Free Gun Friday

Sightmark has partnered with Athlon Outdoors for Free Gun Friday! This month, you could win a Barrett MRAD 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, a SilencerCo Omega suppressor, 500 rounds of Black Hills ammo and a Sightmark 5-30x50mm Pinnacle long-range riflescope.

This is their biggest Free Gun Friday yet, with the package worth $9,600!

For extreme long-range distances, the 5-30x50mm Pinnacle riflescope will make your shot count out to 1,000 yards and further.
For extreme long-range distances, the 5-30x50mm Pinnacle riflescope will make your shot count out to 1,000 yards and further.

The Sightmark Pinnacle is designed for long-range precision shooting out to 1,000 yards and further. It features a first focal plane TMD-HW reticle for range estimation and holdovers for bullet drop, crosswind and moving targets.

Click here to enter!

From Athlon Outdoors:

How Does “Free Gun Friday” Work?

We’ve partnered with a different manufacturer for every month of 2019.

For the first Friday of every month, we’ll announce the new giveaway gun. On that day, we’ll open up the sweepstakes for readers to enter and win the gun. We’ll also release our first video on the gun, where you can learn about what you’re entering to win.

On the second and third Fridays of each month, we’ll release two more videos showing the gun in action. Our experts have taken it to the range and run it through drills to make sure it’s ready to rock by the time it gets to you.

Which brings us to the last day of the month when the sweepstakes ends. The next week we will select a winner and send out an email notifying the lucky reader.

Click here to check out the Sightmark Pinnacle long-range scope.

How to Apply For Sightmark Pro Staff

Remember when your high school or college counselor told you to find your passion and then find a way to make money doing it? Well, we may not be able to pay you cash money to hunt hogs all night but Sightmark does have an awesome opportunity that pays off those active in the firearm and hunting communities.

If you already own a Sightmark product, sing its praises and share pictures of it to your 1,000+ followers, then listen up! Here’s your chance to be a Sightmark brand ambassador!

Sightmark is accepting applications for Pro Staff until Dec. 15, 2019
Accepting applications for Pro Staff until Dec. 15, 2019

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Pro Staff. Applications are accepted from November 1 until December 15, 2019.

Important Note: Applications received after December 15, 2019, will not be considered.

This is your chance to grow your social media following and influence, meet super cool people and get discounted and even free product! We’ve reserved 25 spots for this select group of respected experts in the firearm, law enforcement and hunting communities. We will announce who made the cut on January 15, 2020!

Who Are We Looking For?

Our Pro Staff are experts in their field—be it predator hunting, competition, law enforcement, self-defense training or long-range precision shooting. Your followers look to you to provide quality content, honest reviews and good shooting tips. You are a content creator who will naturally help increase Sightmark brand awareness and help us increase traffic and drive our message. Above all, you are an excellent steward for the shooting sports community by always practicing safe firearms handling and ethical hunting practices.

Not only does the Pro Staff program benefit us by spreading the word about Sightmark, but you also benefit. By being a Sightmark brand ambassador, you grow your followers, knowledge and increase your own authority within the shooting community.

We seek a diversified group of folks interested in all types of shooting sports—hunting of all types, competition, law enforcement, pistol, tactical training, sporting clays, long-range precision, professionals…you name it, we want you involved!

What Does Pro Staff Do?

We ask our Pro Staff to:

  • Educate
  • Entertain
  • Support
  • Provide reviews
  • Share stories of success

All of the above is achieved through quality content like pictures, videos, blog posts and articles.

You will also represent Sightmark at industry events like sponsored hunts, trade shows and competitions.

What’s in it for You?

  1. Annual credit towards Sightmark product purchases
  2. 1 free Sightmark product a year (up to $400)
  3. Welcome package with a cap and exclusive Pro Staff shirt
  4. T&E units throughout the year
  5. VIP pricing and free shipping
  6. Monthly awards to the top performer
  7. Credit awarded to best performer quarterly
  8. Product credit for each post, article or mention

From the Horse’s Mouth

If you don’t believe us when we tell you how cool our Pro Staff program is, take it from active members of past Pro Staff teams:

