Sighting in for Dummies
Aim at the bottom edge of the black, a ‘six o’clock hold’. That way you know exactly where you are aiming as compared to trying to shoot into the non-specific ‘middle’ of a the target……a *specific* point of aim makes it easier to shoot accurately.
Your sight alignment should look rather like this:
Using a six o’clock hold, your sight picture should look rather like this:
I say ‘rather like this’ above because you are trying to look at three different items at three different distances, the front sight, the rear sight, and the target, but your eyes can not focus on all three at the same time, only one of the three can actually be in focus, the other two will be a little blurry. The one you want to focus on is the front sight.
Now you need to fire three to five (or maybe even ten) rounds on the target in a reasonably accurate group. In other words, fire all five rounds using the same sight picture so all five shots hit the target in basically the same spot/area….in a group.
The group does not have to be especially small, but the tighter the group, the more accurate the sight in.
Here is a 25 yard pistol target (B8) with a decent five shot group fired on it, and black sights superimposed over it to show a good six o’clock hold sight picture.
Note that the center of the group would be just to the right of the ‘middle’ shot, and that the center of the group is pretty well centered above the top edge of the front sight. That tells me that the sights are pretty well on for windage (left/right adjustment).
Also note that the group is just above the top edge of the front sight and not centered in the targets scoring rings. This is how we want it to be, we are not shooting a bullseye match, we do not care about the scoring rings. If we were sighting the gun in to used in a bullseye match, we would want to raise the rear sight to make the rounds impact in the center of the target.
There is a small space between the top edge of the front sight and the bottom of the group, but that’s OK, more shots added to the group would tend to round it out some (put the bottom edge of the group closer to the top of the sight) and most ‘fixed’ sights can not be readily adjusted tighter than that anyway.
- If that same group was an inch to the left of where it is, the rear sight would need to be drifted a little to the right.
- If the group was to the right, the rear sight would need to be moved to the left.
- If the group was below the top edge of the front sight, a higher rear sight would be needed.
- If the group was higher, a lower rear sight would be needed.
- If the group is 4 to 8 inches low and/or left (or right) of your point of aim, you need to go read ‘Trigger Control for Dummies’. J
Continuing to shoot groups with bullseye targets in this manor will make you a better shooter, shoot smaller groups, and thus allow you to make finer sight adjustments….and that will allow you to shoot even more accurately.
No, you don’t use a six o’clock hold on all targets, after sighting in the gun, a center hold is most often the way to go, if you use a six o’clock hold on a bad guy, you’ll hit him in the foot!