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On screen: HANDGUN SIGHTS

Hunter

You ever hear the saying, can’t hit the broad side of a barn? Now that’s pretty bad shooting, but without some kind of sighting system on your handgun, you might very well miss the side of a barn. Well, a smaller one anyway. Or one that’s way far away. There are four different basic sighting systems for handguns. And my Super Sights Team—

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Super Sights Team

Hunter

—is going to try to convince you that his or hers is the best. I’ll give you a hint—there are no wrong answers. But I like to humor them.

Ivan Ironsights

I am Ivan—Ivan Ironsights. I shoot old school—iron sights. Iron sights are simple, reliable, compact, easy to understand, and once you learn to use them, super fast. There are many variations of iron sights, so you can pick what you see and shoot fast. I carry my gun for personal protection, and iron sights are the smallest and lightest system going.

Hunter

Thank you, Ivan. There are two parts to the iron sight system. At the rear of the pistol is a flat blade with a notch cut out of its center. At the front of the barrel is a metal post. To aim the iron-sighted handgun, you align the front post in the center of the rear notch, so the top of all three points are level. Then position the middle of the front post at 6:00 on your target. If you maintain this sight picture, you’ll hit what you’re aiming at. OK, Rhonda, tell us about your red dot sight.

Rhonda Red Dot

The name’s Red Dot—Rhonda Red Dot. And I love shooting my red dot sight. It’s so easy. I turn on the sight, move the gun into shooting position, look through this tube, and see the red dot on whatever I’m aiming at. I almost never miss a tin can or the spinning target. If I do, I know it’s because I pulled the trigger too hard or didn’t hold the gun steady. A red dot makes shooting so easy and so much fun. The hardest part is sometimes remembering to turn off the sight, so I keep extra batteries on hand.

Hunter

Thank you, Rhonda. Red dots are a great choice, especially for plinkers and recreational shooters, because they’re so easy to use. With little or no magnification, you can shoot with both eyes open. That’s good technique. What you see is just what Rhonda described. You look through this sight, mounted on the gun. If you can see the red dot, whatever it’s on is what you’ll hit. Next up is Sydney, with the scope.

Sydney Scopes

My name is Scopes—Sydney Scopes. I’m into precision shooting, no matter how far away the target is. That’s why I use a scope on my handgun. It magnifies a target two to seven times, depending on where the power is set. I’m shooting a single-shot pistol, so I’m not worried about speed. I just take my time and put those crosshairs exactly where I want the bullet to go. I get deer at 100 yards, easy. And in a competition, I knock over those steel chickens at 500 yards and more. It’s so cool.

Hunter

Steel chickens? Anyway, the scopes made for handguns are called long eye relief scopes. On a regular rifle scope, you can only have your eye a few inches away to see through it. LER scopes are built to offer the full field of view with the scope at arm’s length. It takes some practice to position the gun so you can see well through the scope, and it’s best done with the pistol on some kind of rest. But that’s OK, because hunting shots and long-range shooting are always best done from a rest. Single-shot pistols are naturals for a scope, and they work well on revolvers, too. And finally, the laser sight.

Lisa Lasersights

I’m Lasersights—Lisa Lasersights. I’ve got my little .380 semi-auto set up with a laser sight. It aims with a red dot, too. But my laser sight actually projects the red dot onto the target. It works great at close range, and I don’t even have to have the gun in perfect position to see the sight. If I can see the red dot on my target, that’s where it’s going to hit. For the reasons I own this gun, a laser sight is the way to go.

Hunter

Aiming a handgun doesn’t get any easier than pointing a laser. However, laser sights don’t always work so well at long distance. And in the bright sunshine or against a light background, that dot can be hard to find. For home protection, though, a laser offers another big advantage. In the dark, any would-be attacker can instantly tell when a laser is aimed at him, so he might turn and run before you have to shoot. OK. Let’s have one more big round of applause for our Super Sights Team.

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Super Sights Team

Hunter

Ivan’s Ironsights. Rhonda’s Red Dot. Sydney’s Scope. And, of course, Lisa’s lovely laser sight. What a wonderful collection of super sights.