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Scopes are not the same manufacture to manufacture, especially as they reach their extremes; therefore, results may vary. A project manager from a large scope company noted scopes are expected to perform within a percentage of perfect (variations are induced according to parallax adjustment). For example, if a scope is expected to perform within 2% across its range, 2% of 1,000yds is 20yds. Shooters will obtain unique values according to magnification, parallax, and range.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The Charlie is designed to be rinsed in a bucket of soapy water. It's mirrors are more scratch resistant than most high end scopes. They have a mil spec coating that resists scratches, salt, fog, and chemicals. Maintain the mirrors the same as you would your scope.
To zero your Charlie without using your scope, detach your unit from your scope or rifle. Look through the unit (from the scope side) at a distant target, preferably >100yds. Choose a long, horizontal line that is long enough to see both inside and outside the Charlie (such as a roof). Adjust Rod 1 until the horizontal line seen in the Charlie is in line with the horizontal line outside the Charlie.
While this may seem crude, the human eye is very capable of discerning fine angles. Practice will certainly guarantee single digit minutes of angle deviation from your target.
For reference only. Results may vary.
The Charlie Tarac is an optical accessory that adds zero (0) to 1,000 MOA (or 300 MILs) to scopes instantly without having to change your rails, rings, cheek piece, or 100 yard zero and enables you to shoot with full magnification. Each Charlie is preset to an exact MIL or MOA (true not shooter's MOA) value custom to each order.
Primarily used with -
Ammunition: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308, .338, .375, .408, .50
Optics: 40mm and above
How it Works
The Charlie reflects a target image via mirrors like a periscope with an exact offset. Instead of tilting the scope, requiring slanted rails, elevated scope rings, and changing your cheek position (a real pain in the neck), the Charlie shifts the target image optically so you change nothing. Set your rifle at 100 yards and add the Charlie only when you need it.
The Charlie Tarac includes a scope mount or rail adapter. The scope mount threads directly to your scope like a sunshade and the Charlie attaches magnetically (takes less than 40 seconds to setup). The rail mount is featured with a quality dual lever BoBro mount that is self-adjusting, requiring no tools, and is extremely repeatable. There are no special tools or wrenches, everything is designed with you - the end user - in mind; therefore, bolts are commonly found at Ace Hardware or comparable stores.
For long range, the Charlie is incomparably fast and accurate, giving you the ability to shoot the reticle or use your scope's turrets for precise final adjustment. TACOMHQ recommends using the Macro Delta Tarac with your Charlie for values exceeding 300 MOA (or 100 MIL) to prevent your muzzle intercepting your scope's line of sight.
A Mile or Less
The Charlie can also be set to as little as 10 MIL so you can shoot any target (with the right round) under a mile using just your reticle and on full mag. Never touch your turrets, saving you time, clicks (approximately 50 to 100), and your zero. Just point, aim, and shoot. Now that is tactical! It also makes it dummy-proof for training.
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|Long and Extreme Long Range Shooters|
|Result||Add elevation and never change your rail, rings, cheek piece, or 100 yard zero|
|Compatible Optics||40mm objective and above|
|Finish||Hard Anodized Matte Gray|
|Dimensions||3.5" x 3.5" x 3.5"|
|Mount||Featured with a Tarac scope adapter or a Bobro rail adapter|
|Offsets||10 - 300 MIL or 30 - 1,000 MOA|
|Tactical Case||Black 1050 Pelican Case w/ foam|
STARTING AT $1,700
Price includes a scope mount or rail adapter.
To adjust the elevation of your Charlie Tarac using your reticle, its recommended to bed your rifle so the Charlie can be added to your scope or rifle without your platform moving. Use your scope reticle to scale distant targets.
As you adjust the Charlie (turning the Adjustment screw CW), the cross hairs will move down from your initial point of aim in order to create a larger MIL or MOA value. The term "down" refers to your point of view through the scope. As the cross hair moves down your target (for example 30 MIL below your base zero target), you will have to raise the muzzle in order to reacquire your initial point of aim. This rise creates the ballistic shift. Practice will certainly guarantee your first shot will be within field of view. All adjustments should be made with the scope set at its zero position, but you can integrate the reticle into your initial set up.
