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Best Budget Precision Optic: MidwayUSA Exclusive Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40

Fully multi-coated Japanese glass, mil reticle with 1/10th mil windage and elevation adjustments, exposed target turrets that can be reset to zero, lifetime warranty backed by an established manufacturer with a long history… Normally you can touch a scope like that for less than $800… Unless you know where to look.

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MidwayUSA carries an optic exclusive to them called the Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 and it has long been one of the best kept secrets in precision optics. This scope is exclusive to MidwayUSA and they sell it for just $400 shipped everyday. It is frequently on sale for around $300 shipped. I saw them on sale as recently as 2 weeks ago for $273 shipped (if you Round Up for the NRA and you should). That is basically unheard of in mil/mil optics, especially those with this level of quality.

I have long been a fan of Weaver’s optics, especially their Classic 1-3×20 and their Classic Rimfire line. Weaver knows how to squeeze a lot of value into an optic and their glass is always surprisingly good for its price range.

Optic Quality

The Tactical Grandslam’s optics are relatively bright and clear which is what we have come to expect from Weaver’s Grandslam line. It has long been known as an excellent value. Weaver claims the fully multi-coated Japanese glass has 94% light transmission. I can’t really test that but I can share some general observations.

The optics are relatively bright and clear. I compared it to a few optics I had on hand and found it to be optically similar to a Bushnell Elite 4200 or Nikon Monarch for brightness and clarity. It is outpaced by a Vortex Viper PST and Leupold Mark 4 which is to be expected. Color rendition is good. There is some blurring at the edges and some chromatic aberration but overall, the quality is better than you would expect from an optic at this price.

I own one of these and have been able to shoot with (and look through) several others. All have been consistently good and all the owners have been consistently pleased.

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Field of View and Eye Relief

The field of view is 35′ at 100 yards when set to 3X magnification and 11.3′ at 10X magnification. This compares favorably to other optics I have in this magnification range.

The eye relief is generous at 3.5″ and constant throughout the entire magnification range which I like. This is more than enough eye relief to work well on AR-15s and AR308s.

Reticle

The Tactical Grandslam has a proven mil-dot reticle. It features .25 mil dots at 1 mil spacing. The reticle is wire construction and placed in the second focal plane.

It is worth noting that the Tactical Grandslam ships with a pamphlet that contains information on how to use a mil-dot reticle and several ranging tables. The information is actually very useful and well executed. This is a very nice touch, especially for those using this optic as an affordable way to dip their toe into mil/mil optics.

Adjustments

All of the Tactical Grandslam’s windage and elevation adjustments are accomplished via large, easy to grip, and easy to read target turrets. Every rotation of the turret gives you 5 mils of adjustment, 1/10th mil at a time, and there is a total of 16.5 mils of adjustment available. This optics features a 1″ tube which limits its adjustment a bit but it still manages to have enough to get a .308 to 1000 yards if you use a 20MOA base. The adjustments seem to be quite accurate and it passes a simple box test.

The turrets can be easily reset by removing the center of the turret with a hex key, lifting the turret body, and replacing with the “0” aligned. Just be sure that you don’t lose the o-ring that typically comes out with the center of the turret when you reset the turrets.

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The clicks are tactile and audible though not as crisp as something like a Vortex Viper PST. Mine felt a little mushy at first but spinning the turrets a few times broke them in nicely. It takes some effort to spin the turret and the detent at each position seems quite strong so it is unlikely that you will accidentally spin a turret off your zero. That is a good thing because there is no zero stop.

The magnification is adjusted via an easy to grip magnification ring. The Tactical Grandslam’s entire 3-10x magnification range can be accessed with a 180 degree throw of the ring.

Focus is adjusted via a fast focus eye piece. I would prefer a locking eye piece but I’ll gladly overlook that at this price.

Specs at a Glance

  • Tube Diameter: 1″
  • Objective: 40mm
  • Length: 12″
  • Weight: 16.6 oz
  • Field of View: 35′ (3X) to 11.3′ (10X)
  • Eye Relief: 3.5″
  • Adjustment Click Value: 1/10 MIL
  • Finger Adjustable Turrets: Yes
  • Turrets Resettable to Zero: Yes
  • Zero Stop: No
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Eyepiece: Fast Focus
  • Reticle Construction: Wire

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Other Items of Note

One nice thing about this optic’s Weaver Grandslam heritage is that there are accessories like sun shades available for it. I purchased a Weaver Grand Slam 40mm Sun Shade (part #849737) and it fits perfectly.

This optic would be right at home on a precision bolt action or precision AR-15 build. It has plenty of eye relief to work well on an AR pattern rifles.

This optic does have a flat spot on the bottom, under the turrets. I always appreciate that as it makes it easy to mechanically level the optic in one piece mounts or over a rail.

An etched reticle, locking eye piece, and adjustable parallax would be nice but something has to give in a $400 optic. You can live without those items. Weaver and Midway did a great job getting the most important things right in this optic. They delivered a very functional optic with very good glass at a very attractive price.

