August is National Shooting Month. This means it’s a great time to get out on the shooting range. For those of you that are new to target shooting, you may be new to scopes, too. You’ve probably seen “MOA” thrown around when looking at different scopes. But what does MOA mean in regard to scopes? Knowing what this stands for and means can help you to shoot better on target.
What Does MOA Mean?
MOA stands for “Minute of Angle.” This is an angular measurement. A minute of angle is 1/60th of a degree. This in turn stands for 1 inch every 100 yards. Knowing what this is and how it works helps you to adjust your calculations when aiming at a target. Sometimes it is difficult to perform the calculations in your head. An easy way to determine this is to divide the distance you are shooting (in yards) by 100. So, for example, if you are shooting 350 yards away, 350 divided by 100 is 3.5. This means 1 minute of angle at 350 yards is 3.5”.
Are you still confused? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Let’s say you are trying to adjust 4 inches at 200 yards. You want to think in 2-inch increments. 2 inches fits into the 4-inch adjustment 2 times, which means you would need to adjust 2 MOA. When we say, “adjust by 2 MOA,” we mean adjusting your scope by 2 MOA in order to aim more accurately at a target.
Know Your Scope Adjustments
What does MOA mean in regard to scopes? Every scope is different. This means they may adjust in different increments, too. What we mean by this, is that every adjustment on a particular scope could be ¼ minute of angle per click, ½ minute of angle per click, and so on. Knowing how to think in minute of angle and not “clicks” helps you to get an accurate aim much faster. For example, if your scope adjusts ½ minute of angle per click and you know you need to adjust up 2 MOA, you will need to adjust your scope 4 clicks.
MOA can be a confusing concept. The more you learn about it, the better you’ll understand. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there at some point! For more information, visit the NSSF website!
If you have bought our KRAD night vision digital scope or are considering buying it, this guide will be helpful for you! Each package comes with a one-shot sight-in target to easily zero in your scope. So, you will be out in action in no time after following these simple steps. Here’s how to use your KRAD scope one-shot sight-in target.
What Does “Zeroing” Mean?
First, you want to fine-tune a scope to ensure that bullets will hit the aiming point at a certain distance. This is called “zeroing” the scope. The KRAD night vision scope comes with a zeroing target for this purpose. So, when you make adjustments during these procedures, the image on the viewscreen shifts relative to the reticle. It is important to note that the reticle remains at the center of the viewscreen. Correspondingly, this affects bullet placement.
X and Y coordinates are labeled on the zeroing target. To use it, aim the scope’s reticle on the center of the target and fire a round. The bullet is likely to be off target. Inputting the X and Y coordinates of the impact point will help you to correct the bullet placement.
Steps to Follow
First, put your zeroing target at a range of 50 yards.
Next, using the smartphone app, access the Control Panel and scroll down to the “Zeroing” section.
Then, set units to “British System”.
Next, set “Zero Range” to 50 yards.
After this, set “Cursor X” and “Cursor Y” to (0,0).
Next, save setting by tapping “Zeroing Setup” and entering the password 87654321.
Then, aim at the center of the target and fire one round.
After this, record the X and Y coordinates at the impact point.
Using the smartphone app, change the “Cursor X” and “Cursor Y” inputs to match the impact point. (Example: Cursor X -40, Cursor Y 140).
Next, you want to fire another round to confirm the scope is zeroed in.
Lastly, if additional adjustment is required, adjust the x and y coordinates by small increments to zero the scope.
If you have any questions on this process, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Sighting in your scope is extremely important to using it correctly and accurately.
Been looking for a new scope? Not sure what one you need, or what types of scopes are used for what purposes? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. There are tons of different kinds of scopes out in the market right now. This guide can help you determine which scope may be right for you.
These types of scopes are extremely simple. Their main purpose is to create a bright and easy to see image in many different weather conditions. Typically, when you are hunting, you need to be able to make quick decisions. Therefore hunting scopes are made to be easy to use and extremely durable.
Night Vision Scopes
If you are an avid night hunter, then a night vision scope is for you. These types of scopes you can use in dark or low light conditions. Our KRAD night vision scope is an example of this. With a built-in IR illuminator, it allows you to see even when there is little to no light.
This type of scope is very simple. This is because it has only one magnification level. You can’t adjust your magnification up or down. These types of scopes are typically the cheapest option for this exact reason. It could be a good starter scope if you are new to these kinds of optics.
These types of scopes allow you to adjust your magnification across multiple levels. They are great to use at both shorter and longer distances. Of course, they will be a bit more expensive than fixed scopes, but it would be worth the price.
As you can see, a scope may fall into many of these categories depending on its features. Long story short, if you’re in the market for a new scope, it’s best to read up on it before you buy. This way you will know exactly what it does and what it is best equipped for.
Planning a coyote hunting trip with some buddies? If you’ve never gone on a coyote hunt or need some brushing up on some tips, then settle back and relax. We’ve got you covered with some night hunt tips for your coyote outing. However, before we jump in, just remember to check your state’s laws to see if you can hunt coyotes at night. Even if you can’t, these tips can help you out.
