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Vincine 07-25-2011 10:42 PM

Handgun windage & elevation adjustments, huh?
Can someone ‘splain me the utility of windage & elevation adjustments on a handgun?

I can appreciate the need for them on rifle work, but for the much shorter distances normally associated with pistols & revolvers, what’s the point? How much drift can be expected by a bullet in 15- 20 feet? That would have to be a hell of a wind.


JonM 07-25-2011 10:53 PM

fully adjustable sights are primarily just for target shooting. self defense sights arent even needed so drift adjustable on the rear work just fine

TGReaper 07-26-2011 01:09 AM

When I am using my Redhawk at 200 meters I find that adjustable sights are quit helpful.

danf_fl 07-26-2011 01:14 AM

It helps with my .38Spl going from non +p to +p or different weights (basically like JonM said, target shooting.)

Vincine 07-26-2011 01:20 AM

Redhawk @ 200 meters! I'm impressed. I was speaking more of snubnose guns with adjustable sights.

(How long is the sight radius on your Redhawk?)

Sniper03 07-26-2011 01:20 AM

Bottom line is if a pistol has any type of adjustable sights on it I want them to be on whether I use them or not! There certainly as mentioned is a distinct difference between target precision shooting and concealed carry and point shooting. The same applies for me, if and AR Rifle for example has optics on it and I am using optics on it whether I ever use them or not. You can bet the iron sights will be zeroed also! Rifle or Pistol! ;)


Vincine 07-26-2011 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 549867)
It helps with my .38Spl going from non +p to +p or different weights (basically like JonM said, target shooting.)

Okay, this makes some sense.

Jake15 07-26-2011 01:49 AM

Adjustable sights on a handgun are mainly for getting point of aim and point of impact to same place, not compensating for wind and such, and their mainly for target shooters just as JonM said

Vincine 07-26-2011 12:03 PM

This is from the S&W ‘Bodyguard’ site:

>User Adjustable: Windage and elevation, no disassembly required<.

It has a 1.9” barrel. Do people really target shoot with snubnoses?

Jay 07-26-2011 12:29 PM

I use adjustable rear sights on handguns to teach classes with. Being able to align sights properly applies to any firearm, and should be a fundamental skill. Even if you're just chasin' rats around the barn with dad's old .22, you'll most likely be inclined to use the sights.

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