How to Use a Red Dot Sight to Shoot

Identify and concentrate on a target while the firearm is safe. Bring the weapon to the shooting position while keeping both eyes open. A red dot will emerge next to the eyes when the sight appears in front of them. Change to fire and strike the target when the red dot comes to the point of aim. Both eyes are kept open, and the attention never shifts away from the objective. Now you know how to mount a red dot sight on a pistol correctly.

Aiming becomes a reactive reflex action.

Set the cursor brightness as low as feasible given the lighting circumstances. This will provide a better sight image and lessen the obscuration of the target. “On sunshine hours in Arizona, I have to crank the brightness nearly up to see the reticule” is a frequent criticism I hear regarding red dot optics. Well, of course. That’s what that screw is for, so make use of it. In the dark, please set it to low and high in the sun or snow. If you’re going to utilize night vision, you’ll need an optic with lower intensity settings. Otherwise, if you’re using a monocular (ANPVS-14, for example), place it on the non-firing eye and ensure it’s properly oriented.  Then, using the naked eye as the optic, superimpose the two pictures.

How to Get to Zero

The procedure of zeroing a red dot sight is similar to that of zeroing any sniper scope, with the addition of zooming back up iron sights if you have them. Before going to the range, I like to bore sight. Once you’re bore-sighted weapon is on the range, either disconnect the optic if required or zero the iron sights while sighting through it. Leave the optic switched off and ignore it while zeroing the iron sights. Once the iron sights have been zeroed, if feasible, turn them down. Turn on and zero the optic according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ignore the iron sights when zeroing the reflex sight, except to index the optic if you are not bored sighting. They are two distinct seeing systems that have nothing in common. The dot is not zeroed to the iron sights, and the iron sights are not zeroed to the dot.

How can I make my reflex vision a co-witness?

Much debate surrounds how to get certain reflex sights, rear iron sights, and brackets to function together with co-witness. Part of the issue is that most folks believe that the iron sight image must precisely match the red dot sight. In other terms, when the two components are seen combined, the red dot is exactly where the iron sights should be. Many individuals even suggest combining the two. My ideal use of backup iron sights is merely utilizing the iron sights via the optic if the optic fails. If the front sight does not fold down, I like the iron sights lower in the reflex sight image so that the sight image is as clear as possible. I don’t see why I should spend a lot of money shimming things about to get a dot precisely lined up with iron sights I’m not going to use anyhow. The goal of co-witnessing is to utilize one sighting method to confirm the zero of the other. If this is essential to you, then go ahead and do it.

Which kind of reflex optic should I purchase?

This is determined by the kind of weapon, the sort of shooting, and the price you are prepared to spend. Whether or whether you intend to film at night may also be a deciding factor. The most important thing to remember is that you get what you pay for, which is particularly true in the case of optics. Optics is costly to manufacture, and cheap cost typically necessitates poor quality.