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The Best Range Finding Binoculars from ATN Corp

Range finding binoculars are a very useful tool for hunters, photographers, land surveyors, golfers, and a variety of others who spend their time outdoors either for work or pleasure. The best range finding binoculars not only give you the best of both worlds – the magnification of binoculars and the distance measurements that rangefinders provide – but reduce the amount of equipment you need to carry with you as well.

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Refurbished Lenses: How to Find Demo, Used Spotting Scopes

If you’re on a budget, you can still outfit yourself with some great gear if you’re able to find refurbished lenses and gently used spotting scopes. There are also demo scopes and lenses you can find at a reduced cost that were likely used on a showroom floor or taken to tradeshows and are like-new. If you know where to look, you can often save money without compromising on quality, and that’s exactly what the ATN Corp factory refurbished department offers.

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ATN Corp – How to Take Crisp Photos from Any Distance with ATN Full HD

Being able to take pictures using your rifle scope has to be one of the coolest technological features added to your hunting gear over the years, and the cameras in scopes have been steadily improving, just like the cameras in your smartphone. Take the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro, for example, which can take photos and record videos in sharp 1080p full HD so you can bring shots of the landscape and your adventures back home to share with family and friends.

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Rifle Scope Reticles: First Focal Plane Vs. Second Focal Plane
rifle scope reticles

What is the difference between first focal plane and second focal plane… and which is better for hunting?? Technically, it's a matter of the rifle scope reticles inside the focal planes, which means the answer isn't as simple as it might seem. First, let's look at the reticle definition and reticle types to see what we're dealing with.

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Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing Thermal Weapon Sights
about purchasing thermal scope

Thermal weapon sights have come a long way in recent years, and there are numerous features available that can positively enhance your hunting experience. If you're new to thermal weapon sights or if you're in the market for a military thermal weapon sight or thermal imaging sensor, this guide will help you choose the functions that matter most to your setup.

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What is Boresighting? How to Use and Zero a Laser Boresight
how to use and zero a laser boresight

When it comes to firearms, boresighting is a common, simple process that every shooter should be able to perform with ease – but what is it? In short, boresighting is the process of aligning the center of the barrel (or bore) of a gun with the sights on your firearm. Boresighting should be carried out on every firearm as it aligns the optical sight on the top of the gun barrel with the bore’s axis. The process of boresighting should be prioritized right after mounting your scope

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Night Hunting Animals: Safety Tips, Rules, and Accessories for Hunting at Night
safety tips rules

It’s no secret that there are many animals that are partially or fully nocturnal, and therefore sometimes the best time to hunt is at night. If you plan to dive into the world of night hunting animals, it’s a good idea to keep some key hunting tips and hunting safety rules in mind as hunting at night is a completely different experience.

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Comparing Traditional Night Vision with Image Tubes to Digital Night Visions

In the world of nocturnal hunting and sport shooting, night vision cameras are invaluable — but when it comes time to decide on which one is the best for your use, there are a few key components to consider. Typically, when choosing a night vision device, you have two ways to go: either a traditional night vision camera or a digital night vision camera. Regardless of which you choose, either one will do the job, but it can depend on your preferences and shooting style.

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Differences Between Thermal Imaging and Digital Day/Night

When it comes to hunting or sport shooting, thermal imaging devices are commonly preferred over night vision devices as they detect heat from your target as opposed to enhancing the miniscule light of the night. This makes it easier to spot, track, and hit your target without searching around in the dark for hours.

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The Differences Between Night Vision Monoculars vs. Binoculars: Which is Better?
monoculars vs binoculars

For years now, there has been a debate between hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts regarding monoculars vs binoculars and which is better. This debate gets even more interesting when narrowed down to a night vision monocular vs binocular scope. You probably have your own opinion on the subject already, and while some may think the answer is obvious, we wanted to take the time to go over the differences between monoculars vs binoculars and present our case for which we think is better.

