Sight Picture

Sight picture is the placement of the tip of the front sight post in relation to the target while maintaining sight alignment. Correct sight alignment but improper sight placement on the target will cause the bullet to impact the target incorrectly on the spot where the sights were aimed when the bullet exited the muzzle.

To achieve correct sight picture, place the tip of the front sight post at the center of the target while maintaining sight alignment (see fig. 4-2). Center mass is

Figure 4-1. Correct Sight Alignment.

the correct aiming point so that point of aim/point of impact is achieved.

The sighting system for the M16A2 rifle is designed to work using a center mass sight picture.

In combat, targets are often indistinct and oddly shaped. The center mass hold provides a consistent aiming point (see fig. 4-3).

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