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        Sightmark is Participating in an Outdoor Summer Gear Sweepstakes Worth $10,000!

        Sightmark is Participating in an Outdoor Summer Gear Sweepstakes Worth $10,000!

        By Sightmark  

        Sightmark is partnering with several elite outdoor lifestyle brands to raffle $10,000 worth of products to ONE lucky person! This “Summer Sports Package” is available for contestants in the USA only.

        The entry link is at the bottom of this page.

        The sweepstakes items include:

        Sightmark’s Wraith 4K Max digital riflescope is a harmony of technology, power and precision. In low-light conditions, the Wraith 4K Max utilizes an enhanced ultra-high definition 4000×3000 digital CMOS sensor to detect objects up to 300 yards away, and in daylight, this detection range is even further.

        The Wraith 4K’s sharp 1280×720 display resolution delivers crystal-clear imaging while 3-24x digital magnification gives users the versatility to adjust as needed. The Wraith 4K’s 850nm IR illuminator features 90 minutes of operating time on max, and its night vision mode and daytime color mode offer crisp, vibrant views of the environment. With a hardy aluminum housing, the Wraith 4K boasts built-in UHD 4K video recording with audio, 10 reticle options and an IPX5 water-resistant rating. Its rechargeable, internal battery provides up to 8 hours of power.

        The next generation of Pulsar’s premium binoculars has arrived! The Accolade 2 LRF (Laser Range Finder) XP50 has finally emerged from the laboratory, and it’s a triumph of craftsmanship and technology. With a full-color 640×480 AMOLED display, the Accolade 2 ensures vivid, flawless imaging and power conservation. The Accolade 2 also features a built-in video recorder and camera to permanently capture footage and memories, NETD <40mK (noise-equivalent temperature difference) detail-recognition in rain, fog, ice or other adverse weather.

        The Accolade 2’s onboard LRF can detect an adult-sized object up to 1000 yards in zero-light conditions, making it the most powerful LRF available today. The Accolade 2 also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, direct image streaming, 8x digital zoom, picture-in-picture, rechargeable batteries and an IPX7 waterproof rating.

        The Kopfjäger K700 AMT Tripod with Reaper Grip includes a heavy-duty tripod and Reaper Grip rest. The tripod is crafted of a sturdy aluminum material and features 3-level leg extensions with locking levers.

        The Reaper Grip boasts an adjustable, pivoting grip designed to accommodate both tapered and straight stocks and chassis without allowing recoil movement. The K700 Tripod and Reaper Grip Kit provides 360° smooth pan and a tilt range of 109° (21° up and 87° down) and is built to handle harsh environments.

        1 – 66LRX rifle light with remote wired Eliminator switch that you can turn the light on half power or full power and works both as a pressure switch and on/off switch.
        1-4 LED modules in your choice of color(Red, Green, White, IR). The LED module color determines the color of light your light will emit. Choose your LED modules color(s) above. LED modules can be changed in the light in just seconds as it simply screws in and out.
        1 – Lens cover to protect the lens when not in use.
        1 – Normal flashlight tail cap
        1 – 18650 Fast Battery charger with USB plug, AC and DC adapter plugs. Will charge 1 fully drained 18650 3500mA battery in about 1.5 hours.
        2 – 18650 3500ma protected batteries made by Samsung.
        1 – Predator Pro mount
        1 – Quality Hard case with custom cut EVA foam.

        The OUTLAW Programmable Game Call/Decoy Combo offers professional grade durability, sound quality, volume level, long range remote activation and features that make it a snap to operate during a hectic predator stand. Developed by and for professional predator hunters who demand performance and still want a practically priced product.

        Follow the above link to examine the Googan Squad’s Bundle Contents! Note – Googan is including more product than what is shown in the link.

        Click on the following link to access the entry page!

        https://gleam.io/widIV/a-complete-all-outdoor-sportsmens-summer-sweepstakes

        To multiply your entries and CHANCES TO WIN, follow and subscribe to the listed social media channels and brand newsletters! There are multiple ways to increase your chances to win, so get er’ done!

        8 Factors to Consider Before Buying Your First Riflescope

        8 Factors to Consider Before Buying Your First Riflescope

        By John Shellenberger  

        Deciding to buy your first riflescope is a good choice. Modern scopes make hunting, competition, target and long-range shooting easier and more accurate.

        However, there is almost an endless amount of choice. How is one supposed to choose? This how-to guide to buying a riflescope will help you narrow your choices.

