posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 06:20 PM
Originally posted by Jkd Up
What is the average persons range with iron sights anyhow?
The army (back in the 80s) used iron sights for all but snipers and a few other designated positions.
A soldier had to shoot pop-up man sized targets from 50 meters(yards) out to 300 meters.
Most of the infantrymen I knew could shoot 30-35 out of 40 and a good number could shoot 37-40 out of 40.
I don't know about other job performances but I was a grunt.
I hit 40 out of 40 my fair share of the time. ( I learned to shoot with a red ryder bb-gun and then a 22)
With M16s 5.56mm, we could engage man sized targets out further but after about 350-400 yards you just couldn't see them and ballistics didn't
support single shot accuracy.
As a machine gunner (M-60, 7.62mm) we could engage out to 1000 meters on designated targets or groups of troops in the open. Once again. The distance
to target necessitates a visual aid such as spotting scope or binoculars.
Good training will allow anybody with normal reflexes and eyesight to shoot effectively within the range of their vision and ability of their
Once these skills are aquired, any shooter will be able to learn to use scoped firearms to increase their range and accuracy.
The problem today is that too many shooters use the scope as a crutch to support inefficient shooting skills.
I watched a 12 year old kid with a 22 rifle and iron sights outshoot a grown man with a 2500 dollar "sniper " rig on 100 yard targets at a range
one time. It was very embarrasing for the guy with the big money rig to get outshot by a kid with a squirrel gun.
Learning to use iron sights effectively is the best way to start. Then go to the glass.