White Oak Armament introduces is Lens Reducer, designed in response to requests from service rifle shooters. One of the obstacles to overcome when the CMP changed service rifle rules, to allow optics, was the fact that all the low powered scopes which met the 4.5 power limit were designed for short range shooting and had parallax factory-set at a very short range. This short parallax setting resulted in big groups and lost points at 300 and 600 yards.
To address this problem shooters came up with all types of solutions. Everything from drilling holes in lens caps to putting a piece of tape with a hole in it over the lens. These solutions helped, but they had problems. The biggest of which was crossfire problems due to the small field of view. Something better was needed and the White Oak Lens Reducer is the result.
The chamfered hole in the center gives a ghost ring in the center of the field of view, while the clear or tinted material allows the full field of view of the scope to be utilized to keep an eye on conditions or your target number. The hole in the center also means you are not looking through an additional lens. Precision machined parts ensure the hole is precisely located in the center of the scopes field of view.
Over time scopes became available with the correct power and parallax setting for across the course service rifle shooting. Even with these scopes, shooters were seeing improvements in group size and more uniform group placement with the lens reducers. These improvements are more than what can be simply explained by parallax error. One reason could have more to do with a mental focus than it does an optical focus. When shooting 600 yards with a 4.5 x scope, the target only occupies a very small part of the shooter’s field of view.
It could be that the reducer helps keep your mental focus where it needs to be. It may also be that the reducer helps the shooter maintain a uniform head position and as a result a more consistent position from shot to shot which in itself will shrink groups and improve shot to shot consistency.
Although designed for the service rifle competitor, the Lens Reducer can be used to good effect in many other situations. When engaging targets at various distances with a scope that does not have parallax adjustment, or when time does not allow adjustment for each target. Or when shooting from improvised field positions where you may not always have a proper cheek weld to ensure correct head position. Its benefits are certainly not limited to the service rifle shooter.
The White Oak Lens Reducer is available in two models. The Leupold model will fit most current Leupold scopes, while the March reducer will fit all models of March scopes. Each comes with interchangeable clear and tinted lenses.
The introductory price of $62.50 is expected to run until April 30, 2018. Visit White Oak Armament’s website for more information.
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