        1. Magnification

           


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

        Magnification is one of the most important aspects of a riflescope. Magnification is the range to which you can multiply the naked eye’s vision. In other words, a scope with 2x magnification power is twice the power of your unaided eye.

        Magnification is referred to in power-level increments and is represented by the first numbers in a riflescope’s name. For example, on a variable zoom 1-4x32mm scope, the magnification would be 1-4x what the naked eye sees. On a fixed scope, like a 4x32mm scope, the magnification is fixed at 4x what the human eye can see.

        Magnification is largely preferential. If you are a hunter who shoots moving targets under 100 yards, 3-9x would perform well. If you want to hit bullseyes from 750 yards, then a scope with a larger magnification range like 5-30x might suit your style.

        Note: higher magnification settings mean the user will have a narrower ‘field of view’. For hunting scopes, this means when you’re magnified 2x, the field of view diametrically decreases by a factor of 2.

        For fast-moving prey like hogs and varmint, you might want to consider a low-powered variable magnification rifle scope to more easily manage the effects of magnification and decreased field of view.

        1. Objective Lens Size

        The objective lens size is the diameter of the lens closest to the barrel of the rifle, and farthest away from the stock of the rifle. The objective lens diameter is the number after the x in the rifle scope’s title. For example, a 1-4x32mm scope has an objective lens with a diameter of 32mm.

        The size of your objective lens affects how much light the scope will be able to transmit. A larger objective lens lets in more light, producing a brighter image, but at the expense of being heavier than a scope with a smaller objective lens.

        1. Weight

        The 1-6x magnification range makes the Citadel CR1 ideal for both CQB and mid-range.

        Weight is a factor you want to consider before you make your purchase. Think about where you will be doing most of your shooting. If you are shooting long distances at the range where you’ll have a bipod or sandbags to fire your rifle from, then a heavier scope probably won’t affect you very much.

        If you are stalking deer in the mountains and have to do a lot of hiking in between shots, it could be beneficial for you to choose a lighter riflescope since constantly raising and holding a heavy rifle takes its toll after some time.

        1. Elevation/Windage Adjustment

        Windage and elevation adjustment turrets are used to adjust the position of the bullet’s impact. Windage adjustments have the ability to move the bullet’s point of impact to the left or right in relation to the reticle. Elevation adjustments are used to move the bullet’s point of impact up or down.

        Scope adjustments are either made in minute of angle units or milliradians. For the beginner hunter, once you sight in your rifle, the windage and elevation turrets won’t need to be adjusted again. These adjustments are extremely helpful for tactical shooters making long-distance shots.

        1. Lens Coating

        Next, to the objective lens size, lens coatings are the most important aspect of light transmission. When looking through the scope, you want to see the brightest and clearest image possible. This is affected by the amount of reflected light coming through the lens and the amount of light transmitted through the lenses.

        The goal of optical coatings is to reduce the glare and the loss of light caused by reflection. More coatings generally result in better light transmission. There are four main categories of optical lens coatings:

        • Coated– at least one of the lenses has a single layer of anti-reflective coating
        • Fully Coated– on every air to glass lens (the outer lenses) there is a single layer of anti-reflective coating
        • Multicoated– at least one of the lenses has multiple layers of anti-reflective coating
        • Fully Multicoated– multiple layers of coating have been put on all air to glass lenses

        Keep in mind that with higher quality comes a higher price; however, spending the extra money to get quality coatings can greatly impact your shooting experience.

        1. Reticle


        The Sightmark Latitude has a second focal plane reticle.

        Also known as the “crosshair,” the reticle is the part of the riflescope that predicts where the bullet will go. Looking at a reticle through the riflescope is similar to lining up your shot in iron sights. Reticles, like eye relief, are a matter of preference and a huge variety is available for shooters to choose from. On a very basic level, the crosshairs’ thickness is going to affect the precision of your shot.

        Larger reticles are easier to see in low-light situations, but can sometimes dwarf or cover up the target if the target is far away. Thinner crosshairs allow the shooter to be more precise but are more difficult to see in low-light.

        Many reticles come with posts or scales on their crosshairs. These small ticks are minute of angle or milliradian measurements used to compensate for the bullet’s drop at greater distances. However, not every tick mark is always accurate at any range, because the reticle can be affected by what focal plane it is set in.

        1. Focal Plane

        Focal plane can be found in two forms—first or second. In a second focal plane riflescope, the reticle is at the end of the erector tube near the end closest to the butt of the rifle. This means that the magnification is changing behind the reticle in relation to the shooter, so the reticle image maintains its original size.

