(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/03/17) –Whether you are on the hunt of a lifetime, ringing steel on a Saturday morning or fighting for the top spot in your next precision shooting competition, Sightmark’s new Latitude riflescopes bring your most challenging targets into focus.
Designed with versatility in mind, Sightmark’s Latitude line includes four long-range scopes with robust 4:1 zoom ratio, fully multi-coated scratch-resistant glass, green/red illuminated reticle options, locking fast-focus eyepiece, 34mm tube diameter, external zero-stop ring and oversized turrets. Sightmark Latitude riflescopes are available in the following models: 10-40×60 F-Class (SM13044FTR), 10-40×60 Benchrest (SM13044BR), 6.25-25×56 F-Class (SM13042FTR) and 6.25-25×56 PRS (SM13042PRS).
Second-focal-plane Latitude F-Class and Benchrest 10-40×60 and F-Class 6.25-25×56 Riflescopes are built for extreme distance shooting. F-Class and Benchrest models feature 1/8-MOA (10-40×60 FTR/BR) or 1/4-MOA (6.25-25×56 FTR) windage and elevation adjustments up to 110E and 70W. While Latitude Benchrest and F-class riflescopes deliver stunning clarity, perfect for reading mirage and other environmental conditions at extended distances, the fine-etched illuminated reticles are designed specifically to obstruct as little of the target face as possible for precise shot placement.
Sightmark is excited to add another first-focal-plane option for next-level marksmen to consider, the Latitude 6.25-25×56 PRS Riflescope. The Latitude PRS riflescope boasts .1 MIL windage and elevation adjustments (up to 31E and 20W), external zero-stop ring and a fine-etched, red/green-illuminated PRS reticle designed specifically for fast, accurate target engagements at varying distances whether employing turret adjustments or holdovers.
Sightmark Latitude Riflescopes include a sunshade, CR2032 battery, manual and a lifetime warranty.
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The Sightmark M-Spec takes a beating from the Cheyenne, Wyoming police department and proves it’s a durable and reliable piece of essential gear.
Our country’s police forces wouldn’t be able to protect and serve without reliable equipment. They are better prepared to do their duty safely and swiftly when they are equipped with dependable gear they can trust. Sellmark Corporation Senior Law Enforcement Sales Representative Rich Collier who is also a current Deputy Constable of Tarrant County and former Chief of Police says law enforcement need their equipment to be reliable, cost-effective and have a good warranty. It is a tough job evaluating a new product. Getting it wrong can cost innocent lives. How can they be sure it won’t fail when it really matters? In 2017, Sellmark added a dedicated team to support local, state, national and even international law enforcement personnel. With new GSA-approval, it is now easier for government agencies, including law enforcement, to purchase Puslar, Sightmark, Firefield and 12 Survivors products. Sellmark stands by its products and without hesitation will send them out to police departments for review and testing.
One product that both law enforcement and military find useful is a red dot or reflex sight. These optics provide quick target acquisition and accurate shots, are easy to use, perform well in low-light, and allow the user to aim and shoot with both eyes open, which is important to staying situationally aware.
From February 8 to February 26, 2018, the police department of Cheyenne, Wyoming ran the Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec FMS (SM26010) through the gauntlet. In fact, they performed more rigorous testing on a product than any other department. Officer Young of Cheyenne, Wy PD pushed the M-Spec to its limits and it exceeded expectations.
The Ultra Shot M-Spec is a night-vision compatible reflex sight with an illuminated red 65 MOA circle dot crosshair reticle with 6 brightness settings.
65 MOA red Circle Dot Crosshair (60 MOA circle w/ 5 MOA sub tension, 2 MOA central dot)
Parallax-corrected lens system from 10 yards to infinity
-22 to 160 F operating temperature
103mm long x 49mm wide x 61mm tall
Weighs 7.5 ounces
Cast magnesium housing with protective shield
Automatic shut off after 5 minutes of no motion
Here is the detailed account of the test:
Cheyenne, Wyoming PD received the unit along with a magnifier on February 8, 2018. It mounted quickly without issue to a DPMS AR-15 and was easily zeroed at the range. The leaver on the magnifier got in the way of the rifle’s charging handle but changing the lever to pull closed to the front made it fit better. Shooting several drills at steel targets at 100 to 25 yards, the M-Spec’s dot was easy to see and got on target quickly. After 180 rounds, the optic was still holding zero.
