Sightmark Pinnacle 3-18×44 Scope Review

This review is provided by Sightmark Summer 2019 intern, Mason Buenger.

The Sightmark Pinnacle riflescope is designed for long-range shooting and hunting.
The Pinnacle is a versatile scope good for hunting and long-distance target shooting.

Sightmark has built a strong presence in the firearm optics industry with consistent quality products. With heavy investment into their designed-in-Texas ideas, they have been able to produce high-quality products at a low price point. Whether you are hunting, shooting competitively or just protecting your home, Sightmark has the right optic for you. The next time you are in the market for an optic, give Sightmark a try.

Below I’m checking out one of my favorite models, the Pinnacle—specifically the 3-18×44 version. A very versatile scope with fantastic performance top to bottom, the Pinnacle has some great utilization in hunting and distance shooting.

Sightmark Overview

The Sightmark Pinnacle riflescope is perfect for long-range precision shooting, as well as hunting.
The Sightmark Pinnacle is one of the best scopes on the market.

When looking to shoot long ranges consistently, you are going to have to be willing to spend more for a quality product. With Sightmark, you get more than you pay for. The Sightmark Pinnacle is an investment that pays off in the long run.

Marksmen demand excellence, as well as functionality. With a scratch-resistance and a multi-coated finish, this top of the line premiere Japanese glass is protected by an extremely durable aircraft-grade aluminum tube, giving it the ruggedness to be taken wherever the shooter decides to adventure. With top-notch materials and American designs, Sightmark has a high-quality product that exceeds expectations.

Pinnacle Riflescope Review

This model is one of the best scopes on the market right now. The first focal plane reticle is an innovative design that increases the size of the reticle the more you magnify the scope, giving you an advanced look at your target. Also included are ballistic-matched BDC dials. A single-piece tube construction provides a sturdier and more rugged scope. The aircraft-grade aluminum is built to last and survive adverse conditions including water, fog and shock. Included turret caps give you the ability to leave your caps to your liking. The reticle has a variety of illumination settings giving you the ability to adapt to your situation. You can be as precise as possible with 0.1 MIL adjustments. This model Pinnacle has a magnification range of 3x-18x, objective lens of 44mm and a tube diameter of 34mm all while being only 33.5 oz. Overall, this is a fantastic riflescope any hunter or shooter could use in his arsenal.




  • Etched, illuminated red/green TMD-HW reticle
  • 0-5 brightness settings
  • 3-18x magnification
  • 44mm objective
  • 14.6-2.4mm exit pupil
  • 3.9-99″ eye relief
  • 11.7-1.9m field of view
  • 34mm tube
  • 30 to infinity parallax setting
  • 1 MRAD adjustment value
  • 25 MRAD elevation adjustment
  • 12 MRAD windage adjustment
  • CR2032 battery, up to 1,000 hours battery life red and 800 on green
  • Includes sunshade
  • Nitrogen-filled, fogproof
  • IP67 waterproof up to 3′ for 1 hour
  • Shockproof up to 3′
  • First focal plane
  • Aluminum construction
  • Fully multi-coated lens
  • 14.6″ L x 3.4″ W x 2.7″ H
  • Weighs: 33.5 ounces

Are you ready to be a sharpshooter? Check out the Pinnacle 3-18x44mm Pinnacle here.

About Mason

Mason is from Victoria, Texas and grew up hunting and using firearms. He is passionate about the conservation and protection of the great outdoors. Currently attending the University of Texas at Arlington, Mason enjoys spending his free time by hiking, shooting, reading and exploring nature.


Sightmark Partners with Phoenix Weaponry for National Shooting Sports Month Gearbox Giveaway

Sightmark partners with Phoenix Weaponry and the NSSF for a special National Shooting Sports Month giveaway.
Sightmark partners with Phoenix Weaponry and the NSSF for a special National Shooting Sports Month giveaway. Enter at

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/08/12) – Sightmark is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Phoenix Weaponry and the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide a special Gearbox Giveaway as part of the National Shooting Sports Month® celebration.

