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Posted: August 09 2018 at 4:58am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I like to shoot long distances with a hand gun, pick out a rock on a side hill and see where the dust flies.
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Posted: August 09 2018 at 1:07pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Every once in a while I shoot my S&W M60 at the range to more or less
keep in practice. Without fail there will be some clown putting my
snubby down. You know the words," It's just a belly gun" or, "You can't
hit anything past ten feet." I never say a word. I just set up a man
silhouette target up at 100 yards and tell them, "Put your money where
your mouth is." I haven't lost yet. Aim for the head and squeeze gently.
You'll hit the torso every time. The M60 only has a 1 7/8" barrel.
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Paul B., I mentioned that on another forum and was told that handguns won't shoot 100 yards. I was also told that it was illegal to shoot someone past 10 ft. or 7 yards with a handgun as it isn't self defense.

I left that forum a long time ago.
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Posted: August 10 2018 at 7:03am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

As far as accuracy, the longer barrels advantage is sight radius.

I had a security six with the short barrel, I used to go out on the flats, along Turnagain Arm, and shoot at ice flows, out at 3-400 yards.
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RT58

At times it is hard to fathom what people think or where they get the ideas.

I belong to a number of forums and look at a lot of You Tube videos, there is no nice way to say it, but ignorance is alive and well..
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John, I've heard "the longer sight radius is better for accuracy", but I can't tell the difference. I do like shorter and lighter barrels because they seem to wobble a lot less, which of course I've never heard anyone else talk about. Maybe nobody else has Mr. Magoo vision like mine.

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Posted: August 10 2018 at 10:30am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

The sight radius does not have anything to do with accuracy, a longer radius is just easier for old eyes to get good sight definition, and possibly shoot better.

The same thing can be achieved, with a shot barrel gun, that has a "relatively" wide rear sight notch.

If you look at combat shooters they tend to hold the gun closer to their face, the reason is to get a bit more light around that front sight.

As we age our eyes no longer focus in two planes, we are either near sighted or far sighted.



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Not being able to focus in two planes is the reason I prefer short barrels, the further apart the sights are the harder it is to focus on both. With a shorter sight radius I can get a fairly clear picture of both sights while longer sight radii makes one or the other sight blurry which in turn makes definition blurry too.

I didn't have to wait until old age to have bad eyesight, I've worn eyeglasses since the third grade.
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That is one of the main advantages to
using a rear ghost ring, appature, or peep
sight. After lining up the front sight
inside the circle of the rear sight you
just focus on the front sight and let the
rear sight blur out and your mind
automatically keeps the front and rear
lined up while you focus on putting the
front sight where it needs to be on the
target.

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Posted: August 12 2018 at 3:40pm | IP Logged Quote RT58

One of the disadvantages to circular rear sights is if you have astigmatism your sight isn't a circle it's an oval, and a blurry oval at that.
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