The DMPS rifle was tipped over on its side 20 times and the Ultra Shot M-Spec still held zero. The magnifier was removed, and the rifle was tipped over again on top of the sight and it still held zero. The rifle was dropped from a height of 3 feet onto its side an additional 20 more times. Zero was still held. Then it was dropped from 4 feet directly onto the optic 5 times and removed from a vehicle 20 times. It was after this round of testing that zero moved three inches high.
On 2/26/18, the rifle was dropped directly on top of the optic from three feet and again, it kept zero. To test the durability of the optic by itself, it was removed from the rifle and thrown 10 feet into the air, allowing it to hit the gravel 5 times. It still held zero. Additionally, the M-Spec alone was thrown about 20 feet into the air 5 times and still held zero. The sight by itself was thrown down range 30 yards and it still stayed zero. Thrown 30 yards again—it still held zero. Thrown 45 yards down range and it stayed zero. While taking the optic on and off the rifle, Officer Young accidentally over-tightened the rear mounting screw, stripping the screw. The M-Spec had not been turned off since the department received it on February 8 and was still fully operational.
Two days after getting the Sightmark M-Spec, Officer Young froze the rifle with the red dot attached in sub-zero temperatures and poured water over the optic and magnifier.
After freezing, on February 13, 2018, the M-Spec was still functioning at full power, despite having been turned on since the 8th. The magnifier needed slight adjustments to bring the reticle back to center. Despite this, the M-Spec was still holding zero.
Officer Young put the rifle with the optic attached in a hot shower and then froze it in a sub-zero temperature for three hours. It was frozen multiple times and tested for fogging.
After finishing the drop and extreme temperature tests, Officer Young drove around with the rifle and M-Spec in his trunk for two days. He slid it down a flight of carpeted stairs. After all of this, he fired 60 rounds and found that zero was still held.
After test and evaluation were finished, the Cheyenne, Wyoming PD ordered 10 units for law enforcement use.
To reach Sellmark’s Law Enforcement team with questions about products and ordering, call 817-225-0310 extension 288.
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(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/03/15) – Helping shooters accurately extend the range of their reflex or red dot sight, new T-3 (SM19063) and T-5 (SM19064) Magnifiers provide 3x or 5x magnification in a straight tube optic system 0.7-0.8” shorter than their predecessor. Perfect for AR-platform firearms and specifically target shooting, 3-gun competitions and hunting applications, T-3 and T-5 Magnifiers feature a locking quick detach and flip-to-side mount, allowing rapid transition between the magnifier and accompanying sight.
An advanced, streamlined, low-drag design prevents the magnifier from snagging on vests and equipment. External windage and elevation adjustments make aligning the center of the magnifier’s point-of-view to the reticle extremely easy. Fully multi-coated optics improve brightness and resolution, increasing target and POI recognition. Both weighing less than 11 oz., T-3 and T-5 Magnifiers provide an effortless and effective way to increase optical magnification without sacrificing the advantages of a close quarters reflex/red dot sight.
These magnifiers are compatible with most reflex and red dot sights on the market, including Sightmark Element, Wolverine and Ultra Shot models. IP55 water resistant and recoil rated up to .308, Sightmark T-3 and T-5 Magnifiers include flip-to-side LQD mount, adjustment tools and a manual.
(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). 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 2018/03/07) – Firearm enthusiasts take note: this year the 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will be held right in Sightmark’s backyard; Dallas, Texas. Sightmark is proud to announce they will be exhibiting their full line of optics, accessories and more at booth #12146 in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, May 3-6, 2018.
New Sightmark products introduced at the 2018 SHOT Show will be available for shooting and hunting aficionados to see firsthand, including all-new Photon and Signal RT digital optics, Citadel and Latitude riflescopes and Ultra Shot RAM series reflex sights. With everything from laser lights to long-range precision optics like the Pinnacle 3-18×44, the Sightmark booth is sure to have something for every kind of shooter. If you plan to attend this year’s NRA Exhibit, please take the opportunity to learn more about Sightmark products from our knowledgeable and friendly staff at booth #12146.
With 15 acres of guns and gear on exhibit, the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will welcome over 80,000 patriots and 800+ industry exhibitors. In addition to the exhibits, the Annual Meetings will also feature a jam-packed schedule of seminars, workshops, special events and more! For more information on this event, please visit https://www.nraam.org/.
If you do only one drill at the range…do this one.
