Posted:
04/28/14

Types of Gun Sights

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Iron and optical sights are used on firearms, telescopes, and crossbows to increase aim. Within firearms, there are different types of sights depending on the weapon you are using. Become familiar with these for the firearm of your choice. Learning these different types of sights will give you a better understanding of how they function, and how to best utilize them when using your firearm.

Simple Sights

These types of sights are more basic than other sights that may be used. They are the sights referred to as iron sights. In most cases, they will consist of two parts, a front aiming piece that is lined up with another at the rear. These types of sights are common with handguns, although they are also present on rifles as well.

iron gun sight

When used on firearms, this type of sight will generally be created by two rugged metal parts. Although they are normally built into the firearm, they can be adjusted or fixed when factors such as elevation, target speed, and wind speed are relevant. There are two different types, open sight and closed sight, both of which take time to master.

Optical Sights

These types of sights are more advanced, using optics to allow the user to see a magnified image of the target. This also includes a reticle, which is the target crosshairs that many people have come to associate with what a sight is. These crosshairs are used to indicate exactly where the firearm is lined up, and the target you are shooting. Within the classification of optical sights, there are two main groups:

  • Telescopic sights – these have a graphic image pattern reticle placed in a position that gives the most optimal aim. These are used on firearms, as well as surveying equipment and some bigger telescopes.

    telescopic sight

  • Reflector sights – these will be non-magnifying sight that shows an aiming point over the target. The idea behind this sight first originated from an Irish optical designer in 1900, and progressed from there. They were heavily used in World War II and the technology only further progressed over time making this a more viable option.

    reflex sight

Find out which sight works best for your needs, and invest in a firearm that uses it. There are many different types when it comes to firearm sights, especially those that are optical. Learn the differences in your weapon before making any major decisions. By doing this, you can learn how to better use these sights to improve your accuracy. For more questions or to purchase a reliable safe contact GunVault at (800) 242-1055.