The jointly sponsored Gearbox Giveaway, worth approximately $4,000, includes:

  • One Phoenix Weaponry Trouble AR-15 complete rifle in 5.56
  • One Phoenix Weaponry AR-15 rifle bag
  • One Sightmark Pinnacle 1-6×24 TMD first focal plane scope
  • One set of Sightmark tactical mounting rings
  • One Sightmark neoprene pad
  • Three Sightmark decals
  • Two Sightmark tactical pens
  • One Sightmark banner
  • One Sightmark Can Cooler

“Whether you are already invested in today’s MSRs or just getting familiar with this tremendously flexible rifle platform, this Gearbox Giveaway — from rifle to scope to accessories — is one that will definitely up your game,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “We extend our sincere gratitude to both Sightmark and Phoenix Weaponry for this donation and look forward to having the winner of this Gearbox building a positive connection with these reputable brands.”

“At Sightmark we like to say, ‘Make your mark,’ But it means more than staying on target or even a clean shot on a magnificent game animal, the message also reminds us to make a difference in our industry and to be a positive influence in the lives of the people around us,” said James Sellers, Sightmark CEO. “Nothing is possible without good people being free to make a difference and the ability to stand up in defiance of tyranny. The Second Amendment not only assures our freedom, it ensures all other rights remain intact. The NSSF is about more than just shooting sports, hunting traditions and outdoor lifestyles. Supporting NSSF is a great way to continue to keep freedom and liberty in focus.”

Phoenix Weaponry owner and designer, Aaron Cayce, added, “As a precision firearm and accessory manufacturer, we take the Second Amendment, education, safety and our shooting heritage quite seriously. NSSF consistently pushes initiatives we can get behind, and this giveaway is just another way we can help make a difference.”

National Shooting Sports Month, a celebration of the shooting sports, takes place throughout the month of August. Firearms ranges and FFL retailers across the country have listed hundreds of special events on the calendar at, which interacts directly with NSSF’s website, where the site’s users can then discover all the events near them.

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Sightmark is Set to Attend NTOA 2019!

Visit with Sightmark at booth #401 at the 2019 NTOA Conference and Trade Show.
Visit with Sightmark at booth #401 at the 2019 NTOA Conference and Trade Show.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/08/07) – Sightmark is ready to attend the NTOA 36th Annual Law Enforcement Operation Conference and Tradeshow scheduled for August 18-23 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Stop by Sightmark booth #401 to check out their top-of-the-line products such as the Ultra Shot M-Spec reflex sight and the Wolverine red dot sight.

 Ultra Shot M-Spec

Ultra Shot M-Spec reflex sight with NTOA logo
NTOA recommends the Ultra Shot M-Spec reflex sight after extensive review and testing.

The most durable and advanced sight in the Ultra Shot line, the new M-Spec was designed with law enforcement in mind. Waterproof up to 40 ft. and able to withstand up to .50 BMG caliber recoil, the fixed-mount M-Spec features motion-sensing activation (5 min. shutoff w/ motion activation, 12-hour auto-off) to conserve battery life but still keeps the optic ready for when it needs to be. This cutting-edge reflex sight has an integrated retractable sunshade that reduces lens glare and protects the optic during rain or snow.

Click here to check out the Ultra Shot series of reflex sight. 


Wolverine red dot with NTOA recommendation logo
After 1,000 rounds, the Wolverine holds zero and didn’t malfunction once.

Sightmark offers two Wolverine models—FSR and CSR, which are night-vision compatible and feature scratch-resistant, coated lenses, unlimited eye relief and digital switch brightness controls. The Wolverine FSR (AR platform) includes a 28mm objective, 2-MOA red-dot reticle with 10 brightness settings and 120 ½-MOA windage/elevation adjustability. The Wolverine CSR (shotgun and SBR) includes a 23mm objective lens, 4-MOA red-dot reticle with 10 brightness settings and 120 1-MOA windage/elevation click-adjustability.

Click here to check out the Wolverine series of red dot sights. 

