SIGHTED FOR 1800 YARDS— A friend of mine has an 1895 carbine which is supposed to shoot 1,800 yards. It has a peep sight, Pat. 1895, Lyman’s, which can only be use up to about 1,000 yards, will raise no higher. Now, my friend claims, that not being able to use the three sights, that the peep sight and the slide are to be used. It can be seen by using these two sights that the shell will take the ground at about 200 yards. I think that after the peep sight is of no use that the slide and the bead should he used. My friend also claims that if the rifle was arranged to shoot 1,800 yards and he took a bead on something at two or three hundred yards, he would get it. The slide of this gun is marked to 1,800 yards.
You are right. If your friend has brains, he doesn’t use them very much, or he uses them in the wrong way. The bead is always used with one or both of the rear sights. Your friend might try out his idea that by sighting for 1,800 yards he would hit everything from the muzzle out to the farthest mark. The fact is, when the rifle is sighted for 1800 yards, aiming and pulling at something 300 yards away would throw the bullet several feet over the 300-yard mark.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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