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This is their biggest Free Gun Friday yet, with the package worth $9,600!
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.
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.
(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.
One of the most important aspects of choosing a riflescope is deciding which reticle to use. The reticle is the aiming point for your scope, and they are available in many different looks and varieties for improved shooting performance. Once you’ve established what type of shooting you’ll be using the scope for, you can choose the reticle most fitting for your hunting, tactical, or competitive shooting needs.
Crosshairs are perhaps the most famous reticle due to their appearance in pop culture classics like James Bond. Commonly made by two intersecting perpendicular lines, crosshairs provide a reference for where the rifle is aiming, with the intersection of the lines being the aiming point. Throughout the years, riflescope manufacturers have developed the classic crosshairs, adding features like bullet drop compensation or thinner crosshairs for maximized precision. This means nearly every scope you look through, will vary.
When choosing a reticle, the first step is to define its intended use. Are you a hunter shooting deer at around 100 yards? A reticle with broad crosshairs delivers a clear image to place on your target without having to worry about losing your crosshair in the complex background image. Shooting at longer distances where precision is most important? A reticle with thinner crosshairs ensures the accuracy needed. Once you’ve decided, choosing a reticle comes down to personal preference, so be sure to look at all the options before deciding.
Different Types of Reticles
Duplex crosshairs are lines that start off broader on the edges of the reticle and then become much skinnier as it gets close to the center. The thick bars on the perimeter allow the shooter to quickly focus in on the middle of the reticle, and the thinner lines in the center allow for precise shooting. Duplex crosshairs are the most common type of reticle on the market.
Wire crosshairs are flattened out wires to provide a durable reticle that does not impede light passing through the scope. Once the only way to make reticles, wire crosshairs are becoming less and less popular due to etched-glass reticles which are far more accurate and durable.
Etched-glass reticles are the result of carving a reticle into a thin plate of glass using a diamond point. They can have floating elements, such as complex sections for bullet drop compensation or range estimation.
Reticles can be illuminated, usually by internal mechanisms like battery-powered LED lights. Red is the most common color because it is the least destructive to your night vision, however, some products use yellow or green. Typically, illuminated reticles can be turned on and off at will and have brightness settings.
First or Second Focal Plane
Another factor to consider before buying a scope is whether you want your reticle to change in size proportionally to the target as you zoom the scope in or out. If you do, then you will want a first focal plane riflescope, where the reticle is at the front of the erector tube, allowing it to be affected by the magnification. If you want your reticle to stay the same size while the target is enhanced, then a second focal plane riflescope is for you. On a second focal plane scope, the reticle is at the back of the erector tube, meaning the image of the reticle is not enhanced as you zoom in. In general, first focal plane scopes are more expensive; however, their markings on the reticle are always accurate at any range, while second focal point reticles’ markings are only true at a given magnification—usually the highest.
Now that you know the terms associated with reticles, let’s look at a few.
• The Sightmark Hog Hunter Reticle can be found on some of the Core HX series scopes. This scope has duplex crosshairs along with lateral hash marks to allow the shooter to make quick adjustments on moving targets with ease.
• The Sightmark Venison Hunting Reticle can also be found in the Core HX series. Like the HHR, this scope has duplex crosshairs and longitudinal tick marks that allow for bullet drop compensation at long ranges. Notice how the eye is quickly drawn to the middle of the scope on both scopes due to the thinning of the crosshairs.
• The Dual Caliber Reticle can be found on some of Sightmark’s Core TX series. This reticle can be illuminated with the twist of a knob, choosing from 1 to 10 brightness settings, thereby allowing the shooter to get a clear view of the reticle and deliver optimal shot placement. The reticle can be illuminated in either red or green and the shooter can choose from six levels of brightness. This reticle also has duplex crosshairs that get thinner as they move towards the center.
• The CDC-300 Circle Dot Chevron Reticle is not a duplex reticle. The ballistically-matched CDC-300 is on a first focal plane, meaning the reticle stays in the same visual proportion to the target across any magnification range. The red or green illuminator helps the shooter to see clearly in all lights, allowing you to accomplish holdovers from 100 to 800 yards. The CDC-300 Circle Dot can be found in Sightmark’s Pinnacle series.
• The TMD Tactical Mil Design Reticle could be considered a duplex. The markings on the crosshair allow for bullet drop compensation, helping the long-distance shooter effectively make holdover shots without changing the magnification. This reticle is in the first focal plane, meaning it stays visually proportional to the target at all ranges, and comes with 1 to 6 brightness settings for its red/green illuminator, meaning it can provide unparalleled clarity in bright and low light situations. The TMD reticle can be found on scopes from Sightmark’s Pinnacle series.