About NTOA

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

Hog Hunting 411: Shot Placement

Whether you’re hunting with a bow or rifle, effective shot placement comes down to a hog’s body position at the time of impact—most often the position the pig was standing in at the time of the shot; of course, the flight time of a bullet or arrow may allow for slight point-of-impact changes and usually not for the better. To that end, make sure you’re shooting within your level of confidence.

Tools of the Trade


When bow hunting, shooting directly at the back crease of the front shoulder, no more than mid-line of the hog’s body height, preferably one-third up from the bottom edge of the body gives you a great opportunity at lungs.
When bow hunting, shoot behind the ear, back crease of the front shoulder or the armpit (heart.)

Equally as important as shot placement is ammo—for bowhunters, this equates to arrow and broadhead setups and honestly, your bow setup as a whole. For bowhunting, I am currently shooting Carbon Express Maxima Red 350 arrows tipped with either 100-grain Zeus Broadheads (fixed/hybrid) or 100-grain Xecutioner Xpandables (mechanicals.) I trust both in terms of razor-sharp blades, function on impact, large cutting diameters and field-point type flight. They have yet to let me down.

Rifle Hunting

An AR-15, AR-10 and .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor are the author's favorite hog hunting rifles.
The AR-15, AR-10 and a bolt-action in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor make excellent hog guns.

I have killed countless hogs with both bolt-action rifles and gas-operated, semi-auto AR-platform modern sporting rifles. I enjoy hunting with each equally but for different reasons, whether I’m after a single monster from far off or enjoy the challenge of manual bolt-cycling for follow up shots, or I’m simply making as much bacon as possible out of any number of corn-thieves I run into. Either way, the caliber of bullets I choose have similarities.

With respect to rifles, I’ll break down my personal favorite caliber choices for hog hunting into three different rifle platforms—bolt-action, AR-10 and AR-15. Caliber choice is also subjective and this shortlist is clearly not all-inclusive. The point being, if you prefer another caliber, use it.


  • .308 Winchester
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 6.5 PRC


  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6.8 SPC
  • Sharps Rifle Company .25-45
  • .224 Valkyrie
  • Winchester’s .350 Legend
  • Wilson Combat’s .300 HAM’R

Worth mentioning, .22- and .28-Nosler, .450 BM, .458 SOCOM and .500 Beowulf also are picking up steam here in Texas. As a final note, yes, .223/5.56 are still popular but I prefer cartridges offering some combination of larger case capacity, higher velocity or a larger, heavier bullet.


  • .308 Winchester
  • 6.5 Creedmoor

The buzzworthy .375 Raptor is also getting some air-play and Phoenix Weaponry’s rimless .45-70 auto dropped jaws at SHOT Show and NRA Annual Meetings—I personally witnessed Phoenix Weaponry founder, Aaron Cayce, take a hog completely off its hooves using his Christine model rimless .45-70. It’s a nightmare for feral hogs.

Hybrid AR-15/AR-10

A solid hybrid AR-15/AR-10 choice creating buzz is Wilson Combat’s .458 HAM’R. This big-bore cartridge designed for AR systems is another sure-fire nightmare for hogs. The hybrid nature of the .458 HAM’R requires a Wilson Combat receiver set, BCG and barrel.

You Can’t Hit It if You Can’t See It

Optics are essential when hog hunting. Your rifle set-up should include a red dot sight with magnifier, thermal or a digital night vision riflescope.
Optics are essential when hog hunting. Your rifle set-up should include a red dot sight with magnifier, thermal or a digital night vision riflescope.

Optics are critically important for proper shot placement. My archery optic setup is great for daytime shooting but specifically designed to facilitate successful shooting when I bow hunt most often—at night.

Rifle-mounted optics also should be purpose-driven based on distance, day or night shooting, etc. For daytime optics at longer ranges, I prefer traditional riflescopes, even first-focal-plane if my environment can accommodate increased magnification. For close- to mid-range shooting, I prefer red dot optics, more traditional second-focal-plane riflescopes (like the Sightmark Core TX MR 4-16x44mm) or I simply jump straight to thermal imaging. For night hunting, I certainly prefer a thermal riflescope, although, depending on weather, sometimes digital night vision is a wiser choice. Either way, let purpose determine your optic.

