Bullseye Camera Systems 500 Yard Edition review

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I contacted  Bullseye Camera Systems a few months back to review their Bullseye Camera Systems 500 Yard Edition.

The company was founded in 2012 and I rate it as one of the best new pieces of shooting gear for 2013.

While Panzer was prepping for an elk hunt this past October, we spent day after day at the rifle range to hone his distance shooting skills with his new rifle. Before starting to talk with Bullseye Camera Systems, we were utilizing every binocular, scope and spotting scope we had, to judge each shot taken. Every 10 or so shots we had to walk the 200-300 yards to cover previous shots with stickers to get clean readings.  The back and forth trips down the range kills a good 15% to 50% of your day at the range.

The Bullseye Camera Systems is just that… a target viewing system that sits near your target.

“No more walking back and forth to the target! Spend more time shooting!” – Bullseye Camera System Facebook page.

The system comes with:
– Weatherproof camera w/night vision
– 5-hour rechargeable battery
– Router and antenna
– Tripod and connectors
– Secure carrying case
– Bullseye Target Manager Software on a flash drive
Works with any laptop running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.

I know a few “purists” who believe that when it comes to shooting, old school is best and not use any tech. The two “purists” that I showed this system to, both thought this was a great for young and old alike since most people can’t see a .22 caliber hole in a paper at 200+ yards away.

The system is practically no maintenance  other than keeping the batteries charged and periodic free software updates.

During use, twice the system battery lasted longer than the laptop, so we just had to make a quick change of laptops by simply switching the flash drive. No download needed.

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After every shot you make, by hitting the spacebar on the laptop, the Bullseye Target Manager Software takes a still shot of the target. The software then flashes between the two most recent still shots comparing them. 

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The set up is as easy as setting up the tripod, mounting the camera, plugging the two USB cables into the battery pack, connecting the flash drive to your laptop and running the program.

Bullseye Camera Systems has two options:  500 yard or 1000 yard with an upgrade option for 1 mile. Both systems are similar, aside from the antenna which boosts the Wi-Fi range on the camera.

The base systems (without laptops) are $449 for the 500 yard and $549 for the 1000 yard system. Both are more an affordable option than some of the higher end spotting scopes that have clear glass to see at ranges like that.

The software lets you record all the data regarding each individual target; allowing for comparisons between days at the range. You can set different profiles for different shooters so everyone can use the same program to track their shots.  The software has a mark shot button that lets you cover your shots with a colored mark on the screen so you can use a target that has a few holes already in it.

Overall Thoughts:

This system is amazing! The company is still young so I expect to see them really starting to make waves in the next few years as they grow. The long range shooting part of the industry has needed something like this for years and as the tech becomes better and better so will this system.

Henry – Walther Arms H&K MP5SD .22lr

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Specs:

Caliber: .22 L.R.
Capacity: 10 or 25 rds
Mode of Fire: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 16.2 in (412 mm)
Barrel Twist: 1 in 13-3/4 in
Rifling Grooves: 6
Rifling Length: 13.78 in (350 mm)
Front Sight: Interchangeable Posts
Rear Sight: Adjustable – Windage & Elevation
Overall Length: 26.5–32.5 in (675-825 mm)
Overall Height w/Mag:10.6 in (270 mm)
Overall Width: 2.2 in (55 mm)
Stock Style: Single Point Adjustable Telestock
Trigger Type: Single-stage
Trigger Pull: 6.6-8.8lbs
Safety Type: Manual
Principal of Operation: Blowback
Muzzle Thread: M8x.75
Length of Pull: 6.5 – 12.375 in
Sight Radius: 13.2 in (335 mm)
Diameter Rear Sight Aperture: .24 /.13 / 0.11 / 0.1 in
Front Sight Width: .07 in (1.8 mm)
Weight w/out Mag: 7.45 lbs (3400 g)
Weight of empty Mag-25: 2.5 oz (70 g)
Features:
Metal Receiver and Compensator

This H&K MP5 SD .22lr. is a licensed product of H&K, it is manufactured by Carl Walther, and imported into the United States by Walther arms USA.

Walther Arms was kind enough to send us out this rifle for review. I requested it because I am a fan of the real H&K MP5 SD and this is a replica chambered in .22lr which means it is cheaper to shoot. I was curious how the gun performed and handled. Now that I have had the chance to check out this gun and test it, here are my findings.

