As we look for gifts to give the shooters on our Christmas list (or gifts we’d like to receive ourselves!), it’s good to remember that lots of things that are useful as “gun stuff” are eminently suitable for other pursuits as well. I was reminded of this when I recently tested a new spotting scope.
The marksman uses this handy device to spot hits on the target and help dial in to dead center on the bull’s eye, whether in a precision-oriented shooting match or just sighting in at the gun range. The hunter, particularly on the prairie or in the mountains, or in pastures looking for “varmints,” uses it to find his prey.
But for even non-shooters on your list, the “spotting scope” opens a new vista to Nature. It allows you to watch those adorable wild creatures in the back field, in much greater detail. It lets you see the peak of the mountain without risking your life to climb its sheer slope.
Konus has earned a good rep for their spotting scopes, and the Konuspot-100 at 20 to 60 power magnification is simply awesome. They didn’t have that sort of magnification in The Time of the Ancient Ones when I was a bulls-eye pistol shooter and, as now in that game, a spotting scope attached to your pistol box was absolutely mandatory if you wanted to stay on top of your score and do your best. Nor did the spotting scopes of yesteryear have the exquisite clarity that I found in the test Konus.
Nor did they come with an attachment to put it on your camera. That’s a function I haven’t explored yet, but ooh…I’m gonna have fun with it! Only downside is, it didn’t come with its own tripod, but those of us into photography have those laying around in various sizes and shapes, or you can just get a tripod at Wal-Mart. Price of this excellent and useful unit – yes, this one is staying here — is $239.99 at B&H, www.bhphotovideo.com, with details available from Konus at www.konus.com.
There are lots of folks who read this blog who are taking care of their gift-buying just now. Share your gift suggestions here!