Broadside Head and Body Shots

For broadside shots within your comfort zone, the best shot to stop a feral hog in its tracks is just behind the ear—the earhole also makes a great point of aim. A shot in this area penetrates the brain—lights out, instantly. If you’re not comfortable with ear-shots or your shooting a bow, shooting directly at the back crease of the front shoulder, no more than mid-line of the hog’s body height, preferably one-third up from the bottom edge of the body gives you a great opportunity at lungs. Lower on the same crease, just a couple inches above the lower body line, in what I refer to as the armpit area of the hog, is the heart; of course, heart- and lung-shot hogs can still run. Be prepared to track blood depending on your environment.

For a rifle hunter electing to take a broadside body-shot, shooting through the shoulder is also quite effective. When a hog is standing at true-broadside, not angled toward or away from the shooter, this shot generally results breaking both shoulders and destroying either the lungs or the heart. Broken shoulders obviously make running away tough at best, and blood-tracking a cinch. Seasoned hog hunters often quip, “Pin the shoulders together and they won’t go far.”

Front-Facing Shots

For broadside shots within your comfort zone, the best shot to stop a feral hog in its tracks is just behind the ear.
For broadside shots within your comfort zone, the best shot to stop a feral hog in its tracks is just behind the ear.

If you intend to shoot a pig facing you, aim at the center of the forehead just above the centerline of the eyes to penetrate the skull and brain, or at the center of the chest, although this point-of-aim is often obscured by the hog’s snout and jaw. Bowhunters should not attempt either of these shots.

Rifle hunters should wait until the feral hog’s head either exposes the chest or, for a head-shot, is at a natural forward-facing position (looking in your direction), not looking up, down or to the side. These head positions can result in missing the brain or even deflection, especially with respect to large boars and sows.

Quartered-To Shots

For bowhunters, shots on pigs quartered toward the shooter are risky—a fair amount of bone from the sternum, ribs and closest shoulder make the shot difficult; thus, in my opinion, should not be taken. Rifle hunters have an easier time penetrating vitals than bowhunters. For a “quartered-to” shot, aim to the inside of the closest front shoulder, between the shoulder and vertical midline of the chest—the amount of shift for good shot placement can change depending on the hog’s degree of angle toward you; however, determining the angled point-of-entry required to penetrate organs should be easy. If you cannot make such a determination, wait for another shot within your level of confidence.

Quartered-Away Shots

Determining point-of-aim on a feral pig in a quartered-away position is easier and more desirable, especially as it relates to bowhunters and the big boys. Large boars generally have a ridiculously tough, often thick, shield covering the front shoulders and sweeping back over the vitals. A quartered-away shot from a bow allows the bowhunter to slip behind the shield for much deeper penetrating shots. For lower-poundage bowhunters engaging large hogs, this shot may be the only reasonable choice for an effective kill.

The Sightmark Wraith digital night vision scope detects targets out to 200 yards.
The Sightmark Wraith digital night vision scope detects targets out to 200 yards.

Rifle hunters using appropriate hunting ammo should not have issues with penetrating a hog’s shoulder or shield, making quartered-away and broadside shots perfect opportunities for easy shot placement. For quartered-away shots, aim for the front edge of the opposite forward shoulder. As your point of aim relates to broadside shooting, keep shots no higher than mid-way up the hog’s body, preferably at one-third for a solid lung shot or just a couple inches up from the bottom edge of the body profile, in the “armpit” area for a heart-shot—again, expect the hog to run a short distance—even up to 100 yards. The only dead-in-its-tracks, anchoring shots I see are brain and spine shots; however, the latter often requires follow up shots—definitely not ideal.

As a final note on quartered-away animals, the greater the degree the animal is facing away, the more apt a shooter is to lose the aiming reference of the front edge of that forward shoulder. In addition, as the angle increases, the potential for making a double-lung shot decreases, allowing a shot hog to run further.

