Want an easy way to increase your accuracy without doing any training or drills? You could get these improvements by adjusting your scope a little bit.
Having an improper scope setup is very common, even affecting professionals such as military men and law enforcement. And since this even affects professionals whose lives depend on their accuracy, odds are your scope isn’t perfectly customized to suit you.
You’re about to see a few tricks you can use to optimize your scope to give a sharper view and make it easier on your eyes.
One of the most common issues with scope setups is that the ocular focus is not properly adjusted to your eye.
The ocular focus adjusts how you see the reticle, not the target. Having an improperly focused reticle will cause eye fatigue when you look through the scope for too long.
Here’s an easy way to adjust the ocular focus on your scope:
First, look through your lens at a white wall with good lighting for just a couple seconds and then close your eyes. Now look at something else in the room around you and then quickly look through the scope again and note how the reticle looks.
Continue this process of looking through the scope and looking at other things to “reset” your vision while you adjust the ocular focus. You should eventually find a setting that takes the least amount of time for your eye to adjust and just feels right to you.
The other common issue with scope setups is the parallax adjustment or target focus.
Some scopes don’t even have a parallax adjustment, so here’s a quick explanation if you aren’t quite sure what it is. Parallax is a visual trick that happens when looking at two objects that are different distances apart.
You can see this for yourself by holding your finger in front of you in between your face and a distant object. Now close one eye while keeping the other open. You’ll notice that your finger is in a certain position relative to the distant object, but when you switch eyes the relative position of your finger changes!
Of course, your finger hasn’t actually moved at all…it just looked as though it did because of parallax. As you can imagine, this can have a pretty big impact on your accuracy…especially when shooting at long distances.
Here’s how to tell if you need to make a parallax adjustment.
Aim at some object, and note where the crosshairs are. Now move your head around without moving the gun. If the crosshairs change position from where they were before, then you need to adjust the parallax. Now simply adjust the parallax and repeat this test until it no longer moves.
Your scope is now much more customized to you as an individual and you should see an improvement in your accuracy.