Sightmark is Registered for Dallas Safari Club 2019

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Sightmark is registered and ready to attend the Dallas Safari Club Convention 2019, scheduled for January 17 – 20, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Sightmark will feature their top-of-the-line optics like the Ultra Shot RAM Series, Citadel Riflescopes and many more!

Active since 1972, the Dallas Safari Club has been the union point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts. The international organization offers members a variety of options: annual conventions and expos, annual sporting clay events, monthly meetings, world-class publications and a grant-in-aid program that contributes millions of dollars each year to programs and projects that promote their mission to conserve wildlife and lands while educating the youth and public and protect the rights and interest of hunters worldwide.

Watch out CATO, Sightmark is Coming!

Sightmark will attend the 2018 CATO Training Conference, scheduled for November 5 – 8, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada.(Mansfield, TEXAS 2018/10/22) – Sightmark will attend the 2018 CATO Training Conference, scheduled for November 5 – 8, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Sightmark will feature its top-of-the-line red dot and reflex sights, like the Ultra Shot M-Spec and the Wolverine, as well as other optics.

The California Association of Tactical Officers or CATO is a non-profit, non-political group based out of Los Angeles, California. CATO’s goal is to expand professionalism and knowledge of special weapons within its members across the state.

Sightmark manufactures award-winning products including riflescopes, gun sights, laser sights, night vision, flashlights, boresights and other cutting edge, premium shooting accessories. Inspired by military and law enforcement technology, Sightmark products are designed for competition, target shooting, home defense, hunting, personal safety and other tactical applications.

Sightmark to Leave Its Mark at the Great American Outdoor Show

(MANSFIELD, TX 10/17/18) – Sightmark is set to leave its mark at the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show. The show is scheduled February 2 – 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sightmark will display new products like the likes of RAM Ultra Shot Series, Citadel Riflescopes and Accudot Boresights.

The Great American Outdoor Show celebrates outdoor traditions enjoyed by millions in the United States of America. Over 1,000 exhibitors will showcase their products, ranging from guided hunts and fishing gear to firearms and accessories, all in a 650,000 square foot exhibit hall. Apart from the trade show, GAOS will also host country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events and many more fun events!

For more information visit greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

New Arrival: Sightmark’s Core Shot A-Spec Reflex Sight

The Core Shot A-Spec is not a red dot sight. It is an open reflex sight.
The Core Shot A-Spec has a 5 MOA dot.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/10/10) – Sightmark’s Core Shot A-Spec is arriving during the fourth quarter of 2018 bringing precision, accuracy and reliability for avid shooters. The Core Shot A-Spec bridges the gap between a full-sized and mini red dot sight, making them a mid-compact sized red dot perfect for AR pistols and SBRs.

Sightmark’s Core Shot A-Spec is crafted from dependable and lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum. The FMS features two separate mounts, AR riser mount and a low-profile mount, while the LQD features a quick detach mount.

These are shockproof, IP55 water-resistant, have a scratch-resistant lens coating and feature a wide lens for quick target acquisition. Other features include slotted windage and elevation adjustments, digital switch controls, eight reticle brightness levels and night vision compatibility.

For more information, please visit www.sightmark.com or email us at mediarelations@sightmark.net.

Sightmark Makes Their Mark with Improved LoPro Series

Inspired by military designs, the Sightmark® LoPro laser light Combo delivers optimal precision accuracy and versatility.
Inspired by military designs, the Sightmark® LoPro laser light Combo delivers optimal precision accuracy and versatility.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/10/09) – Sightmark makes their mark by offering their redesigned LoPro family in Dark Earth finish. LoPros are a compact laser and laser-light combo attachment for your firearm, helping you with precision accuracy and rock-solid reliability while training, hunting, self-defense and in low-light shooting.

