RDS HANDGUN ZERO TARGET
Red Dot Sight (RDS) equipped handguns are nothing new and have been around since IPSC and USPSA competitors started applying an RDS to their handguns during the early 1970's; many others followed suit afterwards. Fast forward to the future after years of trial and evolution red dot sights have dramatically increased. Handguns equipped with red dot sights are now among the rise for various reasons, with that comes commonly asked questions such as: “Where should I zero my red dot on a handgun” or “What target should I use?” Let me add that you don’t necessarily need a “specific” target to accomplish this, a simple 3x5 index card or black circle on a cardboard target would suffice.
When I first started running a Trijicon RMR 06 (3.25 MOA) on a Glock 17, I wanted to ensure I had a proper zero and knew what methods were best to zero. Aaron Cowan from Sage Dynamics helped me out in this regard by providing a solid base line which follows as: get on paper at 10 yards, verify at 15 yards, verify at 25 yards and re-confirm at 25 yards and has been my preferred method since. The topic of “slaving” your red dot sight to suppressor height sights, if you wish to have back up sights and co-witness the two is often questioned. However, this is a topic for another discussion. I am simply providing you with a quick and easy way to zero a RDS on a handgun.
Hence the RDS Handgun Zero Target. This target is designed with a simple process in mind of acquiring a zero for your RDS system quickly and effectively without all the guess work. The grid lines are designed One Inch apart and approximate measurements are marked below target; dependent on which style of RDS system you are running. Most RDS are ½ MOA adjustments, 1MOA equaling 1 Inch at 100 yards. So, at 100 yards “2 clicks” equals 1 inch at 100 yards. The RDS Handgun Target provides you with a baseline measurement process, follow that and you’ll be on target.
A 50/200-yard rifle zero at 10 yards has also been implemented into the target system. This original method was created by Frank Proctor from Way of The Gun to simplify the process of zeroing a RDS on a rifle where ranges may be limited in space. Simply follow the directions on the RDS Target to get squared away. It’s important to note that when capable, a shooter should confirm at both 50/200 yards. When confirming the 50 yard zero a shooter may also use the grey circles above if he/she has difficulty seeing the black dot in the center.
Know your zero, train with a purpose.