2021 New Optics Guide

2021 New Optics Guide

Whatever your needs or budget, we’ve got info on the latest tactical, long-range, self-defense and concealed-carry optics in our annual guide.

2021 New Optics Guide: Thermal and Night-Vision Optics

While the hot-as-magma market for guns and ammunition has dominated the news, optics are also selling at a record pace. Fortunately, optics manufacturers have been able to develop and introduce a dizzying array of new products, including new thermal & nightvision optics. 

Review: Trijicon IR-Patrol Thermal Monocular

Yes, thermal optics are expensive, but they can be an invaluable tool for home security and much more.

First Look: Pulsar Axion XM30S Thermal Vision Monocular

Pulsar recently introduced the Axion XM30S, a thermal vision monocular with an incredible range of features.

6 New Optics for 2020

Lots of folks just bought new firearms during both the COVID-19 pandemic and recent riotous social unrest. Many of those guns need (or at least should have) an optic mounted. No matter your firearm, budget, intended use or requirements, we’ve got a newly introduced optic for you, including some that don’t need to be mounted on a gun at all.

Product Review: Bushnell Equinox Z2 Night Vision Monocular

Night-vision devices don’t have to cost as much as a used car. The latest monocular from Bushnell can give you the ability to spot threats in the dark without breaking the bank.

First Look: Pulsar Helion XQ28F Thermal Monocular

The new Pulsar Helion XQ28F thermal monocular continues the trend of increasing affordability in full-featured thermal optics.

First Look: FLIR Breach Thermal Monocular

The new FLIR Breach thermal monocular is the company's lightest, most compact design ever, making it easy to carry and use in any environment.

First Look: Night Optics Sentry 14 Night Vision Monocular

Night Optics announced the launch of its new Sentry 14 Night Vision Monocular as a target-recognition device that performs a great distances.

Using the Leupold LTO Tracker for Personal Defense

Does the Leupold LTO Tracker, marketed as a thermal observation and game-recovery tool, have any practical applications in the personal-defense world? One expert thinks so.

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