I always find it fascinating to discuss how shooters zero their AR-15s, especially experienced shooters. The 2 most common methods that I come across are the 100 meter zero and the 50/200 meter (or yard) zero. I find it fascinating because this is one of those issues where both sides are right. Both choices will work well for a shooter who has trained enough to know where their carbine will print at various ranges. Both choices have proponents that can put forth convincing arguments.
Often this choice is dictated by the optic on one’s rifle, the available space at the range the shooter uses most often, or the skill level of the shooter. Optics with some form of bullet drop compensation will usually need to be zeroed for 100 meters. 50 yard ranges are more common than 100 yard ranges which can lead to a 50/200 yard zero out of necessity and some shooters may not be up to the task of getting a rock solid 100 yard zero. Then there are the shooters who have the skill, equipment, and facility to execute either option and choose one based on the merits of the concept or the realities of how they use (or plan to use) the carbine.
This is your chance to Be Heard. How do you zero your AR-15 and why do you choose to do it that way? What factors went into your decision making process?
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