        The reticle is not always proportional to the target, only at a certain magnification (often the greatest magnification possible). As you zoom in, the reticle takes up more and more of your vision, appearing larger though it is actually staying the same size it always was.

        In a first focal plane riflescope, the reticle is located in the front of the erector tube—meaning when you zoom in with the scope, it also zooms in on the reticle as well. This creates a proportionate changing of size between the target and your reticle.

        Since everything is proportional, the reticle’s tick marks are accurate at all ranges, not just the most zoomed-in range. First focal plane riflescopes are more expensive in general, but allow the shooter to make adjustments much faster than changing the windage or elevation adjustments.

        1. Tube Size

        Tube size is important to know for a beginner because you want to be able to use your scope after you buy it, meaning you need the right size mounting rings for your scope. Tubes can be found generally in two sizes: 30mm and 1 inch. Other than increasing the adjustment range internally, neither offers greater benefits than the other, a larger tube doesn’t mean it lets more light in.

        However, you will need to know what size tube you have so when you go to use your scope you aren’t stuck trying to put 1-inch mounting rings on a 30mm tube. If you live in the United States, you might want to remember that more riflescopes are built with one-inch tubes than are not. However, once again, tube size is entirely preferential.

        Do you have further questions about riflescopes? Leave them in the comment section and we will do our best to answer them.

        Big Thanks to John Shellenberger for contributing to this blog!

        Click here to find your new riflescope!

        Boresighting vs. Zeroing

        Boresighting vs. Zeroing

        By sightmark  

        It’s important for all shooters to learn that boresighting and zeroing are not the same thing. Some shooters 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?


        The goal of boresighting is to get on paper. 

        Boresighting is a method of adjustment to a firearm sight to align the firearm barrel and sights (rifle scopes or iron sights). Although you can manually sight the bore yourself in an arduous process that involves removing the bolt (for bolt action rifles), the more modern sighting process is with a laser dot that either attaches to the muzzle or is inserted into the chamber.

        The laser will emit a strong enough beam through the gun barrel to see up to 100 yards away so you can easily align the bore. The details and step-by-step instructions concerning laser boresights are also available here.

        While laser bore sighting 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 movement in the gun, wind and gravity will affect the trajectory of a flying object.

        What is zeroing?

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

        The goal of zeroing is to make the correct adjustments to guarantee the bullet hits where you’re looking. You should have a spotter with a powerful spotting scope to help you in this process.

         

         

        After boresighting, settle your reticle on the target and take a shot. Your spotter will tell you to adjust your windage and elevation turrets appropriately. You may be shooting low, high, too far left, too far right or…no call.

        You should listen to your spotter and continue adjusting until you’re hitting bullseye.

        External Ballistics

        Boresighting and zeroing 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 have both laser bore sighted 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.

        Pistol-Mounted Red Dot Options

        Pistol-Mounted Red Dot Options

        By Sightmark  

        Red dot sights on pistols are becoming increasingly prevalent. They are not a new concept, however. Shooters like Jerry Barnhart started entering IPSC competitions with red dots mounted to pistols in the early 1990s. These early optics were actually rifle red dots retrofitted to pistols and were sometimes over a pound in weight, far greater than the different red dot optics we’re seeing on pistols today.

        In the early days, gunsmiths had to experiment with different ways to mount optics to pistols. There are still different ways to do it today, but the process is generally limited to a few different options. Some handguns come from the factory ready to accept an optic through various plate systems such as the Glock Modular Optic System. If your pistol isn’t, you can have your slide modified for one; optic-ready aftermarket slides are also becoming more common.

        Some shooters still utilize iron sight dovetail mounts or other brackets, but these are now considered outdated by many because of their weight and awkwardness.


        Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec

        Mounting a Red Dot Sight

        The most common way to mount a red dot on a pistol is to have the slide machined for a specific optic. This is the method recommended by most gunsmiths for several reasons, the biggest being a precise fit. Optics will vary in dimensions, even when comparing two examples of the exact same model. Differences as little as 1/1000 of an inch can influence how the optic fits to the slide.

        A good gunsmith will measure and cut a slide to exactly match a provided optic, removing any chance of play between the optic and slide due to manufacturing tolerances. Having an existing slide cut for a red dot is also usually the most affordable option as well. Machine shops generally charge between $100 and $400 to perform an optics cut, depending on the different options and services available.

        Not everybody has the funds to go out and buy a new handgun or slide in order to run a red dot. It should be noted these optics cuts are permanent modifications to the handgun and will likely void any warranties provided by the manufacturer.

