How to Calibrate a Telescopic Sight With Buying Tips

Telescopic Sight: When you buy a telescopic sight for the first time, you may have the impression that you will not know how to mount it properly on your rifle and, usually, you go to friends or professionals who can help you do it so that your viewer is fully adjusted to your gun and put to zero.

In this article, I will give you some guidelines on how you can do it yourself in a simple way and with words that you understand to make it even easier for you. This process has no mystery, and that is why, when you finish reading this post, you will realize how easy it is.

What do the numbers on a telescopic scope mean?

I am referring to the nomenclature that appears in the sights, such as 24 X 50 or 6-24 x 50, which is usually a standard format and which provide you with all the performance information you can expect.

Telescopic Sight

⇒ Fixed magnification view (ex: 24 x 50)

The first number indicates the number of times you can increase what you are looking at, in this case, it would increase 24 times the actual size. The higher this number, the greater the increase. The second number (measured in mm) is the degree of opening, that is, the diameter of the head of the scope (the front part of the scope). The higher that number, the greater the visual field and the greater the light input.

With this last point you have to be careful because the larger the diameter of the scope, depending on the rifle that you are going to use, it will force you to take it off so you can install it to the stock, so your face will be low, and it will be difficult to focus.

⇒ Look for variable magnification (3-9 x 50)

In this case, the first two numbers mean that you can increase the size of what you are seeing 3 times to 9 times. Likewise, the second number means the degree of opening or diameter of the head of the scope, which is measured in mm. These sights are ideal for all those who practice long distance shooting.

Tips for buying an excellent telescopic sight

So that the view is of good quality and allows you to work with her in all light environments, you have to spend as much or more money than the cost of the rifle. The quality of the scope is measured according to the quality of the crystals with which it is manufactured and the sharpness it offers from the environment in lousy lighting conditions.

Keep in mind that a look is not to buy it every day, on the contrary, it is possible that you change your rifle and the watch will continue to be worth it because, if you take good care of it and choose the one that best suits what you are looking for, you can last a lifetime

If you plan to use the rifle to shoot at different distances, you should opt for a variable magnification sight, while if the distances vary very little, with a fixed magnification view you have more than enough.

If you are going to use the rifle in low light conditions, I recommend that the reticle is illuminated so you can have a better view of where the point of impact is in low light conditions. You can find both fixed increase and variable increase.

The more increases the scope has, the more difficult it will be to have it stable because of the vibrations we make when holding it, so it is not necessary to have any increases if later it will cost you to hit the target.

If you can afford it, look for German, Austrian or Swiss telescopic sights, and as a second option those manufactured in the United States. In my experience, do not trust Chinese brands because they can give you a hare.

If you are looking for a telescopic sight that is polyvalent, I recommend a fixed magnification of 6 x 42. In the case that you look for a precision sight, I recommend that the reticle be fine.

How to calibrate a telescopic scope

Before zeroing your telescopic sight, you must mount it on the rifle. For this, I recommend that you place it in a place where it does not move and stay fixed so that the assembly is the best possible. Once you have done this, you have to place it on the mount, and the rings, whose separation distance between the sight and the rifle should be about 1.5 “, and tighten it leaving it slightly loose.

To align it concerning the rifle you have to find that the rifle’s rifle point coincides with the center of the point of the scope and that is where you must make the last adjustments to tighten the rings and leave it fastened.

Once you have mounted the rifle sight, you only have to go to the shooting range and do the tests to calibrate it. I leave a video so you can see visually how to do it in a fast and straightforward way.

Distance to calibrate a telescopic scope

The range to calibrate a telescopic scope will depend on the type of rifle barrel you have (not all rifles behave in the same way from certain distances), the ammunition and the kind of shot that you will generally perform.

If you are going to shoot from a distance of 14 to 60 meters, I recommend you calibrate the sight at 40 meters so that the margin of error is minimal in the minimum and maximum distance.

If instead, you want to shoot at longer distances, the first thing you have to take into account is if your cannon can make effective shots at that distance and then you should see if the ammunition is effective at those distances. You can see an example in the attached image of the caliber 308 Winchester.

Anyway, I leave you a video where you can see both the way to zero your rifle as well as the process to calibrate the scope telescope over long distances.


As you have been able to verify, calibrating a telescopic sight is not a complicated task, and I hope that, with the information and the steps to follow that I offer you in this article, I will help you to do it without problems. Remember that the diameter of the pupil of a normal eye is 7mm so if you want to make an optimal opening rule of the objective you can divide the diameter of the target between the increases, the number 7 not exceeding the result.

Need for Personal Defense in the Face of Increasing Public Insecurity

Need for Personal Defense: Citizen insecurity has increased, causing the simple fact of going out on the street, can cause anxiety and uncertainty to people. Today we talk about the methods that citizens have to protect themselves.

Need for Personal Defense

In recent months, the entire Shoke Store team has received a large number of doubts and questions about an issue that nowadays seems essential: personal defense and the products that are there to ensure it. These questions also came from all kinds of people beyond their sex and age, who felt insecure or who believed that some member of their family, partner or friends, could be.

And is that in recent times all citizens have witnessed regrettable cases that have caused us some insecurity and fear, which has been increased by laws that can sometimes be too lax and that many have come to believe that protect more the person who commits the crime than the victim of his act. And it is because of this question that citizens ask themselves if they are unprotected or there is something they can do to protect themselves against possible aggressors or attackers. Today we want to dedicate this article to detail the legal methods of self-defense that you have, which we believe can be useful both to you and to people around you.