Learn Where to Look
Knowing where to look can make-or-break your hunt—especially out on a night hunt. Finding coyotes can be hard at times because they spend a lot of time on the move after denning season. Keeping tabs on their habits and learning where to look can help you this fall season. Finding signs such as tracks or droppings can be a good start. Droppings can act as a type of marker. You can typically find these in places such as roads, creeks, and any other type of natural boundaries.
Study Coyote’s Behaviors
Coyotes have different behaviors at different times of the year. Being able to understand how coyotes typically behave at certain parts of the year is a huge step in the right direction. Coyotes spend most of the year (from late summer through November) trying to find food. This would be the best time of year to go on a night hunt. We think the most popular optic to use is a scope when trying to hunt coyotes.
Try Different Calls
Coyotes are smart, which means they can pick up on calls that are used often. This means if you try using a call in a good location and get no response, it could be that they’ve already learned from a past experience. Be sure to use calls that work in the area you are hunting. Trying a certain animal call in an area that never has that type of animal won’t do you much good. On a night hunt when everything is extra quiet, you’ve got to get your calls right. Turkey calls, small dog yips, or rodent calls is a good starting point.
For more information on coyote hunting tips and tricks, check out this website!
Want to learn about different types of hunting from across the United States? Well, looks like today you are in luck, and the focus is all on Oregon! The x optics team is taking a deep dive into some ground squirrel hunting. These types of animals can also be known as “sage rats.” In Oregon, ground squirrel hunting is pretty popular. This season happens from February until July, and then the ground squirrels go back into their burrows. Typically, ground squirrel hunting happens in eastern Oregon.
Do You Need a License?
If you are wanting to partake in this hunting event, all you need is the appropriate hunting license. You don’t need any tags or permits! Most people pursue these animals with rifles.
Why do People Hunt Ground Squirrels?
You may be wondering why people like to hunt ground squirrels. The main reason is because they can actually cause a lot of damage to land. Ground squirrels eat the parts of plants that are seen above ground, and then cover the rest of the crop with mounds of dirt. This destroys crops and farmland. Any burrows in irrigation fields can cause water loss. These are a couple of the many reasons people will take an x optics product (or just simply a rifle) and hunt these animals. For any more information on why people hunt ground squirrels, you can view it here.
What X Optics Could I Use?
Since many hunters pursue sage rats with rifles, a good product to use would be one of our rangefinders, which are coming early this summer. The x optics rangefinder allows you to see how far away your target is, giving you a better idea on where to aim when using your rifle. Of course, when using an x optics rangefinder for an event such as ground squirrel hunting, it would be to range how far away their burrows are if you are going after that instead of a ground squirrel that is running. If you are wanting to go after a moving ground squirrel, our scope would work much better.
Ground Squirrel Hunting is definitely an interesting endeavor. If you’d like to learn more, check out this website here.
It has arrived! The new XANS550 KRAD Digital Scope is now available. Perfect for any hunting night, take it out on your adventures and Discover The Unseen. You may be wondering, “How is this scope different than our previous version?” Here are some features on why you should use this scope on any hunting night you have planned for this upcoming summer season.
XANS550 Scope vs. XANS500 Scope
Over the past year, we have taken customer’s feedback and our own personal experiences and created a scope that is easier to use and has better qualities. From using it during the day to using it during your hunting night, this scope has everything you would ever need to catch your target.
Day & Night Distance Range
The new KRAD Night Vision Scope has a daytime distance range of 950 yards. This is 250 yards more than our previous model. See your target from farther away with extreme accuracy. This night vision scope also has a nighttime distance range of 350 yards, allowing you to view animals without any external light.
Easy to Use for Beginners and Professionals
The KRAD Night Vision Scope has a simple 4-button design, making it easy to use during any hunting night out with your friends. This is 5 buttons less than the previous model. Its straightforward operation makes it easy to use for any type of outdoorsmen.
Take Photos and Videos—View Them Right on Your Phone
One of the best characteristics of the KRAD Night Vision Scope is that is emits its own WiFi signal, making it easy to connect to our complimentary phone app. You can view photos and videos in real-time directly on your phone screen. It can connect a few users at the same time, so your friends can get in on the action during your hunting night without even having to be the one to use the scope. The phone app is available for both iPhone and Android users!
Want to Learn More?
There are many characteristics about the KRAD Night Vision Scope that makes it perfect for any hunting night. From long continuous use of a 6-hour battery life, to using it during both the daytime and nighttime. Click here to watch our product video to learn more!
We Have The Perfect Optics For Spring Turkey Hunting!
If you ask any avid turkey hunter, they tell you there is no better season to target the American Wild Tukey than in the Spring. Wild turkeys have a habitat range that spreads across the vast majority of North America! This is all the way from Canada to Mexico and coast to coast. Because of their widespread abundance, wild turkeys have quickly become one most widely pursued and popular bird species to hunt over the last decade. Spring turkey hunting can be one of best and most exhilarating times to capitalize on targeting these large game birds. We’ve put together a list of the optics gear you’ll want to consider bringing to make your hunt more successful.
Hunting Coyotes at night versus the daylight can provide you with some of the best opportunities for a successful coyote hunt. Not to mention, the added thrill and adrenaline rush that often coincides with hunting these predators in total darkness. As you gear up, research, and prepare for hunting coyotes at night, you might begin to have questions. Why choose night vision optics over other options such as thermal, or light spotting? Here are some top reasons to consider night vision over the alternatives.