  • “My favorite part of the position is being the first to know about upcoming products and getting to test before others.” – Scott Massey
  • “I’ve gained a few friends through the process.  Once you get onto the Pro Staff, a group is created and you see that that common thread that connects firearms enthusiasts no matter their occupation, generation, political views, race, religion, etc.  Like-minded people can still come together to discuss share the love of shooting. I find that this gives me an opportunity to pass on information that I have learned in my career, and even if I only pass on one small piece of information, it is something that I learned that didn’t end with me.  We all learn from those that came before us.” – Jamie Trahan
  • “…It’s a cool opportunity to interact with others in the 2A industry and because it’s one more way I can try to ensure that the next generation has their rights to bear arms. I have gotten a lot out of this program. Friends in the 2A community, invites on hunts, entry into the NRA yearly meetings, and of course, the discount program provides very beneficial to the wallet.” – Dan Smith
  • “I joined the Pro Staff because I was interested in working with a team/company dedicated to improving their brand by listening to customer feedback and bringing in-demand items to market. The program is very user-friendly, low pressure and fun to be a part of. My favorite part was the ability to T&E different products I was interested in, as well as my followers were interested in my honest opinions and feedback.” – Matt DeVito
  • “I joined the Sightmark Pro Staff because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I love Sightmark products and loved the people I had met. The team is amazing, and I wouldn’t have chosen to be with anyone else.” – Travis Hartsoe
  • “Some people look at Pro Staff opportunities as only discounts on products. For me, Pro Staff is an opportunity to promote a brand you know and trust. I got more from the relationships I built within the staff group than any discount can provide. My favorite part of staffing this year was being able to work beside many Sellmark employees at the Texas Trophy Hunter Extravaganza in Ft. Worth.” – Christopher Strong

APPLY HERE!

Rules and Stuff

Application Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Legally allowed to own firearms
  • No felony convictions
  • No hunting/fishing/game violations
  • Must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
    • Have a sizable social media following
    • Military or law enforcement personnel who is actively producing relevant industry content
    • Be an industry writer
  • Must own at least 1 Sightmark product

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • High-quality headshot
  • Creative portfolio with at least 3-5 of your best hunting/shooting/LE photos
  • Industry-relevant writing sample if you are interested in writing

Program Terms & Rules

  • The relationship begins January 15, 2020, and ends December 31, 2020.
  • Pro Staff members are expected to reapply each year between November 1 – December 15 unless otherwise stated by Sellmark Corporation.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Pro Staff must provide content on a regular basis with personal units. (Regular cadence of 5 engagements (post, share, etc.) per month.)
  • Sightmark Pro Staff will be limited to 25 Pro Staff spots.
So, if you are already killin’ it on your social media channels and love Sightmark, send in an application today and be a part of a positive and fun team! You never know, it could provide the gateway to sponsorship or a job in the industry.

Apply to be a part of our Pro Staff by clicking here.

Best Gifts for Hunters 2019

By the time December 25th rolls around, we’ll be knee-deep in the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas…I’m talking about deer season of course!

If you aren’t a hunter yourself, we completely understand how lost you may feel trying to pick out the perfect gift. Not only do you want to find a good gift for your hunter, but also something they need.

Now, we can’t make that trophy buck walk by the stand at just the perfect time but we can make it easier for the hunter to take the perfect shot so they can bring home the venison…so to speak. Trust us when we say this, your hunter won’t want much more than that.

The following gear will please any hunter, regardless of their preferred game.

Citadel 5-30x56mm LR2 Riflescope

Price: $515.99

The Citadel 5-30x56mm is made for longer-range big game hunts like moose, elk, bear and certain species of deer.
The Citadel 5-30x56mm is made for longer-range big game hunts like moose, elk, bear and certain species of deer.

The Citadel 5-30x56mm is made for longer-range big game hunts like moose, elk, bear and certain species of deer. Because the best deer hunting occurs in lower-light, we’ve added an illuminated range-finding reticle for a clearer, more precise aiming point for a sure shot. When hunting season is over, this scope transitions to a long-range precision shooting optic with up to 30x magnification! The Citadel is designed to work harmoniously with common hunting cartridges and mounts to both bolt-action and semiautomatic hunting rifles.

Core SX 3x32mm Crossbow Scope

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $63.98

3x32 VXR-L crossbow scope illuminates with 11 brightness settings and is made for hunters.
3×32 VXR-L crossbow scope illuminates with 11 brightness settings and is made for hunters.

