Gun-Day Monday: “Rifle Zero”

Mr Farnam weighs on an always-critical part of readiness– the acquisition and maintenance of the zero on your rifle. In this case, the lesson comes by way of the how-not-to-do-it method:

As a precaution, I asked all officers to report, with their red-dot-equipped M4s, to the range the following week. I set-up a situation with paper targets that exactly duplicated the situation with which were confronted a week earlier.

Given generous time, stable, braced firing positions, and stationary targets, not one of our officers was able to deliver required shots, even after several attempts!

When asked about sight settings and zeros, most officers were not prepared to answer definitively. Some didn’t even understand the question!

I italicized “your” in my intro above for the good reason that, as Mr F states, the zero doesn’t transfer with the rifle from shooter to shooter. But it does shift oft times, and needs to be checked routinely. When was the last time you checked yours?

Oh, and the next time some gun control advocate trots out the lie that the police and military are the “only ones” competent enough to possess and use firearms, remember the foregoing.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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