Shooting:

The GEARS Crew and I have shot around 2000+ rounds and I have to say it was a lot more fun than I could imagine and expected. While at the range we tested it out at the 50 yard range where the sights out of the box were true to 50 yards. We moved to the golf carts where we shot at targets in and around cars. Since we don’t have footage of us shooting here is a clip of Colion Noir shooting at the range we shoot at.

After that we moved to the metal reactive bay where I found that bringing only 1500 rounds of .22lr for 3 reviewers was clearly not enough.

The whole time we were reviewing this rifle we never had one hick-up, misfeed, or misfire. This rifle just worked like it should.

Ammo:

The ammo we shot through it was Eley Target .22 LR which was sponsored by Ammoforsale.com and Remington Golden Bullet .22 LR.

Appearance:

Since this rifle is a licensed replica of the real H&K MP5SD the gun looks and feels real.
The controls are all in the same spot which means that if you own a real MP5 SD 9mm
you can train day in and day out with this rifle and build the muscle memory for the real one without the cost of the 9mm ammo.

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The MP5 SD .22lr has similar weight to the real MP5SD so it didn’t feel like a toy or an airsoft gun.

The fake suppressor adds forward weight to balance out the rifle.
We had only one 25 round magazine which always seemed to be running on empty, if I was going to buy this rifle I would want to get a few more magazines.

Cleaning:

Atticus will be posting more on the cleaning of this rifle as I haven’t had the chance to get dirty with this gun and clean it.

Overall thoughts:

The gun was a blast to shoot! I loved every minute this gun was in my hands even when we weren’t shooting and I just had the rifle on a sling because the rifle just looks cool.

The thing about buying this replica version of the MP5SD is it chambered in the .22 long rifle,

So buying ammunition is going to be much cheaper than 9mm, so you are going to have more BANG! for your buck.

I want to thank Walther Arms for sending us this rifle and I hope to be reviewing more products from them in the future.

Ammo Review: PPU 5.56x45mm Ammoforsale.com

A few weeks back we were talking with our friends at Ammoforsale.com about getting some ammo for our reviews.

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They were happy to help us out with Prvi Partizan 5.56x45mm rounds.

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The ammo shot a little dirty which I expected out of PPU as it is not match grade ammo. PPU is made in Serbia and is fairly close to milspec US ammo.

The SU-16CA, the ZA-15 and the SIG556 all shot without any problems.

A few reloaders who follow us have told us they have never had problems with reloading the PPU Brass. 

Range Report:

55 Gr
Full Metal Jacket Boattail
Boxer Primer
Non-corrosive
Non-magnetic
Annealed case neck

From the 100 yd. bench with the ZA-15 I was finding I was getting groupings of about 1/2 inch (12.7mm) groups.

The ProMag and Lancer used this ammo in the reviews.

Overall thoughts:

The ammo is great range ammo. The ammo never had any problems so we plan to continue using PPU for reviews when we can get our hands on it.

I would like to thank Ammoforsale.com for shipping us out this ammo for us to review.

Their website is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. They have a friendly group of people working for them and I am always happy to do business with them.

 Check them out for all great deals on ammo.

Bullseye Camera System

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SwedishPhish338 sent us this link (Bulleye Camera System review) to check out and I have to say this is a really cool system.

The Bullseye Camera System is designed for shooters and archers to help them track their shots.

Panzer: Good Articles

Atticus and I are heading to the range to work on a few more reviews for you all so I figured I would post a few interesting articles from other bloggers.

 

.17 Winchester Super Magnum Rimfire Review – GunsAmerica

First look: X Products Skeletonized AR drum – TheFirearmBlog

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Ruger Announces American RIMFIRE Rifle – RTB

What’s in a name –TheBangSwitch

 

The coolest thing you will see ever… – GunMartBlog

TDSA: The new GEARS Range

For the past year I have been looking for a new range to move my company to.

Since before I was blogging I always shot at a public range and after almost 3 years trying to write the best reviews I could with the amenities that range had I was frustrated. I would be working on a review and want to make a video to show the different parts of the gun or how the gun works and when I would get back to the office I would watch the video and it would sound like *BANG* Hi, my name is Attic- *BANG BANG BANG* *ONE SHOT A SECOND!* -sofguns.com *BANG*. that just doesn’t make for quality videos.

This article is by no means a diss on that range or even public ranges in general. I know that they have their place and for most gun owners are the best place in the world.

