Monthly Archives: July 2021

  • BOG Death Grip Tripods

    By Chris Parkin

    The BOG’s Death Grip tripods are available in aluminium and weight saving carbon fibre variants but are otherwise functionally identical. Starting out at the patented clamp, the rifle is held securely in a 115mm long saddle, with rubber lined walls 50mm high. The easily gripped 80mm triangular side handle clamps forends of width from 30 to 70mm, with firm rubber fins applying satisfactory grip without requiring excessive compression that might distort lighter synthetic rifle forends.

    An identical handle on the opposing side controls elevation/tilting tension to suit your rifle’s weight and balance point. Below, there is a 360-degree rotating axis to locate and track targets which can be locked in position by a 20mm handle if required after a bubble level helps align the intrinsically stable tripod on uneven ground by adjusting the leg length. Each of the three-segment telescopic legs in either carbon fibre or aluminium extends from 610 to 1515mm with independently tension adjustable locking levers. Both materials offer equally stiff support throughout descending diameter 35/31.3/28.4mm segments. A neoprene grip surrounds one of the legs for the off-gun hand. Each leg has a red, three-position aluminium locking stud traversing adjacent to the pivot axis, enabling 20-, 45- or 85-degree opening angle of the legs to further control height and span, especially helpful for working around obstructions on an uneven surface. This is a solid locking function and only needs the slightest of weight reduction on the particular leg to operate this latching mechanism, rather than having to fold legs inward slightly in this situation as some tripods require.

    Set at 20 degrees with full extension, the rifle clamp stands 1480mm from the ground, in contrast at 85 degrees and fully compressed, it’s just 220mm from the ground. That range covers any position from standing to prone as well as personal height variation and uneven ground or supporting surface or from kneeling and seated positions! Each foot offers a steel spike for extra grip on loose surfaces, the surrounding rubber spins anticlockwise to extend beyond the spike for grip on hard or easily damaged surfaces. A single rubber strap wraps around all three legs for transport minimising any noise when folded and all junctions can be individually tension adjusted, including the bearing supported rotating axis.

    The inherent grip of the rubber coated jaws prevents the need for excessive clamping force on the rifle forend which can tilt 45 degrees up or down. I didn’t miss a ball type head as when shooting in ambush situations for long periods (when shooting tripods seem of the greatest benefit), there is time to set up and level the head and rotating axis anyway. The independent axes also allow a compact format with less separation of the rifle’s mass from pivot location, aiding stability on this rifle specific, rather than photography derived head. Weight of the aluminium version is 3.9kg/8.6lbs, the carbon 3.6/7.9lbs with the latter also remaining slightly quieter if bumped and less thermally conductive in contact with skin in cold conditions.

    Price

    Aluminium £196.34

    Carbon Fibre £326.39

  • Elements Optics Helix 6-24x50 FFP, APR-2D MRAD

    By Chris Parkin

    It’s great to see Element Optics offering first as well as second focal plane riflescopes at most market price points to assure users of getting exactly the functionality they require. The Helix is just such a scope, with a smooth matt finish 30mm hard anodised maintube. The Helix is available in both Minute of Angle (M.O.A.) or Milliradian (MRAD) specification using corresponding reticle matching turret click values exactly, regardless of magnification setting. The turrets are particularly nice in that they are Tool-Free, once zeroed you can unscrew the cap on elevation and windage with just fingertips to remove the outer engraved marking dial and return it in position donating your exact zero. You will require a small, supplied Allen key to set up the zero-stop but this is fully visible, hence simply logical to set without any confusion or major disassembly. The turret’s column shows a vernier scale to indicate which overall elevation region you are dialled into with 18.9 MRAD or 65 MOA available overall depending on which model/units you choose. The Helix also includes a removable throw lever to aid speedy magnification change as well as a sunshade, lens cleaning cloth and rubber lens covers as well as flip up lens covers to suit preference. All lenses are fully multicoated with waterproof and shockproof assurance from the Platinum Lifetime Warranty. Nitrogen purging prevents internal fogging.

    Side parallax is adjustable from 10 Yards to infinity making this scope applicable to shorter range rimfire and airguns with full use of all reticle options at any magnification setting, not just for centrefires at long range. All controls move smoothly with a crisp reticle picture available from the fast focus eyepiece, featuring excellent knurling to match that of the magnification collar and mechanical turrets, assuring grip without excessive abrasion with fingertips or gloved hands. Importantly, all mechanical features work exactly as described with crisp etched reticle easy to hold position on target or aim off quickly and precisely compensating for external variables. Eye relief of 94-101mm with plentiful mounting space will adapt to the physical proportions of most rifles making this an ideal scope for use throughout any shooting lifestyle as your needs progress along with engagement ranges where 6-24x magnification can be moderated for most scenarios and target types. Allied with a bright overall image from the 50mm objective, the dots and lines of the reticle remain ideally proportioned even though varying as magnification alters with all detail laid out and explained clearly in the user manual.

    Conclusion

    A great riflescope producing exactly what it advertises in a well-made package adaptable to most rifle users, Excellent warranty as well!

    Price

    £429.99

    Specifications

    Magnification Range 6-24x
    Tube Diameter 30mm
    Objective Lens Diameter 50mm
    Exit Pupil 9.1-2.2mm
    Eye Relief 3.7 – 4 Inches
    Field Of View @100yds: 18.3-4.6 Ft
    Click Value 1/4 Moa (15 Moa / Rev) 1/10 Mrad (6 Mrad / Rev)
    Elevation Adjustment Range 65 Moa 18.9 Mrad
    Windage Adjustment Range 40 Moa 11.6 Mrad
    Minimum Parallax 10 Yds 10 Meters
    Length 14.3 Inches 363 Mm
    Weight 26oz 737gr

     

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