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Everything You Need To Know About Rifle Optics Part 2

Posted on 26 Mar 2018
Everything You Need To Know About Rifle Optics Part 2

12 Important Things You Should Know About Rifle Optics - Part 2

Even after the optic is zeroed at a certain distance, it is very important that officers have a good understanding of how to take shots that are closer than the zero point.  Shots from close-range strikes low on a target due to offset, which is the distance that the optic sits over the rifle bore.  Garrett recommends for offices go to a range try shooting dime-size targets from a 7-yard distance in order to learn their optics offset.    

After your sights are zeroed, stop messing with them.  And don't let another officer ever borrow your rifle and begin to turn the knobs on the optics unless you definitely you will get your sight returned.  Your rifle optic needs to be set up properly and is your life-and-death tool. 

7.  Bullet Drop Compensation    

There are some optics like the Trijicon ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight)  has a bullet drop compensator (BDC) and helps a shooter hit targets at ranges that go well beyond their optics zero points.  A BDC might sound like it is a mechanical device, actually, it is a series of marks under the point of aim, the reticle's point of impact position are marked off at a distance. By adjusting the reticle's position down to one of the range-finding stadia or marks, the shooter raises the rifle's barrel to compensate for the gravity effects on the projectile at a distance.  That is a fast way of making long-distance shots, however, it isn't as precise as if you work the math out.  

8.  Have A Backup 

No matter what the optic's quality is on a patrol rifle, it may malfunction or be obscured or damaged. That is why your patrol rifle needs to have backup iron sights. There are some officers who use mounting systems that will raise the optics high enough over their rifles to co-witness the iron sights.  Quick release mounts are used by others that enable them to take off the optics within seconds without having any tools.  It is not recommended by Patrol rifle expert and trainers that officers mount their optics or their iron sights in a position where they need to cant the rifle, and is done sometimes by 3-gun competitors.   

9.  Make Sure To Get The Proper Training     

Officers who carry optic-fitted patrol rifles have two different kinds of training scenarios. If you are working for an agency where you have been issued an optic and rifle are you are expected to carry it, then your agency will provide training for you.  If you are working for a smaller agency that allows you to carry a rifle and optic that you personally own, then you might not have agency training provided to you. 

Fortunately, officers who are carrying personally owned optics and rifles on duty do have some options when it comes to quality training.  There are sheriff agencies that might open their training up to officers in their countries from smaller police departments.  At times agency groups have resources of their own and will conduct regional training.  There is one state law enforcement academy at least that is organizing a program currently that will be open to all of that state's officers. 

However, even if you need to locate certified law enforcement training yourself and pay for it or through your agency allowance, forgoing training is one option you should not go without.  Veteran officers recommend that even the finest sport rifle shooters should look for law enforcement-specific training when they will be carrying a rifle while on duty.  

After you have undergone the training, make sure that you don't allow your skills to decay.  Officers carrying patrol rifles need to train with them once per month at least if not weekly. 

10.  They Are Not Magic 

Among some shooters, there is a tendency to believe that tools such as laser optics and sights are a way for to make up for some shooter mistakes.  No matter what kind of firearm optics for sale that you use, correct proper trigger control still is essential.  The bullet is not steered by the red dot.

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11. Match The Optic With Your Mission    

Some optics are design to use with long-distance precision shooting and some for close-quarter combat.  So rifle optics users in law enforcement operations must understand what their mission parameters are and select the right tool to do the job.  

Make sure you fully understand the mission.  For example, there are a number of officers who think magnifying optics don't don't have a purpose on a patrol rifle.  But, reminding officers that they must legally justify their shot, and not simply make the shot.  At 30 yards with 20/20 vision, you might say, "I think he's got a gun." But with a magnified optic or 4X ACOG, you know for sure that he has a gun. 

12.  Before Making A Purchase    

In law enforcement, it is widely known that whenever agencies are planning on making a large equipment purchase that some companies loan them equipment so they can test it. What isn't as widely known is that companies will sometimes do that for individual officers as well.  Several companies there were contacted said they offer individual officers test drives if they do meet certain requirements like making their request through official communication that has been endorsed by a commander or made on agency letterhead.  If there is a sight that you are considering purchasing, contact the company to see if they will offer a test and evaluation to you.    

Another great way to learn more about an optic you are considering buying is to find some other officers who use it and ask them questions about it.  Tactical rifle optics makers say that one thing that is extremely important is word of mouth and they make great effort to maintain their product's quality and stay in communication with law enforcement customers to find out if there are any improvements to products that are requested or to customer service.  They understand that cops do talk to each other.

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