There are plenty of reasons why people chose to own firearms. Many firearm owners, like myself, own firearms for lots of different reasons. But there is one reason I have found that we all have in common—to protect ourselves and our families if we must. Honestly, I don’t know anyone that owns a gun that doesn’t say, “protection” as one of those reasons. I know people who own a firearm solely to defend themselves. In a Pew Research Center poll, 67% of gun owners report the main reason they own a firearm is for self-defense. No matter the reason, choosing to be a firearm owner means responsibly learning how to safely operate your firearm, as well as knowing how to clean and maintain that firearm. Buying a gun for protection and sticking it in a biometric safe next to the bed isn’t enough. Knowing confidently that you will be able to use that gun if you must is what can save your life. And the only way you are going to do that is by regular training and practice.
Practice keeps you proficient with the shooting fundamentals and basic handgun techniques. It helps you know the ins and outs of your firearm and how to keep it in tip-top working order. Training reveals your weaknesses. It creates positive muscle memory, so you can operate your gun efficiently in times of duress and hopefully, increase your speed and accuracy.
In Texas, we must take a course from a certified instructor in order to obtain a concealed carry license. Every instructor of that course will tell you at some time during those six hours that we “shoot to stop a threat.” It is highly unlikely that when you must use your gun to save your life, your first shot will put down an attacker. Though we cannot know what our exact reaction would be when faced with the situation in which we have to use our gun, most experts agree—you will not aim properly, nor will one round usually do the trick. When faced with a threat, your eyes will naturally stay on target and not your gun’s sights. That is why the simple Bill Drill is one of my favorite defensive pistol drills. It makes you practice your fundamentals but also prepares you for a self-defense situation and challenges you to increase your speed and accuracy. The Bill Drill focuses on a realistic aspect of a self-defense shooting—dumping your mag at a threat in close quarters.
Before doing the Bill Drill at the range with live ammo (you can easily perform this drill at home with airsoft or dry fire,) check with your range to make sure it is okay to draw from a holster and rapid fire. There are many ranges that ask you to keep 2 to 3 seconds between shots.
To do the Bill Drill you will need:
IDPA or IPSC silhouette or another man-sized silhouette target
One full magazine with at least six rounds loaded
A 6×11 piece of paper, paper plate, index card, or another way to mark an area in center mass of the target
How to do the Bill Drill:
Put a paper plate in the center mass area of any man-sized target. Focus on speed and accuracy. Empty your magazine into the paper plate. Your goal is to have every round hit somewhere inside that paper plate.
Hang a paper plate, index card or a 6×11 sheet of paper in the center mass area of the target. This is your “A Zone.” Send the target out to seven yards (Most self-defense shootings occur between 10 and 5 feet.)
Either keep your gun in your holster or if your range restricts holster work, keep it on the bench or at the low ready.
Have your shooting buddy tell you when to go and clock your time on a shot timer.
Draw your gun from your holster, the bench or from the low ready and fire six rounds or your full magazine into the 6×11 area.
Your ultimate goal is to hit every round in the A Zone in under three seconds.
Start out slow with the Bill Drill, eventually working your way up from eight seconds to three Do the drill cold. Meaning, let it be the first drill you do when you arrive at the range. Think about it—you won’t get a warm up in real life.
Modifications and Challenges:
Reload quickly and perform the drill with another magazine
Switch from a paper plate to an index card
Practice reloads while keeping your eyes on the target
Practice clearing malfunctions without taking your gun off target
The Bill Drill is not only a practical self-defense shooting drill, it also helps you develop faster recovery time for quicker and more accurate follow-up shots and better trigger control and recoil mitigation.
You can dry fire any drill at home. Dry fire gives you the opportunity to practice and train more often and save money, especially if your gun range has restrictive rules.
Note: If you have never drawn from a holster before, please do not attempt the Bill Drill with live ammunition. Accidents happen when people are inexperienced at drawing and reholstering. You must learn how to present your gun from its holster safely. Practice this at home without any ammo, graduating to snap caps before any attempts at drawing at the range with live ammunition.
No amount of training will completely prepare you for real-life self-defense use of your handgun, but regular practice will help you develop the muscle memory needed to function efficiently if you have to. It will help you overcome the adrenaline dump that causes tunnel vision, loss of fine motor skills and memory loss when your body experiences fight or flight.
