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Today I am here with another query from your side. If you are planning to show off your shooting skills to your friends on hunting. Then polish your iron sight-setting skills. It will lead to hitting the target every time. Thus, you can expect your friends to get impressed. 

Quickly drag the mouse below to know about iron sights, adjustment of iron sights, and minor details to shoot your shot. 

How to adjust iron sight and Why is it so important?

If the sight is not aligned, then the line of sight doesn’t meet the point of impact. It will ruin your shot easily; therefore, adjusting the iron sight is a crucial part. It seems easy because you think of clamping firearms. Then you fire your one shot, and magically the sight will adjust. That is, and it can point into the hole at the target. But, pardon me for breaking your imagination bubble. It is not as easy as it’s portrayed. Realistically, you have to shoot a number of shots. Then you can expect the establishment of groups. The group establishment will then help to achieve a closer line of sight. Thus, after repeating this procedure many times, the sight adjusted.

Want to know more about the adjusting of iron sight? This video will help you to get a clear understanding of iron sight adjustment:

Types of adjustments

There are two types of sight adjustments. Or, you can say that there are two ways to adjust your sight. You are familiar with the name of vertical and horizontal adjustments. Let me explain a bit about it.

Horizontal adjustment

It depends upon the position of your shot. Suppose your shot is in the left direction from your target when the sight direction is towards the target. Move the rear sight in the lower direction, front view in a higher direction. Similarly, if your shot is right from your target when sight is directed towards the target. Then opposite the direction of the rear and front sight. 

Vertical adjustment

It also depends upon the placement of shots. If the shot is below your target when sight is facing directly towards the target. Move the rear sight higher and the front sight lower. Furthermore, if the shot is above the target when sight is facing towards the target. Adjust the rear sight in the more downward direction and the front sight in a higher direction. 

Things you needed for iron sight adjustment:

Iron sight comes with the benefit of low cost, and it is more cost worthy than scope. The adjustment tools are readily available. Once you adjust the sight there is no way the alignment can be altered easily. 

Tools needed:

  • Screwdriver
  • Allen Wrench
  • Target
  • Ammunition 

7 Steps to adjust iron sight for a perfect shot:

When adjusting iron sight, keeping an eye on the front and rear sight of the rifle is essential. Try to correctly distinguish between the front and rear sight before the steps of adjustment.

  • Targeting

Setting a target is the first and foremost step. Your target board should be on the distance and range of your rifle’s sight. 

  • Loading

Once you have set the target board, the next step is loading. Load your gun. Place your eyes on the centre of the target. Follow the sight, push the trigger, and shoot.

  • Checking

Once you shoot your shot, check the target board. Determining if the shot is in the right spot or not is crucial. This check will let you know about the direction of sight movement.

  • Rejigging

Rejig the rifle sight after knowing the front and rear sight. Start the process by unfastening the rear sight. Use the hex key mentioned in essential tools to perform this task.

  • Examining

When you have examined the result on the target board. Start fastening the rear sight at the aim point.

  • Securing

After tightening the rear sight, secure the elevation and windage alongside it. The elevation and windage knob adjustment is usually based on the position of the shot.

  • Shooting

Shoot multiple times after adjustment till you reach the target point.


In the end, here are some tips from the experts to understand the adjusting process more clearly.

  • If you want your shot to go in the right direction, move the rear sight in the right direction. Do not set the rear sight in the opposite direction.
  • Whereas the front sight should be set in the opposite direction of your shot.


I hope everything is clear up till now. Then why are you waiting here? Go and grab your gun and impress your friends with your aiming power.

If you still have any queries, ask the questions in the comment box below. Or share your two cents about how you adjust your iron sight.

Happy aiming, fellas!

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