*Always check your local laws before hunting any animal!*
Coyote hunting is fun and challenging. Coyotes are fast with keen senses, so they spook easily. A successful coyote hunt consists of pre-scouting, sitting still and then being able to shoot quickly but also accurately. Many states consider the coyote a predator and therefore open to hunting all year long, without bag limits and very few restrictions. This makes setting up your predator rifle with coyote hunting accessories that much more fun! Think night vision, thermal imaging and suppressors!
Like hunting any other animal, you need the right gun and the right optics. You’ll be shooting coyotes mostly from mid-range—200-300 yards. Sometimes, you’ll luck out by getting a good shot at dogs at 50 to 75 yards. A lot of coyote hunters prefer a lower magnification scope.
The best time to hunt coyotes is when they are most active. Coyote wander from the den looking for food right after sunset and at dawn when its dark. Because of this, you need an optic or riflescope with an objective large enough to allow in plenty of light, so you get a clear picture in low-light situations—a 40mm or 50mm objective is best. Many coyote hunters, especially those who hunt at night, will choose red dot or reflex sights, thermal scopes, night vision or scopes with illuminated reticles.
Though the type of optic preferred is personal preference, these are our personal favorites for coyote hunting:
Wraith Digital Riflescope
The Wraith is Sightmark’s newest and most technologically advanced digital riflescope useable both day and night. With 10 illuminated reticles and 9 colors to choose from, the versatile Wraith goes from long-range shooting to plinking and every type of hunt from deer to hog. The 4-32x50mm scope has a removable 850nm IR illuminator with up to a 200-yard range at night. The Wraith comes with onboard video recording and SD card slot. It will save five shooter profiles, so rezeroing isn’t an issue when you transfer the scope to another firearm. The 50mm objective and 1920×1080 HD sensor help produce a clear, full-color day time image. At night, switch over to classic green or black and white night vision.
The Photon RT 6×50 digital night vision scope detects targets up to 200 yards in total darkness. Also useable during the day, the Photon RT has a 768×576 CMOS sensor, an invisible 940nm built-in IR illuminator and a high-resolution 640×480 LCD display to produce crisp clear images. A 2x digital zoom details far away game so you can be assured of a precise shot. You have a choice of 6 illuminated reticles with 4 different colors to suit whatever environment, weather conditions and targets you’re aiming at.
Ultra Shot M-Spec FMS Reflex Sight with 3x Magnifier
This reflex sight transitions from close quarters to longer-ranges when paired with a magnifier and acquires targets quickly. For red dot sights, the Ultra Shot M-Spec offers the best reticle for coyote hunting—a 2 MOA dot with 65 MOA ring. The wide-angle lens and anti-reflective lens coating provide a clear field of view. It has 10 brightness settings and is night-vision compatible. Offering 3x magnification to any of your reflex or red dot sights, the tactical magnifier has a flip to side mount easily deployed when you need it.
With a red illuminated milliradian reticle, you can estimate range and determine shot holdovers for windage and compensate for bullet drop. The Citadel 3-18x50mm is a comprehensive riflescope with a first focal plane etched glass reticle. This scope’s LR2 ballistic reticle and magnification range are optimized for longer range shooting.
Do you hunt coyote? What optics do you run? Tell us in the comment section.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/03/12) – Don’t miss your chance to experience the newly released and advanced Sightmark Wraith digital riflescope and Accudot boresights, along with the impressive Citadel and Latitude riflescopes and RAM series of reflex sighs at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN.
Join 80,000 other firearm enthusiasts and Second Amendment supporters at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits held April 26-28 at the Indiana Convention Center. Sightmark will showcase their full line of cutting-edge optics at booth #5021.
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(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/02/26) – The Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (OSPOA) is set to host Sightmark at their conference and vendor show. The OSPOA 2019 Conference and Vendor Show is scheduled for March 26-27 at the Choctaw Resort and Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. Sightmark will showcase law enforcement and military-inspired red dots, riflescopes and accessories.
Each year, OSPOA hosts CLEET-certified training courses to help fulfill continuing education requirements for all law enforcement officers and many vendors from surrounding areas. Guests will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and get hands-on with the latest technology which exceeds law enforcement and military demands.
The Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is a 501c (3) non-profit organization made up of law enforcement and private security personnel representing all branches of law enforcement including, city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies, along with private sector safety professionals. The primary purpose of the OSPOA is to promote professionalism within the law enforcement and private security professions, to provide training for Oklahoma’s law enforcement and private security personnel, and to promote the highest of ethical and moral standards in the law enforcement and private security professions.