1st courses of self-defense

In Shoke Store we have been doing personal defense courses for women for years, but like this option, you have other possibilities such as martial arts courses or boxing. Thanks to these courses you will learn all kinds of exercises for the different situations that you can face, and you will gain security, noticing that if something happened to you, now you can answer.

We believe that if you feel uncertainty or fear, you must take one of these courses of defense person because not only will give you a reasonable basis, but also the ability not to be paralyzed before a dangerous situation or risk.

2nd Sprays of personal defense

The questions that most times we answer in SHOKE, have to do with the sprays of own security: what is the best model? Is it legal? How should I use it?

The first thing you should know is that YES, it is legal for all those who are over 18 years old, so it is the instrument of personal defense that we always recommend that you take with you. On the contrary, anti violator sprays that you can do at home and whose tutorials continuously appear on the Internet are not only illegal but can be dangerous for the carrier, since it has not gone through the security measures that the sprays have had — approved personal defense.

Concerning the best models, at Shoke Shop we always recommend Fito personal defense sprays for their type of gas, which allows pepper gas to reach the attacker’s eyes without having hit them directly. You must bear in mind that gel pepper sprays do require that aim that if at any moment it can be difficult, in a situation of fear it is much more. However, we have created an infographic so that you know in a much more visual way the characteristics of the different sprays.

Finally, its method of use is very simple; you have to press it and spray it on the aggressor. Its gas and air format will do the rest. This pepper gas makes the person incapacitated for 15-20 minutes, which allows you to run away without problems. Another option is to combine this spray with the panic button that generates a loud noise that will attract the attention of people who may be close to you and will allow you a better escape.

Shoke store sincerely hopes that very soon we have to see in the press really sad cases and that all people feel safe again living their life as they choose and that the simple fact of going out at night, dress as you want or just Knowing someone does not cause certain insecurity in people. Meanwhile, we hope these self-defense tips have been useful for you.

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How to Build Emergency Shelters (Step by Step)

How to Build Emergency Shelters: In an emergency situation (night falls, bad weather, cold and other adversities) you may need to shelter yourself. The fact is that you are in the middle of the mountain and without a four-star hotel nearby. That’s why you have to know how to improvise a shelter. And it is that you will not always have the tent at hand.

How to Build Emergency Shelters (Step by Step)

All shelters consist of a structure and a cover, which can be natural or artificial. In general, it is more practical and ecological, except in an authentic emergency, to use artificial means. Except for construction time, in a cold emergency a refuge with natural resources is safer: if it is well covered and small, it will keep our heat better; For the rain, however, an artificial shelter is much better, plastic is more impermeable than hundreds of branches.

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The fastest and most practical to use as a cover is to carry in the good backpack a plastic of approximately 2×3 meters, with holes in the edges to pass ropes or wires (sold in almost any large area or hardware store). Passing ropes through these holes, we can tie it to trees or shrubs without the need for structure, although tent pegs (winds) come well to fix it to the ground.

How to Build Emergency Shelters

Also, a layer of water or thick aluminized blanket can serve as a cover, although it will be a bit small if we are more than one. And without an emergency, if the weather is rainy, a plastic will make life easier even if you have a store. I find it hard to think how it would have been to work with clients in rivers like the Yukon without a 4×6 plastic; not to mention the jungle, where it can rain in a few minutes.

The shape also conditions the construction of shelter : the most operative are shed with one or two slopes since the tippis (Indian tents) or other forms are more complicated to make unless you have material such as a parachute or a candle.

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The structure can be made with simple ropes or by a complicated construction of sticks. In general, the most operative thing is to build a kind of tent with sticks. It is easily constructed with two fork-shaped poles (Y) that act as lateral supports, and a pole supported on both forks along the main support of the roof. Behind this main structure, the cover (the plastic) can be raised with two other smaller forks.

And in the case of using a natural cover, you will have to tie or place more sticks to support it (as you can see in the image on the left). Do not forget to secure the plastic to the ground by placing some stones on shelters with natural resources always require a structure, and can be covered with branches, leaves, bundles of grass, moss, grass bricks or combinations of these materials; In general, the denser the structure, the easier it will be to place material on top, and the easier it becomes waterproof. The materials that form the cover are placed from top to bottom, mounting one layer on another as if they were tiles.

Although it is difficult to get the material, all practitioners of outdoor life should be able to raise a shelter with natural means with the least possible ecological impact: thrown sticks, grass or cut cereal leaves, pruning remains (branches with leaves they are quite useful), cut scrub (where it is very abundant) … although almost everything today is illegal. But remember that your life is worth more than an alteration in the environment; A storm can have much more impact and nature recovers. Be careful out there, especially in this case with the Civil Guard: what to do the Indian is increasingly difficult.

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Remember that in the extreme case, a fallen tree, a dense shrub (not thorny) or a small cave can be emergency shelters that can be improved with relatively little work; getting between dry leaves can save you from dying of hypothermia. Also, parts of your sports equipment (a paragliding sail, a kayak, and even a bike) will be used as building elements in an emergency !!


  • The location is also vital when making a shelter or camping: avoid risk areas such as floods of rivers or streams, falls of stones, areas of dense vegetation or near stagnant waters with possible “inhabitants” at less annoying
  • The temperature is important: the zones oriented between the East and the South will have more sun exposure, and the sun will shine from earlier.
  • In valleys or valleys avoid the bottom: it will be colder, and too high it is easy for the wind to affect your refuge.
  • If you are in an emergency if you can camp in visible areas.