For bow-hunting fans, we’ve optimized the Core SX 3x32mm just for crossbow users. With large-sized game such as elk and moose in mind, the Core crossbow scope has an illuminated reticle with 11 brightness adjustments which makes this scope super adaptable to all different types of hunting situations. The VXR-L reticle incorporates arrow drop compensation—meaning hunters are precisely accurate with their shots.  It is tuned for 320 fps crossbow speeds and made to withstand crossbow recoil. The Core scope features fully multi-coated optics, low-profile capped turrets and a fully weatherproof body.

Sightmark Mini Shot Pro Spec with Riser Mount/Green Dot

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $99.97

Reflex or red dot sights use a reflective glass lens to gather light from an LED to project an illuminated red dot on the field of view. They are used for quick and accurate aiming.
Red dot sights make aiming faster and more accurate.

For budget hunters who don’t require magnification and need an optic to serve more than one purpose, the Mini Shot Pro Spec reflex is perfect. This bright green dot sight is made for outdoor, broad daylight use for quick target acquisition in self-defense, as well as varmint, predator (coyote and hog) and turkey hunting. It will work on shotguns, rifles and pistols and allows users to maintain peripheral vision and depth perception. The Mini Shot comes with CR1632 batteries with up to 10,000 hours’ worth of battery life! It includes a hood to protect the lens and two mounts—one for AR-15s. The Mini Shot Pro Spec is also available in a traditional red dot model for $79.98 ON SALE!

Signal 320RT Digital Night Vision Monocular

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $319.98

The Sightmark Signal digital night vision monocular is made for scanning, scouting and observing wildlife, the Signal has a detection rage of up to 380 yards at night.
Made for scanning, scouting and observing wildlife, the Signal has a detection rage of up to 380 yards at night.

See game clearly in total darkness with the Signal digital night vision monocular. Unlike traditional night vision, the Signal also works well during the day, too! Made for scanning, scouting and observing wildlife, the Signal has a detection rage of up to 380 yards at night, aided by the built-in 850nm LED IR illuminator. The Signal also records video with sound and will connect to any smartphone to share files, as well as stream live to social media and YouTube. How cool is that?! The digital zoom features up to 9x magnification. The bonus of the Signal is that the whole family will enjoy it. It’s easy to use and offers more features than just successfully scanning for game.

XT-3 Tactical Magnifier with LQD Flip to Side Mount

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $172.79

Adding the XT-3 Magnifier takes your offensive strategy to extended range
Adding the XT-3 Magnifier takes your offensive strategy to an extended range

If your hunter or shooter owns an AR-15 and is not new to the game, they probably already own a red dot or reflex sight. If you’re not sure, sneak a peek of their rifle and see if they have something that looks like this mounted to it. (See image below.) These types of optics do not increase the magnification of a target and are made specifically for close-quarters and close-up shots. They can be used in certain types of hunting, like hog and turkey, but are mostly used for self-defense, competition and target shooting. The red dot sight can be used for longer range shots when paired with a magnifier. A magnifier mounts behind the reflex sight and adds magnification! This means the target is made bigger like a traditional riflescope! The XT-3 magnifier has 3x magnification. It is also compatible with EOTech and Aimpoint sights.

Latitude 20-60×80 XD Spotting Scope

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $699.97

The Latitude has a 20-60x magnification and 80mm objective lens, providing users with up to a 43.5’ field of view at 1,000 yards.
The Latitude has a 20-60x magnification and 80mm objective lens, providing users with up to a 43.5’ field of view at 1,000 yards.

Spotting scopes are higher magnified optics used for viewing objects that are far away. Hunters, snipers and long-range precision shooters rely on spotting scopes to make the perfect shot. The Latitude has a 20-60x magnification and 80mm objective lens, providing users up to a whopping 43.5’ field of view at 1,000 yards, plus better details of your target. Ruggedly built, the Latitude spotting scope is waterproof, dustproof and fogproof, so you can be rest assured using it even in the roughest conditions.

Solitude 10×42 LRF Binoculars

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $599.97

As the most popular range for binoculars, 10x42 helps hunters glass fields and provides a wide field of view and enough light transmission to view game in low light.
As the most popular range for binoculars, 10×42 helps hunters glass fields and provides a wide field of view and enough light transmission to view game in low light.