If you were to invent a reticle, what features would it have? Describe your dream reticle in the comment section.
While there is quite a bit going on inside a riflescope’s tube to get you on target and keep you there, the Sightmark Pinnacle’s TMD reticle is designed to help you successfully use holdovers, determine appropriate windage and elevation adjustments, range targets and even acquire zero or sight in.
The Pinnacle’s tactical mil-dash reticle, also known as the TMD reticle, is made of referencing points—including crosshairs, subtensions, subtension or referencing lines, numbers along the vertical and horizontal axis and a grid pattern in the lower half of the reticle some people refer to as a Christmas tree.
Let’s look at each reticle element and learn how they can be useful.
The first and most obvious element of the TMD and most other reticles are the crosshairs. Crosshairs are comprised of the primary vertical and horizontal axis referencing lines that intersect at the reticle’s center point. You may see optics sometimes that consist of only crosshairs. Crosshairs create an initial point of reference for all other referencing information on the reticle and serve as an integral part of the point of aim when sighting-in a firearm or shooting at a distance where a bullet’s trajectory change is negligible. Of course, crosshairs also become the point of aim at greater distances when mechanical windage and elevation adjustments are made, at least until you run out of adjustment—possible even with the Pinnacle when shooting extreme distances.
Subtensions and Subtension Lines
Subtension is the distance a reticle covers at a certain range. Subtensions are the spaces between the subtension lines, also known as referencing lines or hashmarks. Just to the right of the vertical axis line and below the horizontal axis line to the right of center, there are numbers 2, 4 and 6. Each number references the corresponding hashmark’s distance from center. On the Pinnacle 3-18×44, each subtension is 0.5 mil, at least until you reach the top of the vertical and far right of the horizontal axis. The subtension lines for those final 3 mils reference 0.2 mil. These subtensions and hash marks are vital to using holdovers and ranging targets, especially on first-focal-plane optics.
As examples, if you held the reference line on the horizontal axis above 2 on the bullseye, you would be holding 2 mils left—the reticle’s crosshairs are now 2 mils to the left of center mass. If you place the hashmark referenced by the number 4 on the lower half of the vertical axis line on the bullseye, you are now holding over 4 mils. As a final note, if you held between 2 and 4, your holdover would be 3. More finite vertical holdovers in this example might position you at 2.5 or 3.5 mils. The same applies for windage.
Remember, each subtension line is 0.5 mil. Of course, this is only true through all magnification ranges on a first focal plane riflescope. As they relate to second-focal-plane riflescopes, subtensions and subtension lines are only accurate representations of standard mil, or MOA on other scopes at a single power of magnification. This is the primary reason why long-distance shooters prefer first-focal-plane riflescopes like the Pinnacle 3-18×44.
The further we move from the crosshairs, the more difficult it becomes to acquire precise holdovers. Holdover is when you must aim above your intended point of impact to compensate for bullet drop. Since the lion’s share of holdover aiming occurs below the horizontal axis, the Pinnacle’s TMD reticle includes a subtension grid that widens as you move further down the vertical axis. If you were to use 4 up and 2 left as holdovers, you would hold the mark in the grid located 4 mils below the horizontal reticle and 2 mils to the right of the vertical axis on the bullseye.
Subtensions are also great for rapid zeroing or sighting in. For this example, we will use 100 yards as our distance. Shoot the target and note the shot placement. Now, place the crosshairs on the bullseye again and determine how many mils your bullet hole is away from dead center.
If the subtension lines revealed your shot was 2.5 mils below and 2 mils to the right, you would adjust your elevation turret up 25 clicks and left 20 clicks, considering each click is 0.1 mil of adjustment. Take another shot and you should be on the bullseye or left with only fine-tuning. If you’re zeroing, don’t forget to set the Pinnacle’s zero stop now, which guarantees an instant return to the original zero. You can find that video tutorial on Sightmark’s YouTube channel.
Ranging targets using subtensions can be a quick, relatively accurate way to acquire distance data without the use of a laser rangefinder or other technology; of course, to do so really requires a first-focal-plane scope like the Pinnacle 3-18×44 or, perhaps a second-focal-plane scope set on a single power of magnification. Again, the beauty of a first-focal-plane system is that the incremental values represented by subtensions, lines and numbers, never changes at any magnification. Subtensions mean the same at 3 power as they do at 18 power, whether the target is right in front of you or 1,000 yards away.