Do you bow or rifle hunt? Maybe you do both! What do you think about shot placement? Tell us in the comment section.

Sightmark Readies for Another Successful Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/07/30) – Sightmark is ready to attend the “granddaddy of all hunting shows,” Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza (TTHA) 2019 scheduled for August 9-11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX.

If you’re planning to attend TTHA Extravaganza 2019, stop by booth #360 to speak with Sightmark’s educated staff and learn about their top-of-the-line products. Sightmark will proudly showcase hunting optics and firearm accessories like the Citadel Riflescope series and the newly introduced Wraith HD Digital Riflescope.

Citadel 3-18×50 LR1

This premium riflescope is designed for hunters, medium-to-long-range shooting, competition shooters and law enforcement. The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 features a 6x optical system giving you a wide magnification to shoot medium-to-long-range, fully multi-coated lens system, exposed pop-up locking turrets and a red illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings for contrast against targets. The Citadel is IP67 waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, fogproof and comes complete with flip-up covers, throw lever and a sunshade cover.

Wraith HD Digital Riflescope

The 4-32x50mm Wraith HD digital riflescope is a revolutionary, new high-definition optic designed in Texas by hunters, for hunters. The advanced 1920×1080 HD sensor provides full-color clarity in daytime; simply hit the left arrow to enable night mode–with classic emerald or black and white viewing options. An included 850nm IR illuminator provides enhanced image brightness and accurate target acquisition to an astounding 200 yards at night. Notably, the IR is removable for hunters who live in states where emitted light is illegal. The Wraith also features onboard recording and video export to share your favorite memories.

Dealers attending the Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza may also set up a meeting with Sightmark’s product expert team by contacting or calling 817-225-0310 ext. 298. Media members who wish to visit with our team contact

About TTHA

The Texas Trophy Hunters Association is the “Voice of Texas Hunting” and will continue to promote, protect and preserve Texas’ wildlife resources and hunting heritage for future generations. For over 40 years, the Texas Trophy Hunters Association has promoted the sport, science and heritage of hunting in the great state of Texas.

 Click here to visit the event website. 

How to Scout for Dove

Doves are one the most hunted bird, with hunters harvesting about 13 million in 2015.
In 2015, hunters harvested about 13 million doves.

If you don’t have a good spot on opening weekend, your chances of success exponentially decrease with each day that passes. Doves respond to hunting pressure and because opening weekend is crowded and the bag limit is high comparingly to other wing hunting, it is inevitable that dove hunting becomes increasingly challenging. That is why it is so important to scan your spots a week or two before September 1.

There is no guarantee that last year’s honey hole, especially if it isn’t yours, will still be the sweet spot. Watering holes dry up, farmers switch or don’t plant crops—they may not have cut their field yet, land development and plenty of other factors affect doves’ feeding, watering and roosting grounds.

Typically, dove hunting doesn’t require as much preparation as deer hunting does. Most dove hunters wear drab colors, pack up a chair, ammo and a shotgun and post up in the nearest open field. Even though doves are the most bountiful bird in North America, you still run the risk of not hitting your limit that first day—especially if you haven’t done your homework.

You’re more likely to be successful if you approach your dove hunt like you do deer. An essential step is scouting.

All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.

Finding the Best Dove Field

Freshly harvested crop fields like sunflower, corn and wheat and preferred feeding fields for doves.
Freshly harvested crop fields like sunflower, corn and wheat and preferred feeding fields for doves.

Doves eat anywhere from 14 to 20 percent of their weight a day. Seeds are their primary diet. They prefer open grain fields, freshly harvested—wheat, barley, corn and sunflower fields are prime feeding grounds. These grain fields edged with tall, sparse dead trees or power lines are where you will find the perch sights doves like. Scan for these entry and exit points because doves use these outlying trees to watch the fields for predators before flying in to feed.

Watering Holes

Doves typically fly into a water source at least once a day, usually in the evening right before roosting. Like their feeding ground, doves prefer a flat area with a place nearby to perch and watch before committing to flying in to drink. Cattle ponds should be easy to find, and the vegetation will already be stomped down. Look for ponds with low banks and sandy areas where it is easy for doves to land and keep watch.


