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Optical Sights for Rifles

Nature volume 96, pages 620623 (03 February 1916) | Download Citation

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OF all instruments needing accurate pointing, the rifle has been longest deprived of the aid of optical appliances. Probably this is due to a variety of reasons, among them being: (i) the rough usage to which a rifle may be subjected;. (2) its use in warfare is essentially youth's prerogative, with ample visual accommodation, so that the disadvantage of open sights is not acutely felt; (3) the little incentive received from the use of the shot gun with its spreading discharge, and short range not demanding optical aid, as practice and judgment enter largely into the act of aiming in much the same way as they do in throwing a stone. Nevertheless, it is apparent that the rifle is progressing through various phases as other pointing instruments have done.

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