For my part I wasn't trying to be rude, I was simply trying to keep the body of information here as useful and factual as possible. I run a small forum myself, and it's always good to clarify and make sure that people understand what is being said.
Here is something that's gonna sound incredible to many, but it's nonetheless true:
Military and police snipers typically know just enough about their weapons to get the job done. This is by design, really. Consider a professional race car driver. His part of the equation is how to drive the car, and hopefully win the race. He typically knows far less about the engine and suspension, etc., than his mechanics do.
It is the same with the LE and military snipers. They actually do not know that much about what's going on inside a scope, or even how to properly mount a scope (the weapon systems are designed to work in one way, and one way only... the armory personnel will know far more about these weapons than the snipers).
What you have at this forum is a lot of guys who really do know what they're talking about. We know about scopes... how they work, how to mount them properly, and how to sight them in. We know the limitations of given systems, and how to get the most from these systems. Take a look at the Snipershide website and others like it... and you will see that many of the employed and enlisted snipers will come there asking basic questions, this to help them put together their hunting rifle correctly. The military didn't show them how to do that, nor did the military ever intend to bring them up to speed on how to put the whole system together. They pay other personnel to learn those things... different MO's entirely. You know how that works, being an officer for so many years... specialization, the way of our armed forces.
By the way, I appreciate your service to our country, and am glad to make your acquaintance. I was USAF myself, enlisted...
Okay.. back on topic... though it's gonna make some laugh, here's the truth: Many of the members of this forum know more about optics systems and how to properly mount and zero them than the average military (or LE) sniper does. We literally, honestly know more about it.
Now... it's your turn to laugh if you must, but facts are facts.
I don't want to see anyone go the long way about doing something that is basically a very simple task.