Looking for the best magnification binoculars for deer hunting? As the most popular range for binoculars, 10×42 helps hunters glass fields and provides a wide field of view and enough light transmission to view game in low light. As a bonus, the Solitude LRF binoculars have an integrated laser range finder which relays how far away a target is, greatly helping the hunter to prepare for the perfect shot—accounting for angle measurements to calculate the true horizontal distance for uphill and downhill shooting. Dead-on accurate out to 1,200 yards, the Solitude has only two buttons to operate, a clear LCD display and adjustable eyecups to accommodate almost anyone, even those who wear glasses.

T6 Flashlight Kit

It’s on sale!

Sale Price: $63.98

For identifying targets in the dark or in the field, the T6 tactical light has bright Cree LED bulb.
For identifying targets in the dark or in the field, the T6 tactical light has bright Cree LED bulb.

Every hunter needs a light in their pack—to safely walk to and from the deer stand, as well as trailing blood after the shot. The T6 has a super bright LED with 600 lumens. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, Type II MIL-SPEC anodizing makes the T6 extremely durable. Along with its usefulness as a regular flashlight, the T6 also has a tactical glass-breaking bezel in case of vehicle emergencies and a weapon’s mount to mount it to your firearm. The T6 flashlight will not only make its way into the field but it will become a part of your hunter’s everyday carry gear!

All this hunting gear on our holiday savings list this year will help your hunter get what they really want this Christmas—meat in the freezer.

Looking for stocking stuffers? Check out these smaller, economical firearm accessories:

Do you have any questions about picking out the hunter in your life a gift? Leave them in the comment section and we’ll do our best to guide you in the right direction.

Click here to see all our holiday specials!

Sightmark Pinnacle 3-18×44 Awarded NTOA Tested and Recommended® Endorsement

Sightmark is proud to share that the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) has Tested and Recommended the Pinnacle 3-18x44.
Sightmark is proud to share that the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) has Tested and Recommended the Pinnacle 3-18×44.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/11/06) – Sightmark is proud to share that the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) has Tested and Recommended yet another Sightmark optic—the Pinnacle 3-18×44. The first focal plane Pinnacle 3-18×44 received an overall rating of 4.44 out of 5 from the NTOA’s reviewers. The organization now recommends the Pinnacle to its law enforcement partners based on the Pinnacle’s performance in their strenuous tests.

A mid-range optic ideal for engaging targets at various distances, the first focal plane Pinnacle 3-18×44 features premium Japanese glass and an illuminated, TMD reticle. One reviewer noted, “This is the first scope I’ve found with the green illuminated option and now I’ll run with nothing else.” With an MSRP of just $1,559.99, the Pinnacle is jam-packed with shooter-friendly features and is less than half the price of many of its competitors. NTOA testers agreed, observing “As a sniper, the first focal plane on the sight is a must and the Japanese glass Sightmark uses is extremely clear and crisp; everything I had hoped for.”

The NTOA and its members have tested more than 2,000 products in real-world situations through the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended Program since 2003. There is no guarantee of a particular rating upon submission and the NTOA will not approve products receiving a score of less than 3.0. The results of the program are shared with the law enforcement community in The Tactical Edge magazine, the NTOA’s online database and newsletters and the product manufacturers themselves.

Click here to check out the Pinnacle!

Enhance your Hunting with the new Wraith Bolt-Action Mount

 

Now, bolt-action shooters can get in on the 24/7 hunting action provided by the Wraith too, thanks to the new Wraith Long Mount.
Now, bolt-action shooters can get in on the 24/7 hunting action provided by the Wraith too, thanks to the new Wraith Long Mount.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/10/31) – Up until now, the popular Wraith HD digital scope only had one mounting option and it was for the AR platform. Now, bolt-action shooters can get in on the 24/7 hunting action provided by the Wraith too, thanks to the new Wraith Long Mount, designed specifically for use on bolt-action rifles.

Weighing a mere 4.9 oz. and constructed from durable aluminum, this bolt-action Weaver mount features a cantilever design with multiple mounting positions to make the Wraith comfortable on a wide variety of traditional rifle designs. This mount expands the use of the already versatile Wraith, which includes five weapon profile saves for multiple firearms and calibers.

A true 24-hour scope, the digital Wraith HD optic has a daytime color mode, along with two night-vision mode options. In addition to recording capabilities and 4-32x digital magnification, the Wraith also features a detachable 850nm IR illuminator, 10 reticle options, an additional Weaver rail for accessories, high-definition 1920×1080 CMOS sensor, 1280×720 display and more!

