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Does mirage have a greater or lesser affect than the wind? Or, another way of putting it - should we shoot using the indications from the wind flags or should we shoot with what the mirage is indicating?


Good question. Here’s where you must be careful and use your sighters and record shots to try and determine which is having most effect. Me? Generally, I would shoot using what the mirage is indicating, as 95% of the time it will be correct. It’s just comes down to judgement!


Are there any ways to alleviate the effects of mirage? There is no substitute for practice in mirage conditions but, as we have said, difficult in the UK.


Is there any gizmo we can buy which will help? Well, a variable scope with side focus will allow you to turn-down the magnification which will have the effect of lessening the effect of the mirage on the sight-picture and you can also quickly alter the focus to magnify the mirage – i.e. make it more visible to help with aim-off .


Sighter, sighters and more sighters. I think I shot the most I every have in a match at the European Championship last year - conditions were that interesting! Above a target from 2008 - mirage was again very difficult in Milan.


up, light ‘bends’ upwards.


If the ground and air is cooler than higher up, light ‘bends’ downwards.


Would anyone be clever enough - or quick enough - to mathematically calculate the compensation needed for mirage? Doubtful but it is important to understand what is happening to our sight-picture and that we will need to compensate in some way, just as we would with conventional wind-flags. Experience is the only help here and, coming from a UK climate, we get little opportunity to build up that experience. Some overseas shooters will encounter mirage every time they shoot – beware of these competitors!


Remember, like wind and the flags indicating the ever shifting movement, mirage will also change but it may not be so obvious as a flag. The real skill is spotting this!


44 Target Shooter


There are a number of filtering lenses available on the market. The best of these is the previously reviewed Bulzeyepro optical booster. It depends on how you view these products. Some people will be very positive, some will not. The latter, for me, works very well!


Most scopes are supplied with a sunshade but beware of using too long a sunshade on your scope. If the air inside the sun-shade heats up, it can create a mini-mirage with your scope! However, barrel-mounted mirage bands can be useful in lessening the effects of heat rising from a hot barrel in still conditions.


Lastly in competition, in practice or basically whenever you shoot observe the prevailing conditions, mentally note these and take lots and lots and lots of sighters.


Dealing with the affects of mirage is one of the most difficult and exhausting things I and most sportspeople have to deal with during a match or even in testing/ training. Each individual match is different, each range is different - this can be generally or from minute to minute - just like reading the wind. So no simple answer I am afraid, as it is about gaining experience and formulating this and the equipment you use into


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