Sightmark will add three models to the line in Dark Earth; LoPro Mini Combo Green Laser and Flashlight (SM25012DE), LoPro Combo Green Laser and IR-Visible LED Flashlight (SM25013DE) and the LoPro Mini Green Laser Sight (SM25016DE). Improvements consist of a new aluminum housing, protected windage and elevation adjustments and a thread-on and rotating pressure pad.

LoPros can be easily adjusted without a tool and feature a high intensity, variable LED flashlight allowing you to see in any situation. The low-profile design securely mounts on a rail with a screw pressure pad and can sit in front of most attachments without obstructing your field of view.

Click here to check out the LoPro family of tactical lights and lasers. 

Athlon Outdoors, Here We Come!

Sightmark is set to attend Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous, scheduled for October 1 – 5, at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana. Sightmark will display their top-of-the-line optics such as the Pinnacle and Latitude riflescope series.(Mansfield, Texas 2018/09/26) – Sightmark is set to attend Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous, scheduled for October 1 – 5, at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana. Sightmark will display their top-of-the-line optics such as the Pinnacle and Latitude riflescope series.

Athlon attendees will get the opportunity to experience Sightmark products during range time, as well as throughout the day at their table.

Sightmark manufactures award-winning products including riflescopes, laser sights, night vision, flashlights, boresights and other cutting edge, premium shooting accessories. Inspired by military and law enforcement technology, Sightmark products are designed for competition, target shooting, home defense, hunting, personal safety and other tactical applications.

Athlon will host over 20 top editors, writers, photographers and videographers at this year’s Rendezvous. Attendees will have the opportunity to test and evaluate all products throughout three range days, giving them the opportunity to generate editorial content.

Preparing for Your First F-Class Competition

The legacy of long-range precision competition shooting began in 1903 when a government advisory board called the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearm Safety, Inc. developed the National Matches to encourage national defense preparedness and improve our military’s marksmanship.

The key to high scores in F-Class is knowing how to compensate for bullet drop.
The key to high scores in F-Class is knowing how to compensate for bullet drop.

Often called CMP/NRA High Power, these shooting competitions have developed substantially over the years. Traditionally, NRA High Power rifle competitions were conducted using only iron sights; however, in 2016, the association started allowing optics. There are also quite a few different divisions so, depending on skill level and devotion, most shooters can find a competition that appeals to them. One of those is F-Class.

F-Class is a long-range rifle shooting competition that measures your marksman’s skills from distances 300 to 1,200 yards. A Full-Bore competition shooter from Canada, George Farquharson started F-Class in the 1990s in his elder years when his eyes aged to where he could not shoot accurately using iron sights. In 2005, it was officially recognized by the NRA.

From the prone position, F-Class shooters fire usually 3 relays in sets of 15 to 20 rounds at a six square foot bullseye target at either various distances or one fixed distance. Divided into two classes, competitors have the choice to shoot Open Class or Target Rifle Class.

Open class allows any rifle .35 caliber and above that weighs less than 22 pounds—including bipod and optic. Open Class participants can use front and rear rests. Target Rifle Class is reserved to unmodified rifles chambered in .223 Remington or .308 Winchester only and aren’t allowed to weigh less than 18.18 pounds including accessories. The only equipment allowed on Target Rifle Class rifles is a bipod or sling and optic. Target Rifle Class competitors can only use a rear rest. Muzzle devices are not allowed in either Class.

F-Class competition shooting doesn’t have many rules, that is why it is such a growing shooting sport. It is easy to learn, fun, challenging and affordable!

Here are the two major things you need to know before joining an F-Class competition.

Gear Up

For both classes, you want an accurate rifle, a clear optic with at least 20x magnification, a rear shooting bag or rest, bipod and high-quality match-grade ammo.

Rifle

Most successful F-Class shooters use a bolt-action rifle. There are plenty of affordable, good factory rifles that achieve sub-MOA accuracy. Check out the Remington 700, Savage Model 10 or 12, and Ruger M77, just to name a few. Popular F-class calibers include 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Winchester, and .284 Winchester. Just don’t go too big, because recoil can affect your follow up shots. A 24-inch target barrel is ideal.