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Wrap Up

I don’t know of an optic in this category that can match the Weaver Tactical Grandslam for quality, value, and features. In fact, you really can’t find another mil/mil optic until you get into the $800 range. This optic is perfect for those looking to dip their toe into the mil/mil optic pool at an affordable price and it’s perfect for budget precision rifles.

The Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 is a good value at the every day price of $400 shipped, an amazing value when it is on sale at around $300 shipped, and a can’t miss bargain when the price goes below $300 (I paid $273 shipped for mine).

Check out the Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 exclusively at MidwayUSA.

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Esstac Shooter’s Belt

Esstac’s new Shooter’s Belt is now available at a very attractive introductory price. The Shooter’s Belt utilizes an inner and outer belt set up. The inner belt, with its thick webbing construction, is more substantial than most. The outer belt is features multiple layers of material to stiffen it and a Cobra buckle closure.

If you purchase one of these belts before Monday at midnight, you’ll get the Shooter’s Belt, a Double Pistol KYWI Pouch, and KYWI belt loops for $80. That is a steal of a deal and one heck of a good start on a “battle belt”.

Shooter’s Belt at Esstac

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Review: Butler Creek Tactical One Piece Flip Caps

I have had universally poor luck with Butler Creek scope caps in recent years. I’ve had broken springs, broken latches, and broken hinges. I stopped buying them because they were so terrible which is a real shame because they are easily the most available scope caps on the market. My moratorium on buying Butler Creek scope caps ended a couple of months ago when I came across their new Tactical One Piece Flip Caps and had to give them a try.

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The Tactical One Piece Flip Caps are different from other Butler Creek scope caps because they lack every part that I have ever broken on their caps. They are made from a material that feels like a sturdy rubber or maybe a flexible polymer. Like their name suggests, they are made from a single molded piece. There are no springs, no latches, and no hinges which hopefully means there is less that can break.

The flexible materials used in their construction means that the collar can stretch a bit to fit a wide variety of scope objective and eye piece diameters. Butler Creek only offers a handful sizes in these caps but, because of how they stretch, those few sizes will cover most scopes.

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Instead of a hinge, these scope caps have the lid connected to the collar via two flexible pillars. They are molded so that the lids spring open enough to not obstruct your view through the scope when you push the tab to unlatch the lid. The lids can be further secured from flapping around on your optic by bending them all the way back and tucking them behind a small fin that holds the lid nearly flat, folded back on the optic itself. Its a very simple system that seems to work well.

I am not sure that, after only a couple of months with these Tactical One Piece Flip Caps, I am ready to say they are going to last for the long haul but they definitely seem to be an improvement over the regular Butler Creek Scope Caps. They are also similarly affordable and widely available, both which are nice.

You can check out the Tactical One Piece Flip Caps at Butler Creek.

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Irredeemable Patch – Forward Controls Design

Hot on the heels of the Deplorable Patch, Forward Controls Design is releasing the Irredeemable Patch so you can own that insult too. I am starting to get the idea that Hillary Clinton doesn’t like American’s all that much. These patches can be had free with the purchase of $75+ gear from Forward Controls Design or they can be purchased individually for $6 with free shipping.

Check out the Irredeemable Patch from Forward Controls Design.

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New from US PALM: AK30R Magazine

US PALM has released details of their newest AK magazine. The AK30R (the “R” is for Range) is designed to be an affordable alternative to the AK30, specifically for range use. It lacks the metal reinforcements of the regular AK30 which has allowed US PALM to offer the US made AK30R at a lower price point than the AK30.

The AK30R is not a replacement for the AK30. The AK30 will still be offered as US PALM’s hard use option.

The AK30R magazines are available directly from US Palm for as little as $10 a piece if purchased in bulk. Check out the new AK30R at US Palm.

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Review: TacPack September Edition

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background. I recently received the September TacPack and here are the details…

September’s box is another one that delivers not only good value, but useful items. The usefulness of the items included continues to be my favorite thing about TacPack’s subscription service.

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Nine Line Apparel Swag Pack – Nine Line Apparel is represented in a big way in this month’s box. They included a sticker, a koozie, and a t-shirt. I have a tool chest so I can use the sticker. I like cold beverages that come in cans so I can definitely use the koozie. I also [usually] wear clothing so I will get a lot of mileage out of the All Rifles Matter shirt. I always pleased when these boxes include a shirt.

Bellflower AK47 – This is an aluminum bottle opener that is shaped like an AK-47 and can be attached to your keys. It’s anodized in a gold color so you can feel like an oil baron or sultan while you are opening bottles. Even if you don’t put it on your keychain, you need a bottle opener for every drawer in your kitchen because they tend to disappear over time and no one wants to try to remember which drawer the bottle opener is in.

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ReadyMan Survival Card – ReadyMan makes a variety of these cards. The one included in this box has a variety of fish hooks, frog spears, and other useful survival goodies packed into one easy-to-carry credit card form. I have a few of these tucked into various kits.

Wild HedgeHog Tactical – Wild HedgeHog Tactical really came through in this box. There is a coupon for 20% off at their site and one of their Ouch Pouches which is a compact, water-resistant first aid kit. You can never have too many first aid kits. This is the type of useful item that I really like finding in my TacPack.

