Monday, 10 January 2011

A quick comment on sights and targets

Much has been written about the use of cross-hairs in various political campaigns, and whether this contributed to the Arizona shooting.

Just a small technical point - the loon who did the shooting used a Glock. The Glock does not come with a scope, so you don't see cross-hairs when aiming it. You see something more like this:

Why be picky? Because of all the ranting that the pictures of cross-hairs set this guy off. Somehow the association between the cross-hairs that you would see in an old fashioned rifle scope would make this bloke buy a pistol and shoot all and sundry.

Old fashioned rifle scope? Fancy modern sights employ a red targeting dot, like the sight picture below.

Cross-hairs are so 20th century. They're the sort of thing you find in a Norden bomb site on a B-17, not a modern weapon.

Just saying.

I hope they fry the guy by the way. Elections are the best way to remove a politician you disagree with.

1 comment:

cav said...

They are not cross hairs but crop marks used on printing.

You see them in the margins of newspapers and magazines.

Have they arrested Palin yet?