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Jaeger sights; shooter's in-sight.

The weakest working part on almost any sporting arm we buy today is probably going to be its sights. Generally, I don't mean the flimsy, fall-off type of sights, but poor-to-hit-with sights. Some of the factory sights will even be the frail, fall-off kind, and that is worse yet.

Good handgun sights are a whole different world, so here we're going to deal with rifle sights. I'm the first to admit that if you're using a rifle without a scope (less than 95 percent of the conditions in the shooting world today), you haven't been paying attention to the 20th century. Just because we have scopes, though, it doesn't give us an excuse to totally ignore iron sights. There are conditions where the light, brush and game will favor iron sights more than a scope.

Of course, the most common use for the iron type today is as a backup; the "second" set of sights on the rifle used only if, by an odd stroke of bad luck, the scope should fail. When we use iron sights as a backup for a scope or against dangerous game, the sights had better be good ones. I want iron sights that are easy to hit with and hell for stout.

Paul Jaeger takes care of both the "class" and the function. A front sight should be a barrel-band-and-ramp type. They are great to look and absolutely solid. Jaeger supplies front bands in a range of diameters to fit most barrel sizes and a selection of sight elements to suit personal taste. Examples of these are the following: sourdough, red glowing (Raybar type), folding white night-sights and silver beads in different heights. This wide range allows personalization to both the shooter's taste and rifle.

To complement the front bands, Jaeger has the typical British express sights. You can get them with two or three folding leaves. The sights are blank (without notches), to be "filed in" by a gunsmith. Again you have many personal choices as to how to file the notches in the rear sight. You can use wide or narrow V's or a square notch. They are meant to be filed in so that the rifle is perfectly sighted in for your load. The folding leaves let you have the rifle sighted for different ranges or different bullet weights. The Jaeger sights are an add-on that not only make the rifle easier and more reliable to hit with, but they will also let your brand X rifle look like there is a little Holland and Holland in its family. Keep in mind that these aren't dime store stick-ons. They come in the white (not blued) and require fitting by a gunsmith or someone handy in the ways of fine rifles. But if you want first-class sights, they are available without the extreme cost of full custom work. For more information, contact: Paul Jaeger Inc., 1 Madison Ave, Grand Junction, TN 38039.

P.A.C.T. TIMER/CHRONOGRAPH

"Ronin, this thing makes me nervous.... I think it's smarter than I am." That was my last comment to the man behind the development of the P.A.C.T. system after giving the final production version of full test drive. I'll admit a slight allergy to computers and to little boxes that sit there and think while I wonder what they're doing, but the Championship timer is the best friend I've ever had on the shooting range.

The timer is 6X6X2 inches. It consists of a toggle switch, 2 knobs, a LED screen and 1i numbered control buttons just like those on a microwave oven. What it does is count very precise time and listen for shots. Yes, it hears shots fired and records them exactly to the hundredth of a second and stores them in memory for later review, as well as measuring the precise amount of time between each shot. For the competitive shooter, who must deal with a timed course, it is invaluable.

You can also program "beeps" into the timer, for the simple start/stop beeps at any given time to "keyed" beeps that will signal precise increments of time during a shotting sequence. This is for matches like the Olympic rapid fire course, where the shooter needs to train to a precise cadence. Note that while the machine is telling you the time, it is still recording your shots so that you can study them after you're done shooting.

But this timer isn't just for the competitor. If you want to practice fast bolt-action work, it can tell how long it is taking you to fire, cycle the bolt and fire again. It also gives you a realistic look at reloading with an auto or other arm. It indicates how long it took to fire a shot, reload and fire another shot. It does all of this simply by recording the time of each shot and the interval between.

I have been using the timer to "play" with Ed McGivern's feat, firing 5 shots in 2/5 of a second. (No, I haven't quite done it yet.) What is interesting is that you can't shoot faster than the timer can think. I have fired shots separated by as little as .06 second, and it records them uniformly and reliably. I even set the "listening" sensitivity too high one time and got a recording of two shots .01 second apart when firing single shots with a Colt .45 auto. When I sorted the problem out, the timer was recording both the shot and the slide hitting, the frame in recoil!

The timer's complexity and function are limited only by our imaginations. But for those simplistic souls like me, what you really have to do to make the timer work is flip on the switch and hit the "GO" button. It does everything else.

The timer also has a little 12-pin plug on the back that lets plug in electronic relays like those connected to a steel stop plate. The timer beeps, you fire, and the timer records to within hundredths of a second when your bullet hits the target. Rifle, handgun, shotgun...just how fast can you hit? The fun never ends.

Better yet, the same plug accepts "chrono-mod." This is a little fist-sized box with a 12-inch pigtail cord that turns the timer into the finest chronograph I have ever used. The chronograph uses standard Oehler "skyscreens." When you set is up, the chronograph is calibrated for 4-foot screen spacing, but you can use any spacing by punching the distance between the screens into the timer (this is done in tenths of an inch for greater precision).

Again, it's simple. Turn it on, push "go" and fire. It will record up to 100 shots in a string. While you are shooting, it displays the shot number, the velocity of the last shot fired and the average velocity of the string to that point. When you have fired all of the shots in a given string, you push the "review" button, and it displays the high and low shot, the extreme variation and the mean absolute variation (a statistical term for how uniform your ammunition is). Finally, it reviews each individual round. I've tested mine with squib .38 Specials at 500 feet per second (fps) right through my .17 running at 4,000 fps and almost everything in between, and it just plain works.

Now you see why this all-too-clever box might make a country boy nervous. It's an incredible tool. The timer has been a major part of my tournament training. Every time I turn it on it displays, "Manufactured For Ross Seyfried."

The timer retails for $329 and the add-on Chrono-Mod is $49 but does not include the skyscreens. Write to P.A.C.T., Dept., GA, P.O. Box 35682, Dallas, TX 75235, for more information.
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