Windage and Elevation Axis
Remembering the Pinnacle 3-18×44 is based on mils with 0.1 mil turret adjustments helps us understand some quick math. 1/10th mil, most often referred to as 0.1 mil, moves your point of impact 0.36 of an inch at 100 yards. This is equal to 1.8 inches per .5 mil and 3.6 inches at 100 yards per full mil of adjustment. Simplified, because subtension lines on the Pinnacle’s reticle are based on 0.5 and 1 mil increments.
This means a 36-inch tall by 18-inch silhouette would span the vertical height of 10 mils and the horizontal width of 5 mils at 100 yards. So, an adult figure that filled 10 vertical mils and 5 horizontal mils of your reticle, would be an estimated 100 yards away.
Since 0.1 mil at 100 yards is 0.36 of an inch, we know 0.1 mil represents 1.8 inches of adjustment at 500 yards. Extended out from 0.1 mil to a full mil, we then know a full mil represents 18 inches at 500 yards. Since the target is 36 inches tall by 18 inches wide, we know it should fill 1 horizontal mil and 2 vertical mils. If so, that target is 500 yards away.
At 1,000 yards, we can double that. We know 0.1 mil is 3.6 inches of adjustment at 1000 yards and a full mil is 36 inches of adjustment at that range. So, the target we’ve been looking at would fill 0.5 mil on the horizontal axis and 1 mil on the vertical axis. Understanding the adjustment values of 0.1 mil, 0.5 mil and 1 mil at 100 yards and then extending out over yardage, coupled with identifying your target and possessing basic estimation knowledge of its size, means you can range any identifiable target with some degree of accuracy simply by utilizing the subtensions and hash marks in the Pinnacle’s reticle.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/03/14) – Elite reviewers from the National Tactical Officers Association membership evaluation program have announced their findings on the Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 riflescope. The Pinnacle took home an overall score of 4.4 with perfect scores from one reviewer in 8 categories including design, performance and accuracy.
Since 2003, NTOA members have tested more than 2,000 products in real-world situations through the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended Program (MTRP). The results of these tests are shared with the law enforcement community in NTOA’s magazine, The Tactical Edge, online database, and eNewsletters and through the product manufacturers themselves.
The MTRP logo is widely displayed on product packaging, ads and websites, and is regarded by many LE agencies as paramount to their product purchasing decisions.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/08/17) – Sightmark is proud to announce the product performance results of the Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 TMD Riflescope, as reviewed by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). NTOA is a premier training resource and tactics development organization catering to law enforcement professionals nationwide.
Sightmark’s first-focal-plane Pinnacle™ 5-30x50mm TMD Riflescope features a rugged, hard-anodized 30mm aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum tube and razor-sharp, fully multi-coated glass. The versatile Tactical Mil-Dash (TMD) reticle is specifically designed for on-the-fly rangefinding and lightning-quick target acquisition even at extreme distances.
Engineered with Sightmark’s Triple Duty™ concept and featuring a limited lifetime warranty, the brand’s flagship Pinnacle 5-30x50TMD optic, with distinct-click .1 MRAD windage and elevation turret adjustability, zero stop, adjustable parallax, illuminated TMD reticle and first focal plane design, is the perfect addition to your precision shooting, tactical and long-range hunting lifestyle.
The mission of the NTOA is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. The association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence. To learn more about NTOA, visit www.ntoa.org.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/08/11) – Pulsar is proud to announce the product performance results of the Sightmark Pinnacle 1-6×24 TMD Riflescope, as review by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). NTOA is a premier training resource and tactics development organization catering to law enforcement professionals nationwide.
“Thank you for participating in our Member Tested and Recommended Program. The Sightmark Pinnacle 1-6×24 TMD Riflescope has been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association.”
Sightmark’s first-focal-plane Pinnacle™ 1-6x24mm TMD Riflescope features a rugged, hard-anodized 30mm aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum tube and razor-sharp, fully multi-coated glass. The versatile Tactical Mil-Dash (TMD) reticle is specifically designed for on-the-fly rangefinding and lightning-quick target acquisition.
Engineered with Sightmark’s Triple Duty™ concept and featuring a limited lifetime warranty, the Pinnacle 1-6x24TMD, with 0.1 MRAD windage and elevation adjustability, is perfectly suited for your rugged, fast-paced competition, tactical and hunting lifestyle.
About the National Tactical Officers Association
The mission of the NTOA is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. The association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence. www.ntoa.org.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/06/28) – Designed in the U.S.A. and manufactured in Japan with premium scratch-resistant, fully multi-coated Japanese glass, the IPX67 waterproof, shockproof and fog proof Sightmark® Pinnacle™ First-Focal Plane Series Riflescopes make every shot count, from close- to mid-range with the 1-6x24mm to extended-range with the 5-30x50mm. No matter the target… or distance, the Pinnacle Series is master-crafted, with unparalleled world-class optical superiority, to deliver repeatable precision accuracy every time, in virtually any climb or place. When it’s time to make your mark the Sightmark Pinnacle Series ensures you’re not just on target—you’re at center mass.
