How to Line Up Gun Sights

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How to Line Up Gun Sights
Gun sights are used to aim your gun in the correct direction. (a gun image by timur1970 from

No matter if you are using a handgun or a rifle, the key to shooting accurately is to line up your gun sights correctly. Gun sights are two small pieces of metal, one on top of the barrel and one at the end of the gun above the muzzle, that must be lined up by the shooter before pulling the trigger.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Aim the gun at your target. Close one eye and look through the sights on the barrel. The specifics of the sight will depend on what kind of gun you are shooting, but in most cases the sights will be two small pieces of metal each with an indentation.

  2. 2

    Line up the sight above the muzzle, which is right above where the bullet will exit. Once the point of the gun is positioned using the two sights, the gun will then be aimed straight toward the target.

  3. 3

    Keep the gun steady and pull the trigger. The firing will cause a kickback--reverb--in the shooter's hands. However, as long as you lined up the sight when you pulled the trigger, the bullet will travel in that direction, not upward with the reverb.

Tips and warnings

  • While many rifles are mounted with scopes to aim in firing, they also have metal gun sights to allow shooters to aim correctly.

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