Written by Jamie Trahan, 18-year Law Enforcement Officer and Sightmark Pro Staff Member
Not too long ago, if you wanted optics for your “Modern Sporting Rifle”….it was all about the Benjamins. A little over 10 years ago, a startup company called Sightmark came to market. Their products were budget priced and aimed at the civilian sporting community. In recent years, Sightmark has set their sights on more hard-core shooters and the Law Enforcement community—in this case, we are pretty much one and the same. The optics must be rock solid reliable and able to take a beating. Now, Sightmark doesn’t want you to go out and destroy your sight through abuse, but they do want their most durable sights, their M-Spec line, to take everything you throw at it and ask for more. In short, there are a couple of sights of different designs bearing the M-Spec name and you can rest assured that if it says M-Spec on the side….it’s tough.
Enter the newest iteration of the flagship of the M-Spec line, the Ultra Shot M-Spec Reflex sight, available with either a direct bolt or locking quick-detach base (LQD.) The particular sight that I tested was the LQD model (SM26034) which was available directly from sightmark.com and numerous Sightmark dealers including Amazon that had it listed for $249.97 as of the time of this writing.
Now, for the official description from Sightmark.com:
Specially designed to handle your hardcore shooting needs, the Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD Reflex Sight promises repeatable accuracy, ultra-fast target acquisition and rugged mil-spec reliability in virtually any environment.
Ultra Shot M-Spec features:
Wide-angle lens with scratch-resistant and anti-reflective red coating
Patented integrated sunshade
Illuminated red 65-MOA circle dot reticle with 10 brightness settings
Night-vision brightness modes
Parallax correction beyond 10 yards
Unlimited eye relief
Shockproof, dustproof and IP68 waterproof
Recoil rated up to .50 BMG
Rugged, lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum hood and protective shield
Interlock internal locking adjustment system
CR123A battery with 200 to 2,000 hours of battery life
1 MOA windage and elevation adjustment
Up to 120 MOA of travel
The Ultra Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight also features a low battery indicator, motion-sensing auto on/off activation, digital switch controls, 12-hour auto shut-off, locking quick-detach Picatinny mount and Sightmark’s lifetime warranty. The Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD Reflex Sight is also perfectly compatible with the Sightmark XT-3 Tactical Magnifier (SM19062). It includes adjustment tools, CR123A battery, operation manual and Neoprene cover.
Notice that .50 BMG recoil rating? Impressive to say the least. The M-Spec will provide you the quickest target acquisition available via its 65 MOA circle-dot reticle (with 2 MOA center dot) and will withstand some of the harshest recoil of just about every hunting or self defense-chambered weapon in North America—unless you’re hunting cloned dinosaurs…in that case go with the .577 Tyrannosaur and just use iron sights.
At one point in time, if you wanted a ruggedized sight for your rifle you ended up with two names on the list, EOTech and Aimpoint, depending on the reticle and sight design you preferred. For years, thanks to advances in concept and design, Sightmark has opened that market up wide and brought red dot sights to the public at several price points with many models of their red dot sights that allow you to switch between a single red dot or the circle dot reticle.
The ruggedized M-Spec, tested and reviewed in this article, reigns supreme. For sheer ruggedness, the selectable reticles along with their associated rear facing switch were eliminated and the circle dot reticle was chosen. People are curious by nature, and always want to know how one thing compares to another. That brings us back to the EOTech, as that is what everyone is going to want to compare the Ultra Shot M-Spec to. Looking at the various models, I found the XPS2 to be the closest competitor.
Let’s compare a few details:
Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD
MSRP: $299.99 (sightmark.com)
MSRP: $555 (EOTech.com)
65 MOA Circle-dot Reticle with 2 MOA dot
68 MOA Circle-dot Reticle with 1 MOA dot
4.01in x 2.24 in x 2.32 in
3.8in x 2.1in x 2.5 in
IP68 waterproofing (up to 40ft)
Submersible up to 10ft
Construction: Magnesium alloy body
Construction: Aluminum body
Elevation/Windage adjustment: 40MOA/40MOA
Battery: 1 – CR123A
Battery: 1 – CR123A
Brightness levels: Off, 1-10, NV
Brightness levels: 20
NOT NVG compatible
Battery life: 200-2000 hours depending on setting
Battery life: 600 hours continuous at level 12
Operating temperature: -22 to 160 degrees
Operating temperature: -40 to 150
Recoil rating: .50 BMG
Recoil rating: .50 BMG
Retractable, built-in sunshade
If you look at that chart, you can see that the two products are pretty close to one another. A couple of variances that swing one way and a couple more that swing the other. That said, the Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD is a much bigger bargain being between $150-220 cheaper, depending upon who you choose to purchase it from.