To adjust the elevation of your Charlie using a digital level, bed your rifle and set the scope and rifle at its zero looking at a distant target. Measure the angle of the platform. Tilt the muzzle up to your new angle (your initial angle plus your calculated angle). Following section "Unit Adjustment," dial the Charlie until your distant target is centered within your cross hairs, and lock in place. Practice will certainly guarantee your first shot will be within field of view.
For utmost precision, we recommend you use a level that measures 0.01 degrees (+/- 2 MOA) of tilt. This is the fastest and most reliable method of adjustment.
To zero your Charlie using your scope, bed your rifle so the Charlie can be added to your scope or rifle without your platform moving. Looking at a distant target, preferrably >100yds, attach and detach the Charlie until its zero is in line with your scope zero.
Greater the distance better the result.
To adjust your Charlie Tarac, loosen S1-S3 screws, but do NOT remove (just beyond finger-felt tension). Rotate Rod 1 (your elevation) 0.5 MIL to 2 MOA short of your target turning the Adjustment screw. (Turning the Adjustment screw CW increase the shift. Turning the Adjustment screw CCW will decrease the the shift.) Load S1-S3 screws with 10in lbs and rework toward your final adjustment value. Repeat with 20in lbs (you will notice applying torque to S1-S3 screws will bring the left to right windage into its correct position.) Fully tighten S1-S3 screws with 55-60in lbs. Lastly, load the Adjustment screw with 4in lbs.
Always load the S1-S3 screws and Adjustment screw by turning CW as you near your final adjustment value. We recommend moving only partial MIL/MOA increments because releasing the Adjustment screw takes stress out of the system so check your value after each adjustment. One complete turn of the 10-32 Adjustment screw (or 0.031" of vertical movement) achieves about 60 MILs of elevation shift. That equates to 2 MILs of elevation per 0.001" of movement or 1 MIL per six degrees of rotation.
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To adjust the elevation of your Charlie Tarac using a ruler, bed your rifle, so the Charlie can be added to your scope or rifle without your platform moving. While looking at a target that is at least 100" tall (preferably a tall board), mark your point of aim. Attach the Charlie and adjust the unit until it matches a specific MIL or MOA shift. Practice will certainly guarantee your first shot will be within field of view.
No Light Loss
By reflecting light with mirrors, whereas traditional optics transmit light through a lens, there is virtually no light loss, distortion, or chromatic aberration. You can add 10's of MILs of additional range with an accessory that can fit in a pocket, and, of course, no need for special tools or wrenches.
To attach your Charlie Tarac to your picatinny rail, first disengage the locking mechanisms by pulling the lever into the open position. Fit the unit into any picatinny slot for distance from scope is irrelevant. Rotate the arms back into the close position. There is no need for additional tools or setup.
To attach your Charlie Tarac to your scope, first thread the adapter onto your scope like a sunshade (this step may require you to remove your scope depending on your bore height). When it stops rotating, do NOT tighten. Rotate the adapter CCW until it is vertical (by eye). Use a level to square the Charlie to the scope/rifle and tighten the cross screw to 30in lbs (same as scope ring tension screws). Mount the Charlie magnetically and double check vertical alignment on a distant vertical object and adjust accordingly. Insert both rear locking screws and finger tighten.
For reference only. Results may vary.
To true your Charlie Tarac at the range, shoot at a target aiming at a known point at a known range (we recommend to use a range finder for an absolute distance) without your Charlie. Using a tall vertical board (or target), attach your Charlie Tarac and shoot at the same known point on your target. (Your point of impact will be 10's of inches or feet from original shot so be aware of your backstop.) Measure the distance between the two shots and calculate the MIL or MOA. (If the reticle is capable, you can also measure the reticle and compare the MIL or MOA shift.)
To true your Charlie Tarac without firing any rounds, look at a target (through your scope) without the Charlie and have a comrade mark your point of aim on the target. Attach the Charlie and mark your new point of aim. Measure the distance between the two points and calculate your MIL or MOA (true not shooters).
A slight offset will occur due to the distance between the scope's center line and the Charlie Tarac's optical center line. This offset will be approximately 1.3 inches (assuming a 1.5" ring height) at 100yds. If you are closer the error will start to include the scope offset too. Of course, as range increases the ratio to your offset will continue to move toward zero.
The elevation mechanism (right side of the Charlie) consists of Rod 1; three #10 locking screws S1, S2, and S3; a spring that loads Rod 1 tight against an adjusting screw; and an adjusting screw that tilts Rod 1
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