Click here to check out the Sightmark Wraith bolt-action mount!

 

Sightmark’s Best Tactical Scopes

At Sightmark, we design each optic to meet a specific need in the shooting world—whether that be for plinking, 3-Gun competition, hunting or high-stakes professional work. Each scope or red dot sight incorporates meticulously thought-out features specific to that optic’s purpose.

Some use the word “tactical” as a meaningless buzz word to sell products. With many military veterans on our team, as well as retired and active law enforcement, we don’t throw words like “tactical” and “MIL-SPEC” around. When we market something as such, we mean it. When we use the word “tactical,” we’re referring to any feature inspired by a military design. From precision sniper accuracy to quick target acquisition in CQB, Sightmark makes purpose-driven reflex sights, as well as long-range magnified riflescopes for true tactical use.

What is a Tactical Scope?

From CQB to extreme long-range, Sightmark makes a tactical scope, red dot sight or long-range optic for that.
From CQB to extreme long-range, Sightmark makes an optic for that.

It used to be easier to distinguish between a hunting scope and a tactical scope, yet recently, the lines are blurring. A traditional hunting scope used to be characterized by being simpler than a tactical scope, with moderate magnification range, a simple crosshair reticle, low-profile turrets and construction that withstands recoil and bad weather but not necessarily rated for the type of abuse a tactical scope endures.

A close- to mid-range tactical scope typically has a second focal plane, range-finding (milliradian) reticles, large target turrets with audible click adjustments, and must be durable for rough use in harsh environments.

Hunters are beginning to see the benefits of tactical-style features and demanding superb low-light performance, range-estimating reticles and large windage and elevation turrets.

You really can’t distinguish between a tactical and non-tactical scope just by looking at it. You can though, deduce use when looking at the scope’s specifications. Because the most effective shots for hunting are at a limited range, most hunting scopes will not go past 10x magnification but tactical scopes, especially those designed for long-range shooting can have powerful magnifications.

As noted above, Sightmark makes tactical optics for CQB to long-range. Here are the top five tactical scopes:

AR Riflescopes

The AR series of riflescopes
The AR series of riflescopes

The AR and M1 series of riflescopes are specifically designed for AR-15s and other Modern Sporting Rifles with a rugged hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum tube that is shockproof, (nitrogen-filled) fogproof and IP67 waterproof-rated and feature illuminated reticles.

The AR scopes are available in varying magnifications from 1-4x to 5-10x with 20mm, 32mm and 40mm objectives. You can choose between a.300 Blackout, .223, or .308 Winchester second focal plane reticle, all of which compensate for bullet drop.

Unique to this series of tactical scopes is the rapid power rotation eyepiece for quick target acquisition, especially when there are fast-moving targets. Ten brightness adjustments transition this scope smoothly from low-light to bright-light environments.

Large, exposed pop-up locking turrets keep your scope zeroed.

Perfect for close to mid-ranges, the AR scopes provide tactical shooters with precision accuracy and fast, positive target acquisition.

Find your AR scope by clicking here.

Pinnacle 5-30×50 TMD Riflescope

For extreme long-range distances, the 5-30x50mm Pinnacle riflescope will make your shot count out to 1,000 yards and further.
For extreme long-range distances, the 5-30x50mm Pinnacle riflescope will make your shot count out to 1,000 yards and further.

For extreme long-range distances, the 5-30x50mm Pinnacle riflescope will make your shot count out to 1,000 yards and further. Zero stop elevation easily helps you set a stopping point at a certain range, meaning a return to zero every single time you use your scope.

The combination of the 34mm tube and 50mm objective lens increases elevation adjustment range, light transmission and field of view for a clear image, as well as more accurate long-range shot placement.

An advanced TMD-HW first focal plane illuminated (red or green) tactical MIL reticle helps estimate range and holdovers for bullet drop, crosswind and moving targets.

The Pinnacle boasts a tested and recommended rating from the National Tactical Officers Association.

Click here to start becoming a sharpshooter!

Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD Sight

The Ultra Shot reflex sight has a 2 MOA dot and 2,000-hour battery life.
The Ultra Shot reflex sight has a 2 MOA dot and 2,000-hour battery life.