The best time to hunt doves is early morning and right before dusk. However, since this is known to seasoned dove hunters, the fields will empty out from late morning/lunch to mid-afternoon. Though during this time, you probably won’t have flocks flying in, you’ll spot singles and pairs without the competition of other hunters. If the doves are flying slow, don’t be discouraged. Wait it out. They’ll come back—especially if you’ve already scouted the location.

To make sure you know when the doves are flying, scout at the same time of day you plan to hunt.
When scouting, go at the same time you plan to hunt.

When scouting, go at the same time you plan to hunt. This will ensure you have an adequate understanding of when and where the doves are flying and their different flight patterns.

What Not to Do

Avoid public, popular fields and sneak off to lesser-known, out-of-the-way places. When doves feel pressure from one field, they will push out to other fields. Public hunting land will fill up fast opening weekend. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors, become friendly with farmers and ask for permission to hunt on private land.

There is still plenty of time left to scout out the perfect spots. Don’t forget to clean your shotgun and check to make sure your license is current.

Tell us your dove hunting stories in the comment section.

Click here to buy the Sightmark Solitude binoculars. 

Sightmark Congratulates Lithuanian IPSC PCC Champion, Marius Kazanskis

Sightmark-sponsored shooter Marius Kazanskis, Lithuanian IPSC PCC Champion
Marius Kazanskis, Lithuanian IPSC PCC Champion

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/07/16) – Sightmark would like to congratulate sponsored shooter Marius Kazanskis on becoming the IPSC Lithuanian Champion for the PCC division in 2019 while using Sightmark optics! After tirelessly competing in matches across Europe over the course of this season, Kazanskis captured another first-place victory at the level III Lithuania Open last week, securing his #1 spot for PCC.

Kazanskis has been utilizing a range of Sightmark optics on his competition firearms to keep him on target, including the Citadel 1-6×24 riflescope, Ultra Shot M-Spec reflex sight and 45-degree mounted Mini Shot reflex sight.

“I am very happy with my Citadel 1-6×24 scope,” stated Kazanskis. “It works perfectly, with no issues. It does the job for me 110 percent.”

Marius Kazanskis' Grand Power  Stribog with Sightmark optics
Marius Kazanskis’ Grand Power Stribog

The Citadel 1-6×24 proves to be an excellent competition scope due to its low variable power and reticle illumination for low-light shooting scenarios. You can follow Marius Kazanskis on his IPSC and IDPA shooting adventures by following him on Instagram @mariusipsc.


How to Prepare for Deer Season 2019

Is it too early to start preparing for deer season?

Who are we kidding? We were ready for next season as soon as last season closed! Even though it may feel like summer will never end, right now is the perfect opportunity to plan and prep to increase your odds at bagging that buck come fall.

It’s All About That Seed

Food plots for deer supplement a deer’s natural diet and provides nutrition the deer need.
Food plots for deer supplement a deer’s natural diet and provides nutrition the deer need.

Have you planted a food plot yet? A food plot is a way to supplement the deer’s natural diet. It will attract deer in the area and give you a scouting location to place your stand or blind and trail camera. Deer like to munch on high-protein crops like peas, soybeans, kale and corn, as well as red clover, chicory and orchard grass.

Monitor and Maintaining Your Food Plots

The offseason is the opportune time to prepare your land for deer hunting by plowing, planting and mowing. If you already have a growing food plot, a trick to making it even better hunting ground is to create cover around it, so the deer feel safe to feed there, as well as help hide you while going to and from your deer stand. Plant a food plot screen with tall grasses or crops that deer don’t particularly find that tasty. Sorghum and Egyptian Wheat grasses are popular choices.

Check Out the Latest Gear

The Sightmark Wraith offers full-color digital image clarity during the day.
The Sightmark Wraith takes 1080 HD photo and video.

While you are hard at work on your tan, we’re hard at work cranking out the latest and greatest accessories to make your hunt more efficient. The newest product Sightmark has is the innovative, high-definition Wraith digital riflescope. Useable both day and night, it is the one optic you need for your summertime predator pursuits, as well as fall and winter hunting seasons!

