Setting The Elevation Knob On A M1 Garand

There are a few different ways to set the elevation knob on a Garand floating around. Before setting this you will first need to determine what the correct amount of clicks is for your rifle to hit the X ring.

This is how I do it:

1. Run the rear sight all the way down.
2. Loosen the elevation knob screw.
3. Continue turning the knob down until you reach your desired hashmark.
4. Continue turning the knob down counting to your desired number of clicks.
5. Tighten the elevation screw without moving the knob.
6. Turn the knob up verifying that when you have reached the number of clicks you were looking for it stops at the desired hashmark.
7. Run the rear sight all the way up and tighten the elevation knob screw all the way.
8. Return the sight to zero and go shoot in a local match.

A fair amount of competitors don’t bother with this and just count clicks. It can be a useful practice as it helps you verify at a glance you are at the right elevation. However, on the other hand, I have had the rear sight loosen up on me and cause the elevation to appear correct but the number of clicks had drifted. Best practice is probably “trust but verify” and set your your elevation knob to the right hashmark but verify from time to time, at least before each match. It is also a good idea to write your elevation and windage down on a card and place it in your stock.


Zeroing the A2

I finally got around to zeroing my white oak A2. It has nifty mechanical zero front sight base adjustments.


There are three set screws one on either side of the FSB and one on the bottom. To adjust the windage, loosen the bottom screw just a bit, loosen the screw on the opposite side in which you want to move POI and tighten the screw on the other side. So if you want to move POI to the right loosen the screw on the left.

Elevation works the same as any other front sight post if you want POI to move up turn the front sight post clockwise, in the direction of the “up” arrow.


I’m very happy with the WOA it performed very nicely. I did remove the handgaurd weight as it seemed to open the groups up a bit. I may make some other changes to balance it better as its a little butt heavy.