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ATN Corp – Thermal Scope and Monocular Products Made in the USA
us made thermal scope and monocular

Picture this: you’ve been up in the deer blind for hours, and you hear that unmistakable grunt of a buck. You reach for your rifle to use the scope to locate what could be your next big trophy, only to clank it on the wall and scare the stag off. It’s safe to say that we’ve all been in a situation like this before, and we can all admit that our arms can get a little tired from wielding a rifle for a magnified view whenever we want to scout a spot or locate a potential target. Relying solely on your rifle’s scope is not only inconvenient but impractical considering there are high-quality products made in the USA that do the job much better.

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ATN Corp – A Guide to Digital Binocular Camera Basics

Binoculars aren’t just for viewing and identifying objects in the distance anymore. Like everything else in our world, they’ve gotten “smart,” and you may be impressed to learn what they’re now capable of. No, you’re not able to make a call from a pair of binos or stream your favorite shows on them (yet), but some come equipped with a binocular camera so you can take pictures and share your experience with others. If you’re considering getting binoculars with photo and camera capabilities, use this blog as a binocular basics guide so you can make the most of your purchase!

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ATN Corp – How to Choose the Best Monocular Scope: A Guide to Buying Thermal Monoculars
how to choose monocular

If you love the great outdoors and find yourself spending your weekends in nature hunting, hiking, camping, or just enjoying the natural beauty of the land, you’ve likely considered buying a monocular scope.

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Using Black and White Thermal Imaging Vs. Color Palettes in Heat Vision Cameras

Heat vision cameras have changed the way humans are able to visualize their targets in low light or dark conditions, but they aren't all the same. Besides black thermal and white thermals, there are multiple thermal imaging color palette options to choose from depending on the application and purpose of what you're trying to accomplish.

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What Is MOA in Shooting? Minute of Angle Formula and Calculator

Whether you're a seasoned marksman or if you're just getting into the hunting or target shooting scene, you've probably heard the term "MOA" or perhaps "sub-MOA" floating around. Many rifles are advertised as either MOA or sub-MOA, but how should that affect your purchase decision? In other words, what is MOA in shooting?

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Long Range Shooting Tips for Beginners: Terms, Equipment, and Target Shooting

Long range shooting is a truly enjoyable sport and one that gets even better with improved accuracy. All it takes is one experience where you're able to hit your target from a distance to give you a satisfying sense of achievement, so we've put together some beginner long range shooting tips to help you choose the right equipment and locations for shooting long range.

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Scope Magnification Explained: Examples of the Best Scope Magnification

Wondering how to understand scope magnification? Scope magnification can make all the difference between hitting your target square on and sending rounds off into the woods, yet it can be a confusing element to understand at first. If you're just getting into hunting or sport shooting, we've put together this quick guide to explain scope magnification and give you some good examples to help you choose the right scope for your setup, shooting style, and preferred conditions.

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Industry Companies Provide Aid

As of March 4, Shooting Industry is aware of at least five companies involved in the firearms industry that have offered their support of Ukraine: AMMO Inc., ATN Corp., Adept Armor, Adams Arms and Remington/CCI/Speer/Federal Ammunition.
“Ammo Inc., and we as Americans, stand firmly in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, as we stand for freedom and democracy everywhere,” said Fred Wagenhals, CEO of AMMO Inc. “While we fervently hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to the crisis and that diplomacy will win the day, we condemn the Russian aggression and its threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and freedom. We recognize that events are unfolding rapidly on the ground in Ukraine, and we are prepared to move quickly as possible to support Ukraine as it continues to defend itself and its freedom.”

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ATN Adds Link for Ukrainian Support

ATN demonstrates solidarity with the Ukrainian people with generous donations. ATN efforts on the ground in Bulgaria are now moving much-needed shipments of humanitarian and defensive supplies through Ukraine’s border into fighting zones.

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Two Outdoor Companies Step Up to Help Ukraine

ATN Corp., a manufacturer of optics for civilian, law enforcement, and the military, recently announced it has opened a site on the ATN website for direct donations to help the Ukrainian people receive humanitarian supplies and equipment for their fighting forces against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his forces.

