What kind of scope or optic should I consider purchasing?
The scope you want for your rifle will actually depend on a few factors. Once determined, more specific considerations can be taken into account. Please visit our Product Pros and Cons for additional details and information. In the meantime, the following are the first few factors to always consider:
What is the intended range you plan to use your rifle for?
What type of firearm do you plan to mount your scope or optic onto?
How much time will you have to take a shot?
What is the expected light level going to be when you anticipate taking a shot?
What's the benefit of a "Reflex" sight or a "Red-Dot" sight?
The key benefit to these specific types of sights are the ability to increase and acquire sight picture with your firearm. These sights have no magnification, traditionally a highly visible reticule, and allow for a full field of view while looking across the top of your firearm.
Should I invest in any glow-in-the-dark night sights?
This is going to be more specific to what you plan to use your firearm for. If you only use the firearm in times of high visibility, then these types of sights are not required. However, if there is even the slightest potential that you may need to use the firearm in dimmer light, then you should invest in sights that are easier to see under low-light conditions. It should be noted that there are a great many potential situations that may fit this criteria even during times of broad daylight. For example, if you carry a concealed firearm and the potential is there for an encounter in a dark indoor area, then please consider upgrading to night-sights.
Do fiber-optic sights glow-in-the-dark?
Officially, fiber-optic sights don't normally glow-in-the-dark. However, the way they function allows for even minor amounts of ambient light captured which enhances the fiber-optic and produces a sight or reticule that is brighter than its surroundings.
What are "Lumens" and how do I determine the best lumen-count?
Lumens in LED lighting measure how much light is being generated from the actual SMD (bulb). The more lumens listed traditionally means it's a brighter light. The fewer lumens listed traditionally means it generates a dimmer light. Lumens in illumination tools let you as the buyer determine the exact amount of light you want or need. So when considering purchasing your next LED illumination tool, think lumens and not watts!
The battery life on my flashlight doesn't seem to last as long as advertised. Why?
In most cases, the reason a flashlight doesn't seem to last as long as it should is that the user is inadvertently activating the light when they're not intending to. For example, some lights have a simple push-button on the rear to activate, and this sometimes tends to be depressed in someone's pocket if they're sitting or in a bag that's over-packed with another item depressing the activation button at times. Another possibility is that the batteries are not being stored properly when not in use.