What are your favorite self-defense drills? Share them with other shooters in the comment section.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/02/27) – Redesigned and improved for 2018, the latest LoPro Combo units from Sightmark are ideal for your tactical, home defense and hunting needs. Three revamped models ensure you’ll stay on target, including the LoPro Mini Combo (SM25012), LoPro Combo Flashlight and Green Laser Sight (SM25013) and LoPro Mini (SM25016). Hinted at by their name, all LoPro accessories boast a low profile design that allows them to be mounted in front of optics without obstructing the shooter’s view.
Replacing previous LoPro models, the new LoPro Mini Combo adds improvements including aluminum housing, protected windage/elevation adjustments, thread-on and rotating pressure pad and variable LED brightness for flashlight modes. A streamlined, solid metal construction and single-piece integrated mount assure your LoPro stays firm and holds zero in the face of extreme conditions and harsh use.
Similar to the LoPro Mini Combo, the upgraded LoPro Combo is a full-sized flashlight/laser combo that adds a useful IR illuminator to be used in conjunction with night vision units. A high-intensity, variable brightness LED flashlight gives shooters the perfect amount of light for their current shooting scenario. Ideal for a variety of day and nighttime situations, the LoPro Combo’s screw-in pressure pad securely attaches to the unit and stays in place during severe field use.
Lastly, for those wanting the most compact and lightweight setup possible, the LoPro Mini is second to none. Weighing a mere 6.7 oz., this IPX5 water-resistant laser/flashlight is light on your wallet, too, but packs a big punch. Featuring hand adjustable windage/elevation, tool-less adjustments can be made at the drop of a hat. All LoPro Combo models include a pressure pad and a single CR123A battery.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2018/02/14) – New Sightmark Signal Digital Night Vision Monoculars are helping people see flawlessly at both day and night. With two different models, the 320RT 4.5×30 (SM18024) and 340RT 4.5×30 (SM18025), seeing in pure darkness (up to 380 yards away!) has never been easier.
Replacing the popular Ranger Digital Monocular series, the Signal lineup hits shelves packed with enhanced features. A new and improved high-sensitivity 640×480 CMOS sensor and high-resolution 640×480 LCD display ensure night time and low light performance. Both models feature available built-in video recording with sound, allowing users to take images and videos to show their friends or upload to the internet. The Signal can even stream directly to your smartphone or tablet for remote view via the Stream Vision app.
For ultimate stealth and discretion, the Signal 340RT’s 940nm IR illuminator produces no glow and is practically invisible to wildlife. Though not entirely invisible, the powerful 850nm IR illuminator found on Signal 320RT models gives viewers 50 more yards of detection range at night. Signals boast 2x digital zoom, enabling up to 9x magnification for up-close and personal viewing. Sightmark Signal Digital Night Vision Monoculars include carrying case, user manual, USB cable, neck strap and lens cloth.
Recently, I’ve been considering getting myself a truck gun. Not too long ago, I had an important birthday and bought myself a new expensive carry gun. It’s not one I’m willing to leave unattended in my car, so I feel like I need a beater gun for when I’m on road trips or toolin’ around town going in and out of places where I can’t legally carry. Having a truck gun also allows me the opportunity to have something close at hand that holds more rounds in a bigger caliber than my .380. Plus, what if I have to get out of Dodge ASAP with no time to run home and get the big guns?
Some of you are probably already shaking their heads saying, “why doesn’t she just carry a bigger gun?” Well, it gets hot—and I mean really hot—in North Texas. Work- and weather-appropriate clothing prevents me from comfortably carrying a full-sized 9mm, .40 or .45 that holds 9 rounds or more. Also, what’s the actual probability I will EVER need more than 14 rounds in a self-defense situation? So, no, I’m not thinking about getting a car gun in anticipation of a firefight. I want it because…reasons. And sometimes you need a “valid” excuse to give your significant other when you buy a new gun. Amiright?
I don’t know, maybe it’s my upbringing, but truck guns just make sense to me. My desire for one is threefold—for self-defense when I don’t have my EDC, as backup to my EDC and as my SHTF gun.
What is a Truck Gun?
A truck gun is a gun you designate as the one you keep in your vehicle.
Typically, truck guns are:
A rifle or shotgun
Affordable to cheap in price
Chambered for a caliber that takes down game
Easy to store
I grew up in small-town Arkansas. Back then, truck guns were literally just that—a shotgun or hunting rifle hung on a rack in plain view in your truck. Truck guns weren’t just commonplace, they were almost religion. It was never a threatening gesture and it never scared anyone. I mean, you never know when you’ll happen upon a trophy buck or gobbler.
