NcStar Advance Dual Optic Review- 1,000 Rounds

NcSTAR Advance Dual Optic 3-9×42 Rifle-scope w/ Flip Up Red Dot

@ 1,000 Rounds Later:

I received this item for review about 2 months ago, very excited upon arrival due to it being a budget cost optic a lot easier for most to afford. NcStar has been moving up in the optic world offering budget level red dots and variable scopes, they have been truly coming up with some very innovative designs. Part of that is the flip-up red dot mounted to the top of the scope body. I believed that this would be a nice option for open division in 3-gun this year.

Opening the box, I was very impressed with the packaging and materials included. It comes in a cardboard box, inside of that it has a heavy-duty stiff zippered container that is well padded. Has easy to read and understand instructions, a lens cleaning cloth and all the tools needed for adjustments. This scope feels great in the hand, not too heavy but fairly rugged and the buttons seem durable. This optic comes with a quick-release mount for any standard 1913 picatinny rail! (Fairly rare at this price point) For the variable optic which is 3-9x zoom the adjustments are 1/2 MOA per click. Clicks are audible and tactile, which I like.  The flip-up red dot is certainly unique, and was the part I was most excited to see.  On the left side is a button you can push to set activate the lens and pop it up. The red dot is automatically turned on when you flip it into working position. This is nice due to not worrying about it draining the battery when not in use.

So how durable/accurate is it? Well, through the course of a little over a 1,000 rounds I had zero point of aim/point of impact shift. I did a drop test at 4′ on several points of the optic with rifle attached (unloaded!) and then took it back out to the range. The variable optic shrugged off the hits and kept very accurate. One caveat to that, and the only gripe I have, is that the red dot adjustment no longer functions. No matter how I attempt to use the windage and elevation screws, it is set at where I first zeroed the red dot. This is disappointing. It isn’t the end of the world but it is a point of concern. I will be contacting NcStar to see if they can repair or replace the red dot in order to fix this issue.

The variable optic part is the best part of this setup to me. It is a standard mil marked reticle and has been extremely serviceable at the range getting ready for competition. Adjustment of the zoom is quick and easy, it is tight in the movement but extremely smooth to manipulate. I recommend getting a scope throw lever however to make it that much faster on adjustments.

Overall Score: 5 out of 10. (I took off a lot of points for the red dot adjustment breaking, if the company resolves this quickly and the new one doesn’t have this issue I will adjust the score accordingly)

Should you buy one? Well if you want a great range toy that is innovative and easy to use buy one. The MSRP is about $160 so it is a great budget option. I would not recommend it as a field condition ready optic, however it is nice to see more innovation in such a unique new package.



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2,500 Round Review: Kel-tec RDB

I was sent the Kel-tec RDB Rifle (5.56 NATO caliber Rear Downward Eject Bullpup) for initial review in February of 2018. They were fully aware that I was in no way promising a positive review, however they also gave me the option to purchase instead of sending it back (for a discounted rate). I say this so that everyone has full disclosure getting this in for review.

Ergonomics: It’s a bull-pup. For those that haven’t handled one of these, you really should try it. This design of rifle is extremely well balanced, also allowing you to have a 16″+ barrel length with still being under 30″ overall length (27.3″ or 693 mm overall). If you wanted an AR-15 or AK-47 in this overall length you give up about 4-10″ of barrel and if a stock is desired then you are in legal SBR territory. That being said, this rifle is a bit heavy… 6.7 lb or 3 kg unloaded. Loaded it has some weight, about 2 lb more than my competition AR-15.

This is completely ambidextrous, charging handle can be swapped with no tools except a bullet and the safety selector is on both sides. Safety selector is easy to reach and very positive to manipulate. Mag release is a push paddle behind the grip. Only issues with the magazine release is that one person had it ejecting mags when they flexed back their hand, and with winter gloves I would sometimes hit it as well. I found for myself that a change in grip fixed the issue. The downward ejection is awesome for right-handed and left-handed use. Only one problem I have found, for women well-endowed, is that the brass can bounce back up into the receiver. I haven’t found any easy fix for this one…

So Ergonomics: 8 out of 10 (took points away for difficulty in clearing malfunctions and the amount of polymer built up in areas that don’t serve an actual function)

Rounds So Far: 2,520. Have only had 2 failures. One was ammunition related and the other was of a design issue that was resolved as soon as I reread the manual. The ammo issue that came up was a round that was out of spec. I stopped when I heard a click, attempted to pull back charging handle. No go. Charging handle literally would not go back further than 2″. Unloaded rifle, attempted to mortar the rifle. No effect. Disassembly occurred and I took the rifle home (very carefully, still a live round in chamber!) and then placed it on the ground in a safe area. I put 3 armor plates stacked 6″ from the barrel with the plates angled away from me, also had eye and ear protection on. Using my nylon hammer, I swung one solid hit on the charging handle to open the action. Disabled the live round and measured it, found the brass to be several millimeters out of spec.

Other issue is a lot more complicated, it would seem that the charging handle stops rearward when the bolt-hold open activates on an empty magazine. There is a button that will allow the bolt to easily release, once there is another loaded magazine or the rifle is completely empty. Without using this button, if feels like the action is jammed and difficult to work the charging handle.

I am very impressed with this rifle. The stock trigger is the best of any bull-pup that I have ever used without upgrade. The way that they designed the hammer to allow the brass to eject rearward is ingenious. All brass ejected down into a neat pile that the reloader in me was very happy with. My only gripe that I truly have is the amount of polymer in the build, especially in the front hand-guard. There is a company that makes a 7075 aluminum one with M-Lok that I want to get to smooth out the fore-end and reduce it’s bulk.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this rifle. I have opted to purchase and am looking forward to doing modifications to the trigger, charging handle and hand-guard to make it suit me better in the future. Will keep everyone updated.

The optic is the new NcSTAR Advance Dual Optic 3-9×42 Riflescope w/ Flip Up Red Dot that I will be posting the review on later.

Kel-Tec RDB 5.56-Right Side