Quality Range Time

Time to dust off the ole rifle. Take this time to get reacquainted. You can sight-in your new scopes, try out the latest ammo and just become a better shot in general with regular trips to the range for practice and training.

Somebody’s Watching Me

Put your game cameras around your hunting area so you can start watching where deer are going, where they feed and bed, and gain insight on the herd’s health. You have plenty of time to move your trail cams around to find the best hunting spots. Consider placing your cameras so you can check memory cards without disturbing your hot spots. Game cameras that stream to your mobile are great options.

Gear Check

Man shooting a WMD Guns Big Beast rifle long-distance with a Sightmark Pinnacle riflescope and tactical Cantilever mount
You will want to sight-in your scope before heading out into the field.

Old camo with holes in it, sleeping bags with broken zippers, decrepit stands…Since you have a few months to repair or replace, now is the perfect time to make sure everything you use during the hunt is in good working order.

Blowin’ In The Wind

Once you’ve found your hot spot and established where your stand will be, it’s time to do some maintenance and planning. Map out a few ways to get to your stand. You wouldn’t want to ruin your chances just because the wind is blowing in the wrong direction on opening day. Having multiple routes to your stand depending on wind direction won’t blow your cover. Trimming back limbs and trees and cutting down weeds and grasses might be necessary. In addition, you may set up a backup hunting spot that accommodates for a change in wind direction.

Locate Prime Bedding Spots…

or make your own. You can create a natural bedding spot for deer near your food plots and stand by clearing out a spot surrounded by woods.

Line Up Them Ducks

Double check your licenses, stamps, tags, etc. Your state takes hunting without the proper paperwork very seriously. Make sure you have everything you need to be legal opening weekend.

Psych Yourself Up

Picture of three deer.
Set up your game cameras to know where the deer are going.

Yes, mentally you’re preparing, planning and excited, but take a few minutes to calm down and take a reflective, big-picture look of why you hunt. Remember those who came before you, who taught you and think about who you’ll teach next. At the end of the day, hunting isn’t about bagging the biggest buck or having the most expensive, the latest gadget, it is about tradition, conservation, honor and nourishment.

To read more about this, click here.

How do you prepare for fall hunting? Tell us in the comment section.

Introducing the New Citadel 3-18×50 MR2

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/07/11) – Sightmark listened to its customers adding the new Citadel 3-18×50 MR2 riflescope to the Citadel family. The Citadel 3-18×50 MR2 is designed to provide premium performance without denting your wallet. The Citadel 3-18×50 features a first-focal-plane lens system with a versatile illuminated MR2 reticle for mid- to long-range hunting.

The added medium-range MR2 reticle is uncomplicated and easy to use, featuring a red illuminated four-solid post with thin crosshairs and center crosshairs reticle. The reticle’s crosshairs are separated by 1, 0.5 and 0.2 MRAD intervals with 11 brightness settings. The MR2 reticle is simple at low magnification, while still offering the ability to adjust your aim at higher magnifications.

If you are a dealer and would like to speak to someone about pre-orders or becoming a new authorized Sightmark dealer please contact or if you are a media member and would like to test and evaluate please contact


Are Red Dot Sights Accurate?

What is a red dot sight?

Sightmark M-Spec reflex red dot sight
A red dot sight uses a reflective glass lens to gather light from an LED which projects an illuminated reticle.

A red dot sight uses a reflective glass lens to gather light from an LED which projects an illuminated reticle—typically a dot or a circle with center dot—superimposed on the field of view. The greatest benefit of using a red dot sight is increased speed of acquiring a target without loss of accuracy.

A red dot sight makes a highly visible aiming point for the user. Unlike traditional magnified scopes, you can aim with a red dot sight with both eyes open and it has unlimited eye relief. Iron sights require users to align both the front and back sights to aim at a target, while red dot sights are designed to get the shooter on target very quickly.

To answer the question, “are red dot sights accurate?” and get the most out of your red dot sight, you must use the sight correctly.

