Gear Expert Author:  Mike C

    About Mike C

    Mike grew up in a household where his father would point out the different firearm models while watching action movies. He learned basic gun safety at a young age, and has been shooting ever since he was 6 years old. Mike also enjoys riding motorcycles, playing disc golf, and traveling the country to do either (or both!). Being from the Great Lakes region, he enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, especially to combat the cabin fever associated with our cold winters.

    Here are my most recent posts

  • Five Must Have Products for your New Handgun | Pistol

    Oct 20, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

    Have you recently purchased your first handgun, or simply a new pistol, and realized there are still a few things you’ll have to purchase?  I hope that this short guide will help you get that range bag filled with all the basics you’ll need to...

  • Gear Up for a Cause 2016 a Resounding Success!

    Oct 14, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

    Gear Up for a Cause 2016 was a resounding success!  This was OpticsPlanet Inc’s second year in a row running the cause-based campaign, and although it only ran two weeks shorter than last year’s event, we were able to exceed last year’s donation by...

  • Our Brilliance Awards are BACK! Vote on the 2016 Nominees!

    Oct 7, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

    It’s that time of year for YOU to have your voice heard!  That’s right, it’s Brilliance Awards time!  Voting doesn’t just let us know what your favorite is, it also enters you into our drawing in which SIX winners will win...

  • ED Glass

    ED and HD Optics on a Budget

    Aug 19, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

    “How much do I have to spend to get a great optic?”  This is a very common question in our industry.  Considering our wide array of options in our spotting scope and binocular lines, we can see why it’s so common.  What’s the...

  • Get Your Swing in Check! Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar

    Jun 1, 2016 • ReviewsNo Comments

      We sell plenty of Radar Guns here, and we get many questions about different brands and price points.  We also carry quite a few “sport related” radar accessories.  One of these accessories we decided to try out was the Sports Sensors Swing Speed...

  • Get To Know Our Gear Up for a Cause 2016 Sponsors!

    May 17, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

      We’re a week into our Second Annual Gear Up for a Cause charity drive, and you can read all about the charity we chose: Hope For The Warriors® here.   In case you didn’t notice, we have 10 sponsors this year. So what does that mean? Well, if...

  • It’s Time To Gear Up for a Cause – 2016!

    May 8, 2016 • NewsNo Comments

    We’re doing it AGAIN!  It’s that time of year to Gear Up for a Cause!  OpticsPlanet has selected Hope For The Warriors® as this year’s charity.  During this six week campaign, May 9th through June 19th, a portion of EVERY sale will...

  • Nikon CoolShot 40i Golf Rangefinder

    Apr 22, 2016 • ReviewsNo Comments

      We get a ton of questions about rangefinders.  A lot of hunters also like to blow off some steam by hitting some golf balls around.  One of the most common questions is whether a hunting rangefinder can be used for golf; and vice versa.  Now that...

  • Be Ready For Those Spring Storm Power Outages!

    Apr 15, 2016 • Reviews, How-ToNo Comments

    It’s the stormy season here in the Chicagoland area!  It gets pretty windy this time of year, and this wind almost guarantees a few power outages in our near future.  At Optics Planet, we carry everything you need to survive a stormy Spring!  ...

  • Laser Trainer Plinking Party!

    Apr 1, 2016 • ReviewsNo Comments

    Dry fire training can get monotonous and boring really fast.  Although ammunition has been easier to find recently, these past few years have definitely experienced a market shortage.  LaserLyte and other manufacturers have been updating their Laser Trainer...

  • The $200 Binocular Challenge! Two Great Entry Level Binoculars

    Mar 22, 2016 • ReviewsNo Comments

        Much like any optic, Binoculars can be a tough category to shop for.  They range in price from $20 to thousands of dollars, so we can understand how daunting it is to decipher what is considered a “good” starting point.  In our experience...

  • Get Stabilized! Monopods, Bipods, Tripods, and Shooting Sticks: What is the best option for your purposes?

    Mar 4, 2016 • How-ToNo Comments

      A long day at the range or out on the hunt can get exhausting.  Holding up your rifle or shotgun to scan the field for game, lying prone, or sitting at the bench while trying to hone in on your long distance target can cause some muscle fatigue in...