Sighting In Fixed-Sight Revolvers

Fixed sights are not readily adjustable but within a gunsmith’s ability. Here’s how to do it.

by RK Campbell

For much of the first decade of my shooting life I used fixed-sight revolvers. I still use many, including single action revolvers. The first handguns I used were often inexpensive revolvers such as Arminius, Rossi, H&R, and Iver Johnson. I appreciated them and took care of these revolvers but there was only so much accuracy to be coaxed from these humble firearms. Later on I was able to obtain much better quality handguns. Some of these better handguns were the early import versions of the Uberti single actions and the occasional Smith & Wesson or Colt revolver. With these fixed-sight revolvers I often used Kentucky windage to account for the different point of aim and point of impact relationships as an expedient. I would hold to the right an inch or two with one handgun and a couple of inches under for another handgun. This isn’t ideal even if you own only one handgun but when the piece fired low it wasn’t possible to account for the divergence in both point of aim and point of impact.

In order to hit what I was aiming at and later to help others do the same I learned procedures for regulating fixed-sight handguns. I learned how to regulate the point of impact many years ago and while it isn’t trivial, it isn’t that difficult either.

Before going forward, it is important to understand that…

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