You can find scopes with adjustments as fine as 1/8 MOA or as coarse as 1 MOA. Red dots and adjustable handgun sights are a little harder to predict, but may be very coarse. The adjustments of all “scopes” look very much alike. They have two screws: one for up and down and the other for left and right.
However, the way they work is considerably different. Some change zero by moving the reflecting lens or bending it slightly. These adjustments are not terribly precise, but once you get it right, it’s fine. Shooters tend to be very timid when making sight changes and spend more time– and ammo– than is necessary.
Handgun adjustments are just not that precise. You can waste a whole day chasing single shots all over the target. With most handguns, you’re far better off zeroing the group rather than a single shot. Unless the gun is super accurate, it’s much easier to move the center of the group than to make adjustments based on a single shot.
With optical sights there is some variation in the effectiveness of the adjustments. Most scope adjustments are precise and repeatable but sometimes you’ll make an adjustment and find that the bullet’s impact didn’t move. The odds are good that all you need to do is fire another shot, because the adjusting mechanism may have been sticky and the recoil of the last shot moved the reticle.
It doesn’t happen often, but this is one of the reasons it’s good to make adjustments based on a couple of shots rather than just one. Another old-timers’ trick is to move the adjustment beyond where you want to go and then back up to the correct point.
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They’ve been around since the 1890s and are still just as classy and functional as ever. Patagonia Altvia Trail Pants ($119)Materials: 86% polyester, 14% spandex Weight: 11. 1 oz. Belt included: No What we like: Very stretchy build with zippered storage. What we don’t: Shorter inseam can impact fit.
A recent addition to Patagonia’s hiking pant line, the Altvia Trail combines a stretchy build with a very functional storage layout. Starting with the stretch, this slim-fitting pant includes a healthy dose of spandex (14%) for excellent mobility and all-around comfort. They’ve even incorporated elastic into the waistband to give it a jogger-like fit and feel.
That said, the Altvia is still sufficiently trail-ready with a DWR coating for shedding light moisture, good breathability from the stretch-woven fabric, and zippered closures on all five pockets. And with zippers at the bottom of the cuffs, the lower legs of the pant can be tuned to fit over anything from low-profile trail runners to bulky hiking boots.