How to Zero in Your Night Vision Rifle Scope?

A Comprehensive Guide

Before you pick up your scope, it’s important that you get to know the features and designs of your device. I recommend reading the instruction manuals so you don’t have to try to figure it on your own. Often times, the user manual will provide tips and tricks that can help you sight You can also watch YouTube videos on your scope so you’ll get to know your scope by learning from others. You don’t have to watch just YouTube videos though, because you can read about your night vision device on blog posts and other websites. Don’t forget to check out the manufacturer’s website, you might be able to find additional information for how to zero in.


Plus, these types of resources usually have additional background information not found in user’s manual. Learning how to zero in your riffle perfectly is important if you plan on shooting long range. Because night vision scopes are used during the night, it needs to be sight in perfectly with your target and shooting range. However, what’s tricky is that you’re using your scope at night. So, you cannot sight it during the day, which could risk damaging your night optics unless if your scope is digital and can be used in broad daylight.

Although there are many ways to zero your scope and rifle, here’s one of the best methods:


Because you are sighting at night, you may not be able to clearly see if you have hit the target accurately as a result of the low-light situation.


Some night vision devices may have a tiny pinhole that allow little light in, and this should be enough to let you see through the scope and easily zero in your target. This should allow you to shoot at the target unless you make adjustments.


If your scope does not have a lens cap, don’t try to create your own pinhole because you will end up damaging your optics.


Sighting in at night can be difficult because in the dark, it is quite difficult to know if you are hitting your target. There are a few ways however, you can set up a shoot and hit system where your target will remain well-illuminated even in low-light situations.


You could also use binoculars to verify if you hit your target correctly. You can also use a hunting partner to practice your shots (make sure you’re at a safe distance though), and your partner will let you know whether you hit your target correctly!

Zero in Your Night Vision Rifle Scope

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Gabriel Tackett
Gabriel Tackett is an experienced shooter and hunter for over 15 years with a degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is also a certified National Rifle Association (NRA) officer for 10 years And his passion lies in teaching others how to safely enjoy the hobby by recommending the best practices & products in the gun industry.