I will give my pros and cons to public ranges

PROS:

· Range officers everywhere to keep everyone safe.
· Safety rules like one shot a second to keep people from thinking they are Rambo the first time they ever pick up a MSR.
· Public ranges are relatively common in populated areas in the USA.
· Some have pro shops that can help you with basic questions about shooting and there is a good chance they have shooting clubs that meet out there if you are looking to get into that.
· For the gun owner who doesn’t get to the range but just a few times a year this is an inexpensive way to shoot.
· Typically there are experienced shooters who might be able to lend a hand if you are having problems.
· Safe for all types of shooters
(If you have a pro or con I might have missed please comment and share your thoughts)

Cons:

· Gun owners who shoot a lot can get bored.
· Public ranges typically have restrictions on types of guns and ammo that can be shot there (This is for safety reasons).
· Public ranges can get crowded at anytime.
· The noise level can get intimidating for new shooters.
· If you have more than one gun, space for cases and gear can be limited.
· Some ranges have a max amount of time you can shoot.
· If you are a frequent shooter cost for the range fees get overly expensive.
· The length of the ranges may not give you the distance you are looking for.

With all of that being said I have my own cons as a gun blogger that make working from a public range rather difficult.

Cons:
Space for guns, gear and crew.
Cost
Noise
Safety rules that stop us from testing triggers,holsters,over 10 rounds in a magazines, etc.

Since this has been making reviews and shooting more difficult I started looking to friends of the GEARS crew for help to see if they had a ranch we could shoot at and every time the answers were the same. No, we don’t know of a place or sure but it is a 5 hour drive out there.  I googled ranges in my area before and most were unable to help me any better than my current public range and that was when I spotted TDSA.net.

For any of you who follow Colion Noir on YouTube or watch Video Tuesday here on our site you might have seen Colion shooting targets from a golf cart and thought hey that is really cool… Well the cat is out of the bag. He was at TDSA in Ferris, TX.

I had seen when he released his video what range it was and never really thought about it again until I came back across the site when I was searching for a new range again and read the amenities they offer there.

7 Pistol Ranges:

  • Roughly 25 yards by 25 yards in size.
  • Rapid Fire is allowed.
  • Moving while shooting is allowed.
  • Drawing from holster is allowed.
  • Transitioning from rifles to pistols is allowed.
  • We also allow you to set up scenarios using barrels or barricades.
  • ***Upon request you may park your vehicle in the bays and shoot from inside your vehicle. (Remember this is based on request and approval ONLY).
  • ***We allow FULL AUTO FIRE in our pistol bays after a short Shooting Proficiency Test.

Rifle Ranges:

  • Shooting Proficiency Test required at 100 yards.
  • Full Metal Jacket is allowed
  • Steel Core is allowed
  • .50 and .338 caliber is allowed
  • All shooting done from a bench or prone position ONLY.
  • No Tracer or Incendiary rounds allowed.
  • Distances: 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, and 300 yards.

Other Ranges (used for training and shooting matches):

  • 200 yard STREET with multiple cars lining each side.
  • 40 foot shooting TOWER with 4 floors and multiple ports on each floor.
    • TOWER can be used to train sniper initiated entries into STREET and CITY.
  • 200+ yard CITY with multiple rooms all around to shoot into and out of.
    • One large area is designed to resemble and Afghan village commonly seen by soldiers.
    • The CITY can be used for live fire, force on force training, and can take up to and including .50 caliber rifle fire.
  • Both CITY and STREET may be used to shoot from moving vehicles.
  • Rifle range can also be used as 270 degree 300 yard assault course.

Classroom:

  • There is a 1,300 sq. ft. classroom available upon scheduling. A white board and 60 inch TV monitor is included.

Other Information:

  • We allow Binary Exploding targets to be shot UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Night Fire is allowed on a “special needs basis” and UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Law Enforcement Discounts for Individual officers.
  • Corporate Membership Discounts.
  • Law Enforcement Agency Memberships.

[Taken from the TDSA website]

 

After reading all of that I was amazed and had to set up a meet with the Owner of TDSA, Len Baxley.

A few Mondays ago Panzer and I drove down to meet with Len and see this range.  The drive is about 45 minutes from where I live and the whole time I was thinking about the new and different reviews I could post on the website.

We pulled up and met Len in the classroom/his office and we sat down and started talking and getting to know each other. After 30 or so minutes of talking with Len and reading about his range I knew this is where the GEARS Crew would be shooting from. I told him that I didn’t need to see the range that I was ready to just sign up as a member. We talked for another 30 minutes when he said we should go and at least look at the range. He gave us the introduction/safety tour.  About halfway through the tour, I looked around and saw no other members were at the range. It was the most quiet and peaceful gun range I had ever been at!

