Father’s Day 2019—Gifts for Gun Guys

Sightmark has Father’s Day gifts for shooters. What would dad want more? Probably a new gun…but if you can’t get him that, get him the next best thing—a really cool optic or firearm accessory! Reserve a lane at your local shooting range and take dad out to do what he loves—shoot guns and spend time with you!

Wraith HD 4-32×50 Digital Riflescope

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Digital is the scope of the future. These digital night vision riflescopes utilize a 1920×1080 HD sensor which displays in full-color HD clarity during the day. In night mode, you can choose between traditional night vision green or high-contrast black and white. For better nighttime detection and target acquisition and identification, up to 200 yards, use the removable 850nm IR illuminator. There are 10 reticle choices in 9 different colors for providing the best contrast in various settings and lighting situations. A built-in camera records high-resolution pictures and video. Useable during the day and night, the Wraith is right at home for target shooting, as well as hog and predator hunting at night. Common AA batteries (4) give the Wraith power for up to 4.5 hours. An external Micro USB power input is there for backup.

Check it out here.

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Citadel 5-30×56 LR2

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Have you heard? Long-range is the new CQB. If you’ve been into the shooting sports for a while, you’ve probably exhausted all the tactical training and self-defense drills you have access to. Long-range precision shooting is quickly becoming a hobby of sportsmen. It provides a new challenge, increases your marksmanship skills, plus offers plenty of opportunity to brag. The Citadel rivals any of the much more expensive long-range scopes in features. It has a 5-30x magnification range and 56mm objective lens. A first focal plane, red-illuminated LR2 reticle lets shooters use holdovers across a 6x optical system. Exposed pop-up locking turrets make for swift and smooth magnification changes. Various brightness settings help with contrast in all lighting conditions, including low light for dawn and dusk hunting. The Citadel series of riflescopes are constructed of a single-piece 30mm aircraft-grade aluminum tube with a hard-anodized finish. It includes flip-up lens caps, sunshade and CR2032 battery.

Check out the Citadel here.

Before heading out with the Citadel, save your dad time and money and by having him a laser boresight his rifle at home with an Accudot boresight. Click here to find his caliber.

XT-3 Magnifier with LQD Flip to Side Mount

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If pops already has the reflex or red dot sight of his dreams, make it even dreamier with the 3x flip-to-side magnifier. Magnifiers increase the magnification of your 0-1x red dot to 3x. Using the locking quick-detach mount, mount the magnifier behind your red dot sight for an absolute co-witness. It will extend your reflex sight’s capabilities to help make accurate shots out to 100 yards. Transition quickly back to close quarters with the flip-to-side integral mount. It is windage and elevation adjustable and EOTech- and Aimpoint-compatible. Included is a Picatinny mount and it is shockproof up to .308 Winchester.

Click here to learn more about the XT-3 Magnifier.

Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD Flat Dark Earth

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This military- and law enforcement-inspired optic is designed especially for AR-15, AR-10s and other MSRs with a full-strength magnesium body, patented retractable sunshade and parallax-free lens system. The Ultra Shot M-SPEC has an illuminated 65 MOA circle dot crosshair with 2 MOA center dot reticle for fast target acquisition in up close and personal distances. One CR123A battery lasts up to 2,000 hours due to the Ultra Shot’s motion-sensing auto on and off activation. The low-profile quick-detach locking lever won’t snag or unlatch but aids in quick optic changes when necessary. From extreme low-light to bright day, the Ultra Shot M-Spec provides enough contrast to pick your reticle up quickly with the 10 different brightness adjustment settings. It is recoil rated up to .50 BM and includes the locking quick-detach Picatinny mount, adjustment tools, battery, neoprene cover and a lifetime warranty. This model comes in FDE and black.

