Ever tried a cheaper version of a well known product and fallen in love with it? The first time this happened to me it was a Taurus PT101. Its a beretta 96 clone... and it was $200 bucks cheaper than the beretta... plus I liked the decocker on the Taurus better.
Thousands and thousands of rounds later... the "cheap" Taurus has proven to be far superior to the beretta it cloned.
The next time it was a savage rifle. Over the last 10 years the bang for the buck Savage has given is really unparalelled in firearms manufacturing. Mossberg has gotten the message and is moving in that direction as well... but Savage is the company that really has forced the issue. Right now today... out of the box.. you can get a Savage that will shoot with a 4000 dollar Dakota rifle all day long. Now that hurts a lot of feelings... but having shot several Dakotas... I don't mind telling the truth. Cooper Rifles are a different story of course. And in saying this I do not mean to dismiss the quality of fine companies like Winchester, Ruger, CZ, Steyr, or Weatherby. They all make fine weapons. They just charge a lot more than Savage.
and by now you know where this is going I suppose.
Holy crap have I developed a Sightmark fetish.
I have 2 ultrashot QDs... Both have the digital switch which I find invaluable. On top of that I have a bunch of experience with their night vision equipment. needless to say if you have some night time hog hunting to do... their Gen 1 rifle scopes serve you very well and will not break the bank. No... you're not going to take 200 yard shots with them... unless its a clear night with a full moon.
Back to the ultrashot though... I can't get over this thing. I really can't. its fast... its takes a beating... I'm seriously impressed.
Now I know of you guys hate battery operated sights... so if you get a chance check out their Wolfhound model. It has an illuminated reticle but it also has traditional crosshairs... so you're covered if TSHTF and you can't find a battery.
Anyway I am loving this kit and if you're in the market I suggest giving it a look. There are always sellers at gunshows with sightmark stuff to look over. Lemme know what ya think.