This question might seem like a difficult one, but in reality, it isn’t that convoluted. After all, there are just a couple of basic things you need to master! And to help you with that, we’ll give you 3 tips on how to use a reflex sight like a pro.
Learn to quickly aim at the target
The greatest benefit of reflex sights over iron sights is how easy and quick it is to aim with them. Why not use this advantage to the fullest?
With iron sights, you need to align the firearm’s front and rear sights to make an accurate shot. This requires time and concentration. But the thing is that you don’t always have time to react. And those milliseconds, while you align the front and rear sights on your firearm, may be crucial.
In a reflex sight, if you can see its red dot and if the dot is on the target, the bullet will hit it. No alignment is required: you can thus aim and make a shot instantaneously.
In close quarters combat, a reflex sight provides you with an invaluable advantage. Learn to exploit this advantage by practicing aiming at various distances, be it short or long.
Keep both eyes open
Aside from quick aiming, reflex sights also allow you to keep both eyes open while shooting. While you can keep only your one eye open, you really should learn to aim and shoot with both your eyes open.
To experience the effect of keeping both eyes open, do the following.
Stare through sight and focus on the red dot. Open your other eye after doing so. Your other eye will focus on the target beyond the sight. But because the other eye is focused on the red dot, you will see the dot project onto the target you are focused on with the other eye.
And the most amazing thing is that the sight will not be visible anymore. It may even seem that your eye itself is projecting a red dot onto the target!
Keeping both eyes open allows bypassing many limitations. When you aim with one eye, your vision is very focused and field of view limited. Besides, the lens of the sight may be dirty or scratched, obscuring the view.
These won’t be problematic if you learn to keep both your eyes open.
Properly zero the reflex sight
Zeroing is essential with any kind of sight. As you most likely know, zeroing – or sighting in –is done to allow the shooter to position the firearm in a way so that the bullets hit the desired location. If you don’t zero a reflex sight, the bullet may go higher. Or lower. Or anywhere besides the target.
How to do the actual zeroing is beyond the scope of this article. However, you should definitely spend the time to learn how to do it yourself. You may ask someone else to do it for you, but you should do it on your own so you zero the sight in accordance with your own needs.
Zeroing is done at various distances, depending on the firearm and your goals. And to be a pro, you really should make sure that the reflex’s zero is perfect for your needs. This can make you a better shooter!