With a tactical 2 MOA dot, the Ultra Shot M-Spec (MIL-SPEC) reflex red dot sight is made for the AR-15 and other Modern Sporting Rifles and has 10 brightness settings, is night-vision compatible and has a patented integrated sunshade.

Guaranteed with a lifetime warranty, the Ultra Shot is shockproof, dustproof, IP68 waterproof-rated, recoil-rated up to .338 Winchester Magnum and constructed of lightweight yet rugged 6061-T6 aluminum.

Specialized features include up to 2,000-hour battery life, a battery-saving automatic on and off activation, digital controls and a locking quick-detach Picatinny mount.

Read more about the Ultra Shot here.

Citadel 1-6x24mm CR1

The 1-6x magnification range makes the Citadel CR1 ideal for close quarters one-shot accuracy, as well as quick acquisition of targets at mid-range distances.
The 1-6x magnification range makes the Citadel CR1 ideal for both CQB and mid-range.

The 1-6x magnification range makes the Citadel CR1 ideal for close-quarters one-shot accuracy, as well as quick acquisition of targets at mid-range distances. It features a second focal plane BDC reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammo with red illumination to aid in low-light situations and ½ MOA click adjustments.

Built for rough use, the Citadel is constructed of aluminum and is IP67 waterproof—submersible to 1 meter for 1 hour, plus shockproof and fogproof.

Included are a throw lever and flip-up lens caps.

Click here to check out the Citadel.

Mini Shot M-SPEC LQD

The Mini red dot sight includes a riser mount for AR-15s and low-profile, quick-detach mount.
The Mini red dot sight includes a riser mount for AR-15s and low-profile, quick-detach mount.

 

For a versatile reflex sight, the Mini Shot M-SPEC transitions smoothly from pistols to your tactical shotgun or rifle. Included is a low-profile quick-detach mount, as well as a riser mount for your AR-15.

The most popular dot size, the 3 MOA dot is the sweet spot between CQB and mid-range, making the Mini Shot accurate for any tactical situation you encounter. It has double the battery life of the competition with up to an impressive 30,000 hours battery life. The 12-hour automatic shutoff means you don’t have to worry about failure when you need speed and precision the most.

The Mini red dot features 1 MOA windage and elevation click adjustments for easy zeroing, 10 brightness adjustments for both indoor and outdoor environments and ambidextrous digital controls.

The Sightmark Mini Shot M-SPEC LQD red dot sight has been field-tested through the National Tactical Officers Association and comes recommended for law enforcement and professional use.

Click here to buy the Mini Shot.

From CQB to extreme long-range, Sightmark has an optic for when failure isn’t an option.

What type of tactical features do you look for in an optic? Tell us in the comment section.

 

How to Boresight and Stop Wasting AR-15 Ammo

Using a laser boresighting is a reliable way to align your sights or optic’s reticle with the bore. The in-chamber Accudot boresight from Sightmark helps you save time and does not waste ammo during the sight-in process.
Boresighting is a reliable way to align your sights or optic’s reticle with the bore.

As anxious as we all are to get out to the range with a new optic for our AR, to eliminate frustration, we must spend time and money sighting it in. No red dot, scope or laser comes with pinpoint accuracy right out of the box. There is just too much variation for that to be possible. So, since we invest in optics to help us be more accurate, it’s important to make sure it works correctly. Whether it be having one chance to hit that monstrous pig, or your life is in imminent danger, you want the confidence knowing your bullet is going to hit where you aim.

That’s why we take the time and waste the ammo to sighting in our optics to get them exact. However, there is a way to cut down your costs, save time and start hitting the bullseye faster. With Sightmark’s improved Accudot laser boresight design, you’ll be punching holes in holes before you know it—all without initially using any ammo or paying for range time!

No one wants to waste ammo (money!) just trying to hit somewhere on the paper, right?

What is Boresighting?

Boresighting is a method of adjustment to a firearm sight or optic to align the firearm barrel and sights. The goal of boresighting is to get on paper. it is a reliable way to align your sights or optic’s reticle with the true center of the barrel (the bore.)

Accudot Laser Boresights

Sightmark’s Accudot laser in-chamber boresights allow you to get to zero faster by projecting a laser onto a target, making it easier to align your reticle, sights or red dot with the rifle’s bore. Even before your first shot, the Accudot boresight gets you sighted in faster with point-of-impact and point-of-aim identification.

