How to co-witness red dot optic and iron sights

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by StainlessSteel215, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    I am interested in the ability to use both iron sights and a red dot optic for a new 9mm carbine I just picked up. It has a decent ghostring rear and front iron sight but I cant seem to get both red dot and irons to play nicely. Do you zero one.....then zero the other seperately? Or try to zero both at once?

    Making the red dot accurately land on the tip of the front sight and hit the target is difficult. When I make the red dot line up to the front sight tip....shots dont land there. But, Im able to zero both sights independently. This is incredible frustrating - why the hell cant they just line up together and land on target!? lol makes too much sense I guess ;)
     
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  2. Hoffs333

    Hoffs333 New Member

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    With my AR I did the irons first then used them to move the dot inline to the tip of the front sight.
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Zero the sights seperately. It is what it is. The point is that you can use both. Use your red dot until battery dies and then go with the irons.
     
  4. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    Thats exactly what I thought guys. I zero'd the irons and figured....ok Ill just land the red dot on the tip of the front sight. Nope, didnt play nicely that way. Shots were hitting slightly off which got me incredibly frustrated!

    Ah well, maybe Ill make both meet half way and only be SLIGHTLY off. Im talking like 4" at 50yds. Im fine with that for a 9mm carbine plinker
     
  5. Hoffs333

    Hoffs333 New Member

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    I'm not familiar with a 9mm carbine... Im guessing that many things could affect that. How big is your dot? What type of ammo? Technique? Is it consistently off one way or another? Wind? There are a lot of variables... if your just plinking with an un-magnified red dot a 4" group really isn't too bad. Maybe just more practice...or find a happy medium
     
  6. bamashooter68

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    I zeroed my magpul back up irons then my eotech on my delton 316/moe. Both are top notch sights. My irons on my hi-point 9mm carbine are gone to accomodate the BSA red dot. So if it goes down I dont have back up. Its just a range toy anyway but I will say its very accurate and reliable and well worth the $220 I paid for it.