Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim (Apr, 1940)

Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim
No bullets or powder are needed for an odd type of rifle practice demonstrated by British soldiers in the photograph above. A sergeant, seen at the right, holds a tiny target in front of one eye, and looks through a peep hole in the center to check the soldier’s aim by seeing that his gun sights line up with the bull’s-eye.

  1. Stannous says: February 22, 20077:03 am

    This would never work in the US where soldiers are taught never to point weapons at superiors unless they intend to blow their heads off.

  2. Thomas L. Nielsen says: September 12, 20073:28 am

    Considering how many accidental/negligent discharges we see with firearms that were absolutely, positively, 100%, “yes-of-course-I’m-bloody-sure” unloaded, I think this could come under the heading of “Worst Idea Ever”.

    Regards & all

    Thomas L. Nielsen

  3. Rikard Nilsson says: December 14, 20071:29 pm

    Acctually a similar concept is being used by troops today to set the sights…

  4. Nic says: January 14, 200810:11 am

    When I was going through basic training, we used something similar. We would put our rifles in a vice on the floor, and aiming down the sights, we would have our buddy on the other end of the room move a protractor-like device on a piece of paper until it lined up with our sights. They would mark it, we’d get up, stretch, and repeat several times. We did it not to practice aiming properly, but to make sure we’re aiming consistently.

  5. Ted says: May 22, 200911:47 am

    That’s one brave Sgt.! I hope that’s a dummy rifle.

    Why not have the action open for safety (looks closed from the photo).

    If this is the preferred way to practice aiming, wouldn’t it make good sense to have the bolt pulled out? If I was the one holding up the target, I’d make that the first requirement!

  6. Rick Randall says: February 24, 20127:55 pm

    The British manual on this aspect of training was VERY explicit. Immediately after forming up with weapons, but BEFORE doing anything else, the weapons were cleared and checked, (what Americans would call “Inspection Arms. . . Port Arms”) with the bolts being run MULTIPLE cycles, not just once (the standard in a training environment was five cycles even if ammunition had not been issued; if ANYTHING came out during these bolt cycles, the Corporal would “express his displeasure and counsel you”, HE would double check your weapon, and you could look forward to an energizing few days of additional and intense aerobic and anaerobic workout sessions, often involving full fit, weapon, gas mask, and extra sandbags.)

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