The front sight is fixed to the barrel near the muzzle. The fineness of its point is regulated by the length of the barrel, or distance from the eye, and the size and distance of the object generally aimed at; it is made coarser in military than in sporting arms, to prevent injury.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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