You don’t have to have a truck to have a truck gun. You can keep a gun in your SUV, minivan, Tesla, Smart Car or whatever it is you drive on the reg. It just means a gun you specifically designate as the one you keep in your vehicle. Typically, a truck gun, or beater gun, is an affordable to down-right cheap rifle or shotgun. It needs to be tough, reliable and easy to shoot. Unless you take it to the range often, a get-home gun won’t see a lot of action, so you want to pick something that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and if the off chance it was stolen, you aren’t losing too much if you never get it back.
A truck gun needs to be easy to store, as well—under the seat or tucked away in the trunk—so bad guys who peep in windows won’t know it’s there.
Another requirement is that its handy and easy to use in a caliber that stops varmints and predators—four-legged, two-legged and ones that slither—and can also bring meat to the campfire in a survival situation. It’s gotta be fairly lightweight, so if I had to ditch the car and hike it on foot, I can sling it over my shoulder without it being a burden. It needs to be simple to clean, field strip and operate. And it especially needs to shoot straight enough to hit what I’m pointing at. I’m also going to need to like this gun. With any gun, you need to remain proficient with it—which means practice and training. Trust me, there’s no point in holding onto a firearm you dread shooting.
It’s a lot to ask of one gun. Fortunately, there are plenty of guns that meet my criteria to choose from.
These are my top choices:
Before you start to argue, remember that what is best for me is not necessarily best for you. You might want to consider a lever-action or a bolt-action rifle. I know plenty of shooters who prefer an old military surplus truck gun like the SKS, others pick a big-bore revolver.
I can’t tell you which one would be “best,” because “best” is all relative. If you drive around in the desert all day, you probably want something geared more toward rattlers. If you are in the mountains, you’ll probably want to consider a bigger caliber than I need for bears and such. It all just depends on your situation, where you live and what’s comfortable for you. I narrowed my list down to these six.
The Kel-Tec SU-16C is chambered in 5.56/.223, folds up to 25.5 inches and weighs 4.7 pounds.
I already have plenty of .223 ammo.
It accepts standard AR-15 magazines, which again, I have plenty of.
Simple design with few parts.
I thoroughly enjoy shooting it.
The average price of $650 is more than I want to pay.
You might want to consider a pistol-caliber carbine that shares ammo and mag compatibility with your regular handgun. The Chiappa PAK-9 is based on the AK-platform, chambered for 9mm and accepts Glock and Beretta mags. It is 14.47 inches long and weighs 6 pounds.
It chews up and spits out cheap ammo fed outta cheap mags.
It accepts standard AK furniture.
All I have to do is add a cheap red dot and I’m good to go.
At the time of publication, there was one listed on Gun Broker for less than $400. Other online gun shops had them priced at $430.
Reliability. It was introduced just a year ago, so I’m not sure how well the Chiappa PAK-9 is made.
Mossberg 590 Shockwave
The Shockwave rocked the shooting world at SHOT Show 2017 due to its 14-inch barrel. It’s a Non-NFA firearm according to the BATFE. It has a bird’s head pistol grip, available in 12 or 20 gauge, holds 6 rounds, is 26.37 inches long, and weighs only 5.3 pounds.
It is based on the trustworthy and reliable Mossberg 590 action.
A shotgun has a lot of versatility.
I found the Shockwave currently going for $360.
It takes practice getting comfortable shooting it reliably and accurately.
The Hi-Point is 31 inches long, weighs 6.25 pounds and is 100% made in America.
I found a .380 ACP Hi-Point Carbine listed as low as $264—the cheapest on my list.
It shares ammo with my EDC.
I don’t mind if it gets dinged up and scratched.
It’s big, so finding a place to store it would be challenging.
Ruger 10/22 Takedown
Offered in quite a variety of models, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown is chambered for .22 Long Rifle and breaks down into two pieces.
It is simple to operate and virtually has no recoil.
The Ruger 10/22 is undoubtedly accurate and reliable.
Its shares caliber capability with another one of my rifles.
You must put the thing together for it to work, so this isn’t a grab- and go-ready rifle. Even though you can get mags that hold 25 rounds, you still have a gun chambered for only .22 LR and ammo isn’t as cheap or as readily available as it used to be.
I’ve had an AK-47 on my list of guns to own for a very long time now and this provides the perfect opportunity to finally pull the trigger on getting one.
The AKs a beast.
Ammo is cheap.
AK-47. Cool. Okay, but what model? Which one do I pick? I don’t know because AKs aren’t so cheap anymore.
