A government engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has come up with a novel gun sight solution for the visual limitation called the MicroSight. This technology does what the human eye cannot. The MicroSight, a tiny, circular wafer that's smaller than a dime and fits on the rear gun sight notch, brings both the target and the front iron sight blade into simultaneous focus, giving marksmen a far better sighting picture.
By Douglas Page Sight for sore eyes Novel gun accessory A s any expert marksman who spends much time around a rifle range knows, lining velocity and direction are calculated correctly, even if ambient tempera- ture and mirage factors are consid- provides relief up a shot longer than a fe w tens of ered, and even if one doesn’t get the from the limits of meters with a scopeless weapon is yips when the trigger is eventually the human eye easier says than done. Even if wind squeezed, chances are the shot 32 Law Enforcement Technology ■ August 2010 ■ www.officer.com Sight for sore eyes won’t come close to the b ull’s-eye providing a single miniature optical domestic law enforcement and all that often. The reason is not in element that greatly improves the national security implications, the wind. The reason is hidden in speed of target acquisition and since it could improve both firearm the physiologic limits of human hit probability. safety and performance by provid- eye sight. “MicroSight is an innovative ing an enhanced sight picture — Sharpshooters, including police gun sight technology that seeming- important considerations for police SWAT officers, combat infantry ly transcends the laws of physics by marksmen and combat snipers — soldiers, and even weekend target simultaneously imaging two objects where the ability to quickly acquire shooters, need clear, simultaneous at different focal distances,” says a target and deliver accurate fire views of two separate objects, one INL mechanical engineer David is imperative. near and one far — the ir on sight Crandall, who developed Weekend target shooters and the at the end of the rifle barrel and the technology. occasional game hunter may also the target off in the distance. The new sight could have benefit; every year, far too many The trouble is, the human eye people die after they are accidently is incapable of focusing on both shot by hunters who fail to objects at the same time. This can properly identify their target. In be easily illustrated by a simple the United States alone there are experiment. If you point at an more than 35 million hunters and object across t
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