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        Getting Used to Your New Red Dot

        Getting Used to Your New Red Dot

        A red dot optic enhances a shooter’s precision and speed while allowing him to keep both eyes open, giving him a wider field of vision to engage his next target. This is perfect in competition shooting, where only the fastest and most accurate shooters take home the prize. 

        There is, however, an important caveat. A red dot is not a plug-and-play device. Since these modern optics are so different from traditional iron sights by design, they require their users to make small changes in the way they shoot. While transitioning to red dots on a pistol is not as alien to an iron sights shooter as transitioning to a riflescope, the process still takes some getting used to on the part of the shooter. 

        Getting the most from your optic requires time and practice to familiarize yourself with its fit and features. For example, logic dictates that it is easier to find a single focal point on a sight rather than aligning a front sight with your rear sight posts. However, transitioning from traditional iron-sights to a red dot can be like switching from stick-shift to an automatic. Both are effective for transportation, but the driving experience is drastically different. If you’re a shooter unfamiliar with your new red dot pistol optic, it will take some time to get used to the head and firearm adjustments needed to land your reticle on target. 

        Since adjusting your head can ruin your form, most shooters opt to adjust how their weapon is held and train their muscles accordingly. When you find a position comfortable for you, holster your weapon and draw it again to achieve the same position. Repetition of this exercise will train your body to lock itself into this new “red dot stance.” It may also help to use the thumb of your supporting hand to act as a guide. When you aim with your pistol in the firm grip of both your strong and support hands, point the thumb of your support hand at whatever you intend to shoot and align your weapon accordingly. 

        With a red dot on, the weapon may now need to be held slightly lower to compensate for the sight’s height, which is why a smaller red dot is preferred. An optic like Sightmark’s Mini Shot M Spec M2 Solar would be perfect for any pistol since it doesn't exceed 2 inches in height. As expected of a compact red dot optic, the M Spec Solar series are also very light, with the M2 weighing 3.9 oz, the weight of three AA batteries. Since this mini red dot is so light, it barely affects the weight of your pistol slide, making it perfect for repetitive draw drills.  

        Once you are familiar with your grip, it’s advisable to zero your pistol red dot, just like you would with a rifle optic. While some may have the steady hands and keen eyes to zero their rifles free-handed, using a brace can ensure precision accuracy with consistency.  

        The Solar, true to its name, is powered with both a traditional battery and a solar panel. As long as there is any form of ambient light in an area, whether natural or artificial, the M Spec Solar’s secondary power system can turn it into energy. It also provides automatic brightness compensation for its reticle in the form of a variable dot, which grows to 3MOA from its 1MOA low point according to brightness. With 20,000 hours of brightness through its main power source, there should be little reason for the optic’s display to fizzle out even on multiple-day hunts or long range patrols. 


        Your New Favorite Pistol Red Dot Sight

        Your New Favorite Pistol Red Dot Sight

        Picture this scene: you’re at a pistol shooting competition somewhere in the Nevada desert. The dry heat is bearing down on you, the white targets blend with the sand in the distant blur of the mirage, and you worry the sun is so bright that it’ll outshine your new red dot’s reticle. You don’t remember the last time you charged it.

        The range officer’s buzzer goes off in your ear, and through muscle memory you draw and aim your weapon in one quick motion. You look through your red dot optic and see its bright red reticle: a crisp 3 MOA dot, marking a clear point of aim in the center of your first target. With both eyes open, you fire three shots with your .45 caliber pistol and all of them make their marks. As you engage more targets, your faithful red dot moves along with your eyes, never flickering or wavering despite the violent kick of your .45. Attached to your pistol is the newest member of Sightmark’s long line of red dot sights, the Mini Shot M-Spec M2 Solar

        Named for its solar panel, which gives it potentially unlimited energy independent of its battery, the Solar is perfect for any high intensity situations in the blistering heat, especially because its Eclipse Light Management System automatically adjusts the brightness of its reticle to correspond with the light level of the environment around it. Whether it’s the light of the sun or artificial light in a photo studio, the environment will never be too bright for the Solar. 

        Because of its nature as a red dot sight, the Solar makes it easy to engage targets from different stances and from a wide variety of shooting positions. Thanks to the clarity of the Solar’s 3 MOA reticle, you’ll never need to worry about lining up your iron sights again. As every competition shooter knows, speed and accuracy are king, and with Sightmark’s Mini Shot M-Spec M2 Solar you get both, in addition to an extremely long battery life and an adaptive reticle. Along with its price point of only $299.97, this makes the Solar one of the best red dot optic options on the market today.

        Longer hunts with the Mini QD External Battery

        Longer Hunts with mini QD External Battery

        Sightmark’s Wraith 4k is a cutting edge digital rifle optic, capable of operating in both daytime and nighttime conditions. Boasting sharp visuals with the ruggedness expected of a quality hunting scope, the Wraith is one of the best scopes for 24 hour hunting. While Wraith’s battery life lasts a good 8 hours, enough for any single day trip, a hunter on a three day expedition wants his optic to last as long as his adventure.

        The Mini QD External Battery is the solution. Compatible with both USB A and C ports, this 6,000mAh battery is designed with a quick detach battery system which snaps to any picatinny rail without the need to fiddle with screws or Allen keys. Weighing at only 5.4 ounces, the Mini QD is so light it’s barely noticeable when it’s attached to a firearm, making it unobtrusive as well as practical. Adding approximately 8 hours to the Wraith’s battery life, the Mini QD external battery makes the Wraith a true dawn to dusk optic.