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Supports Ukrainian Efforts Against Putin

ATN Corp., an industry leader of innovative optics for civilian, law enforcement, and the military, announce it has opened a site on the ATN website for direct donations to help the Ukrainian people receive humanitarian supplies and equipment for their fighting forces against the unjust actions of the Russian tyrant, Putin, and his forces.

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Ammo, Inc. pledges a million rounds for Ukrainian fighters

The courage displayed by Ukrainian citizens who refuse to bow and scrape towards the Russian troops that have invaded their nation has inspired many of us in the Second Amendment community to try to help them in any way we can.

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ATN Corp. Donates $300K to Support the Gorta Group’s Ukraine Relief Efforts

Doral, Fla. (March 2022) – ATN Corp., an industry leader of innovative optics for civilian, law enforcement, and the military, have donated $300,000 to The Gorta Group, an NGO established in 1965 to serve people and communities in war zones and conflicts, to provide humanitarian and medical relief to Ukraine.

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25 Hunters Share Their Best Hunting Tips

Hunting is one of the oldest sports. Before it became a sport it was one of the means through which a man could provide food for his family.

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The Story Of Makiah

Makiah's step father was next to her, guiding her to look through the scope at the incoming coyote..."look through the scope and find it" "I see it" she replied, "you on it?" "yeah"...a couple seconds later "go ahead and take it" followed by a shot and the coyote dropped in its tracks!

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The Eyes Of The Incoming Coyote

The eyes of the incoming coyote glowed brightly under the illumination of my red headlamp, when the coyote got to what I thought was good shooting range of my .17wsm, I brought the ATN X sight 2 up to my eye and found it in the screen.

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Beginning of a journey

Just before dark, on my break, I stood at the edge of the parking lot of where I was working. I had been reading magazine articles on predator hunting, about old timers using simple tactics such as lip squeaking to lure in predators.

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Transitioning from old school to new hunting technology.

I lined up the front sight so it nestled into the rear sight notch, made sure my shooting position was sound, then settled the front sight on my target. This time it was a 1/2” piece of scrap pipe about 50yds away.

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“Hunting is just like anything else, maybe we don’t understand it, but we have an impression of it until we talk to people who do it. For some people it’s a way of life. They grew up that way and they enjoy it. It’s a memory you can’t buy. People can buy vacations and other things but hunting is something you can’t honestly purchase.” - Gene Wisnewski

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Why Rangefinders Are Important

I think one of the biggest problems with hunting coyotes at night is that it is dark! What a shocker, right? When it’s dark, you can’t really see anything and it makes judging distance incredibly hard.

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Night Vision - Atmospherics and Environment

A comment that we see on a regular basis is, “Can my Thermal/Night Vision see in _______?” Let’s dive into the what if’s and why not’s for each setup and see if this can clear some of the questions and confusion up on the capabilities of each unit.

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Coyote Hunting Part 5

So, to keep on pace with this Coyote Hunting series, we have talked a lot about the various stages of a coyotes’ life cycle, we have talked about calling sequences and land layouts along with a variety of other topics. Today, I want to touch on some of the stuff that you may or may not really put a whole lot of thought into, but again, it can be just as critical as anything else.

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Thermal Imaging and Positive ID

Five minutes into a stand, you have the wind right and your call was placed perfect. You made no noise getting in, you’ve done your homework on where the coyotes have been staying and hanging out and you’re letting the field settle for just a few minutes. Finally, you decide it’s time to start your calling and you let your e-caller ring out a howl into the darkness of the night.

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Coyote Hunting Part 4

It’s been awhile since we did our coyote hunting series, so I thought we’d take a chance and entertain one of the taboo topics of coyote hunting…The Rules of Coyote Hunting! Let’s go.

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What is BIX and What It Can Do For You

BIX. What is it? What does it do for you? Why do you even care what that stands for anyways? Well, if you followed along with us at SHOT Show 2019, you may have heard that term used quite a bit when we were talking about the new product lineups as well as the existing ThOR 4 and X-Sight 4K optics.

