2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Those pesky 1903 sights solved via a source all but lost...

A great site is back online...surplusrifle.com which has been absent from the net from some time is now available at the following IP address:

There was no explanation for why the site was down on its front page and and it appears that it has not been updated for some time.  I don't know what the deal is other than its a great site for doing some quick reference for those milsurp rifles you may come across.  I was finally able to look up the 1903 Springfield I have and look what I found concerning that pesky ladder sight:  (Cut and paste from surplusrifles.com, all credit to the writer there for the info contained)


I found the rifle's rear sight was fairly complex and I could not figure out which notch or aperture to use. So I set off to do some research and this is what I found.
To use the rear sight's adjustable notches or apertures the sight leaf is lifted as shown in figure 3.
To adjust windage (left or right) turn the windage knob (as shown in figure 4). Each graduation marking equals 4 minute of angle at 100 yards.
I believe that the 1903 has one of the most accommodating rear sights found on any early 20th century battle rifle. Imagine a sight being produced for a rifle with no less than 5 sight notches and apertures (3 adjustable and 2 set for specific distances).
To adjust for elevation loosen the elevation knob on the right and then slide the aperture up or down (as shown in figure 5). 
Figure 5 shows a type 4 sight leaf  with graduations from 100  to 2825 yards. The 1903 had seven different leaf types (ranging in max graduated distance from 2000 to 2825). The leaf's left side scale ranges from 200 to 2820 while the right side scale ranges from 100 to 2825.
Ref Name Range Used
a Top "U" Notch 2850 yards
b "U" Notch 1400 to 2750 yards
c Battle Sight Notch 400 to 530 yards
d Bottom Sight Notch 100 to 2450 yards
e Peep Sight 100 to 2350 yards
f Windage Scale Eleven per side (each marking equals 4 minute of angle at 100 yards)
Figure 6 shows the 1903 battle sight picture that is set at 400, 530, or 547 yards (depending on sight type and cartridge used). The battle sight was used for the following: A soldier using the battle sight could hit a man between 100 and 400, 530, or 547 yards (depending on sight type and cartridge used).

Wow, that is just the info I needed for that rifle!! A maximum range of 2,850 yards!  Who could see that far?  Not many people, it was actually more likely intended to be used to volley fire great distances at advancing cavalry or other such troop formations to create a beaten zone of fire for the enemy to advance through.

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