        The Mini QD External Battery isn’t just limited to the Wraith. Its USB C connector makes it extremely versatile in the field. Here are a few other things a hunter could use it for:


        1. Hand warmers

        If you hunt in a particularly cold part of the world, you won’t want your hands to be shivering when you take that all-important kill shot. The OCOOPA hand warmer is a long-lasting battery powered device which lasts 8 hours on high power, but could last much longer when attached to the Mini QD External Battery.

        Mini QD External Battery

        2. Phone charging

        No one in the 21st century would dare to venture into the wilderness without a cell phone. In an emergency, your phone is your best chance at getting help, and a multiple-day long hunting expedition could see your phone battery dwindle. The Mini QD’s capacity and cable compatibility makes it a great option for keeping your phone going, especially in emergency situations.

        Power Bank

        3. GoPro

        While the Wraith is capable of recording hunting footage through the lens of a riflescope, some outdoorsmen enjoy recording point-of-view video of them trekking through the beauty of nature. The GoPro Hero11 is capable of recording for 80 minutes when the camera is set to capture footage at 5.3k/30fps, which could be extended for hours more with the addition of the Mini QD Battery Pack.

        GoPro Hero11

        4. Thermal Binoculars

        The Wraith shines at night vision, but hunters who want the best of both night vision and thermal can also use Pulsar’s excellent binoculars like the Merger LRF XP50 which offer crystal clear thermal vision with multiple color palettes. These have a typical battery life of about ten hours, which could be doubled with the help of the Mini QD Battery Pack.

        Merger LRF XP50 – Third Coast Thermal

        5. Thermacell (using its own cable)

        Nobody likes mosquitoes. These disease-carrying bloodsuckers are especially annoying when you’re trying to take a shot and the little pests are buzzing around your ear. Maybe one of them is feeding on your hand, making it so itchy that you jerk your trigger. To keep mosquitoes away in your deer blind, consider the Thermacell EX90. With nine hours of battery life on its own, you can extend its life for multiple days of hunting with the Mini QD battery. Even though the Thermacell uses a USB A cable to charge, the Mini QD is still compatible.

        Thermacell mosquito killer


        How would you apply the Micro QD’s 6,000mAh battery capacity? Tell us in the comments below!

        Hunting Statistics and Facts

        If you're like most hunters, you love learning about hunting statistics. It's fascinating to see how hunting has evolved over the years, and to see the trends that are emerging in the industry.

        Did you know that there are over 13 million hunters in the United States? Or that the average hunter spends around $2000 every year on hunting-related activities? 

        Whether you're a new hunter just getting started or an experienced outdoorsman, it's always good to brush up on your hunting knowledge. In this blog post, we'll share some interesting hunting statistics and facts that every hunter should know. Keep reading to learn more!

        How Many Hunters Are There in the United States? 

        According to the most recent data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are approximately 13.7 million hunters in the United States. This number has remained relatively steady over the past decade; in 2006, there were an estimated 14 million hunters in the U.S.

        Hunting Statistics and Facts

        Where Do Most Hunters Live? 

        The majority of hunters (42%) live in rural areas, while 26% live in suburban areas and 32% live in urban areas.  

        Where Do Most Hunters Live

        Interestingly, although the number of Americans living in rural areas has decreased over time, the percentage of hunters who live in rural areas has remained relatively steady.

        The most popular states for hunters are Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

        Where Do Most Hunters Live

        How Much Money Do Hunters Spend Every Year? 

        On average, hunters spend around $2000 every year on hunting-related activities like equipment, licenses, and travel expenses. This doesn't include the cost of food or lodging while on a hunt. In total, hunters contribute around $25 billion to the economy every year. 

        What Is The Most Popular Game Animal? 

        The white-tailed deer is by far the most popular game animal in North America; around 6 million deer are harvested every year in the U.S. and Canada combined. Other popular game animals include wild turkeys (around 4 million harvested every year), black bears (around 300,000 harvested every year), and elk (around 200,000 harvested every year). 

        Harvest per year

        Other Interesting Facts

        1. In the United States, there were 38.59 million hunting licenses, tags, permits and stamps issued in 2021
        2. The most popular game animals in the United States are deer, turkey, and waterfowl. 
        3. In 2016, hunters in the United States spent an estimated $22.9 billion on hunting-related expenses. 
        4. The majority of hunters in the United States are white males between the ages of 18 and 34. 
        5. Hunting is a significant source of revenue for state and federal governments through the sale of hunting licenses and permits, as well as through excise taxes on firearms and ammunition. 
        6. Hunting also plays a role in wildlife management, as it helps to control populations of certain species of animals. 
        7. Hunting can have negative impacts on wildlife populations if it is not properly regulated. Game wardens and other law enforcement officials work to ensure that hunters are following the rules and regulations in place to help protect wildlife populations. 
        8. Some people oppose hunting for ethical reasons, as they believe that it is wrong to kill animals for sport or recreation. Others support hunting as a means of obtaining food or for its positive impact on wildlife populations
        9. In the United States, there are approximately 7 million hunting dogs.
        10. The states with the most hunters are Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
        11. Most hunters use firearms to hunt, but some also use bows or crossbows.

        As a hunter, it's always good to stay up-to-date on the latest hunting statistics and facts! Don’t forget to check out our riflescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and digital night vision scopes!



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