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How to Zero Aimpoint Sight | Shooting Techniques | Tactical Rifleman

welcome back tactical rifleman this week
we’re going to talk about how to zero the aim point on your on your rifle
alright now step one decide hey do you want it fifty 25 meters zero doesn’t
matter pros and cons of each a matter of fact if you want to hear our opinions
we’ve got another video on tactical rifleman on just that the 25 versus 50
meters zero so let’s say we’re going to do a 50 meter zero we’re here set up on
the line Keith’s got his site already mounted on the gun now on that I want to
know make sure your aim point is properly mounted okay it actually sits
inside of a ring and we’ve seen them backwards on the guns that’s kind of
obvious but one thing a lot of guys don’t catch and I don’t know if you can
catch this on the camera but this scope is candid a couple degrees in the mouth
alright this was taken off of a student’s gun and it is actually candid
a couple of degrees it’s red dot sight that’s really matter yeah it matters
when you’re making corrections to the sight because instead of it moving
straight up or straight left it’s going to move up at an angle pain-in-the-ass
to zero so make sure you zero your sight correct next thing you want to do is you
want to dim that dot on that target so that you can just barely see it it’s
going to give you a finer point and go ahead dim your dot Keith so you just
barely see it right now he’s ready to shoot that first set of bullets but if
let’s say you just zeroed your iron sights alright if you just zeroed your
iron sights there’s a technique called Co witnessing what you can do is
actually look through your iron sights line them up on the target and then you
can actually dial your red dot to those iron sights that’s going to get you on
the paper it is it your zero will be very very close doing that like keith
has already done that we’re all set up so I’m going to have him fire that
first that first shot group before he does that I want to point out he has a
very stable firing position some people prefer to fire with that
hand up on the front of the gun go ahead show it Keith all right that’s fine make
sure you’ve got those good points of contact hands up underneath but his
elbows are still set on the ground we personally we prefer what’s called a
sniper hold where he’ll run that support hand back on to that bicep he still has
good point of contact up here on the rest which can be a sandbag or in this
case a good solid rubber block but it’ll he still has good support both elbows on
the ground and with that hand back on the bicep he can raise and lower that
hand keeps it set properly in the shoulder and it will keep it keep it
allow him to make real fine adjustments for raising lowering that sight picture
all right so once you’ve got a good stable position we’re going to have
Keith go ahead and fire a three to five round group all right now we’re going to
go downrange and we’re going to check that target out all right so come down
we’re gonna look at Keith’s target I’m pretty good shot group not bad I always
like to circle my bullet holes that way when we start shooting more I can tell
which ones already been shot and then I close the group and I number it all
right now on this particular thing we remember we’re using red dot sights that
have a half MOA adjustment you can use your regular m16 zero target you can use
a piece of paper with just a couple of pasties on it but this is a particular
target this one’s they have them for 50 and 25 yard zeros this one’s made by
armored dynamics you can get them at you can also go to a bunch of different websites you can download printable targets when
you do it make sure you download ones that print to scale that are actually
designed for a proper printer paper cheap no need to buy nothing fancy but
the cool part about using this one is it actually has the correct numbers down
the side for our half MOA adjustment sights so right we see a shot group
we’re going to move this point of impact left 10 roughly and then we’re going to
move it up that roughly up roughly 10 again so we’re going to go up ten and
we’re going to go left ten all right we got it we know what a correction needs
to be now we’re going to go back and go dial them into the sights all right so
we’ve gone downrange we check the target we know what adjustments we need to make
adjustments on the aim point easy pull your caps off windage knob I’m sorry elevation knob windage knob on
the side now they’ve got big screw flat screwdriver heads on them you can use
they say you can use the casing from from a bullet a lot easier if you use a
regular screwdriver you know or just bring a dedicated screwdriver make
the adjustments now the adjustments for aim point per the manual is three
millimeters for 25 meters zero per click and six millimeters for 50 meters zero
per click genset basically works out to an eighth of an inch at 25 meters and a
quarter of an inch at 50 meters you’re looking at a half a half MOA basically
what you’re looking at so I’ve got the corrections I need to make on his
they’ve got nice pretty arrows on them turn it in the appropriate direction
I’m sorry Keith all right now all we’re going to do is
we are going to repeat those same steps you can fire three shot group will go
down checkmark the target again and we’ll repeat that process till we have
them zero alright so we just made the adjustments to Keith’s rifle
we had them send a next shot group if you take your time you do correct
adjustments you’re going to have a gun that’s correctly zeroed
doesn’t take a lot of rounds people I great shooting by Keith this weapon
zeroed you can kind of tell the guy’s been to a couple of sniper schools and
you can tell he was a sniper as a green beret for quite a few years good
shooting but uh how about if you don’t know
exactly what the adjustments are on that site all right you might have an
off-brand red dot sight let’s talk about that next
all right so let’s say you’ve got an off-brand red dot sight you’re not sure
what the adjustments are you know they’re not written on the dials let’s
say it don’t freak out and go digging all over the internet trying to find and
download some manual just you’re going to run it the same way just after you
shoot that first shot group you know you need to move it away just this time make
bold corrections instead of going a little bit at a time what we did was we
went ten clicks right ten clicks down clink ten clicks left and alright we
went too far but at least now we have a set unit of measure okay I own if that’s
ten clicks cut it in half again all right but so that’s ten clicks down ten
clicks over all I’m going to do again is cut it in half and y’all probably over
here but you see the method of the madness if you don’t know what your
correct what the individual correction notches are clicks per whatever it
doesn’t matter if you run it the same way no matter what brand these red dot
sights are alright so we’ve made our adjustments we had them confirm it he’s
right in the center of the target we got exactly where we want him to be now we gotta remember
this is 50 meters zero what we’re shooting this is to represent that 200
meter zero downrange so we now need to go out to that 200 meter range and
confirm this if we get out there we start banging left to right and we make
fine adjustments and now we’ll be fine this guy’s is basically how you set up
and zero in Point scope if you got any questions or comments be sure to leave
them below thanks for watching

