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One sighting bar. One pistol rest. Two small aiming disks. One 5-Inch aiming disk. Two small boxes, with paper tacked on one side. One piece of paper at least 2 feet square and tacked on a wall or frame. NOTE.-Men who have once been instructed in the aiming ex- excises, either in preparation for rifle or for pistol firing, will require very little instruction in aiming during subsequent sea- sons. They will, however, go through the aiming exercises at least once to verify their knowledge of this subject and to assign them a mark in the proper column on the blank form shown in c below. AUTOMATIC PISTOL, CAL..45, M1911 AND M1911A1 (1) Sighting bar.-(a) The sighting bar is illustrated in figure 7. (b) Carefully blacken all pieces of tin or cardboard and the top of the bar. Nail the bar to a box about 1 foot high and place the box on the ground, table, or other suitable place. (c) The sighting bar is used in instruction for two reasons, the sights are larger than on the pistol and errors in aim- ing can be seen more easily and pointed out to the beginner, and the eyepiece of the sighting bar forces the man under instruction to place his eye so that he sees the sights in proper alinement and thus he learns how to aline properly the sights of the pistol. Without an eyepiece the instructor cannot know whether or not the recruit has his eye in proper position. (2) Pistol rests(a) To construct a sighting rest for the pistol (fig. 8) use a piece of wood about 10 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide .and 9/16 inch thick Shape one end so that it will fit snugly in the handle of the pistol when the magazine has been removed. Screw or nail this stick to the top of a post or other object at such an angle that the pistol when placed on the stick will have its barrel approximately hori- zontal. A suitable sighting rest for the pistol may be easily improvised by cutting an additional notch to hold the pistol in one end of the box used as a rifle rest. (b) Having first learned the principles of aiming by means of the sighting bar, the soldier is taught to apply them to the pistol on its rest.

M1911 Manual - Page 36

M1911 Manual - Page 36

 


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