close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Talk

Why should YOU join our Glock forum?

  • Converse with other Glock Enthusiasts
  • Learn about the latest hunting products
  • Becoming a member is FREE and EASY

If you consider yourself a beginner or an avid shooter, the Glock Talk community is your place to discuss self defense, concealed carry, reloading, target shooting, and all things Glock.

AR-15 trajectory/zeroing?'s

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by farmer2, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
    When sighting in my new BCM mid-length I found that my new magpul rear sight had a different zero based on the aperture I was using. The large aperture hit 2.5-3 inches lower at 25 yrds. At first I thought something was wrong, but upon researching the topic I found that the 0-2 sight (big opening) will be zeroed at 200meters while the unmarked aperture will be zeroed at 300meters. My targets at 25 yards tend to line-up with this train of thought. However, I'm not sure this makes a lot of sense to me. For example, I plan on using my carbine for home defense and it makes sense to use the "large" aperture because of the increased visibility and more rapid target acquisition. However, at home defense ranges this will put me shooting a couple inches low, which is not good if any precision is required. It seems to me that this would be a problem in a military combat environment as well. I am relatively new to AR-15 open sights (all my previous AR-15 experience was with a scope), so it is more than possible that I am missing something. Please set me straight on my thought process and/or let me in on how you deal with this issue. Thank you very much!


    farmer
     

  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    38,412
    3,773
    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I use the large aperture, and zero at 50 yards. That will keep you within a couple of inches of your point of aim from 50 yards to 200 meters. Best all around zero from what I've seen.
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  3. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
  4. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
    This might be my best bet. So, you don't use your long range aperture at all? Because a 50m zero with your large aperture would put your small aperture way high at most long range distances....correct?

    farmer2
     
  5. cowboy1964

    cowboy1964

    19,723
    2,149
    Sep 4, 2009
    U.S.A.
    An AR has about a 2.5-2.7" inch sight offset. You're not going to get ultra-precision shots at varying close ranges. Get a laser bore sight for $40 and do some experimentation. It's an eye opener.

    Get an EoTech. As long as the 65 MOA ring is on your target, you'll hit it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  6. DougW

    DougW Native Texan

    384
    5
    May 9, 2003
    North Texas
    Large ap at 50 yards. Scopes zeroed 2" high at 100 yards. Covers out to 300 yards for me.
     
  7. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
    what scope are you using?
     
  8. Infallible

    Infallible

    300
    0
    Aug 20, 2006
    Viva!
    this is the most common unless you are shooting long distances.
     
  9. mjkeat

    mjkeat

    3,447
    3
    Jun 17, 2009
    Midwest
    I was under the impression the large aperture was for low light and small for normal light conditions. Thats what we were taught anyway.
     
  10. DougW

    DougW Native Texan

    384
    5
    May 9, 2003
    North Texas
    farmer2, I use a Leatherwood 1.5X6 on my "match" AR. Targets at 3 gun matches can be out past 300 sometimes.

    Using open sights, I have always used the large ap all the way to 200, then the small at 300 (if I can see that far!). (I have a 20" A2 and a 16" XM177E4??? that are both set up with open sights zeroed at 50 yards that pits me on at 200 too.) Other rifles have the Leatherwood, a TA31F ACOG, and an Aimpoint ML2. The ACOG is zeroed at 100 yards, then then I use the bullet drop marks out to 600 yards (tough shooting past 300 with a 4 power and my old eyes).
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  11. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington

    This is the thread that lead to my frustration. If you sight in your rifle based on the 300 yard zero (small aperture) your large aperture will be 3 + inches low at 25 yards, which for me (home defense) is not precise enough. If i sight in at 25 yards with my large aperture, my small aperture will shoot extremely high at long range distances. I wish both apertures had the same zero, that would solve my problem. Does anyone make such a sight?
     
  12. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
    this is is true, but both sights do not have the same zero, so it is more complicated than that.
     
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    36,088
    450
    Nov 24, 2005
    Troy
    What rear sight are you using?
    If you have a folding rear sight, you can get a "same plane" rear sight.
    This will eliminate your concern
     
  14. scromer

    scromer Millennium Member

    659
    0
    Oct 22, 1999
    Upstate South Carolina
    Or you can get an XS Same Plane aperture for you A2 or A1 style sights.

    I sight in the small aperture at 50 yards which handles 95% of my shooting.
     
  15. farmer2

    farmer2

    249
    0
    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington


    This is exactly what I need, any recommendations? Currently I am using a magpul rear sight.

    thank you
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011
  16. BBJones

    BBJones

    1,173
    0
    Mar 2, 2010
    I think I understand your question. The sights are higher than your barrel by 2.5" approximately (look up "height over bore"). If your sights were zeroed at say 7 yards for home defense, they would only be zeroed at precisely 7 yards ( I know there would be a second zero but not important for this discussion). At 0 yards your POI (point of impact) would still be = height over bore. at 15 yards your POI will be significantly higher than POA (point of aim).

    The better solution is to pick your zero (say 50/200) and practice inside 50 yards knowing that you are dealing with a height over bore issue (ie aim higher than what your sights indicate).
     
  17. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    36,088
    450
    Nov 24, 2005
    Troy
    Troy makes a "same plane" rear sight as well as ARMS