THE FOLDING LEAF REAR SIGHT
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THE FOLDING LEAF REAR SIGHT

THE FOLDING LEAF REAR SIGHT




      

THE FOLDING LEAF REAR SIGHT


THE FOLDING LEAF REAR SIGHT

The folding leaf sight is that in common use on English express rifles, one leaf turning down and another up for different ranges. The folding leaf will accomplish everything that can be done with the sporting rear and has the further advantage of folding flat down on the barrel when not needed.

The English manner of using the folding leaf is that commonly followed in the muzzle loading days of fixed sights, taking more or less of the front bead according to the range. With this system a fine sight would be taken for short distances, a coarser bead at medium, and the full bead further out; at longer ranges even the stem of the front sight might be used to secure the elevation.

This system of aiming has its advantages and disadvantages. The trajectory of the bullet can be gauged very readily and learned thoroughly. However, it really implies holding over for the longer ranges, and if the bead is a large one it may entirely cover the game or hide the spot to be struck. Most marksmen would rather sight the piece to shoot center at its longest flat trajectory range, and then hold a trifle under for mid distances. Either system is better than trying to set the sight for every little variation in range. Open rear sights are hardly to be relied upon beyond the second point blank of the rifle. If the rifle is intended for very long ranges have a rear peep and fold the leaf down out of the way.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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