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ATN Smart HD Owners Group

The internet and more specifically, social media has provided us many things that brought us great enjoyment over the years. Memes, GIFs and places to connect with friends and like-minded individuals are just some of them, but let’s focus on that third one for a little bit.

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More Land Means More Predators

What does every predator hunter want more than anything else in the world? Land, land and more land! Land is of the utmost importance when it comes to making sure that you can keep consistent numbers in the back of your truck and enough rotation between your stands to keep landowners happy.

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First Timers: Becoming a Hunter Without Experience

After a slow but steady decline since 1982, the number of hunters in the US has started to pick back up since 2016, with many first-time hunters getting into the sport. If you love wildlife and outdoor activities, hunting may be the perfect hobby for you.

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Hunting Streaming & How It Can Help You

Why is the ability to stream from your scope such an important tool to have? I was asked this question numerous times over the week of SHOT Show while I had the pleasure of working the ATN Booth. To my surprise, the reasons that I always talked about with people were almost shocking. They couldn’t believe that they hadn’t even thought about it and didn’t understand why it wasn’t pushed as a capability more, so, I decided to write this little article and explain some of those exact benefits to our base!

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The Most Important Optic People Don't Think About

I get asked quite often what the most important piece of hunting equipment that I have in my predator hunting arsenal is. Most often, people are asking that question in hopes of getting the inside track on what makes some people more successful than others, while some people are hoping that you can reaffirm their belief in spending that extra money for a 640 core instead of a 384 core thermal scope.

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Advantages and Benefits to ATN Optics

Before I started hunting with ATN Optics, hunting was more of an in the moment type of endeavor, however, since I started using ATN optics, now those moments can be relived and shared time and time again. This is just one of the many advantages to using ATN optics that I find to be extremely beneficial. Let’s just look at a few more of the advantages and benefits of hunting with and using products in the ATN Smart HD Optics lineup.

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Family hunting trips are a tradition worth preserving
Family hunting trips are a tradition worth preserving

A love of shooting, family hunting vacations, and being outdoors was a passion instilled in me by my parents at a very young age. I’ve spent most of my life in pursuit of some wild game, whether it’s fishing or hunting and enjoyed every opportunity that it has afforded me in my life.

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Rougarou Hog Control’s Hunt for 1000th Feral Hog
Rougarou Hog Control’s Hunt for 1000th Feral Hog

Pineville, LA: Rougarou Hog Control, Shane Kessler and his team protect close to 70K acres of farm fields. These individuals donate their time, money and the mental/physical aptitude required to endure the long evening hours needed to protect the agricultural crops/land of these Central Louisiana farmers.

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Hog Hunting Tips & Tricks Part 1
Hog Hunting Tips & Tricks Part 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates feral swine costs about $1.5 billion in damage annually, although experts at the University of Georgia suggest the cost maybe closer to between $2 billion to $2.5 billion. The damage to agriculture, is estimated ...

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ATN & Teaching the Fundamentals of Marksmanship
ATN & Teaching the Fundamentals of Marksmanship

Many members of our #ATNNation and from our own Prostaff Ambassadors have used their X-Sight II HD optics when it was time to Teach the Fundamentals of Marksmanship. The “secret” to teaching rifle marksmanship; practice ...

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Coyote Hunting Part 3

ATN ProStaff Ambassador, Joshua Franklin, in the third installment of our Predator Hunting Tips, Tricks & Tactics discussed calls one should use during a particular season and how the coyotes’ life cycle plays an important role in how you call ...

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Coyote Hunting Part 2

ATN Ambassador, Joshua Franklin, discussed the basics of general coyote hunting in Part 1 of our Coyote Hunting series; Location, Seasonal Advantages and your Approach & Setup. This second installment of our Predator Hunting Tips, Tricks ...

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Coyote Hunting Part 1

So, you have done your homework and you think you are ready to be the predator. You finally broke down and outfitted your hunting rig with an ATN THOR or X-SIGHT II scope, maybe even went as far as getting yourself an OTS-HD or BINOX for hand scanning.

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