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LoPro Light and Laser Combo

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Named for its low profile, the LoPro green laser sight and light combo is perfect for your self-defense .223 AR-15, pistol-caliber AR, or SBR (short barreled rifle.) A green laser is visible up to 600 yards at night, 50 during the day and the bright 300 lumen LED light identifies and can even blind targets. A light and laser combo is the perfect AR-15 accessory for home protection, especially in the dead of the night. It has digital push-button and pressure-pad operation. The light has three modes—max, medium and low. It has an integrated 810nm IR visible illuminator for night-vision compatibility. The LoPro works in tandem with the Mini Shot mini reflex sight. It features hand-adjustable windage and elevation adjustments, a 23-hour battery life and is recoil rated up to .308.

Click here to get the LoPro.

Solitude 10×42 XD Binoculars

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Field-tested by the North American Hunting Club, the Solitude 10×42 extra-low dispersion binoculars are optimized to provide the clearest image possible. A straight tube light system delivers the highest light transmission and brightness. The Solitude features superior BAk-4 prism system, rubber armor and twist-up adjustable eye cups.

Get the Solitude binoculars here.

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How will you spend Father’s Day? Tell us in the comment section.

Marathon Hunting Never Looked So Good

Merriam-Webster suggests marathons aren’t just for runners; in fact, by the trusted source’s definition, a marathon is “something characterized by great length or concentrated effort.” Always one to box things up with labels, I had to take up marathon hunting. Of course, I’m also one to stir pots so responses to inquiries were immediate… and effectively repetitive, “What’s marathon hunting?”

The Sightmark Wraith digital riflescope provides full color images during the day and night vision at night for 24-hour hunting.
The Wraith transitions from daytime to nighttime hunting.

In the context of long stalks and even longer sits, marathon hunting is practiced by countless hunters, predominately during deer season and especially during the rut; even my own mother, while fighting stage-4 cancer, clocked 12 hours in a ground blind to take a bruiser 140-inch buck—now THAT’s marathon hunting!

That said, there is another side to marathon hunting most hunters have never considered—hunting from daylight well into the throes of the witching hours, maybe clear until dawn the next morning. Yes, it’s a thing and last I checked (2017,) 17 states even permitted this transition during deer hunting season; of course, it’s worth checking your state and local hunting regulations since those rules seem to change about as often as most people change their underwear!

As permissible marathon hunting relates to those 17 states, hunters could (perhaps still can) legally transition from hunting deer during daylight shooting hours to taking hogs, predators and varmints, or some combination thereof, at night. To this end, here in Texas, some of us take marathon hunting pretty seriously, turning hunting adventures into 24-hour pursuits—yes, we load up on energy drinks.

The Sightmark Wraith offers full-color digital image clarity during the day.
The Sightmark Wraith takes 1080 HD photo and video with a 1280×720 resolution FLCOS display.

Among 24-hour pursuits, the popularity of marathon hog and predator hunting tournaments has increased. Heck, some competitions even go a might further, clear out to 48 – 72 hours; of course, you do get to sleep, at least in your truck for a couple of hours here and there. To be sure tournament losers often are those choosing lazy slumber in real beds. Glory goes to those with the grit to stay at it—no rest for the wicked… or serious marathon hunters, competition or not.

In years past, hunters committed to hunting during the day and continuing into the night also had to change rifles from one with a traditional day riflescope to another topped with some type of electro-optic, i.e. traditional or digital night vision, or even thermal. For folks with limited firearm options, changing optics may be the only solution; of course, then you have to stop to sight-in or at least double-check accuracy before returning to the hunt—and work through such checks (perhaps including shooting) without blowing your hunt altogether.

The Wraith detects targets out to 200 yards.
The Wraith detects targets out to 200 yards.

Admittedly, optics suitable for handling a 24-hour task have been few, far between and expensive, until now. The Sightmark Wraith solves our 24-hour electro-optic problem once and for all without breaking the bank. At an MSRP of $599, hunters can jump into a digital optic providing true HD, full-color digital imaging by day and with the touch of a button, tried-and-true traditional green or black-white digital night vision for post-sunset pursuits. Even better, the Sightmark Wraith boasts up to 1080 HD photo and video capture with a 1280×720 resolution FLCOS display.

