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Old 08-01-2004, 09:29 AM   #1
 
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Tighten those screws.......

.......and remember those rear sight settings.

Went out shooting with my son yesterday. He'll be a freshamn out at Penn State this year, and we're trying to get in as much range time as we can before school starts.

Did a little pistol shooting first, him using my 92FS, and me shooting my P220. Then it was over to the rifle range with an AR-15.....and my M1.

While shooting the M1, I had posted three SR-1's at 100yds and was shooting at the top one. My son kept saying nice groupings on the second lowest target. I thought he was busting my butt, until I looked through the spotting scope and found out he was right. Then I looked at the rifle, the darned elevation screw had worked its way loose and rear sight had dropped

Luckily, I remembered my setting (8-clicks up from the bottom) and after tightening the screw, we were back in business. Only have another weekend or two before he goes to school, can't wait to get back out there.
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Old 08-01-2004, 03:36 PM   #2
 
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Steve in PA,

The same thing happened to me on my first match I had double checked my zero the night before and between the cleaning and the trip to the range the screw came loose.
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Old 08-01-2004, 03:48 PM   #3
 
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range trip

Just got back from the range, wringing out a CMP H&R I picked up yesterday, having never shot the rifle I cranked up the elevation 12 clickes. I noted that this aligned 10 mark on the drum with the index mark. Fired 4 at 100yds, couldn't see the results in the spotting scope. Trudged down range and found four little holes in the 9 ring at 11 o' clock. I hadn't even scaned the black. I moved out to 200yds, no sight change, the little holes moved to the 9 ring at 9 o'clock. 2 clicks right on the sight and the next five in the 10 ring. Man they built these guns right!!!
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:58 PM   #4
 
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Now ain't ya glad it wasn't in compitition and ya had that happen ? Nice group anyway huh?

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Old 08-01-2004, 11:12 PM   #5
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Ain't it grand to hear about a guy and his kid enjoying our sport?
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Old 08-02-2004, 05:37 AM   #6
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sunray,

YEP, it IS!

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Old 06-15-2005, 08:22 AM   #7
 
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Is that why lock bars are better?
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:00 AM   #8
 
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Is that why lock bars are better?
Lock bars are NOT better..... at least not from a pure shooting standpoint. That's why the Army decided to file 13 the lock bars late in the war and went to the new design.

Lock bars have a nasty habit of coming loose during use.... and they have to be loosened and re-tightened every single time you make a sight change.

The new design is MUCH better about STAYING tight once properly tensioned.

Just my 2 bits,
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:20 PM   #9
 
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How about if you weld the the knobs after you sight the rifle in?
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:51 PM   #10
 
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How about if you weld the the knobs after you sight the rifle in?
Now there's an idea...... Gofer it dude.

Just hope you never have to change ammo..... or positions..... or distance..... or wind conditions.... or light conditions..... :P

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:35 PM   #11
 
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Yah the new design does hold up really well on mine,but whats worse is when I had it sighted one day went to pack up and the front sight slid off the gas cylinder I had to realign it at the house and tapped the allen wrench with a hammer to get that extra tightness, hasnt happend since.
Thats also another reason why i bought a laser bore sight....that shows where the barrel is aiming and I can set the sights with out wasting ammo
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:47 PM   #12
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Thats also another reason why i bought a laser bore sight....that shows where the barrel is aiming and I can set the sights with out wasting ammo
Does that actually work? I tried it with a scope on an M1A with less than stellar results.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:00 PM   #13
 
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Yah it does, iron sights are done differently than scopes. It came with a pic of a target and had rings with distances from the center like: 1/2", 3/4", 1", up to 2.5" and what you would do is measure distance from the barrel to the scope and when you put the dot in the center you would set the scope on the ring that had the distance you measured from your rifle. Iron sights you just place the dot on top of the center post
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:35 PM   #14
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I just painted witness marks on the front of the front sight in case it decides to go AWOL (which happened once and I set it back within a click of where it was prior to the incident).

I have a set of things I check by hand when I smoke my front sight before shooting:
Flash suppressor tight
Front sight tight
Gas plug tight
Rear sight tension
and then I dial in my zero
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:56 PM   #15
 
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A little of that Blue colored lock tite in the red tube goes a long way, especially on things like the front sight screw. JT
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