Rifle Sight placement advice

October 26th, 2007  

Dr. Piazza,

We recently are having an carbine argument here at Ft Benning:

Q: Is it better to mount your reflex sight as far forward on rifle as possible-or-far back as possible?

Argument #1: Better to mount the reflex sight forward as it offers the widest field of view and fastest target acquisition (like Cooper scout-rifle optic concept)

Argument #2: Better to mount the reflex sight back, closer to the eye, because this is more accurate (longer sight radius).

Or is it simply individual choice?


LTC John


There is not really a longer sight radius by mounting the sight closer because it is an optical dot sight.  It will give you a slightly clearer less grainy and smaller appearing dot sight picture as compared to your target with it mounted closer to your eye.  With the forward mounting the dot appears larger in relationship to the target which may be a disadvantage on a man size target at 400 yards or a small target at closer distances.  Since you are most likely going to engage the enemy at street length distances and rarely shoot at targets out past 200 yards in the current theatre of operations,  I would mount it forward.


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