        It’s also important to choose a competent gunsmith, as some of these cuts can interfere with the function of internal parts, such as safeties or extractor plungers, if machined too deep. If done incorrectly, milling out a slide can severely weaken the metal in a slide which can lead to catastrophic failure of the firearm – It cannot be stressed enough to choose a reputable machine shop to do this work.

        When having your slide milled, it’s possible to have additional machine work done such as front or top serrations and windows. Another thing to consider when having a slide milled is you’re pretty much stuck with whatever optics footprint you chose for your gun. Many optics share the same footprint, but there are a few major footprint designs out there that aren’t compatible with each other.


        Sightmark Mini Shot A-Spec

        Factory-Mounted Options

        When handgun manufacturers realized mounting red dots on handguns is the way of the future, they started offering factory optics-ready options. Glock, for instance, came out with the Modular Optic System, or MOS. This system comes pre-machined from the factory and includes a series of different mounting plates so users can switch between different optics.

        The ability to switch between different optic footprints is huge but does not come without drawbacks. When using these plate systems, the optic generally sits much higher than with custom options due to the thickness of the plates, so it might be more difficult to co-witness iron sights to your red dot.

        Factory options like the MOS system generally aren’t as sturdy as custom options either, as the optic is contacting the plate instead of the actual slide, making it a potential failure point. Competition shooters have complained of optics and plates working themselves loose after a days’ worth of shooting. Going with an OEM option, however, carries the benefit of a manufacturer’s warranty and you won’t need to worry about the possibility of your slide cracking due to poor workmanship.

        Since factory optics-ready pistols don’t require any permanent modifications, they will usually hold their resale value better than custom guns, depending on who did the machine work. This route, of course, requires you to purchase a separate firearm in order to use a red dot optic, but this could be seen as either an advantage or disadvantage since two guns are always better than one.


        A mounted Sightmark Mini-Shot M Spec

        After-Market Slides

        If you’re not comfortable with making permanent modifications to your slide and don’t want to spend the money on a whole new firearm, aftermarket slides might be an option to consider. Many companies now offer aftermarket slides, especially for the Glock platform.

        You can keep your factory slide original and still have the ability to run a red dot. The quality of aftermarket slides can vary as much as the different levels of workmanship found in custom machined slides, though. Some aftermarket slides might be cheap and unbranded, while others can be made of rare and exotic metals, like Lone Wolf’s Damascus steel slide which retails for $1,499.99.

        As we’re in the age of the “Gucci Glock,” how your gun appears can be perceived as just as important as how it shoots. In addition to adding optics capability to your gun, aftermarket slides can come in many different designs and colors that go further than your basic slide serrations, windows and lightening cuts typically found on customized factory slides. Again, like having your slide cut, you must do research on who manufactures your slide in order to choose a reputable brand.

        Companies like Brownells make affordable slide options but are often only cut for one style of red dot footprint. The more affordable aftermarket options also might not be as flashy or cool looking as custom slides. For people that want an OEM look without modifying their factory slide, a few companies now offer aftermarket slides with a profile identical to factory slides.


        Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec (Dark Earth)

        It’s Your Choice

        While having a slide custom cut for your red dot is probably the most popular and recommended option, everybody has different requirements for their gun. Regardless of the route you take, it’s important you go out and train with your gun and optic.

        Even professional shooters might have trouble shooting with a pistol red dot, or a laser sight, after years of shooting iron sights only, as there is definitely a learning curve for some people. New or inexperienced shooters tend to “chase the dot” when it bounces around from recoil.

        Furthermore, you’re going to want to put a decent number of rounds through your pistol to make sure your slide and optic are able to withstand the proper amount of abuse. Once proficient though, pistol mounted optics can boost a shooter’s skill in both speed and distance shooting.

        What types of pistol mount / red dot combination do you use? Let us know in the comments below?

        How to Successfully Hunt Spring Turkey

        How to Successfully Hunt Spring Turkey

        By Brian Magee  

        Spring Turkey Hunting Preparation

        Every year in late winter, as cabin fever begins to set in, we start to think about spring turkey season. As Mother Nature allows, we gradually begin to disc plots, frost-seed our clover and chicory and use prescribed fire on our native warm-season grasses. Fire—in addition to management practices such as food plots, timber management and predator control—can dramatically increase turkey activity on your property.

        Fire suppresses unwanted plants and weeds, increases the palatability by encouraging new tender growth and improves wildlife habitat. In early spring, turkeys find these areas to be a great source of food.

