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Set it up. Dial it In.


You just got a brand new AR, picked out the red dot you've been eyeing, and now it's time to hit the range. But getting everything setup can be easier said than done. Our professional shooter Garett Schwindel is here to share 3 basic steps you need to know to get up and running.

MOUNTING: Control = Speed

When mounting a red dot, there are multiple factors to consider. I tend to mount mine towards the rear of the firearm for multiple reasons - less weight on the end of the gun gives you more barrel control. It allows you to snap the weapon up quicker when acquiring a target. It also allows for quicker deceleration when stopping on the target. Another reason I prefer mounting my red dot towards the rear of the firearm is that the closer the window of the red dot is to your eye, the larger your field-of-view will be when looking through it.

ZEROING: Simple Accuracy

Your Zero is very critical, especially if you want to be accurate at distance. When zeroing, consider what type of environment and distances the majority of your engagements will take place, and then learn what your round is doing at 100-yard increments after that. I personally like a 36-yard zero because it give me a 15 inches combat effective hit all of the way out to 400 yards without having to make any adjustments. If I point center mass and have no left to right deviation, I will get hits. At 500, I just hold at the top of the target and the round will hit center mass again. I prefer to keep things as simple as possible with the least amount of info to remember.

When zeroing, have your dot’s brightness turned down as low as you can get it before it starts to disappear. If you try to zero with your dot on high, it will cover up more of your target and keep you from getting precise shots. Remember that your eyes are muscles and they fatigue, so if your dot starts to disappear, either stop and close your eyes for a bit or turn your dot up another notch.

MECHANICAL OFFSET: Getting Rounds On Target

Mechanical offset is the difference between your aimpoint and where the bullet impacts when you’re shooting at targets that are closer than your zero distance. For example, if you’re shooting at a target that’s 15 yards away and your zero is at 36 yards, your shots will be a little low. You can account for mechanical offset by adjusting your aiming point as you get closer to your target. A good rule of thumb is adjusting your aim point by the same distance your optic is mounted above your barrel. So if your optic is one inch above your barrel, aim one inch high for closer shots.


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