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New Gunsight Improves Marksmanship With Intuitive Aim

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  1. Dan

    Dan

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    http://main.uab.edu/Sites/MediaRelations/articles/71589/

    December 9, 2009
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Vision Science Research Center investigator who also is an expert marksman has found a more intuitive way to aim a pistol.
    Associate Professor Timothy Kraft, Ph.D., has developed a new gunsight design that relies on subconscious ability. Opti-sight, a UAB-protected innovation, updates a pistol-aiming device that has remained unchanged for more than a century. Opti-sight promises to reduce the time law enforcement, professional and amateur shooters need for target practice to improve marksmanship.
    Opti-sight is a precision-milled half-triangle shape that replaces the traditional pistol gunsight. The design relies on subjective contours, an optics principle that explains how the subconscious mind fills in the blanks when the eye sees half of a familiar shape like a circle, square or triangle, Kraft says.
    The rear opti-sight notch looks like an incomplete triangle sitting atop the gun barrel. When a shooter looks through the notch, the brain tells the eye where the missing triangle apex should appear, and that apex is the precise point of aim, Kraft says. "This triangular shape that I've created allows the brain to visualize concentric triangles whose imaginary apexes focus the shooter's attention on the exact target bullseye.
    "Opti-sight makes shooting very intuitive by allowing gunsight alignment to become subconscious."
    Marksmen, especially beginning shooters, will see improvements more quickly with opti-sight than a traditional gunsight, he says.
     
  2. keninnavarre

    keninnavarre bulletproof

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    Interesting. Seems like sound science.
     

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    Interesting idea.
     
  4. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    Sounds very similar to the ideas of Steyr and the resulting triangular sights they began to use a decade or so ago.

    A bit different in application, but still similar.
     
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  5. Critias

    Critias Freelancer CLM

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    Sounds neat. Curious to see one myself.
     
  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'd give it a whirl and see if it really works.
     
  7. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    It's shown in the video in the above link. The rear sight is near identical to the Steyr design.
     
  8. Critias

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    Can't get vids to play from these school computers. It'll just have to wait 'till I get home in a little bit.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Is that a Pardini the professor dude was shooting? No, not the Glock, the other pistol.
     
  10. Texas357

    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

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    I'll wait to see the reviews of an actual product, not stories about how wonderful the theory should work.
     
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    Steyr did it first, and yes the Steyr Sight is FAST to acquire. I also like the triangle in front on the Steyr sight. That gives you an ultra-precises aim point when you're trying to shoot really small groups, slow fire.
     
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    hmmm might be worth a try
     
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    Video won't play for me right now.

    But I am not sure that sight technology has been stagnant and unchanged for more than a century. I believe there are already sights that use the triangular shape, even.
     
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    RickD Pro-Open Curry Millennium Member

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    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

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    Just another ball of mud.
    There is a serious ongoing problem with someone selling something very much like this.

    Caveat emptor.


    Look into the reviews of an outfit called suresights.com.
     
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    Sure Sights bought the farm long ago.

    This guy is late to the party, though.

    I've been running my duty gun with these going on a year now. They work.

    http://www.advantagetactical.com/

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    It's been done. All the best to his work.
     
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    His theory is not quite the same as the Sure Sight. On his, the aiming point is where the brain imagines the apex of the triangles to be.

    Interesting concept, but I see 2 flaws:

    1. You cannot focus on the front and rear sight at the same time and going back and forth is too slow.

    2. While it may work for gross work, I can't see it working for the fine shooting required by an Olympic shooter.

    ML
     
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    Sorry Cochese, they are still cheerfully taking orders and processing credit cards immediately while warning of long order fulfillment times.

    Just trying to help.
     
  20. Dan

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    Are you on GT while shooting radar? :supergrin: