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    Adjusting My Iron Sights

    I must be getting old with a bad case of CRS. Anywho I need to adjust the Iron Sights on my 795, I need to go Right and Up, which direction do I drift my rear sight and what direction do I go Up or Down to adjust Up? Thanks for the help!
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    Move the rear sight in the direction you want the POI to move. If the Point Of Impact needs to move up and right, move the sight up and right

    Imagine the gun is in a vise and you fire one round. It makes an off-center hole in the target. Without moving the gun, which way would you have to move the rear sight to get it to line up with the hole in the target? That's how I remember it.
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    Just remember, "Front follows, rear reverse". So, if the impact is left of center, either move front sight left or rear sight right. If shooting low, either lower front or raise rear.
    Last edited by JoeBud; 08-18-2012 at 08:32 AM.
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    I can never remember one is opposite and one is the same....maybe thats why I use optics alot LOL. thank you gentlemen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBud View Post
    Just remember, "Front follows, rear reverse". So, if the impact is left of center, either move front sight left or rear sight right. If shooting low, either lower front or raise rear.
    Think you got that backwards. When adjusting the rear sight - you move in the direction you want the bullet to move. When adjusting front sights - you go the opposite. Think of it like this - when you move the rear sight upwards, to line the front sight up you must cant the barrel upwards as well. If you move the rear sight to the left - you must then swing the front of the barrel leftward to line up. With the front sight it reversed. If you drift the front sight leftwards from the plane of sight - you must then cant the barrel to the right to line back up - hence opposite of the direction you moved the sight.
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    This is how my Dad taught me to remember when I was a child.


    Pretend you are a gunbarrel.
    Make two fist with your thumbs sticking straight up.
    Put one thumb near your eye and the other arm fully extended.
    Align your thumbnails as though they were sights with a distant object.
    Now,without moving your head or fist, move the close thumb(rear sight)to the left or right.
    The sights are now out of alignment,so,without moving your arms,thumbs or fist,move your head (eye)till the thumbnails are again in perfect alignment with each other but not the target.
    Finally,swing your entire body(the gun) keeping the "sights" lined up untill you are back on target.
    Do the same exercise only this time move your front thumb (sight)

    Moving the barrel will move the point of impact(bullet hole)


    All this will make you look silly so try to be alone.I am 73 and have to do it sometimes
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    LOL I am really glad I was alone when I did that, My wife would think I had gone the final steps to nuts. Thank You
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    Quote Originally Posted by redlegagent View Post
    Think you got that backwards.
    It's the same thing. I just think of where the impact is from center. If I had it backwards I would have given up shooting long ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redlegagent View Post
    Think you got that backwards.
    I think he means if the gun shoots down and left, you move the rear up and right, to correct. ;-)
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    I look at it as putting a ruler between the front and rear sights and seeing where it is pointing. Then compare it to where the gun is shooting. If your shot is to the right of the ruler then move the rear sight left to bring the ruler to the shot and not the shot to the ruler. Optics have over come the thinking of that and when you are moving left it is actually going right.

    T67


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