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!

 

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.

Where Should I Mount my Reflex Sight?

One of the most popular accessories for the AR (and other MSRs) is the red dot or reflex sight. And for good reason…they help you get on target quickly for accurate shot placement in competition and in self-defense and tactical situations. In fact, I’m betting it’s probably one of the first things you’re considering adding to your new build.

There are a lot of different reflex sights to choose from. But regardless, whether you decide to go with an open reflex sight or closed tube red dot sight, mounting either optic is the same.

Fortunately, reflex sights don’t require much of a learning curve to master. They don’t magnify, so there’s no adjusting for distance. It’s pretty much mount, zero and go.

The SIghtmark Wolverine red dot sight and new XT-3 Tactical Magnifier are a great combo.
The SIghtmark Wolverine red dot sight and new XT-3 Tactical Magnifier are a great combo.

Unlike traditional riflescopes, reflex sights have an unlimited eye relief, so there is no right or wrong place to mount your sight. Further, your target and your dot stay the same size no matter where you put your sight on your rifle. Technically, you can put it anywhere along the rail your little heart desires. With that being said, most people strongly suggest you keep it mounted on the receiver part of the rail and not the handguard part of the rail. Now, there are placements that might raise a few eyebrows—like as close to the barrel as possible—but don’t worry, you aren’t going to look like a tool even if your sight is in the most extreme-forward position. As Ryan Gresham points out the video below, Scout rifle (without free-float rails) shooters prefer this position.

Even though I say there is no right or wrong answer to this question, you will find that a little further back than center is the most common placement of a reflex sight. Seems like for most, the sweet spot is above the ejection port. Why is this? The further away from the stock, the less balanced the rifle feels and the more likely your sight won’t stay zeroed.

There are advantages to both forward and backward positioning of your reflex sight. Forward is closest to the muzzle, while backward is closest to your face.

The further away from your eye you mount your sight, the smaller the window appears. This might make it more difficult to find the illuminated red dot reticle. (Like everything in the gun industry, though, some will argue the opposite.) However, you will be able to see way more of your surroundings allowing you to retain a high level of situational awareness and see more potential threats. The closer you mount your red dot to your eye, the wider field of view your optic provides but you lose the situational awareness.

Or, if you have a magnifier, you will need to mount your reflex sight forward enough to leave room for the magnifier.

Ryan Gresham from Gun Talk explains red dot mounting in the video below.

At the end of the day, it is what makes you the most comfortable, confident and accurate. Experiment with different placement and you’ll find the best mounting position for you.

Do you already have a reflex sight? Tell us where you have it mounted in the comment section.

Click here to Shop Sightmark reflex sights.

Do You Need a Laser Light Combo for Your AR-15?

Scan any gun forum or blog about weapon-mounted tactical lights and you’ll quickly find two schools of thought—handheld vs. weapon-mounted. Like the .45 v. 9mm debate, those on either side strongly oppose the other. The handheld light folks believe that a weapon-mounted light means you’ll sweep your loved ones and possibly shoot them. The weapon-mounted fans tell those guys that they just don’t know how to handle their weapon properly. Though the handheld folks do have a valid argument against the safe use of a weapon-mounted tactical light, the pros of its use outweigh the cons. With the right light, you can even defeat the one thing weapon-mounted lights have going against them. Like many debates based on opinion, a happy middle ground can be reached between both parties.

Why do you Need a Tactical Light?

To positively identify targets in a home defense situation, use a weapon-mounted tactical light like this one from Sightmark
To positively identify targets in a home defense situation, use a weapon-mounted tactical light like this one from Sightmark

Most self-defense situations happen at night or in low-light. It is imperative to positively identify a potential threat before making the decision to raise your gun and fire. After being sure of your target, bright lights, especially on strobe mode, can disorient or distract a threat, buying you time.

The Case for a Handheld Flashlight

A handheld flashlight allows you to search the house, positively identify the potential target as a friend or foe and decide to engage without ever having to point the muzzle of your firearm at an innocent. (Remember, one of the Golden Rules of Firearms Safety is to never point a gun at something you aren’t willing to destroy.)

However, with the right weapon-mounted light, you’ll be able to either keep both hands on your rifle or leave one hand free without ever having the barrel pointed at a family member. The key is picking out a light with enough lumens to light up the room while your rifle is at low-ready (never needing to raise your barrel until you have to.)

A tactical light is an essential piece of self-defense gear.
A tactical light is an essential piece of self-defense gear.

The pros of a weapon-mounted light outweigh the cons. Here’s why:

  1. You have the use of both hands.

Manipulating a firearm while also gripping a handheld flashlight takes extensive training and practice. A weapon-mounted light allows you the use of both hands, which might be the only way you might be able to operate your firearm after the adrenaline dump has seized your dexterity. Further, a free hand could be used to open and close doors, call the police, hold on to the dog, or push children out of harm’s way.

  1. You aren’t wasting time fumbling for multiple things in the dark under stress.

When something goes bump in the night, the last thing I want to be doing is fumbling for multiple things on the nightstand—gun, eyeglasses, light, phone, etc. This just gives the bad guy time to know he’s woken me up. Further, you know you won’t leave it behind because its attached to your firearm.

  1. Your focus remains on the sight picture and your situational awareness.

Trying to manipulate a gun and a flashlight takes some practiced skill. When things get crazy, will you be able to concentrate on your target while also trying to operate the gun and the flashlight at the same time? A weapon-mounted light takes away one less thing you need to worry about and allows you to focus your full attention on your surroundings.