In real-world use, the sight performed without any issues whatsoever. My team uses a 36-yard zero, so once the M-Spec was mounted, it was brought to the range to zero and testing. I ran several hundred rounds in various shooting drills. Many done with the use of a VTAC-type barricade, and neither my rifle nor the sight were treated with kid gloves. The sight absorbed every single thing thrown at it and wanted more. One feature that I really prefer on this sight is the fact that you only have the choice of the 65 MOA/2 MOA circle-dot reticle. The R-Spec and A-Spec models have a switch on the rear of the sight that allows the shooter to select multiple reticles. I don’t see a need to keep switching back and forth between reticles and I am glad that was dropped on the M-Spec model.
After getting home from the range, I decided to run a little test. The sight was removed via the LQD and tossed into the freezer. According to the freezer’s display, it overs around 20 degrees or so, provided Samsung uses accurate temperature sensors. I left the sight in there overnight and removed it the following morning. I mounted it up and allowed the sight to thaw out on the ride out to the range. A half hour later, the sight was ready to go. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the zero had not shifted. You can’t ask for much more than that.
If you prefer a bolt-on mount, as opposed to the LQD on this model, Sightmark offers the same sight built just the way you want it. Select the Ultra Shot M-Spec FMS Reflex Sight (SM26035) instead and they’ve got you covered.
In looking back at some of Sightmark’s initial offerings years ago, to seeing what they’ve brought to the market in current times, I am eagerly awaiting to see what else is in store in the next couple of years. If the current model Ultra Shot M-Spec is any indication, the future is going to be bright as there are no indications that the wizards behind the scenes at Sightmark have any plans on slowing down.
Author’s Note: M-Spec, M-Spec, M-Spec. You are probably tired of hearing that but that is something earned by this sight, so I chose to refer to it that way. In the new line of Ultra Shots last year, it was announced by Sightmark HQ that there would be three new product lines, R-Spec, A-Spec and the M-Spec. The R-Spec (Range Spec) is primarily directed towards target shooting and hunting. The A-Spec (Advanced Spec) retains many R-Spec features but adds 6 NVG settings. The M-Spec (Military Spec) was designed for law enforcement, hunting and competition shooters. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.
(Mansfield, TEXAS 2019/02/22) – Sightmark premium Accudot Boresights put an end to guessing games and wasted ammo when sighting-in with fast point-of-impact and point-of-aim identification, even before your first shot.
Designed to handle your gritty firing-line environment and save you a small fortune on batteries, every Accudot boresight features an internal rechargeable battery, auto-on/off functionality and a thick-walled, precision-machined brass case. Every Accudot premium boresight boasts a Class IIIa laser and bullet tip for improved chamber fit and more precise centering. The result? Faster pre-shot alignment, increased first-shot accuracy and less ammo sent downrange.
Sightmark Accudot Boresights are available in several popular rifle calibers, including: .223/5.56 (SM39050); .243, .308, 7.62×54 (SM39051); 9mm (SM39052); .30-06, .270, .25-06 (SM39053); and 12-gauge (SM29054) and include a battery charger.
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(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/02/21) – Sightmark expands the premium line of Citadel Riflescopes with the addition of the Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope. Designed for competition shooters, close- to mid-range hunting and law enforcement, the Citadel is packed with features to bring shooters to the next level traditionally sought by top-tier shooters.
The Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope (SM13138CR1) comes complete with all the same features that the Citadel family offers like a fine-etched, red-illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings. In addition, they feature premium, fully multi-coated glass for crisp clarity and a 30mm, 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum tube, and are IP67 waterproof, dustproof, fogproof and shockproof.
The Citadel 1-10×24 features a second focal plane CR1 reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammunition, capped low-profile turrets and ½-MOA per click windage and elevation adjustability with a total adjustment range on each axis of 100 MOA.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/02/19) – Sightmark is pleased to congratulate sponsored competitive shooter Marius Kazanskis for becoming Lithuania’s Top Rifle Shooter for 2018. In December, Kazanskis was deemed the best after placing 1st in the Lithuanian Ranking 2018—Rifle Semi-Auto Open division, a result over 4 ranked matches and a local season-closing match. Marius also placed 2nd in a PCC division match on Christmas Day.