The Sightmark Wraith features 1-8 digital zoom, 4-32x magnification, CMOS sensor, 50mm objective lens, ¼-MOA windage and elevation adjustment values and SD card media storage compatible with up to 64gb cards. Photo and video files are self-contained in easy-to-use .jpg and .mp4 formats. The Wraith’s battery life is up to 4.5 hours and can also be powered with a micro-USB cable. The Wraith also includes up to 10 reticles in 9 colors for a customized display and can detect targets out to 200 yards with the included 850nm LED IR illuminator. All this to close with good news. Marathon hunting is hard work. It’s good to finally see a true 24-hour optic up to the task.

Watching the growing crop of videos showcasing the performance of the Sightmark Wraith gives a great perspective on what to expect. Moreover, the recent trend in night vision videos seems to be detection range. Watching some of these videos should not only support my estimation of detection range but also worthy of noting are the increased detection ranges with the help of third-party IR illuminators, even well past 300 yards. Honestly, it’s hard not to get excited about a digital night vision scope at the Wraith’s price point, making the inclusion of full-color HD imaging for daytime shooting a stellar bonus.

Click here to check out Sightmark’s newest technologically advanced digital day/night vision riflescope, The Wraith.

 

Digital Riflescopes for Dummies—Quick Start Guide to the Wraith Digital Riflescope

I admit it. I’m pretty old school. The latest in technology doesn’t interest me. The biggest, baddest TV/phone/computer, etc. is never on my “must-have” list. In fact, I get upset every time I have to upgrade my phone because I worry it’s going to be different and more complicated to operate. Though I do enjoy a few advances—Bluetooth wireless and handsfree, faster internet and the iPhone, I’m slow at adapting and always have been. In college, I almost returned my DVD player because I couldn’t figure out how to hook it up to the TV. I’m that electronically-lame! I’m like that with my firearms, too.

The new Wraith digital high-definition riflescope from Sightmark has 10 different reticles and 9 color choices.
Introducing the new Wraith digital HD riflescope.

Though I’ll try anything for testing and evaluation, on my personal guns, I prefer iron/fixed sights. I’m not sure why. I just do. Yes, it makes shooting more challenging. And yes, I can acquire targets quicker with optics. I have run lasers on my handguns and do currently run a red dot on my AR; however, with each new optic comes a learning curve.

I am not a regular hunter and use my firearms mostly for fun and self-defense. Though I have shot long-range before, none of the guns I own are set up for precision shooting. I’ve never mounted a traditional magnified riflescope on any of my firearms. I’ve never had a reason to, but after getting my hands on the new Wraith digital day/night scope, I felt it was high time I get it together and adopt some new technology.

Why?

I mean, I know I’m a writer and should have better words than this, but seriously, this thing is really cool.

The Wraith is a 4-32x50mm digital riflescope with detachable IR illuminator. It provides digital images of your target during the day and black and white or traditional green night vision at night. It features a 1920×1080 high definition CMOS sensor and a 1280×720 FLCOS display. During the day, images appear crisp and clear in full color. Transitioning to low-light situations is a simple touch of the digital controls on top of the unit—power and left, right and up and down arrows for navigating through the menu and settings. Nighttime target acquisition is up to 200 yards. There are 10 different reticle patterns in 9 different colors. It will also record video and still images with 4 to 5 hours of battery life on common 4 AA batteries.

What is Digital Night Vision?

Traditional night vision devices use an image intensifier tube (IIT.) Digital scopes (DNV,) on the other hand, use a charge-coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) and a microdisplay. Light that projected onto the CCD or CMOS array from the objective lens is converted to an electronic signal. This signal is then processed and sent to the microdisplay to be viewed by the user.