Armaspec ST-45 Ambi Selector – This is a solid inclusion for both value and usefulness. If you are reading JTT, you almost certainly own an AR-15 in which you can use a short throw selector.

Check out TacPack to get in line for the October box which TacPack is touting as possibly their best yet.

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Now Shipping: Magpul Fall Apparel Line

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Magpul’s fall line of apparel is now shipping.

With Fall comes Magpul’s second release of apparel, a few new styles that will keep you warm and active outdoors as the temperatures drop and the adventures change. These new additions to our “Everyday Wear” apparel continue the direction of mating traditional styling with modern engineering to create performance essentials that are as useful in the work week as they are on the weekend. By mixing natural fibers like wool and cotton with more modern synthetics we have created several new styles that you can use and abuse, wash at home and never have to visit a dry cleaners. Everyday Wear, Everyday Where?

You can view the new apparel at: www.magpul.com/products/apparel

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We Have Great Advertising Partners

There are a lot of really great people in this industry and I am blessed to be able to interact with a lot of them. I am especially thankful for JTT’s advertising partners – not just because they help keep the lights on – but because of the top notch customer service, quality gear, and the  long standing relationships that they represent. In nearly every case, I was just a customer and user of their gear before they began advertising on JTT.

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a long time but a recent email from a reader spurred me to do it now.

I’ve been a regular reader of your site for quite a while and have found many useful tips there.  I’m currently in the process of putting an older, rarely used AR on a serious diet and after much investigation of alternatives decided to just buy a new barreled action.  After reading your comments about lightweight, general purpose rifles, I began doing a lot of research and finally selected a Sionics OEM lightweight upper and BCG.  I placed the order over the weekend to take advantage of the holiday discount and added a couple special requests in the comments section of the order.

Steve from Sionics called me Tuesday morning, said my requests were clear, straightforward and easily handled.  He then asked what more they could do more for me!  I want to use a different hand guard system and muzzle device that they don’t sell.  Steve recommended that I send those items to them.  They’d install everything and return the proprietary barrel nut wrench and left over parts with the URG.  He even recommended a few tools that he’d found helpful building and maintaining their rifles.  Most companies cite reasons why special requests can’t be done, aren’t advised or why the products aren’t as good as theirs, but not Sionics.  They were interested in helping me achieve my objective.  They couldn’t have been more helpful, nicer guys to deal with.  —  Unfortunately, they’re in the middle of building products for a major LEO PO, so they’ve suspended work on retail orders temporarily.  I respect and fully support that.  They gave me a rough timeframe for completing my order, which was reasonable and consistent with information on their web site, and encouraged me to send them the components soon so my order isn’t delayed.

Thought you might like to hear about my experience with Sionics so far.

We get emails like this all the time and I am not surprised. There is a reason we choose to partner with theses businesses. In the case of Sionics Weapon Systems, I was a customer long before they advertised with us. I had one of their original medium contour barrels (back when it was the only barrel they offered) that I originally purchased for a build that was to have an Aimpoint mounted on it. That barrel was so accurate that I ended up moving it to a different build with a magnified optic to take advantage its accuracy.

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I owned at least 6 Vickers Slings, a DAP Pack, and more before Blue Force Gear partnered with JTT. I still prefer their slings and own at least 12 of them along with a plethora of other gear. They have been one of our longest standing partners and I feel very fortunate for that.

Before Low-Pro Products had their own line of mounts, they made mounts under the Danger Close Consulting moniker. I was a customer all the way back then with their excellent handstop and flashlight mounts.

White Sound Defense’s HRED solved the ejection problems I was having with a Glock 17 Gen 3 RTF2 back when Glock was transitioning to the Gen 4 frames and seemingly none of the guns were ejecting properly. I shared my experience with the HRED here on JTT and WSD came on board as an advertising partner.

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I used Griffin Armament muzzle devices before they partnered with JTT. There were several TOPS Knives in my collection before they came on board. My Sordin hearing protection was wrapped in an OC Tactical pad before they joined us. I owned a handful of Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS selectors before they became partners.

The companies that you see over on the side bar when you visit Jerking the Trigger aren’t just advertisers. They are businesses that we can feel confident recommending because, in many cases, we were customers of their long before they were partners. So, if you want to support JTT, the best thing you can do is support them.

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Timney Ruger Precision Rifle Trigger

Timney’s Ruger Precision Rifle Triggers are now available for pre-order. These drop-in 2-stage triggers are factory set with an 8 oz first stage and a 1 lb second stage. They will be available with a choice of a standard curved trigger bow or a flat trigger bow.

The MSRP on this trigger is $219.95 and they are expected to begin shipping sometime near the end of October. They are not listed on the Timney website so you will have to call to pre-order.

Visit Timney Triggers: www.timneytriggers.com

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Blue Force Gear Flash Sale

Blue Force Gear has placed several items on sale and quantities are limited. The sale includes a few Vickers Slings including limited edition AK Vickers slings, the handy Tourniquet NOW! strap, the updated Trauma Kit NOW!, and more.

Check out the sale: Blue Force Gear Flash Sale

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