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Old 08-13-2009, 08:16 PM
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I rarely do this so I always forget....On the adjustment rear sight screws, turning in which direction does what? Does anyone have a diagram so I can tattoo it on my forehead? Thank you....Zebulon
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:18 PM
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Move the rear sight the direction you want the point of impact to go.
To hit lower, lower the sight, turn the elevation screw clockwise.
To move left, move the blade to the left, turn windage counter clockwise.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:02 PM
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I thought that was what I said?
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:44 AM
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My apologies, Joni; I must have misread your post. I discovered this immediately after posting and deleted mine, but apparently not before you read it.

I guess it's getting too late for me to be doing this.

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Old 08-14-2009, 06:37 AM
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No problem. Have a great Friday.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:05 AM
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Thank you both very much......I've been shooting combat sighted pistols for so long that I haven't spent any time at all with my revolvers. I really appreciate this.....Zebulon
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My pleasure, enjoy your S&W.
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I just purchased a Model 439 that has this sighting setup and was looking for sighting adjustment instructions, and here they are from 2009. Thanks Joni_Lynn and S&WChad.
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Thank you all. I loved the picture above too, awesome! Thanks!
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I have found the easy way to remember this is to:

1. Hold the gun in your left hand.

2. Looking at the windage screw on the side - turn it toward the right to move right - toward the left to move left.

3. Still holding the gun in your left hand, turn the top of the gun toward your body so you are looking at the top of the sight.

4. Turn the elevation screw up (left) to move the bullet up and turn the screw down (right) to move the bullet down.
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Only adjust your sights when shooting from a solid rest. There are a lot of other factors come into play when you are just holding it in your hand.
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I rarely do this so I always forget....On the adjustment rear sight screws, turning in which direction does what? Does anyone have a diagram so I can tattoo it on my forehead? Thank you....Zebulon
Might want that tattoo on your arm, if on forehead, would have to look in mirror, then the diagram appears backwards....talk about confusing!
I can't remember it either, keep notes in wallet for reference!
That diagram is great, I'm going to print it and put it in my wallet...Thanks!
Gary

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Just move the rear sight in the direction you want the bullet to go. You can see the slight blade move. Nothing to write down.

You want point of impact left, make the sight blade go left.
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I also liked the picture
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Move the rear sight the direction you want the point of impact to go.
To hit lower, lower the sight, turn the elevation screw clockwise.
To move left, move the blade to the left, turn windage counter clockwise.
These are universal rules for sighting in any firearm, even scopes. The only exception is if the adjustment is on the front sight. Then, do the opposite of what you'd do to the rear sight. The tricky part is how many clicks to move the POI a certain amount.
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