“I am very proud to be sponsored by Sightmark because they are a growing company with great value and quality balance in their product,” Marius Kazanskis said, “I am very happy with my cooperation, communication and support that I get from them.”
In 2017, Marius asked for Sightmark’s support as part of his new project in the Baltic Region – Rifle/Carbine Competitions. Marius uses the Ultra Shot M-Spec (SM26034) with an XT3 Magnifier (SM19062), Citadel 1-6 (SM13038CR1) and a Mini Pro Spec (SM26006) and without Sightmark, Kazanskis says he could not be at the top where he is now. Since then, Marius has won major Lithuanian IPSC events in pistol-caliber carbine competitions.
For being the number one ranked Semi-Auto Open Rifle Shooter in Lithuania, Kazanskis was invited to represent his country in the Rifle World Championship 2019 in Sweden. A big honor in which he’s performed in many times before—2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 in European and World Handgun Championships.
(Mansfield, Texas 2019/02/06) – Introducing Sightmark’s new Ultra Shot RAM Series in Dark Earth finish. Inspired by the military, the RAM series is ideal for close-range target shooting and law enforcement, perfect for both the AR platform and shotgun. Sightmark will offer three different models with the new Dark Earth finish with the R-, A- and M-Spec.
Suited for fast, accurate action at the range, the R-Spec Dark Earth (SM26031DE) delivers a clear field of view with an advanced, anti-reflective and scratch-resistant lens, along with four red and green reticle options.
The A-Spec Dark Earth (SM26032DE) features the same benefits as the R-Spec with the addition of six-night vision settings, allowing the optic to be used with night vision devices and goggles.
The elite sight of the RAM series, the M-Spec LQD Dark Earth (SM26034DE) and M-Spec FMS (SM26035DE) is designed for law enforcement, hunting and competitive shooting. A retractable sunshade reduces glare and helps protect your optic from inclement weather.
The new RAM series Dark Earth are expected to arrive Q1 2019.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/01/28) – Grab your coats and join Sightmark at the National Sheriffs Association 2019 Winter Legislation and Technology Conference, scheduled for February 9 – 12 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. While in attendance, plan a visit with Sightmark at booth #92 to learn more about their law enforcement- and military-inspired optics and accessories like the Ultra Shot M-Spec and compact sized Mini Shot M-Spec.
Ultra Shot M-Spec
The most durable and advanced sight in the Ultra Shot line, the new M-Spec, or Mil-Spec, was designed for law enforcement, hunting and competition shooting scenarios. Waterproof up to 40 ft. and able to withstand up to .50 BMG caliber recoil, this fixed mount optic features motion sensing activation (5 min. shutoff with motion activation, 12-hour auto-off) to conserve battery life but keeps the optic ready for when it needs to be. Sightmark offers an LQD (SM26034) and Fixed-mount design (SM26035) while also featuring an integrated retractable sunshade that reduces lens glare and protects the optic during rain or snow.
Mini Shot M-Spec
Sightmark’s most compact optic yet, the Mini Shot M-Spec, is designed for close-quarter combat, law enforcement, competition shooting and home defense. The Mini Shot’s versatility doesn’t end with the firearm it can be mounted to, either – 10 brightness levels allow the sight to be used anywhere from extremely low light situations to bright sunny conditions. This compact reflex sight’s aluminum housing with steel protective shield makes it one of the most durable reflex sights on the market. But the M-Spec wasn’t just designed to be rugged, it is also incredibly user-friendly due to ambidextrous digital switch controls that allow both left- and right-handed shooters to turn on its 3 MOA reticle.
At the NSA Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., you can join high-level leadership from federal agencies, members of Congress, and active Sheriffs who come together to explore current legislation and trending technologies and products. For more information about the NSA Winter Legislative and Technology Conference visit www.sheriffs.org/calendar-of-events/2019-winter-conference.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2019/01/23) – Sightmark expands the Citadel riflescope family with the addition of the Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 riflescope. This premium riflescope is designed for hunters, medium-to-long range shooting, competition shooters and law enforcement.
The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 (SM13039LR1) features a 6x optical system giving you a wide magnification to shoot medium-to-long range, fully multi-coated lens system, exposed pop-up locking turrets and a red illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings for contrast against targets. The Citadel is IP67 waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, fogproof and comes complete with flip-up covers, throw lever and a sunshade cover.
A reticle widely used in shooting sports across North America, a first focal plane reticle means the dimensions of the reticle are true to any magnification, thus range finding and performing holdovers can be done at any magnification. The Citadel 3-18×50 LR1 reticle features ¼ MOA click adjustments at 100 yards.