View over the sights of a
Feinwerkbau model 40 target pistol
view over the open sights of a pistol shows what the shooter sees when on aim.
Many people do not know how to use 'open' sights (sometimes called 'iron
sights') on pistols and rifles and this photograph gives a reasonable impression
of how they are intended to be employed when shooting at a round aiming mark
(the grey disk above the foresight).
first point to remember is that the eye should be focussed onto the foresight,
so that it is sharp and clear, this inevitably means that the rear sight and the
target itself will be out of sharp focus and appear somewhat grey. Secondly, the
foresight post should be central in the rear sight gap and the top of the
foresight level with the top of the rear sight. Thirdly, the top of the
foresight should be held under the aiming mark by a distance roughly
equal to the width of the foresight. This gap is to give a degree of isolation
from the aiming mark so that tremor (wobble) is less noticeable to the shooter
and therefore less off-putting.
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