How to zero your AR-15 for 50 & 200 yards at just 10 yards

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If you have an AR-15, then you need to zero it.

One of the most popular “Battle sight” zeros for the AR-15 is the 50/200. Which essentially means you zero at 50 yards and your bullet will hit the same point of aim at 200 yards. And with this 50/200 zero when you aim dead center on a target, from the muzzle to 250 yards or so your bullet will only be “off” either high or low about 2 inches.

This chart shows the trajectory of the two common military 5.56 rounds. The "0" line is your point of aim and you can see from muzzle to 250 yards a 50/200 zero helps get you on target easy.
This chart shows the trajectory of the two common military 5.56 rounds. The “0” line is your point of aim and you can see from muzzle to 250 yards a 50/200 zero helps get you on target easy.

Past 250 yards you might have to start aiming higher, but anything within 250 yards you just aim in on the target and press the trigger and you have a good hit.

Here’s a way to zero your AR-15 for both 50 and 200 yards at just 10 yards

How to zero for 50 and 200 yards with Frank Proctor

Meet Frank Proctor …

Frank spent his last 11 years in the military n US Army Special Forces. He trained DOD personnel in Combat Marksmanship, Close Quarters Battle, Breaching and Sniper/Observer Operations in addition to deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also earned the rank of Grand Master in Limited division of USPSA and Master in IDPA Stock Service Pistol. In other words, the guy can shoot and has proven it as a Special Forces Operator and Competitive Shooter.

In the video below Frank gives a quick rundown of why he uses the 50/200 yard zero and how he manages to get this zero quickly at just 10 yards:

If you’re going to zero at 10 yards, then confirm your zero if possible. In other words, it SHOULD be on at 50 yards. See if it is. Adjust as necessary.

If you have access to a 200 yard range you can try confirming there too (I don’t have access to that long of a range at the moment).

Either way, because you’re zeroing so close — at just 10 yards — make sure you’re extra careful about getting those bullet holes touching because any bit that you are “off” at 10 yards will be magnified at 50, 75, 100 yards, etc

Try this battle sight zero out and let me know what you think?

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Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’m old enough that we used to figure the trajectory by hand. The new gadgets do make that a lot simpler. With my M4, I have done the 50/200. While experimenting, we did do the 10 yard/meter tests and were successful for up to 200 yards without any difference of the aim point. I think this was an excellent for the AR 50/200 and using the 10 yard close shot.

    I’m a long distance shooter and there are some similarities to this. But people must figure out the ballistics on whatever caliber they use. It seemed the most popular was the .308 (remember that I did not shoot a .50 rifle). I was an exception and shot the .30-06. It is possible to shoot short distances and get the second distance without the POA being different. But with that rifle, it was zeroed at 100 yards and the scope was made for that rifle and the load being used. So it was dial the turret to the desired distance.

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