Ammo

Most experienced F-Class competitors reload their own ammo, but for the beginner F-Class shooter, using pre-loaded match-grade ammo is acceptable. You want a bullet with a higher ballistic coefficient of at least .450 to .500 or better with a minimum velocity of 2,650 feet per second. Hollow point boat tail is recommended.

Scope

The Sightmark Latitude 8-32x60mm long-range scope has an elevation range of 110 MOA.
The Sightmark Latitude 8-32x60mm long-range scope has an elevation range of 110 MOA.

 

The lack of a quality scope can ruin you in F-Class. However, there is no need to drop thousands on your first long-range scope. All you need is clear, crisp glass, a 30mm or larger tube, at least 40 MOA target turrets, a useable reticle and at least 20x magnification.

We Suggest…

The Sightmark Latitude 8-32x60mm F-Class riflescope is quite substantial with its extreme magnification range of 8x up to a staggering 32x; oversized 60mm objective lens; large, tactile, distinct-click turrets; single-piece 32mm tube, perfect ¼ MOA-per-click adjustability and an overall elevation range of 110 MOA—the windage range of adjustability also does not slouch at 70 MOA. For razor-sharp clarity, the nitrogen-purged Latitude boasts premium, fully multi-coated, anti-reflective glass and a fine-etched red/green illuminated, second-focal-plane F-Class reticle with five brightness settings.

Practice

An accurate precision rifle and clear scope certainly help increase your scores, but a lot of it comes down to you—the shooter. The key to high scores is knowing how to compensate for bullet drop so you can make your adjustments accordingly. Before competing, you will want to practice using a spotting scope, ballistic calculator, and wind meter. Begin by boresighting and zeroing your rifle and scope. Then, experiment with different types of ammo to find the best one for your rifle. Keep a shooter’s log of all your shots during practice so you can always refer to the proper adjustments.  When you practice, focus on breath and trigger control, aim and overall rifle handling.

To get started in F-Class Shooting Competitions, you will need the following equipment:

  • Rifle
  • Ammo
  • Scope
  • Comfortable shooting mat
  • Spotting scope
  • Bipod
  • Shooting rest—front and rear or just rear for Target Class
  • Timer
  • Wind meter
  • Ballistic calculator
  • Marksman’s databook

F-Class competition long-range shooting allows you to challenge yourself and push your equipment to its limits. There is a short learning curve and once you understand how to compensate for bullet drop, is a very rewarding sport.

Janet Raab, former manager of the NRA’s High-Power Rifle says, “F-Class is the fastest-growing type of high-power competition because it offers the challenge of long-range shooting in a format that is fun and easy to learn.”

So, gear up and go out there and start competing!

To find F-Class Matches in your area, click here.

For more on F-Class competition shooting rules, click here.

Do you shoot F-Class or any other long-range precision competitions? If so, leave readers your pointers in the comment section.

 

 

Sightmark to Attend CopsWest 2018

(Mansfield, Texas 2018/09/14) – Sightmark will attend the California Peace Officers’ Association’s CopsWest Conference. The conference is scheduled for September 17 – 19, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Sightmark (booth #933) will showcase top-of-the-line products such as the Ultra Shot M-Spec, Mini M-Spec and prominent other optics.

The most durable and advanced sights in the Ultra Shot line, the new M-Spec LQD (SM26034) and FMS (SM26035) were designed for law enforcement. This cutting-edge reflex sight has an integrated retractable sunshade that reduces lens glare and protects the optic during rain or snow.

The Mini Shot M-Spec series are versatile and compact-sized reflex sights designed for a variety of firearms including shotguns, pistols and AR-15s. Included with the Mini M-Spec are a riser mount and low-profile mount allowing shooters to choose the right height for their firearm. The Mini Shot M-Spec is available in two models; LQD (SM26043) and FMS (SM26044).

