Adjusting Iron Sights

There seems to be some confusion in how you correctly move the iron sights on a gun that is not shooting where you want it to hit.  Here is how to do it:

Adjust the rear sight in the direction that you want the bullet group to move.  In other words, if the gun is shooting to the left of where you are aiming, you will want to move the bullet group to the right.  Move the rear sight to the right and your group will follow.  The same applies to any direction.  Move the rear sight higher and the gun puts its bullets higher.  Move the rear sight down and the group moves down.  Move the sight left and the bullets move left. This rule is universal and applies to all rifles, handguns, and slug shotguns.  The rule to remember is this:  The bullet group follows the movement of the rear sight.


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  1. barry at Dec 26, 2012 02:19:32

    Does the samework for crossbows?

    • PaulJacobson at Jan 16, 2013 07:36:52

      Hi Barry,

      Yes it does.

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