56 thoughts on “How to Zero Aimpoint Sight | Shooting Techniques | Tactical Rifleman

  1. Karl coming through again! Hey I was wondering about a possible "tried and true duty rifle setup" video, as in some common setups you see based on certain objectives (recon/CQB/mixed/etc.)

  2. Some here may know this already, but apparently Karl has been the host of some series called "Maximum Warrior".

  3. like the way y'all put stuff plain English simple not all alpha male drill sergeant style keep up the good work look forward to seeing more . thank you for your service

  4. Great video!
    Could you make a video of different firing positions and proper technices? Not just standing, kneeling and belly prone, but also lying on your back, lying sideways, sitting, upside down maybe and other positions I haven't mentioned.

  5. Love the videos, guys.  It'd be killer if you did a series on tactical emergency medical tips by an 18D or experienced medic for civilians – tourniquet/ make-shift tourniquet use, quick splinting tips, CPR, etc.  I think a lot of civilians would benefit from such a series.

  6. Something is not right with that target. If you raised your dot up 10 as you say, it would make your impact even lower. You need to drop your dot to bring impact up.

  7. What are the parts on the upper are you shooting in this video?  Bolt carrier? barrel? Muzzle break? so on? That thing is killer!!!!

  8. Can you reverse the set up of sight meaning,let's say you zero your red dot now you want to do the iron sight can it work that way as well? Or should you do iron first then red dot.

  9. I don't understand the zeroing procedure on the new Aimpoint Pro optics. I'm having hell trying to zero my rifle.

    The top turret is marked "UP-L" The side turret is marked "UP-R"

    So from what I gather you have to move then in unison to achieve zero? Gigantic pain in the ass. The older Comp ML2 sights were very easy to zero. My old one was marked simply U-D and L-R

    Can you please advise? I'm about ready to toss the aimpoint and get an ACOG over it.

  10. Outstanding instruction. Well articulated and easy to follow… Nicely done, Thank you for making it easy for me.

  11. Among other things, using " the bullet " to make w/e adjustments is just so rookie. Sure you mean cartridge case, empty brass or live round. When positioning for a stable firing position, never use a bone to bone ( elbow to knee) setup. It transmits vibration thru your skeleton and from your heart/pulse. If possible resting elbows on any hard surface should be avoided if at all feasible, using elbow pads would be a plus. But in the real world a solid rest with elbows is just fine. Hmmmm? Wish the real world zeroing was so easy and could be accomplished useing 2 to 6 rounds. Good job. Thanks for the content.

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