Sightsetters [a]re too often neglected.
A Sightsetter is the person who keeps a settable gun sight set to the proper range and deflection to establish the proper angles on the sighting scopes to place shells on target. Typically, he does this by rotating 2 small hand-wheels in accordance with the range and deflection commands he receives from the Transmitting Station or other Fire Control authority, and this action deflects the layer's and trainer's scopes by the proper angles. The means by which he receives the ranges and deflections to apply varies by weapon and mode of use.
In the German navy, some capital ship sights at least were not fitted for F.T.P., and the Germans apparently worked around this lack by having two separate men for range and deflection so they could better transfer indications on non-F.T.P. receivers to their equipment.
- Fire Control, 1908. p. 54.
- Reports on Interned German Vessels: Gunnery Information. p. 1.
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- Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1917). The Director Firing Handbook. O.U. 6125 (late C.B. 1259). Copy No. 322 at The National Archives. ADM 186/227.
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