Len is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He has built a range that is designed with a different kind of shooter in mind. This range is not for the gun owner who doesn’t shoot all that much or for the shooters who aren’t looking to take their shooting abilities to new levels. Len stresses that you are not going to have that range officer to keep you in check, this is the kind of place were you have to be in the mind-set that safety is your job.

I like this range because it opens new opportunities to the GEARS Crew and to the reviews we can offer.

If you live in North Texas and this sounds like the kind of range you are looking for, than CONTACT Len Baxley and tell him Atticus sent you.

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Video Tuesday!!! TDSA and X Products

Atticus testing the X-products X-15 magazine at the TDSA range in Ferris TX.

If you are interested in visiting the range call them and tell them Atticus sent you!

Gun Range: http://www.tdsa.net/
Drum Magazine: http://www.xproducts.com/
AR-15: http://www.americanweaponsystems.com/
AR-15 Review: http://gearsofguns.com/aws-zombie-annihilator-review-pt-1/

Ghost Targets

Last week I was contacted by Casper (Mike) over at GhostTargets.com wanting to meet up with us to review his reactive targets.

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The targets are about the size of a cap of chap stick all the way up to the size of a large marshmallow. The targets come in 3 sizes 5/8″, 7/8″, & 1 1/8″.

Ghost targets are a proprietary chalk looking target that poofs when you hit them. As we learned from talking and shooting with the owner of GhostTargets.com the targets work best if they are not sitting right on a backing that you might attach paper targets to so you want to hang them so they are dangling 6 inches or more away.

Ghost Targets are for firearms that are zeroed in only. Since you don’t want them against a paper targets you have to know that you are zeroed in.

I’ve been asked how I came up with the idea for these targets and the name. It started when I was watching the TV show Top Shot on the History Channel it seemed everything they shot exploded or re-acted in an extreme way, then was shown in slow motion, very cool! It was so cool that I was inspired to create targets that would re-act in the same way and be safe for kids to use. About 50 formulations later and I had my targets.

The name was thought of after talking to my friend that runs a shooting range and he said he just ordered the hottest new target “Zombie” targets. I asked what they did and he laughed and said they don’t do anything they’re just paper with pics of zombies. Zombies made me think of dead things and dead things lead me to ghosts and I had my name, Ghost Targets!

[From GhostTargets.com]

 

Panzer and I will be working on sighting in his new .30-06 and plan to have these targets up once we are zeroed in for a little friendly competition.

They might not seem all that much fun if you have never tried them but after hitting the three in a row I was ready to reset and keep blasting them. It reminds me of shooting and dusting clay pigeons when shooting shotguns.

This is a fun way to change-up your shooting trips and if you are looking for a way to test your sharpshooting skills this is a good way to do that.

The targets are hung up using small rubber bands and paper clips which helps keep the cost low for the targets as well as make it easy to replace if you hit the rubber band or paper clip and miss the target as I found out.

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First Impressions: X Products X-15 Drum

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

While I know I mentioned this product months and months ago I finally have been able to start my reviews back up and the first thing I had to talk about was the X-Products X-15 AR-15 style 50 round drum mag.

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First I would like to tell you some of the comments heard at the range this past week by range officers and other people who saw this magazine that day.

“You can feel the quality when you pick the mag up”

“You have this loaded with steel cased ammo? How are you not having feed problems?”

“This feels like I am shooting from a Magpul PMAG”

“I like the ease of loading and unloading” “Although it might be easier and more fun to unload it by shooting it”

(Noting the all metal build) “It feels like it can stand up to some hardcore abuse”

“For a drum mag, that is a reasonably affordable 50 round magazine”

“This is one of the nicest and most reliable drum I have seen on the range”

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When I first got this drum I had some problems, my Wolf Polyformance 62 gr .223rem ammo loaded without any problems but when I went to unload by hand the rounds were getting stuck in middle of the mag so I had to carefully take the mag apart like it tells you how in the owner’s manual. I made the assumption it was metal on metal friction that was causing the problems  but as this was just a few weeks before SHOT ‘13 I figured I would just meet with the company and tell them my problem rather than calling. I met James Malarkey he told me that when I got back home he was going to pay to ship it back and take a look at it.

After SHOT he emailed me and kept me up to date on what he found the problem to be and shipped out a new one he loaded and tested himself.

X-Products stands by their line of Drum Mags.

I look forward to more testing with the magazine.

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