from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sight placed on or near the muzzle of a gun; a front sight.
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In point-blank firing, the breech-sight is not required; the eye must then range along the cylinder and muzzle-sight.
Coldly as though at a target-shot, he brought the muzzle-sight to bear on that deep, crawling shadow.
The baffling shadows and the moonbeams on the barrel, and the faint reflection from the dew or hoar-frost on the grass, prevent more than a general direction being given to the gun, even with the tiny piece of white paper which some affix to the muzzle-sight as a guide.
How can he possibly get a correct aim with "ball" out of a smoothbore, without squinting along the barrel and taking the muzzle-sight accurately?