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Sight Alignment

Sight alignment, which is important in rifle firing, is even more important in handgun shooting because of the shorter distance between the sights.

  • Typically, handgun sights consist of a square rear notch sight and a heavy square front blade sight. This arrangement is easy to align.
  • Most handguns are initially sighted-in at 50 feet or less. We recommend starting at 10 to 15 feet and working your way out to longer distances when learning to shoot your handgun.


  • Red dot sights have become extremely popular with competitive handgun shooters because they offer rapid target acquisition. Conversely, scopes with long eye-relief are popular for hunters offering exact shot placement.
  • Scopes with long eye-relief have become popular with handgunners. Scopes may take longer to align on a target than open sights, but they’re usually more accurate.
Person shooting handgun with holographic sight

Photo by Daniel Horner and SIG SAUER

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