Sightmark manufactures award-winning products including riflescopes, gun sights, laser sights, night vision, flashlights, boresights and other cutting edge, premium shooting accessories. Inspired by military and law enforcement technology, Sightmark products are designed for competition, target shooting, home defense, hunting, personal safety and other tactical applications.

The California Peace Officers’ Association serves California law enforcement leaders by providing a resource for leadership development and personal growth and advocates on behalf of all peace officers to support the mission of law enforcement and ensure the safety of our communities.

Upgrade Your Riflescope with Sightmark’s New Cantilever Mounts!

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/09/13) – Upgrade your riflescope rings to Sightmark’s new line of cantilever mounts. The new cantilever rings deliver rock-solid holds for your riflescope for better performance in competition shooting, hunting and even law enforcement.

The cantilever mounts are a great alternative to regular riflescope rings, with a primary use for AR-15s. The mounts are constructed out of 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum for a durable body while designed to fit any Picatinny rail. All cantilever mounts feature a matte black, non-reflective finish to reduce glare. Available in three different mount designs, Sightmark Cantilever Mounts fit the needs of your preferred mount including a fixed mount, LQD and a fixed mount with 20 MOA for better long-range shooting.

The new cantilever mount is available in two sizes 30mm and 34mm to fit your scope’s needs while being the perfect mount to secure any shooter’s riflescope.

The new cantilever mount is available in two sizes 30mm and 34mm

Available new Sightmark mounting rings models:

  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 30mm fixed mount (SM34019)
  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 30mm LQD mount (SM34020)
  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 30mm Fixed-mount w/ 20MOA (SM34021)
  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 34mm Fixed mount (SM34022)
  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 34mm LQD mount (SM34023)
  • Sightmark Tactical Cantilever Mount – 34mm Fixed-mount w/ 20MOA (SM34024)

Click here to shop mounts and rings.

Boresighting vs. Zeroing

It’s important for all shooters to learn that boresighting and zeroing in your weapon are not the same thing. Some learn the hard way and end up wasting time, money and ammo before they figure it out. But once you understand a little bit about external ballistics, not only will the difference become simple, but in the meantime, you can also become a better shooter.

What is boresighting?

Boresighting is a method of adjustment to a firearm sight to align the firearm barrel and sights.

The goal of boresighting is to get on paper. The goal of zeroing is to hit where you’re looking.
The goal of boresighting is to get on paper. The goal of zeroing is to hit where you’re looking.

What is zeroing?

Zeroing is a method of adjustment to the sights so that the point of aim is the point of impact.

Although you can manually sight the bore yourself, the more modern method is with a laser that either attaches to the muzzle or is inserted into the chamber. The laser will emit a strong enough beam to see up to 100 yards away so you can easily align the bore.

While boresighting will get the scope aligned with the bore, it is not 100% aligned with the point of impact from a bullet, as outside factors such as wind and gravity will affect the trajectory of a flying object. The goal of boresighting is to get on paper. The goal of zeroing is to make the correct adjustments to guarantee the bullet hits where you’re looking.

These are both essential steps before you start shooting seriously. Those who don’t boresight their weapon will go out to the field and waste round after round just trying to get on paper because their sights aren’t aligned. Others believe the misconception that boresighting will automatically zero their gun, so they hit a bullseye at 25 yards but are then frustrated that they’re multiple inches off at 100 yards. This happens because they don’t take external ballistics into account.

External ballistics deals with factors affecting the behavior of a projectile in flight.

Once the bullet leaves the barrel, gravity will start to affect its vertical movement, and wind will affect the horizontal movement. The farther your bullet goes, the more it will drop. This is why zeroing your weapon at 100 yards won’t zero it for 200 yards as well. Most firearm optics and sights come with adjustable knobs for elevation and windage for this very reason, and the MOA (Minute of Angle) measurement will tell you how much you need to adjust the scope at a certain yardage.

When you’ve both boresighted and properly zeroed your weapon, you’ll be prepared to shoot any target or game that comes your way.

Click here to buy a Sightmark Boresight.