With Sightmark’s Accudot AR-15 laser boresight, you can sight in your scope faster at home and without using any ammo!
With Sightmark’s Accudot AR-15 laser boresight, you can sight in your scope faster at home and without using any ammo!

The Sightmark Accudot in-chamber laser boresight’s precise design inherently makes it more accurate than boresights on the market. Constructed of thick-walled, precision-machined brass, Accudot caliber-specific laser boresights employ a calibrated Class IIIa laser diode and bullet tip for improved chamber fit, precise centering, as well as easier and smoother chambering and ejection. Multiple set screws secure the laser diode, ensuring it stays straight and centered. To test, just roll the boresight on a flat surface and you’ll notice the laser stays straight along the wall your pointing it at.

Featuring an internal rechargeable battery and automatic on and off function, the Accudot laser boresight only activates when chambered, conserving battery life.

With visibility up to 100 yards, Accudot rifle boresights get you dialed in close to center-mass and at 25 yards, you’ll be close to the mark at a 100 sight-in. In lower light, boresights can reach quite a bit farther at 50 yards to close in on that 200-yard zero—the typical ranges for target shooting with your AR-15.

How to Boresight Your AR-15 Rifle Indoors or Outside

  1. Charge your boresight using the included USB cable and charging station.
  2. Use a benchrest, shooting bags, or another stable platform. Make sure your AR is completely unloaded and pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Hang a target 15 to 25 yards out.
  4. Lock your bolt open to the rear.
  5. Put the laser boresight into the chamber.
  6. Slowly close the bolt. The boresight will automatically turn on when the bolt is closed.
  7. Line the laser beam on to the center of the target.
  8. Look through your optic and using your windage and elevation knobs, adjust the reticle, (dot or crosshairs) until it lines up with the dot of the laser.

To remove the boresight, open the bolt and eject the boresight like you would a live round.

In-chamber boresights have changed the landscape for precision, competition and target shooters, as well as hunters by saving gun owners a ton of cash and precious time. If anything, boresighting keeps your shots productive by getting you on target faster. There is no doubt about it, the Sightmark Accudot helps you achieve first-shot impacts on paper.

With Sightmark’s Accudot AR-15 laser boresight, you can sight in your scope faster at home and without using any ammo! Learn how to save time and money zeroing your riflescope by clicking the link below!

Buy the Accudot .223, 5.56×45 laser boresight here.

Scouting the Best Dove Field

According to the 2015 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service surveys, some 749,000 hunters harvested approximately 13 million doves, from an estimated population of 63 million birds.” —Game & Fish

An essential step to a successful dove hunt is scouting the best fields. Scan for entry and exit point with binoculars in open fields.
An essential step to a successful dove hunt is scouting the best fields.

If you don’t have a good spot on opening weekend, your chances of success exponentially decrease with each day that passes. Doves respond to hunting pressure and because opening weekend is crowded and the bag limit is high comparingly to other wing hunting, it is inevitable that dove hunting becomes increasingly challenging. That is why it is so important to scan your spots a week or two before September 1.

There is no guarantee that last year’s honey hole, especially if it isn’t yours, will still be the sweet spot. Watering holes dry up, farmers switch or don’t plant crops—they may not have cut their field yet, land development and plenty of other factors affect doves’ feeding, watering and roosting grounds.

Typically, dove hunting doesn’t require as much preparation as deer hunting does. Most dove hunters wear drab colors, pack up a chair, ammo and a shotgun and post up in the nearest open field. Even though doves are the most bountiful bird in North America, you still run the risk of not hitting your limit that first day—especially if you haven’t done your homework.

You’re more likely to be successful if you approach your dove hunt like you do deer. An essential step is scouting.

All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.

Finding the Best Dove Field

Doves eat anywhere from 14 to 20 percent of their weight a day. Seeds are their primary diet. They prefer open grain fields, freshly harvested—wheat, barley, corn and sunflower fields are prime feeding grounds. These grain fields edged with tall, sparse dead trees or power lines are where you will find the perch sights doves like. Scan for these entry and exit points because doves use these outlying trees to watch the fields for predators before flying in to feed.

Watering Holes

All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.
All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.

Doves typically fly into a water source at least once a day, usually in the evening right before roosting. Like their feeding ground, doves prefer a flat area with a place nearby to perch and watch before committing to flying in to drink. Cattle ponds should be easy to find, and the vegetation will already be stomped down. Look for ponds with low banks and sandy areas where it is easy for doves to land and keep watch.

