How to Use Iron Sights


All weaponry can be bought with a version of an iron sight. An iron sight is the standard front and back sight on a weapon. It may be a blade or posting. The location may vary as well. It can be at the front, back, or side of a weapon. Align both parts to ensure the bullet will hit the target where you aim. Here is how to use iron sights.

Necessary Items:

  • Pistol or rifle with iron sights
  • A place to practice safely

Step 1

Safety is the first priority when handling weapons. Always treat a gun like it is loaded and able to fire.

    Step 2

    Make sure you understand the way your gun works. Familiarize yourself before you handle the gun. Read any manual. That came with the weapon. Most gun maker’s advice owners not to fire off the weapon when there is no bullet inside. This can potentially damage the firing pin mechanism. You can always purchase snap caps from the local sporting good place or gun distributor. The caps need to match the caliber of the gun.

      Step 3

      Some semi automatic weapons have blade styled iron sights. There is a center cut out groove and the surfaces are even in height. When aiming the gun from a distance, the target needs to be visible in the center of the back groove. The top of the posts is with the sides of the gun blocks. The visual is three posts lined up.

        Step 4

        Find the accurate sight picture. Pull the trigger on the pistol to discharge the gun. The firing of a gun is a distraction. You will need to practice not taking your eyes away from the target when the weapon lets off. Practice to increase your ability to aim naturally and do it with adamant repetition.

          Step 6

          The same steps are required for rifles. Rifles have a slight advantage in terms of the iron sights. They feature a longer sight radius. This is a wider distance from the front and rear sights. Changing the sight picture reduces the angle error. This makes using rifles a little more accurate than a handgun.

            Step 7

            You will notice that the iron sights on a rifle are adjustable to account for elevation. You will have a correct sight picture even if the target is positioned farther from your location. Also, the wind variation is also adjustable. These factors can all weigh in on where your shot lands. Wind is able to put bullets off course. Your manual will direct you on how you can adjust to compensate for different weather conditions and locales.

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