Tip Tuesday: “MOUNTING AND PRESENTING A RIFLE WITH AN AIMPOINT RED DOT SIGHT” with Duane “Buck” Buckner`
Learn how to properly mount a red dot sight on your rifle for optimal performance. In this guide, we'll cover considerations, tips, suggested techniques for mounting and presenting you rifles with your red dot sight. Follow these steps for a seamless process:
Step 1: Choose the Right Spot
Select a spot on the rifle, preferably all the way forward on the receiver. This position offers a broad field of view, ensuring the red dot is easily visible. Placing it forward also serves as a reliable reference point for reinstallation after removal.
Step 2: Use the Right Mount
Choose a reliable mount, such as the lever release picatinny (LRP) mount. Ensure the mount or optic doesn't bridge the gap between the rail and the receiver to prevent inducing errors in harmonics.
Step 3: Lock It Down
Secure the red dot sight while pushing forward on the back of the sight on the receiver and lock it down using the lever. This sturdy mount minimizes the risk of movement or misalignment during use.
If you have back-up irons or a magnifier, the forward position allows ample space at the rear of the receiver. This configuration accommodates additional accessories while maintaining a clear field of view.
Step 4: Presenting the Rifle
Establish a visual relationship with your target and practice presenting the rifle. Start at the heel of the rifle, allowing for a smooth and efficient movement to insinuate the red dot on the target. This method ensures a quick and accurate aiming solution.
Step 5: Maintain Field of View
Hinging the rifle at the heel maintains a broad field of view, allowing you to see everything downrange, including your target and surroundings. Avoid lowering the rifle from the low ready position, as it may lead to a less efficient sight picture.
For more detailed information and resources, visit Aimpoint.us. Properly mounting your red dot sight enhances accuracy and responsiveness in target acquisition.
Duane “Buck” Buckner
After spending 25 years in the USCG, Duane “Buck” Buckner is now the U.S. Director of Training for Aimpoint. The Aimpoint Training Division conducts training courses for military and law enforcement agencies up to the Federal level as well as for the prepared civilian. Buck is widely known for his emphasis on brain psychology as it relates to combat and survival.
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Posted by Duane Buckner, Aimpoint US Director of Training on Nov 14th 2023