It's the day after Christmas, and time is available to relax. How best? At the range of course!
Todays adventure was sighting in and learning the ways of my new Eotech 512 holographic sight. This sight, the StormWerkz mount, and the AR180b have been written about before in this blog. This post just brings them together a bit more.
Sighting in with the Eotech is not particularly difficult. It has coin slotted adjustment screws recessed into the body of the sight, and they are quite positive in action. I found the adjustment settled better with a smack to the sight after each change. Not hard, but maybe about as shocking as firing the rifle a few times. With many optics that don't have reticle locks, this helps seat an adjustment quicker.
At 100 yards, it took 15 rounds to bring the point of impact to one inch above point of aim. After that, the last four rounds in the magazine fell into less than an inch, which is not bad for a zero magnification sight with a one inch dot at it's center. I was curious if precision shooting would be possible with this sight, and this target answered the question for me.
With the silhouette target at fifty yards, I ran through a few magazines practicing target acquisition with the new sight. It's fast to bring up, far faster for me than iron sights. With every few shots fired, confidence builds quickly. Unlike many optical sights, this one is used pretty much heads up, and with eyes focused on the target. That takes getting used to, but only to break years of habits learned from standard scopes and iron sights.
At fifty yards, shooting rapidly as in the video, I had no problems keeping hits on center of mass. With more practice, I expect to do better.