The picture perfect sight picture and sight alignment only exist on the bench rest. In a combat situation, the perfect sight picture is elusive.
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One of the most prolific cottage industries to crop up in the world of practical handgunnery in recent years has
Even with modern advances in riflescope technology, many shooters still shun the use of optics, and for many reasons. Good optics can
EOTech’s Model 512 is America’s leading sight for several reasons. Among them are reliability and reputation; properly setup, but the Model 512 offers
Predators thrive in the dark, which hides them while they are waiting to pounce. To stop these things that go
Bushnell’s First Strike Reflex Red Dot is a low-profile dot sight that’s waterproof, fogproof, and extremely lightweight. Because of its small size, I recently installed and fired the sight on a Rock River Operator to see how the First Strike worked on close-in targets, possibly to run in tandem with a scope for 3-Gun rifle events.
Turkey hunting has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Hunters find the sport challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. We field a lot questions about the gear needed for novice turkey hunters. The most common involves the shotguns used for hunting turkeys. Can I use my dove hunting shotgun for turkey? What type of sights do I need? Should my turkey gun be camouflaged? To be honest, you can kill a turkey with just about anything. However, lets take a look at some standards that will make your chances just a bit better.
Given the rush at the gun counter, it is no surprise that optics is a hot category as well. Going through my notes, I have selected four more optics from the 2013 SHOT Show that you really need to consider before making your next purchase.
Given the rate products are flying off the shelves at Cheaper Than Dirt! and elsewhere around the country, it’s not worth being too picky in deciding which products deserve flavor of the week treatment, so I am not going to even try.
HiViz listened to consumer concerns and created a new option for shooters. HiViz, known for making fiber optic sights of all kinds for nearly every type of gun, has had two main problems: either the sight allows in a good amount of light and is vulnerable to damage, or the sight is reinforced but more difficult to see. This year at the SHOT show, HiViz released a happy medium. The new sight has a skeletal steel frame that allows in a maximum amount of light while still protecting the fiber optic LitePipe™ from external damage.
American Technologies Network Corp., makers of military, law enforcement, security and outdoor night vision and thermal applications, introduce the THOR Thermal Weapons Sight System, a new product from its Tactical Thermal Technologies division.
The Sun Optics tactical electronic dot sight accommodates for both low-light and bright-light shooting situations. It has green and red range finding IR reticles with eight brightness settings in a durable, affordable package that includes a mount and ring.
The turkey shotgun is one of the integral parts of turkey hunting. What makes a shotgun a turkey shotgun? Some gun manufacturers would have you believe that you can’t kill a turkey unless you spend top dollar on specialized shotguns with high-end components. While these little details certainly will not hurt, just about any shotgun can kill a turkey, and slight modifications to the firearm will increase your chances drastically.
How do we aim rifles? The most obvious way is by pointing. No sights at all are needed at a very close range. Iron sights come next. They are rugged and do not require batteries. They do require front sight focus, which is no problem on a square range with high-contrast bullseye targets.
The single shot Thompson Contender pistol shown in chambered in .500 Whisper. It is suitable for short-range hunting of medium-sized game and can be used with open sights due to the relatively large size of the target.
About 10% of all people are left-handed. About 30% of the population has a dominant left eye. In quite a few shooters, the left dominant hand is paired up with the right dominant eye, or the right hand and left eye. When shooting pistol, that mismatch is easily overcome by a slight shift of the head position. With rifles and shotguns, cross-eye dominance can be a problem. Closing the dominant eye to use rifle sights is uncomfortable and feels unnatural. Worse, a shotgunner pointing with both eyes open won’t get a good reference for the barrel position: instead of seeing the bead at the end of a rib, he might see the side of the barrel as the wrong eye asserts dominance.
One way to work around this issue is to move the head so far over the stock as to make use of the dominant eye. Most people find it awkward, but it does work. The other solution is to fire from the weak shoulder using the strong eye. Some prefer that approach, others find it trying. It is theoretically possible to re-train your eyes to switch dominance, but that isn’t a quick process.
A third way exists that works for rifle and even better for shotguns: using red dot sights. Red dot and the older occluded eye gunsights work by having one eye acquire the target and the other acquire the red dot. The shooter’s brain superimposes the two enabling precise aim. With cross-eye dominant shooters, the stronger eye looks at the target and the weaker eye picks up the red dot, leading to a sight picture as good as or superior to that of regular shooters.
Equipping a long gun with a red dot sight is a quick hardware solution to a software problem. Since many people do not want to re-train their eyes, it works out as the long-term solution for many. And for those of you who have family or friends with this issue, now you know what to put under the Christmas tree for them.
Ten years ago, Homeboy Night Sights were the talk of the Internet. A parody of rap videos, the fake ad got quite a few laughs and the term “homie sights” stuck. Imagine my surprise when I saw a respected Sheriff using a similar contraption on his duty weapon, a Sig 556 carbine. Magpul sights folded flat when not in use but were readily available when required.
I asked about the rationale for such a configuration. He explained that the typical co-witnessed backup iron sights wouldn’t work with the 3-power scope. Placing the BUIS at 45 degree angle would work standing but not so well prone. Turning the rifle on the side permitted much lower field position, such as hiding behind curbs or firing under cars and privacy fences. With a .223 rifle, recoil isn’t a problem, so he could shoot it easily even with the buttplate against his upper arm if necessary.