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rear sight

noun
1.
the sight nearest the breech of a firearm.
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  • Battle sight: The position of the rear sight when the leaf is laid down.

  • The balance of the piece is approximately the position of the rear sight.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • He stopped, gripping the cold steel of the rifle and not feeling the rear sight as it cut into his hand.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The rear sight has a wide rectangular notch; the front sight is plain, with a square top, as shown.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • The distinctive features of these sights are the ivory bead of the front sight and the horizontal ivory line in the rear sight.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • The notch of the rear sight should have a bevelled edge concave toward the front.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • Most target arms have the front sight non-adjustable, and the rear sight adjustable for both windage and elevation.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • Whenever I managed to get within reasonable distance, I put up the rear sight of the 405, and let drive.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Brass frame, barrel swings out to load on pressure on a stud under frame, rosewood grips, rear sight notched in hammer.

  • Curtis pressed down the rear sight and fired again; but Glover was still riding hard, with Stanton dropping behind him.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for rear sight

rear sight

noun
1.
the sight of a gun nearest to the breech
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