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How to Adjust Iron Sights on a Rifle: A Quick Guide

How to Adjust Iron Sights

When you’re out hunting with groups of people, impress them by being the best shooter they know.

This means you can hit the target each time, regardless of various scope types, range, and target point.

But it’s no secret that achieving this level requires some work, both on your skills and your gun.

But if you’ve already got the skills, sometimes all that’s left to do is to make a slight adjustment of your iron sights for the right elevation.

What You Need for Iron Sight Adjustments

Adjusting iron sights isn’t hard. A close observation of the point of impact and bullet impact is necessary to know what adjustments need to be done.

It only takes a number of clicks here and there for point of impact. Factors like accuracy and many more might affect the performance and aiming point of your gun, no matter the type.

What we mean is — you may be pointing at the bullseye, but the sight of your gun isn’t cooperating because of poor front or rear sight adjustment, poor point of aim and elevation, and many more.

Luckily, there’s a quick and easy fix for this. All you need is the right materials to adjust your sight post in the right direction:

  • Gun loaded with ammunition
  • Iron sights
  • Screwdriver and hex key
  • Target board marked with vertical and horizontal lines and a center point.

How to Adjust Iron Sights: Step-by-Step Guide

Guide Steps

Let’s start fixing the sight of your rifle. Whether it’s the rear sight or the front sight post, or whether you’ll use them as iron sights for backup, we’ll address them in this guide.

Remember, not all handguns are the same type.

Pay close attention to which between the front and rear sights of your rifle you need to address. The front sight post will be different from the rear sight.

Let’s get started!

  • Step 1: Set up your target board based on the range and distance of your target sights, rifles, and guns.
  • Step 2: Load up your handgun or rifle. When you’re ready, direct your gun to the center target, look at the sight, point, click, and shoot.
  • Step 3: Go to your target board and check if it shot the right spot. This is one thing that will help determine which direction and position to move the rifle sights.
  • Step 4: Adjust the rifle sights accordingly, whether it be the front or rear sights of your rifle. Start by loosening the rear sight using a hex key.
  • Step 5: Based on the results of your target board, center the rear sight to your aim or target point. Tighten the rear sight right after.
  • Step 6: Check the elevation and windage knob, and adjust it based on where you want to land the shot. Secure both elevation and windage, as well as the rear sight.
  • Step 7: Test the changes on your iron sights and see if it hits the right target point. Work your way by firing a number of shots until you’ve hit the target post.

And just before we end, here are some tips to help you through the process of adjusting your front and rear sights:

  • Always adjust and move the rear sight based on the direction you want your shots to go. Never in the opposite direction. Ensure the aperture is centered in the housing.
  • Adjust the front sight post of your rifles and make sure to move it opposite of where you want it to impact.



Now that you’ve got your iron sights fixed, it’s time to load up your rifles and start shooting!

That didn’t take many mouse clicks, right?

Impress your group with your aiming skills, thanks to your accurate rifle sights!

FINAL TIP: Another essential skill to learn is the ZEROING PROCESS. You can learn more in our guide on How to Zero Iron Sights Correctly.

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