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Archenbow 04-30-2012 03:22 PM

Iron sights
Okay, so I've been shooting for about 6 years now (since I was 10) though not entirely actively the whole time. I consider myself somewhat of a marksman at long range with a scoped .22, but I've always been wondering if I'm doing something wrong with my iron sights. Should I have to focus on one sight, and then focus on the other, alternating until I feel comfortable that they're lined up, and then focus on the target? Usually I can't hit diddly squat with iron sights so that tells me I must be doing something wrong. Any info or advice on how to do it properly would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Archenbow

hiwall 04-30-2012 03:25 PM

You could read this - -

Archenbow 04-30-2012 03:37 PM

Thanks that does help. However my rear sight is very out of focus. Should I focus more on it?

hiwall 04-30-2012 05:03 PM

It is impossible for the human eye to focus on these three things at once(front and rear sights and target). If you shoot good with a scope then you can hold steady. You just have to practice with the iron sights. When I pull the trigger the rear sight is is way out of focus for me.

jjfuller1 04-30-2012 05:14 PM

that link was pretty spot on. i'll just re-state... focus on the clear tip of the front sight post. your rear sight and target will be blurry... just split the blurry evenly on all sides

unclebear 04-30-2012 05:50 PM

no offense ment but you might need glasses if things are blurry on a regular basis, for a while I couldn't hit jack **** with my 30-30 went to my doctor found out somethings got some glasses and now I can at least hit a man target at 70 yards.

Archenbow 04-30-2012 06:04 PM

Alright thanks a lot guys. @unclebear I do have glasses actually. That's how I see the front post at all. :P But practice that today. Thanks again!

Archenbow 04-30-2012 06:08 PM

Actually I have one more question. I also have a snub nose .22 revolver, and I can't hit *anything* with it. I have spray cans at about 25 feet and I only rarely hit. What am I doing wrong? Should I be aiming at a different spot?

c3shooter 04-30-2012 06:16 PM

On the sights, as said- focus on front sight bade. Your eye will tend to center it in the rear sight. Please note on miltary arms with aperture and post, the rear sight is actually a hole in a disc of metal- you eye will center that front post in the circle of light.

With your 22 snubby- what gun is it? Are you missing consistently high, low, left, right- ot does it look more like the pattern of a shotgun?

Archenbow 04-30-2012 07:34 PM

Okay thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
It's a High Standard Sentinel. 9 shot. I'm not sure because I'm having trouble seeing where it's hitting (I know, at 30 feet c'mon) but I do know that I aimed for the bottom of the can, but it ended up hitting like a foot high. That's one of the few times I've seen the splash. Otherwise it seems to be pretty inconsistent.

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