Laser Zeroes & Offset Considerations

Posted by Tim Marshall on Feb 20th 2024

Laser Zeroes & Offset Considerations

Today, I want to take a few minutes to chat about something that's been sparking quite a bit of debate online - the zeros and offset considerations for long gun laser devices. Let's delve into this realm and simplify some of the complexities surrounding this topic.

The internet can be a whirlwind of discussions on parallel versus converging zeros. But let me tell you something I've learned through experience - what truly matters in training with these weapons often differs greatly from what's debated online. If you've got a solid parallel zero and you're well-versed in using it effectively with an understanding of your holds and offsets, stick to it. It works.

Converging Zero Distances

With my setup, I've traditionally used a converging zero on my MAWL. Zeroing it at 50 yards has been my go-to practice, and while it might not be perfect in every sense, it's served me exceptionally well. For my style of use - typically within 200 yards in CQB scenarios - this setup works for most situations.

However, looking ahead to changes I'm considering to make, I'm exploring what's known as an "infinity converging zero." This approach involves aligning the laser with the red dot at an extremely distant target like a star or a tree hundreds of yards away. The idea is that from this extreme distance onwards, the laser will progressively converge with the red dot, effectively providing consistent accuracy throughout all ranges.

This method offers an advantage over my previous 50-yard converging zero. Instead of the red dot and laser moving apart beyond 50 yards, the infinity converging zero ensures they continually approach alignment towards infinity, giving me enhanced precision over distance.

Laser Offset

Addressing the conundrum of laser offset, here's a quick shortcut I've adopted. While using the red dot demands a vertical orientation of the rifle, the laser emitter is often on the right side, causing horizontal offset. To mitigate this, I tilt the rifle about 45 degrees to align the laser with the barrel, eliminating horizontal offset concerns.

For vertical offset, I apply another straightforward shortcut. If I know the hold for my red dot at a given distance, I halve that hold for the laser. This simplifies the process, ensuring a quick and repeatable method for precise laser hits without the need for extensive training hours.

Ultimately, the key takeaway here is simplicity. Overcomplicating zero setups might not always yield significantly better results for many of us. Instead, finding shortcuts that maintain accuracy and ease of use during high-intensity situations can be more effective.

If you're delving into the intricacies of zeros and offsets or testing different zeroing methods, I hope this sheds some light on the subject.