First a little background. I bought my first rifle back in the early 90s shortly after moving to Vegas when I ETSd from the Army. I got a mint condition used Springfield Armory M1A with NM sights and a little trigger work done on it. It was and continues to be one of my favorite weapons. Shortly after getting the rifle I bought a SA 4-16x scope and a Gen 3 mount in hopes of doing some precision shooting. Due to the numerous shortcomings of both the scope and mount this became an increasingly frustrating endeavor resulting and both sitting in a gun cabinet for years until "donated" to a friend.
Since then I have enjoyed hundreds, if not thousands, of rounds through the M1A at 100, 200 and 300 yards with the iron sights and it's accuracy always pleases me. As I have seen my country change in ways I never thought possible, I decided it was time for something a little more compatible with CQB. In October 2008, I bought 2 Stag 2TLs (being left handed and all) and put and EoTech on one and an Aimpoint on the other. Again, I was very pleased with my purchase, but always felt that "reach out and touch someone" component was still missing.
And that bring me to where I am today. Not wanting to spend thousands on a long range platform, I settled on the Remington 700 and the SPS Tactical seemed to be just the ticket. As I began looking around town, I realized it may be harder than I thought since they seemed to leave the shelves of the gun stores pretty quickly. On Thursday of this week I decided to take my lunch and head over to Lock n Load. As I walked down the counter i saw what I was looking for near the back of the store. I asked the salesperson (who did a great job, but I can't remember his name) if that was the only SPS Tactical in stock and he said it was. My next words were, "I'll take it."
Since I was at lunch for work, I paid for the rifle and then went back to work with it on "layaway". I returned at 500p, completed the background and brought this home...
Then began the search for a scope. Again, being on a budget, some of the more exotic scopes were out of the question. After doing some research and taking the advice of a friend, I settled on the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA
. Today I placed my order with Optics Planet who had it on sale plus an additional 10% off since they are celebrating 12 years in service. Now, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news...it was shortly after I placed that order that I saw these very popular scopes are on backorder and it could be months before they ship. The good news...estimated shipping for mine is only 10-20 days (fingers crossed). That gives me time to shop for a scope mount and rings.