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Re: 1873 rear sight
Posted by Fred on Tuesday, 29 June 2010, at 10:10 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 rear sight, posted by Bob Smith on Tuesday, 29 June 2010, at 9:13 p.m.
Bob, everything on a rear sight of a U.S. martial arm indicated hundreds of yards. 5 = 500 yds, 8 = 800 yds, 11 = 1100 yds, etc. With the rear sight in the down position, with the leaf or sight ladder down and laying flat, the rifle is set to shoot "Battlesight". That is the adjustment that the soldier can fire at the enemy and pretty much hit a standing man somewhere between the knees and the shoulders, which will take that man out of action, one way or another. On various rifles throughout the world at that time, "Battlesight" was pretty much the same. On a U;S; MODEL 1903 Springfield rifle, for example, with the Model 1905 rear sight down (along with the 1901 Krag sight, also designd by Buffington) the rifle is zeroed in to hit point of aim at 575 yards. This, however will still mean that men standing closer and men standing further away, within a certain range, will still become casualties because as the bullet rises, archs in it's peak elevation and comes back down, all within a 3 ft. high arch, it can hit someone within that "battlesight" range as it travels. Again, the wound will be between the knees and the shoulders which ain't a really good thing for the man getting hit. I mean, are there ANY good places to get hit?
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