        While predators such as coyotes and bobcats are much easier to avoid in freshly burned warm-season grasses, mature toms find these burns irresistible—they are incredible places to seek out hens and put on a show, fans out, in full strut.

        Spring turkey hunting at its finest.

        The Hunt

        A few days into the spring 2021 turkey season, we found ourselves set up on an area we had burned several weeks prior. While driving into the property, we located a big tom strutting in the middle of the burn. He had a single hen with him but she was giving him the cold shoulder as she fed along the edge of a creek.

        Several fingers of mature oaks separated us from the birds and we used them to our advantage as we cut the distance using woodlots for cover. A small pond at the edge of the woods meant the end of the road for us. We had cut the distance as much as possible and now only a few hundred yards separated us from where we had seen the strutting tom just 30 minutes earlier.

        I crawled across the burned grasses to get the decoys in place—hen and jake decoys were now easily visible from nearly every direction. As I set up, questions began to flood my head.

        Is the tom still in this area? Are there any wild turkeys in the area?  Will he hear my calling in the wind? Which way will he come from?

        We settled into a large clump of partially burned cedars and began to call.  I was slightly forward of my buddy, Chris Walls, who had volunteered to run the camera that day. Several minutes went by with no movement and no response from the tom we had seen earlier.

        After nearly 30 minutes of periodic calling, I heard a faint gobble in the distance. Chris and I shared a quick glance to confirm that we had both heard what we thought we had heard. The tom was a long way away and had quite a distance to cover. Yet, still he had answered my call and that alone boosted our spirits considerably.

        After that first gobble, things happened fast. As I called, the tom would immediately respond and occasionally cut me off. All the while, we could tell he was getting close with each subsequent gobble.

        The bird had committed and, within just a few minutes, had closed the distance by several hundred yards. I had to shift positions slightly. The tom decided he was coming right over the top of the pond dam to look for the hen that was making all of that sweet racket.

        I heard him before I saw him. Although the tom neared, he remained hidden—the unmistakable sound of drumming just over the lip of the pond dam meant that he was close…real close!

        The Sightmark Wolverine red dot sight helps hunters take aim quickly.

        Finally, the glimpse of a patriotic red, white and blue head over the edge of the pond damn made my heart race even faster! One last gobble and the body language of the old tom completely changed. He had seen the decoys! The tom was now focused on fighting his competition.

        He cruised into the decoys at a brisk pace, dragging his wingtips and puffing out his chest. He passed by the Avian hen decoy without a second look and immediately began to beat up on the poor jake with well-placed wings and spurs!

        Lining Up the Shot

        As he continued, I stared intently, directly down my shotgun barrel at the unsuspecting gobbler. The Sightmark Wolverine’s bright red-dot reticle followed the tom’s head as he danced around the jake. Chris whispered the confirmation I needed that he was on the bird and rolling.

        While Chris was ready, I was not. I needed to let him clear the decoy just a bit to avoid putting pellets in my plastic prizefighter!

        The click of the safety and a slight squeeze of the trigger left the tom laying on the ground between the decoys. A quick high-five with my cameraman and I ran out to gather what turned out to be another incredible bird off one of our Oklahoma properties.

        Property management and the right equipment played a huge role once again in the form of another successful spring turkey hunt. They don’t always end with smiles and high-fives but they do always end in an education. Make an effort to learn something every time you are out in the woods or on the water and it is sure to make you more successful in the future.

        Wild turkey management, and wildlife management overall, is eminently important. Spring turkey hunters should always follow hunting regulations which includes observing bag limits, obtain turkey tags and having a proper hunting license, as well as adhering to public lands etiquette if you’re not on private property.

        It was a successful hunt for all.

        About Brian

        Brian is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but has spent most of his life in the Oklahoma City area. He achieved a life-long goal of becoming a firefighter in 2003 and is now a part of the Oklahoma City Fire Department as a Lieutenant. His love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing began at a very young age thanks to a family who shared that same interest.

        He grew up with a fishing pole in hand and began hunting with his dad around the age of 6. At the age of 14, he received his first hunting bow for Christmas and his love for bowhunting was born. He has been bowhunting for over 25 years and has had the privilege of harvesting many animals.

        While he spends most of his time hunting and fishing, reloading also ranks high on his list of hobbies. He is married to a very understanding wife and enjoys every minute they spend together.

        Do you have a successful spring turkey hunt story? Share it in the comment section. 

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