What to Look for in a Weapon Mounted Light

Brightness

Your light needs to be bright enough to stun, or at least disorient someone. For inside the home, that’s at least 100 lumens. You don’t want to burn the retinas out of your eyes in case of reflection, so don’t go too bright or you won’t have any chance of preserving your night vision and then both you and the perp are screwed.

Size

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

The last thing you want to do is have a bulky, hard-to-maneuver rifle. A low-profile and lightweight light gives you plenty of room to add reflex sights, scopes and other accessories.

Ease of Use

The weapon light needs to be as easy and as intuitive as possible to operate. In times of duress, you won’t be able to remember complex steps, so easy-access buttons are essential.

Runtime

I forget to turn off my battery-powered optics more than not. A long battery life, automatic shut off and battery-save features are important considerations. The last thing you want during an engagement is for your light to fail because of a short run time.

Best of Both Worlds

I prefer a laser/light combo like the LoPro. I can quickly identify targets and just as quickly place an accurate shot on center mass. It has the perfect amount of light, adjustable from 5 to 300 lumens with 3 modes that operate via a knurled twist knob on the LED’s lamp head—dim, bright and strobe modes. Strobe mode disorients, helping mask your location, as well as act as a signal to others. Ambidextrous buttons on either side of the unit, as well as an included pressure pad,  activate the light and laser. The green Class IIIa laser has a 600-yard range at night and is also visible up to 50 yards in bright daylight.

A light is an essential piece of self-defense gear. The best tactic is to employ both.

See.

There is a happy medium!

Do you utilize a tactical light? Are you handheld or weapon-mounted? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.

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

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.

Light up the Night With the Sightmark SS1000 IR Illuminator

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/12/20) – Instantly increasing your night vision visibility with a click of a button, the powerful Sightmark SS1000 IR Illuminator (SM27000) is the perfect accessory for your night vision and digital night vision devices. The 1,000 mW, 850nm LED IR light enhances night vision capability in low light environments and features adjustable brightness settings for close to long-range.

A focusable beam enables users to go from spot to flood settings and works with both traditional and digital night vision devices.
A focusable beam enables users to go from spot to flood settings and works with both traditional and digital night vision devices.

The SS1000 IR Illuminator can be held like a flashlight or mounted to your gun for maximum versatility and boasts 100, 500 and 1,000mW settings. Ideal for nighttime hog and predator hunts, the SS1000’s aircraft-grade aluminum construction; Type II Mil-spec anodizing; and shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof design make it one of the most rugged IR Illuminators on the market.

The Sightmark SS1000 IR Illuminator features a 660-hour battery life on low setting and comes with a rechargeable 18650 battery kit. The focusable beam, varying from spotlight to floodlight, allows the shooter to choose the best possible setting for their low light visibility needs.

 

 

If You Like Your Scope, You Should Put Some Rings on it!

Sightmark’s rings and mounts offer rock-solid performance.
Sightmark’s rings and mounts offer rock-solid performance.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/10/17) – No matter how nice your gun and scope are, substandard mounting rings can make or break your entire shooting experience. Sightmark’s mounting rings deliver rock-solid holding performance designed to optimize optic reliability.

Constructed from durable 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, Sightmark Tactical Rings fit both Picatinny and Weaver rail. All Sightmark Tactical Mounting Rings include reduction inserts, making them compatible with 30mm and 1-in. scopes. Available in 4 different heights (low, medium, high, and extra-high), Sightmark offers mounting elevations to help you achieve proper clearance. Sightmark also offers a 30mm Fixed Cantilever Mount featuring a non-reflective matte finish and a 1-in. forward offset for proper scope mounting and eye relief on AR platforms.

 

Have a scope with a 34mm tube? Sightmark has rings for you, too! The perfect accessory to secure a shooter’s most trusted riflescope, Sightmark offers 34mm rings in both medium and high options.

Available new Sightmark mounting rings models:

  • Sightmark Tactical Mounting Rings – Low Height Picatinny Rings (SM34005)
  • Sightmark Tactical Mounting Rings – Medium Height Picatinny Rings (SM34006)
  • Sightmark Tactical Mounting Rings – High Height Picatinny Rings (SM34007)
  • Sightmark Tactical Mounting Rings – Extra-High Height Picatinny Rings (SM34008)
  • Sightmark 34mm Medium Height Picatinny Rings (SM34013)
  • Sightmark 34mm High Height Picatinny Rings (SM34014)
  • Sightmark 30mm Fixed Cantilever Mount (SM34017)

Click here to shop Sightmark rings.

 

Sightmark Flip-to-Side Magnifier Mounts Swing into Action

Rock-solid mounting and dependable, this flip-to-side mount helps you quickly engage targets.
We made these to help you adjust your optics from close to mid-range when seconds count.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/07/14) – Adjusting optics from close- to mid-range on the fly has always been challenging, especially under high-stress operations and high-stakes competitive matches. Sightmark Flip-to-Side Magnifier Mounts swing into action to resolve this issue in less than a second without compromising your movements or ability to quickly acquire and engage targets.

Built rugged to stand up to the abuse of military, law enforcement and hardcore professional competitors, Sightmark’s Flip-to-Side Magnifier Mounts boast heavy-duty aluminum 6061-T6 construction and a hardened anodized matte black, anti-reflective finish.

Sightmark Flip-to-Side Magnifier Mounts are available in two 30mm models, SM34015 and SM34016. SM34015 offers rock-solid mounting via a single installation screw and a two-part ring. SM34015 is designed to accommodate any 30mm magnifier. SM34016 offers a single-piece ring with one clamping point and a rock-solid, locking quick-detach (QD) base. SM34016 fits only straight 30mm magnifiers without an objective bell. Both models are designed to fit perfectly on Picatinny rail systems.