CCD and CMOS sensors are more sensitive to near-IR than IITs and can see light up into 1,000nm. Unlike IIT’s, digital night vision units require the addition of artificial light to create bright images, but digital night vision can be used in daylight conditions. They can also record images directly to an internal memory card or be sent through a video output to a DVR. DNV has now become a viable replacement for Gen 2 night vision as digital offers similar performance and resolution but at a comparable or lesser cost than Gen 2.

Use the Wraith 4-32x50mm digital riflescope during the day or night with color images during the day and black and white or green at night.
The Wraith is a 4-32x50mm digital riflescope with detachable IR illuminator. It can be used safely during the day or night.

Digital night vision devices, like the Wraith, require an outside light source to detect clear images in low and no light. An infrared illuminator creates enough light while going undetected to animals and other people so that targets are clearly identified in the dark.

There are two types of resolution listed on the specifications of digital night vision. Sensor resolution—also capture resolution—is the resolution of the imaging sensor. Display resolution is the resolution of the display or image seen by the user and is not to be confused with the sensor resolution. Resolution refers to the number of pixels in the sensor array or in the display. These numbers refer to the total number of pixels along the width and height of the sensor or display. A resolution of 800×600 means the display or sensor has 800 pixels across its width and 600 pixels high. Generally, the higher the number, the more details the image will provide. For imaging sensors, the more pixels on a sensor array the more light that will be captured which usually increases image brightness, resolution and viewing distance.

Those with a traditional riflescope, digital night vision or thermal imaging experience will have no problems setting up their Wraith riflescope, but those of us who need a little extra help in the electronics department may have issues without specific instructions.

Before shooting with the Wraith, I highly recommend getting familiar with its menu and settings. After becoming familiar with its operation, boresight at home before heading out to the range to sight it in. This will save you a lot of money on ammo, time and frustration.

How to Use the Wraith Digital Night Vision Menu and Settings

To begin, push the power (center) button. This is also your “select” or “enter” button. You will see the “Sightmark” logo and then when fully powered, you will be on your shooting screen. You’ll see the field of view and a reticle. To access the menu, push the power button again.

Brightness

To adjust the brightness of the image, click on the brightness button, push the power button to select, then the up and down arrows.
To adjust the brightness of the image, click on the brightness button, push the power button to select, then the up and down arrows.

To adjust the brightness of the image, click on the brightness button, push the power button to select, then the up and down arrows to adjust the brightness. When it is set, push the power button again.

To go back at any time, push the left arrow.

Choosing a Reticle

Push down arrow to “reticle settings.” Push power. Reticle color will be highlighted first. Push power button. Use the down arrow to scroll through the different colors.

Push down arrow to “reticle settings.” Push power. Reticle color will be highlighted first. Push the power button. Use the down arrow to scroll through the different colors. Once you’ve selected a color, push power. Give the unit a second and it will then return to the main reticle settings navigation menu. Push power on “reticle style” and use the up and down arrows to change reticles.

Taking Video and Pictures

To take pictures or video, you must have an SD card inserted. Go to: Menu, settings, record mode. Chose ‘video’ or ‘picture’ and push the power button.
To take pictures or video, you must have an SD card inserted. Go to: Menu, settings, record mode. Chose ‘video’ or ‘picture’ and push the power button.

To take pictures or video, you must have an SD card inserted. Go to: Menu, settings, record mode. Chose ‘video’ or ‘picture’ and push the power button, then the left arrow to return to your shooting screen. To start and stop recording, push the right arrow once. To take a picture, also push the right arrow once. In this mode, if you push the left arrow, it will change your view from day to night vision. To playback, go to “playback” on the menu options and push the power button.

After getting to know the menu and options and how to navigate your Wraith, you’re ready to bore sight it!

To learn how to boresight a rifle, click here.

If you don’t have a boresight, click here.

After boresighting it, you will be ready to head off to the range and start the real fun.

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Sightmark Mini M-Spec Gets a Face Lift!