Timing

The best time to hunt doves is early morning and right before dusk. However, since this is known to seasoned dove hunters, the fields will empty out from late morning/lunch to mid-afternoon. Though during this time, you probably won’t have flocks flying in, you’ll spot singles and pairs without the competition of other hunters. If the doves are flying slow, don’t be discouraged. Wait it out. They’ll come back—especially if you’ve already scouted the location.

When scouting, go at the same time you plan to hunt. This will ensure you have an adequate understanding of when and where the doves are flying and their different flight patterns.

What Not to Do

Avoid public, popular fields and sneak off to lesser-known, out-of-the-way places. When doves feel pressure from one field, they will push out to other fields. Public hunting land will fill up fast opening weekend. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors, become friendly with farmers and ask for permission to hunt on private land.

There is still plenty of time left to scout out the perfect spots. Don’t forget to clean your shotgun and check to make sure your license is current.

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How to Sight in the Wraith Digital Day/Night Riflescope

Your Wraith digital day/night vision riflescope will need to be zeroed.

What is zeroing?

Zeroing, or ‘sighting in,’ a scope means aligning your point of aim with the point of impact for the bullet to hit where you want it to. If you don’t sight in your scope, you will likely miss your target. Zeroing is necessary for hunters, long-range precision shooters, competitors and anyone concerned with accuracy.

Sighting in requires a target with bullseye and grid, ammo and plenty of time. To save costs on range fees and ammo, we strongly recommend boresighting your Wraith riflescope with a laser boresight. Boresighting is quick, easy and the most efficient way to get your Wraith digital riflescope close to zero with the ability to get on paper with your first shot.

To learn how to boresight your Wraith scope, click here.

Once boresighted, you’ll want to head to the range to fire live ammo. (Don’t forget to remove your boresight!) A vise or shooting rest will keep your rifle steady during the sight-in process. This will keep your rifle centered, mitigate recoil and reduce fatigue.

The hole left from a .223 Remington bullet can be small and nearly impossible to see, even from shorter distances—especially if you have poor eyesight. Take a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope with you to identify where you hit on the target. You also may be able to see where you are hitting using the Wraith’s 8x magnification.

Follow these steps to sight in your Wraith Digital Riflescope:

The Sightmark Wraith digital night vision riflescope
The Sightmark Wraith digital night vision riflescope
  1. Mount your Wraith riflescope with a comfortable eye relief. (Eye relief is the distance between your eye and the eyepiece on the scope. If you mount your riflescope too close to the rear of your rifle, the recoil of the gun can cause the scope to hit you in the forehead, causing what’s called ‘scope bite,’ resulting in a nasty cut or bruise.)
  2. Turn your Wraith on by pushing down the center button until the Sightmark logo appears.
  3. Adjust both the eyepiece diopter and focus adjustment until you get a crisp, clear image of your target. (The diopter is the measurement of the eye’s curvature. Since people’s eyes are all curved differently, the eyepiece diopter adjustment brings everything on the display screen such as your reticle and menu options into focus.)
  4. Choose your preferred reticle pattern and color in the “Reticle Settings” menu.
  5. Place the center of your reticle as seen through the scope at the center of the target, take 1 to 3 shots.
  6. Tap the center button once to bring up the main menu.
  7. Using the arrows on top of the unit, scroll down to “Reticle Settings” and tap the center button to select.
  8. Use the bottom (down) arrow to scroll to “Reticle Zero.” Press the center button to select this option.
  9. An additional red crosshair—called the red adjustment reticle in the manual—will pop up alongside your chosen reticle. Keep your reticle’s crosshairs pointed to the center of the target.

Note: There will be four sets of numbers displayed on the top of the “Reticle Zero” screen. These numbers represent the reticle’s offset from the center. They are not necessary for the zeroing process but may be useful for readjusting to a known zero if you save these numbers.

  1. Using the up, down, left and right arrows, move the red adjustment reticle to the bullet hole (“point of impact”) group of holes you shot in step 5.
  2. Exit out of the “Reticle Zero” setting by pushing the center button to return to the main screen.
  3. Take another 1 to 3 shots.
  4. Repeat steps 5 through 12 until zeroed. The Wraith is properly sighted in when the point of impact is the same as the point of aim.