Review Guidelines

At Texas Watch Dog, our reviews of optics and firearm accessories carry a weighty responsibility. We know that sharpshooters and enthusiasts, like you, rely on our expertise to make informed decisions about the gear that supports your passion.

Just as a marksman meticulously chooses their equipment, we rigorously select the products we review. We understand that your trust is earned, not given. That’s why we want to share with you the principles guiding our selection process for the items featured in our reviews.

We Do

Here is everything we consider before we feature an optic or firearm accessory on our pages.

Check for Compliance with Standards

Optics and firearm accessories are subject to rigorous standards to ensure safety and performance. Not all products meet these standards equally.

For maximum assurance, we investigate the compliance of each product with all relevant industry standards and regulatory bodies. Our reviews take into account certifications from:

  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI)

We ensure that every product we recommend has passed the necessary checks for safety, quality, and performance.

Extensively scour through user reviews

Optics and firearm accessories are only as good as the experiences they enable in real-world scenarios. That’s why we don’t just rely on our own testing; we also extensively review and analyze customer feedback from a variety of sources.

We carefully sift through both positive and negative user reviews for every product we consider. This helps us to understand the full spectrum of user experiences. When possible, we reach out directly to customers to gain deeper insights into their opinions and experiences, ensuring that our recommendations are reflective of the community consensus


Hands-On Experience

While it’s not feasible to test every product personally, at Texas Watch Dog, we prioritize hands-on reviews whenever possible.

  • Community Insights: We actively engage with the community, gathering valuable feedback on products.
  • Expert Consultations: We regularly consult with industry experts to delve into the nuances of product performance.

Brand History

Reputation and Reliability

We delve into the history of brands, keeping track of:

  • Recalls and Issues: Monitoring any recalls or manufacturing faults.
  • Reputable Sources: Recommending products only from brands with a track record of quality.

Quality & Safety

Materials and Design

Safety and durability are paramount. Therefore, we ensure:

  • Durability: All recommended products must be robust and long-lasting.
  • Safety Certifications: Every product must meet safety standards before recommendation.

Pricing and Positioning

Value and Affordability

  • Premium Choices: We highlight when higher-priced items offer significant advantages.
  • Budget-Friendly Options: We provide choices to suit all budgets without compromising on quality.


Access and Delivery

  • Accessibility: We recommend products that are readily available to our audience.
  • Delivery Options: Whether it’s nationwide or international shipping, availability is key.

What We Don’t Do

Here is everything we consider before we feature an optic or firearm accessory on our pages.

No Sponsorships

  • We do not write reviews in exchange for monetary compensation.
  • Any sponsored content is explicitly disclosed as such.

Adherence to Facts

  • We only recommend products that comply with industry regulations.
  • Our recommendations are based on proven, reliable data and certifications.

Ethical Standards

  • We do not endorse products that do not align with our ethical standards.
  • We advocate for environmentally friendly and humane practices in the products we review.