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 04/09/19) – Sightmark’s Mini M-Spec is receiving a facelift with the addition of the Dark Earth model. Designed for law enforcement, the Mini M-Spec is a great optic for competition shooting, hunting and home defense applications.

The Sightmark Mini M-Spec in FDE provides quick target acquisition in all lighting conditions.
The Sightmark Mini M-Spec in FDE provides quick target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

The Mini features an aluminum housing with a steel protective shield, making it one of the most reliable sights on the market. The user-friendly sight features ambidextrous digital switch controls to benefit both left- and right-handed users.

This reflex sight features 10 brightness levels, allowing the sight to be used in any environment, from day hours to extreme low-light situations. The Mini M-Spec windage and elevation adjustments can be made with just a click of a button without the need of extra tools. It will be available in two different models, fixed mount system (FMS) and locking quick detach (LQD), perfect for your pistols, shotguns, ARs and AKs. Both models come with a low-profile mount and AR riser mount along with a rubber cover, battery and manual.

If you are a dealer and to speak to someone about pre-orders or becoming a new authorized Sightmark dealer please contact sales@sightmark.com or if you are a media member and would like to test and evaluate please contact mediarelations@sightmark.com.

Sightmark Accudot Boresights: Laser Focused on Accuracy

Accudot boresights are an improved design which save you money on ammo, batteries and time at the range sighting in your optics.
New Accudot Boresights help you sight-in faster!

(Mansfield, TEXAS 2019/02/22) – Sightmark premium Accudot Boresights put an end to guessing games and wasted ammo when sighting-in with fast point-of-impact and point-of-aim identification, even before your first shot.

Designed to handle your gritty firing-line environment and save you a small fortune on batteries, every Accudot boresight features an internal rechargeable battery, auto-on/off functionality and a thick-walled, precision-machined brass case. Every Accudot premium boresight boasts a Class IIIa laser and bullet tip for improved chamber fit and more precise centering. The result? Faster pre-shot alignment, increased first-shot accuracy and less ammo sent downrange.

Sightmark Accudot Boresights are available in several popular rifle calibers, including: .223/5.56 (SM39050); .243, .308, 7.62×54 (SM39051); 9mm (SM39052); .30-06, .270, .25-06 (SM39053); and 12-gauge (SM29054) and include a battery charger.

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Make Your Mark With the new Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope!

The Citadel 1-10x24 features a second focal plane CR1 reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammo.
The Citadel 1-10×24 features a second focal plane CR1 reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammo.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/02/21) – Sightmark expands the premium line of Citadel Riflescopes with the addition of the Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope. Designed for competition shooters, close- to mid-range hunting and law enforcement, the Citadel is packed with features to bring shooters to the next level traditionally sought by top-tier shooters.

The Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope (SM13138CR1) comes complete with all the same features that the Citadel family offers like a fine-etched, red-illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings. In addition, they feature premium, fully multi-coated glass for crisp clarity and a 30mm, 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum tube, and are IP67 waterproof, dustproof, fogproof and shockproof.

The Citadel 1-10×24 features a second focal plane CR1 reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammunition, capped low-profile turrets and ½-MOA per click windage and elevation adjustability with a total adjustment range on each axis of 100 MOA.

Dark Earth is Coming to the Ultra Shot Series!

(Mansfield, Texas 2019/02/06) – Introducing Sightmark’s new Ultra Shot RAM Series in Dark Earth finish. Inspired by the military, the RAM series is ideal for close-range target shooting and law enforcement, perfect for both the AR platform and shotgun. Sightmark will offer three different models with the new Dark Earth finish with the R-, A- and M-Spec.

Sightmark's new Ultra Shot RAM series of reflex sights will soon be available in a dark earth finish.
The new Ultra Shot RAM series reflex sights will soon be available in FDE.

Suited for fast, accurate action at the range, the R-Spec Dark Earth (SM26031DE) delivers a clear field of view with an advanced, anti-reflective and scratch-resistant lens, along with four red and green reticle options.