The Pinnacle™ 1-6x24mm features a 30mm 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum tube with a durable matte anodized finish and is available in two reticles: a multi-purpose Tactical Mil-Dash reticle for rangefinding and quick target acquisition, and an advanced ballistically-matched CDC-300 reticle for subsonic and supersonic 300 Blackout. Engineered with Sightmark’s Triple Duty™ concept, the 1-6x24TMD, with 0.1 MRAD windage and elevation adjustability, is ideal for competition, tactical and hunting environments and includes fully adjustable ballistics-tested BDC dials for both 5.56×45 55gr and 7.62×51 180gr loads. The 1-6x24AAC features ½ MOA per click adjustments and a CDC-300 reticle for subsonic and supersonic 300 Blackout, complete with holdovers from 100-800 yards.
“If you can’t see it, you can’t hit it!”
The Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 First Focal Plane Precision Riflescope delivers the kind of long-range reach most people only dream about. With the right combination of a practiced marksman, the right rifle, reliable data and the Pinnacle 5-30×50, banging steel is not just doable, it’s all-day repeatable. The 34mm 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum tube with durable matte anodized finish lets in plenty of natural light for long-range hunting and shooting even in low light while the Tactical Mil-Dash (TMD) red/green illuminated reticle makes quick long-range target acquisition easy, even on dark targets. Whether your passion for long-range shooting lands you on Precision Rifle Series firing lines around the country, the long-range hunt of a lifetime… or both, the Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 is there to ensure you make the kind of mark people remember.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2015/08/04) – Designed in the U.S.A. and manufactured in Japan with premium Japanese glass, the Sightmark® Pinnacle™ First-Focal Plane 1-6×24 Riflescope Series delivers unparalleled optical superiority for every short- and long-range shooting application. Precision machined with high-definition optics, these scopes offer crystal clear resolution from edge to edge, free from distortions at any magnification. The Pinnacle™ is available in two reticles: a multi-purpose Tactical Mil-Dash reticle for rangefinding and quick target acquisition, and an advanced ballistically-matched CDC-300 reticle for subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout.
Engineered with Sightmark’s Triple Duty™ concept, the 1-6x24TMD is ideal for competition, tactical or hunting scenarios. It includes fully adjustable ballistics-tested BDC dials for both 5.56×45 55gr and 7.62×51 180gr loads. The 1-6x24AAC features a CDC-300 reticle for subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout with holdovers from 100-800 yards.
Both models have a first focal plane reticle, keeping it in the same visual proportion to the target across the riflescope’s entire magnification range, and allowing shooters to rangefind and shoot with holdovers at any distance. The true 1x provides both-eyes-open usage for increased situational awareness at close range, while the 6x optical system hones in on far-away targets with ease. Shooters also have the luxury of a capped or exposed turret option, helping to protect the optic from impact.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2015/02/20) – After a successful launch of the Pinnacle™ 1-6×24 Riflescope, the first model to debut in the premium first-focal plane line, Sightmark® is very proud to announce the release of the larger Pinnacle™ 5-30×50 Riflescope. This scope is engineered for precision long-range shooting out to 1,000 yards and beyond, making it ideal for F-class competition shooting and law enforcement applications.
Its zero-stop elevation dial allows shooters to easily set a stopping point at the chosen sight in range, guaranteeing an instant return to the original zero every time. The 34mm tube maximizes internal adjustment range and offers improved rigidity compared to 30mm and 1-inch tubes – perfect for long-range, high-caliber rifles. Additionally, its large 50mm objective lens maintains a bright, high-resolution image, critical for long-range precision.
Sophisticated Optics for Clear Viewing
Precision machined with high-definition optics and premium Japanese glass, the Pinnacle 5-30x50TMD offers a 6x zoom range, permitting the shooter to adjust the power up to 30x; and a crystal-clear resolution from edge to edge. The TMD-HW reticle is designed for range estimation and holdovers for bullet drop, crosswind and moving targets. This first-focal plane reticle remains in the same visual proportion to the target across the riflescope’s entire magnification range, allowing shooters to rangefind and shoot with holdovers at any magnification effectively.
Durable Design for Harsh Conditions
This riflescope’s hard-anodized finish protects the housing from harsh elements and the matte black finish provides concealment. Its 5 brightness settings deliver unmatched clarity in bright to low light conditions. Shooters have the luxury of a capped or exposed turret option as well as scratch-resistant lenses, helping to further protect the optic from impact.