Spatial interference with vertical pistol sight alignment

Carkeet, Andrew D., Brown, Brian, & Chan, Peter (1996) Spatial interference with vertical pistol sight alignment. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 16(2), pp. 158-162.

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When competition pistol shooters aim, they perform four basic visual alignment tasks. With optimal stimuli such tasks can be performed with exquisite sensitivity. However, pistol sights and the target may not constitute the optimal stimuli, and this may impose limits on how well shooters perform. By simulating pistol sights and targets on a computer monitor, we investigated how the vernier task of aligning the top edges of the front and rear pistol sights was affected by the proximity of the target aiming mark. Alignment random error in this task, an analogous measure to vernier acuity, was unaffected by the proximity of the aiming mark; however, alignment systematic error did change significantly as the proximity of the aiming mark changed. This effect was unlikely to significantly change pistol shooting performance as shooters can adjust their sights to compensate for systematic errors. Likewise, compared to the vertical spread of shots on the pistol target, alignment random error was extremely small (only 10 s arc), which implies that other sources of variation limit pistol shooting performance.

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ID Code: 11886
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.1996.95000224.x
ISSN: 0275-5408
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:42

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