An Evaluation of Several Personal Weapon-Sighting Systems during Daytime, Dusk, and Night Conditions
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN ENGINEERING LAB
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The U.S. Army Human Engineering Laboratory HEL conducted a live fire performance of seven personal weapon-sighting systems. This study was a joint effort of the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Army Combat Systems Test Activity USACSTA, and the U.S. Army Center for Night Vision and Electro-optics CNVEO. The weapon-sighting systems were mounted on Smith and Wesson 5900 series 9mm pistols. Standard iron sights were used as the baseline sighting system. Twelve U.S. Border Patrol volunteers eight male and four female were used a subjects in this study. Three subtests were conducted in which all 12 subjects participated day, low light dusk, and night. For each subtest, the subjects fired at either single or double crouching man-type, E-silhouette targets from 10 to 50 meters, using varying target exposure times 1.5 to 5.0 seconds. For the day subtest, only three personal sighting systems were used standard iron sights, tritium three-dot iron sights made by Trijicon, Inc., and a reflex collimating sight made by Aimpoint, Inc. For the dusk subtest, the same three sighting systems were used plus a visible laser-aided sighting system made by Lasermax, Inc. For the night subtest, all four sighting systems were used, along with ANPVS7B night vision goggles NVGs, which were used in conjunction with iron sights, a visible laser sight, and an infrared laser sight. Aiming devices, laser sights, pistol sights, handgun sights, night sights, sights, infrared laser-aiming devices, pistol shooting, tritium sights.
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding