. He's our un-sung hero hereabouts!

PCP, C02, and Helium Powered Airguns / Re: Crosman 1750 pcp
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:05:17 AM »
You must be related to Bob Sterne?

Thanks for the offer.

Airgun Optics and Accessories / Re: Living with the X-Sight II
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:55:16 PM »
I should write an exposé on the X-Sight II, as I have used it for over 2 years. Alas, it is on its way to Steveoh, so he can get a first hand account.

Nice to see you back, Sarge.

Welcome aboard from me as well.

If you want good tips in modifications, pay attention to Bob Sterne's column. They guy is uncanny to say the least.

Welcome indeed.

I have a Cobra  in .25, and it is a tack-holer! It has had about 20 tins through it, and I've never cleaned it. It still shoot better than 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards. One of the best parts is the Timney Calvin Elite trigger. What more can be said?

Amazing stuff.

Even more amazing to me, the factory's know what their airguns are capable of. They should also know, that a minor change in hardware would work wonders. Perhaps not to your extent Bob, but at least a bit better than the competition. Oh well, just a thought.

Quietest? You don't want a  9mm Korean gun (Freedom 202) that's for sure! I can't complain as the gun was given to me repeat with scope, but it is louder than my .38 special. And, it has a decent suppressor (8 inches long with 7 baffles). I took the suppressor off once, just to see how much noise it made. That was a mistake as I didn't have my amplified muffs on!

No one here knows me personally, and I can count on one hand the number of members I’ve spoken with. As the new “owner” I think it is fair to give the membership a bit of my back ground.

I am 77 years old, and retired from US WEST Dex. Both my wife Marilyn (a retired phycologist) and I have been married once before. Between us we have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Hobby wise, I’ve been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1970. My call sign is KØBG. That interest was enhanced by operating from my vehicle, while traveling for my employer. That resulted in my other web site, which has been live since 2004.

My interest in hunting and fishing comes from the fact I literally grew up in a sporting goods store in Kansas City, MO. The last of four boys (read that as the baby of the family!), my father doted on me, by taking me everywhere one can imagine to hunt and fish. By the time I was about fourteen, I owned several firearms. One of those was a custom-build 22-250 (then a wildcat), based around an FN Mauser action. That rifle peaked my interest in varmint hunting, a love I still yearn for.

My interest in airguns started about 1950. I can’t tell you what model Benjamin it was, except that it was a .22 caliber, and you pumped it. I’d sure like to have that one back in my hands. Then about 5 years ago, I bought a Crosman PA77, only because the price was right. $49 as I recall. I didn’t do much to it, other than install a red dot scope. I gave it to Monkeydad as he has a use for it.

Afterward, I’ve purchased about ten airguns (more on those later), on the path to learning the ropes so to speak. Some of those airguns, including my favorite  .25 caliber W.A.R. Cobra, came from Travis Whitney. And that fact got me here, on the Guild!

As we all know, Travis Whitney started this web site as a way to share his expert knowledge about all things using compressed air. Along the way, he brought in other experts, almost too numerous to mention. They include, but are not limited to, Steveoh (our dedicated web master, for whom I have great adoration), Bob Sterne, Hajimoto, Shooter1721, and quite obviously, Travis himself! I wish I knew everyone, but alas I am diminished, so please do not feel slighted if I didn’t mention a special someone.

The point of all of this, is an effort on my part to foster more membership and posting activity. I’ve thought of many ways to do so, and one of those is to offer the membership a prize. How they’ll win the prize is still a up in the air (no pun intended), as there are legal entanglements which need to be ironed out. But just to whet one’s appetite, it will be one of the new (soon available) Benjamin Fortitudes. Once we get the details ironed out, there will be an announcement made in the “Items for sale” section of this web site. So please stay tuned.

Besides the help from all of the members, I be remiss if I didn’t mention our sponsors; Marmot Militia, J. S. Air Rifles, Windmeister, Wicked Air Rifles, JBS, and Neil Claque. If I missed anyone, I apologize. I thank each any everyone. May we all learn from one another to the betterment of the hobby.

Alan Applegate

Airgun Optics and Accessories / Re: UTG 3-12X32 Bug Buster Scope
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:05:48 AM »
You bring up an interesting issue. Every scope I own, except one, has a lighted reticle. In the field, I have never used the feature! My Hammers has a built in level, but you almost can't see it without the light on. So, I just wing it! Thus the question, do you use the lighted reticle?

Welcome to the Airgun Guild Forum - New Members / Re: Hi from NC
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:38:07 PM »
Welcome aboard Joe. I think you'll enjoy yourself here.

Ask Bob / Re: BC by Labradar
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:38:05 AM »
Of course you're correct Bob, but even when I recalculate the figures for STP, they're always a bit off—say .037 vs .035. While that appears small, in the pellet world, it could be a miss.

You're also correct that drag models and other pertinent data is missing in most cases. I suspect the testers assumed we'd all know what was used, but they're not alone. If you look at the published data for bullets, you have to dig really deep sometimes to find even the drag model used. Sort of reminds me of the old beer alcohol content argument when weight vs volume isn't defined!

Ask Bob / Re: BC by Labradar
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:22:21 AM »
The results shown are only valid for the clime at the time the measurements were taken. What is interesting about owning a Labradar, is seeing the difference in measured BC with nothing more than a humidity and temperature change. This overlooks the altitude differences we all know exists.

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