Bindon Aiming Concept

As noted above, red dot sights are designed specifically to be used with both eyes open. This is called the Bindon Aiming Concept. When we keep both eyes open, we get the benefit of focusing both on the target and the reticle. Your dominant eye sees the reticle and the target, while your non-dominant eye sees only the target, resulting in what is called a stereopsis image. The image from the dominant eye is overlaid with the image from the non-dominant eye. This process happens subconsciously and nearly instantaneously. This not only naturally leads to faster target acquisition and the probability of an accurate shot; stereopsis also allows a fail-safe method of target acquisition in case your red dot’s line of sight is blocked.

Shooting with both eyes open, called the Bindon Aiming Concept provides faster target acquisition and well as increased situational awareness.
Stereopsis also allows a fail-safe method of target acquisition if your line of sight is blocked.

Red dot sights have 1x or a true zero magnification. Instead of concentrating on getting the reticle centered on your target, the illuminated reticle of a red dot sight happens as fast you can raise your firearm and see the dot. Remaining focused on the target, as soon as the dot is at your aiming point, you can fire an accurate shot.

Using the Bindon Aiming Concept also allows shooters to remain situationally aware with a wide field of view. This is particularly useful in self-defense, law enforcement and military situations, as you can still see your surroundings and identify further threats.


To a certain degree, red dot sights are nearly parallax-free. Parallax is what you experience when using magnified riflescopes. When you move your head, the reticle seems to move around the target. This is caused by the reticle not focusing at the same distance as the target. With a red dot sight, your head position will not affect the red dot sight’s accuracy.

No optical sight, though, is 100% parallax free as parallax will occur at some point at closer ranges. This can be clearly seen when a red dot is mounted in an absolute co-witness setup. In this setup, the reticle will “swim” all around the front iron sight. The typical red dot sight will be parallax-free from 25 to 50 yards to infinity.

MOA Dot Sizes

Another important factor affecting the accuracy of the red dot sight is the size of the dot.

Smaller dots—1 to 2.5 MOA—are used for precise shots at longer distances. 5, 6, 6.5 and larger MOA dots will get you on target faster but will be less precise because the dot will cover a broader area on the target.
Smaller dots—1 to 2.5 MOA—are used for precise shots at longer distances. 5, 6, 6.5 and larger MOA dots will get you on target faster.

The illuminated reticle, whether it be a single red or green dot or a circle with subtensions and center dot, is measured in minutes of angle (MOA.) The minute of angle is a unit for angular measurement of a circle. 1 MOA is equal to 1.047 inches at 100 yards, rounded down to 1 inch. For example, a 1 MOA dot will appear to be 1 inch big on at target 100 yards out. A small MOA dot will be harder to see, especially at longer distances. A large MOA dot, especially at the highest brightness level, will be very easy to see but may cover too much of your target to precisely hit where you’ve aimed.

3 to 5 MOA dots—with 3 being the most popular—lay between the middle of small and bigger dot sizes. Since most red dot sights have adjustable brightness, the 3 to 5 MOA dot is the most accurate in most shooting situations from home defense in tight quarters to medium range steel target shooting or hog hunting.

Picking out the right reticle size will help or hinder your accuracy with a red dot.

For more about how to chose which dot size, click here.

Though magnified riflescopes and iron sights with extensive training and practice are extremely accurate, the red dot sight’s design is inherently more so with the addition of speed. The illuminated dot stays parallel with the sight’s optical axis, so the point of aim is always in line with the point of impact, as well as the red dot always remaining in focus no matter how far away the target.

The only area in which the red dot’s accuracy does not excel is longer distances. CQB and medium-range target shooting, competition, self-defense, and predator and varmint hunting, some even use a red dot sight while turkey hunting, are all where the red dot sight is most useful.

For more on red dot sights, read the following helpful articles.

Open or Tube Reflex Sights—Which Type of Red Dot Sight Should I Buy?

How to Shoot with a Red Dot Sight

Sightmark Mini Shot M-SPEC FMS Reflex Sight Review

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