The A-Spec Dark Earth (SM26032DE) features the same benefits as the R-Spec with the addition of six-night vision settings, allowing the optic to be used with night vision devices and goggles.

The elite sight of the RAM series, the M-Spec LQD Dark Earth (SM26034DE) and M-Spec FMS (SM26035DE) is designed for law enforcement, hunting and competitive shooting. A retractable sunshade reduces glare and helps protect your optic from inclement weather.

The new RAM series Dark Earth are expected to arrive Q1 2019.

MSRP:

SM26031DE – $155.99

SM26032DE – $179.99

SM26034DE – $299.97

SM26035DE – $239.97

Click here to purchase an Ultra Shot reflex sight.

Sightmark Adds to the Citadel Family

Sightmark Citadel long-range riflescopes give you more than you pay for in features, quality and clarity.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/01/23) – Sightmark expands the Citadel riflescope family with the addition of the Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 riflescope. This premium riflescope is designed for hunters, medium-to-long range shooting, competition shooters and law enforcement.

The Citadel 3-18x50 LR1 reticle features ¼ MOA click adjustments at 100 yards and a first focal plane reticle.
The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 reticle features ¼ MOA click adjustments at 100 yards and a first focal plane reticle.

The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 (SM13039LR1) features a 6x optical system giving you a wide magnification to shoot medium-to-long range, fully multi-coated lens system, exposed pop-up locking turrets and a red illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings for contrast against targets. The Citadel is IP67 waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, fogproof and comes complete with flip-up covers, throw lever and a sunshade cover.

A reticle widely used in shooting sports across North America, a first focal plane reticle means the dimensions of the reticle are true to any magnification, thus range finding and performing holdovers can be done at any magnification. The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 reticle features ¼ MOA click adjustments at 100 yards.

Unveiling the New Standard in Digital Riflescopes: Wraith

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/01/22) – Sightmark introduces the Wraith Digital Riflescope: the future, in high definition. The 4-32x50mm Wraith digital riflescope is a revolutionary, new high-definition optic designed in Texas by hunters, for hunters.

The new Wraith digital high-definition riflescope from Sightmark has 10 different reticles and 9 color choices.
Introducing the new Wraith digital HD riflescope.

The advanced 1920×1080 HD sensor provides full-color clarity in daytime; simply hit the left arrow to enable night mode with classic emerald or black and white viewing options. An included 850nm IR illuminator provides enhanced image brightness and accurate target acquisition to an astounding 200 yards. Notably, the IR is removable for hunters who live in states where emitted light is illegal.

The Wraith allows (and Sightmark encourages) onboard recording and video export so your favorite moments can be shared with your friends and family on your favorite social media platform.

The Wraith also includes:

  • Memory slot for up to 64GB storage
  • Customizability, with 10 reticle options and 9 color choices
  • 4 hours of battery life from 4 common AAs
  • MicroUSB port for external power
  • 4-32 optical magnification; 1-8x digital zoom

Introducing Sightmark’s new Bubble Level Ring!

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/11/13) – Sightmark introduces its newest products, the 30mm Bubble Level Ring (SM19044) and 34mm Bubble Level Ring (SM19045). Bubble rings are designed to indicate whether a riflescope is mounted properly and level on the firearm.

Shoot straight and on target with a precise mounting of your riflescope with Sightmark's bubble level ring.
Mount your riflescope properly with the bubble level ring.
The bubble ring features a highly visible center line that easily ensures the bubble is properly centered, eliminating an offset riflescope.
The bubble ring features a highly visible center line that easily ensures the bubble is properly centered, eliminating an offset riflescope.

Sightmark’s Bubble Level Rings are crafted out of aircraft-grade aluminum for a lightweight, durable design. Quickly attach the bubble ring to your riflescope with the single bolt attachment, helping to evenly distribute pressure when tightened. The bubble ring features a highly visible center line that easily ensures the bubble is properly centered, eliminating an offset riflescope.

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