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Advice Learning to shoot with open sights?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Russholland, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Russholland

    Russholland Donator

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    I now have my air rifle (HW99s) and have bought a scope (a cheap nikko mountmaster 3-9x40 AO) but wondering what the opinion is with learning to shoot with open sights first. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
    atb
    Russ
     
  2. matt goodson

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    Rifles have got more accurate, scopes let us exploit that accuracy. I would say, take the opens off :)
     
  3. davo

    davo Engaging Member

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    Give the open sights a go first I had great fun with a recent purchase a FWB 124 just using the open sights. It is a good skill to learn and it's all I had as a young shooter all those years ago. Once you start shooting at out past 15-20 meters put the scope on (I need to with my eyesight anyway)
    With the gun you have bought the open sights on it are very good and easy to use all I would say is try both but try irons first because if you pu a scope on you're unlikely to take it back off.
    Most of all have fun.
     
  4. Russholland

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    50/50 :confused:

    but i think i'll try the open sights for a bit and have a play. at least i'll learn how they work.

    Cheers Guys
     
  5. Treecreeper

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    If you are new to shooting then I think learning on open sights is an excellent idea. You'll be able to concentrate on the basics like correct breathing, hold & trigger techniques without having to worry about zeroing your scope, hold over/under, parallax error, etc.
     
  6. Russholland

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    Sold!! i was thinking about the hold over/under and couldn't think of an accurate way to manage it. but open sights at a closer range with a .177 shouldnt be a problem.

    Ta
     
  7. resnikov

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    I have a HW77 with open sights and a S410 with a scope. The HW77 is fun to shoot, no air tank needed, not worried about optics getting knocked, just nice and simple. On the other hand the S410 is also great to shoot and yes I can be more accurate and shoot further. So really what you need is a second gone and then you can have one open and one scope.

    I think its a worth while skill to learn and its always fun to hit targets at the range with open sights whilst others are using a scope.

    So as others have said learn to shoot with the open sights then move to the scope. Oh and when you take the open sights off make sure you keep them somewhere safe, so many people loose them :p
     
  8. Trampilot

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    Got a 77 recently and hadn't shot with open sights for 20 years or so - mainly because I was never any good with them. Shocked me when I got a one inch group at 15m with them.

    Lots of fun but eventually a scope was fitted.

    Though have toyed with the idea of getting another 77 just for the open sights.
     
  9. Funky Diver

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    Although, the seemingly exaggerated movement of the scope picture really does demonstrate how much your breathing affects where your shot is going to end up. If anything, it just reaffirms the importance of good shooting technique.

    Personally, I like a scope over open sights. My eyesight now doesn't let me know instantly whether I've even hit the target let alone the size of group I get lol
     
  10. dodgyeye

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    Personally for fun shooting open sights, just dont expect to be as consistant as with a scope. If I where to hunt again I would not use open sights to any distance. One thing to remember is that the eye cannot focus on three objects at once ie, rear, fore and target. So you have to have a feel moment, which comes with practise and developing good technic. Developing that technic will serve you well for all types of shooting.
     
  11. TORNADOS7

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    My next rifle will be bought on the basis that it actually has 'irons/open sights' cos I like to use them for short range tree work on pigeons/rooks/squirls etc at 15-25yds but they're great fun for general plinking as well !...:):up:
     
  12. rabbitwrecker

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    If you are a beginner, learning to shoot, I'd always suggest using opens, (assuming that your eyesight is up to it) - it tends to instil good habits, such as the need for correct head positioning. It also allows the shooter to form a connection with the rifle, rather than the disembodiment experienced when viewing the target through a scope. Start with large targets at close range, gradually move them back/make them smaller. Once you are reasonably certain of hitting an (empty) upright shotgun cartridge at 10 yards, then think about fitting a scope....
     
  13. Jimmystockfetish

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    I bought a rifle for my sisters kids with open sights as i thought they should at least try this before a scope. They struggled to be honest and when i took it to the range i spent the whole time thinking "i wonder what this would group like with a scope" buy a cheap scope, see how you can group without then put it on i reckon. it is quite nice having the instant pointability of no scope i must admit. as the dodgyeye said, with open sights you have to focus on 3 seperate points which can be difficult if you don't have great eyes lke my nephew bless him.
     
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    I started with open sights first on my rifles. Now I have them scoped because
    of my eyes and wanting better accuracy.
     

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