You don’t ever want to ‘set it and forget’ your truck gun. Not only for safety reasons but because of temperature extremes, coastal environments and maintenance. There are some environments where guns are more susceptible to corrosion than others. A well-taken care of firearm is a functioning firearm.
As part of the Project Child Safe initiative, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reminds us that responsible gun ownership includes making sure our firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands. If you are going to keep a gun in the car, lock it up and keep it out of sight. There are plenty of reputable companies that make gun safes specifically for your car—GunVault, Bulldog Cases, Titan Security Products and TruckVault. God forbid your gun ever gets stolen and is used in a crime.
You should always remove your gun from your car overnight and keep it secure inside the house.
Truck guns are about function and utility. It is all about the work they can do. It doesn’t have to be pretty—in fact, it will probably get dinged and scratched riding around in the car. It doesn’t have to have the latest and greatest handguards or accessory. Old-school Weaver and Picatinny rails will do just fine to attach affordable optics. It doesn’t even have to be brand new. A used gun in good condition will more than suffice for this purpose. Now, it just about which one I can find for the best price.
Do you have a truck gun? What is it and why did you choose it? If not, which truck guns would you consider? Tell us in the comment section.
“When you read about “accuracy” of any given handgun, know that unless machines are involved, what you’re really getting is an indication of that pistol’s ability to be shot accurately. — Tom McHale Shooting Illustrated
When we say a pistol is ‘accurate,’ we mean it consistently hits where we aim. A lot goes into whether a gun is accurate. The barrel, fittings and how precisely-machined all the parts affect accuracy. The sighting system affects accuracy. But we can’t blame all accuracy issues on the pistol. Most accuracy problems originate with you, the shooter. If you have the fundamentals of pistol shooting down—your aim, stance, grip and how you manipulate the trigger—than you should be shooting pretty darn straight. If you are still having problems punching holes into holes from a self-defense distance (10 feet and under), there just might be an issue with the gun.
So, where do you begin?
Let’s start by inspecting the sighting system you have on your gun—iron sights, night sights, lasers and red dots all need sighting-in to make sure they are aligned properly. Surprisingly, a lot of us just compensate our aim to match that of our gun’s sights from the factory. For example, if your sights are off, which they could very well be, we simply just shoot low left, or high right—whichever way your sights are set—to hit bullseye. It is not good to compensate our aim for offset optics or sights.
Why does accuracy matter?
To stop a threat, you must be able to hit vital organs. Inaccuracy could mean the bad guy wins.
What Happens to Your Body During a Self-Defense Shooting
When we are faced with a threat, our bodies dump adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol into our bloodstream, preparing us to either stay and fight or run. Our heart rate, blood pressure and breathing increase, our pupils dilate and our muscles tense. This dump of hormones can cause memory problems, loss of hearing and create tunnel vision.
In a self-defense situation, you won’t be able to take your time to aim. You won’t focus on the front sight. That is why we put lasers, red dots and high-visibility aftermarket sights on our handguns. Anytime we get a new handgun or a new sighting system, we need to make sure our sights or optic is centered with the bore. This makes your gun more accurate. An in-chamber boresight is a perfect way to do this and saves you time and money.
What is a Laser Boresight?
A laser boresight is a preliminary method of getting your sights dialed in without using a lot of ammo at the range. Using a laser diode, it projects a red dot on a target, making it easier for you to center your sights and optics. Sightmark’s pistol boresights are caliber-specific and placed directly in your firearm’s chamber.
How to Boresight a Pistol
Using a pistol boresight is simple.
Unload your firearm and pointing it in a safe direction, stabilize it using a benchrest or shooting bags.
Hang a target 15 to 25 yards out.
Unscrew the bottom of the boresight and insert the batteries according to the instructions. The boresight automatically turns on when the batteries are inserted correctly.
Put the laser boresight into the chamber.
Close the slide.
Line the laser beam on to the center of the target.
Look through your optic and using your windage and elevation knobs, adjust the crosshairs or dot until it lines up with the dot of the laser boresight. If you do not have an optic and just want to calibrate your sights, aim as you would regularly and then use a pistol sight adjustment tool to correct for windage and elevation.
As mentioned above, most inaccuracy problems can’t be blamed on the gun. There are a few things we can do besides improving our own technique to help increase accuracy. Accuracy isn’t just for precision shooters or competitors. Accurate is something we must all aim to be. For a small price to pay and a few minutes, a laser boresight might just make all the difference.