In Hollywoodland, all automatic firearms benefit from the LawOfInverseRecoil and function solely on the premise of "Spray a lot of bullets on full auto and at least some of them will hit something", and not "I should actually aim at whatever I'm shooting at so I can hit it and take it down in the least amount of shots possible".

Therefore, fictional guns don't bother with gun sights of any kind, since [[NoScope nobody really uses them anyways]]. A HandWave common in SF settings is that some sort of {{HUD}} allows the shooter to aim without actually lining up a bead.

See also ATeamFiring.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Lawgiver from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' at first glance appears to have no sights. Turns out that the lens on the rear is a sight down the line of the barrel.

%%* ''Every'' RayGun from [[TheFifties 1950's]] science fiction films.
* The Smart-Guns from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' have computer assisted aiming, and don't need iron sights. However, the more basic weapon, the M41-A Pulse Rifle, has a channel down the top of the shroud that acts as a set of iron sights.
* Justified in ''Film/TheFifthElement''; Zorg advertises that the "replay" feature on his ZF-1 rifle makes aiming unnecessary. Hit a target once, turn on the replay, and [[{{Roboteching}} every bullet will curve in midair to hit it again no matter where you aim]]. The ZF-1 actually does have a scope on it, but it is hard to see amongst [[GunAccessories all the other attachments]].
* Averted in ''Franchise/StarWars'', mainly because the blasters were modeled off of real guns. It does have a variant, however, where a lot of the guns are lacking visible ironsights in favor of a scope of some kind; it's mentioned in Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy that Han's famous DL-44 blaster pistol originally did have standard sights, but because they would catch on the tip of his holster (not good when you're looking to draw your gun in a hurry) he removed them and attached a short scope.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' plays this trope pretty straight, since all the guns are modeled on 50s sci-fi rayguns.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': Scaramanga's Golden Gun has no sights, which is justified as it's [[ScaramangaSpecial assembled from innocuous-looking parts]]. At the very least it does have a substitute for a front sight in the form of the pen's clip, but it wouldn't be of much use without a rear sight.
* Excluding the scoped version used by Private Watkins, the Morita Assault Rifles in TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' lack sights of any kind. [[ This is taken to its logical conclusion when the recruits are training with live ammo.]]
* Franchise/RoboCop's [[MoreDakka super-charged]] Beretta has iron sights, but due to his cyborg nature he never actually uses or even needs them.

* Literature/TimeScout averts this. Guns are among the things treated realistically. Old guns are treated as more difficult than modern guns, as among modern advancements are those that make them easier to use. But even dangerous modern guns (mostly just described as being "modern" and "evil looking") still have sights and have to be aimed. Many bullets are fired, but very few people end up shot, except at close range.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' phasers have no sights at all. The official HandWave is that don't actually ''need'' sights: All the one-hand phasers are designed specifically to be point and shoot. Where you point with your index finger (if you extended it) is where you shoot. In practice, actors had so much trouble aiming their guns (so that the effects team could add in the beams coming straight out of the weapons and still hit the target) that the weapons were redesigned with gun sights for ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''.
** Type III Phaser Rifles also have a zoom-able scope on top.
*** As do the rifles used by the [[SpaceMarine MACOs]]. One was specifically used in the Old West-themed episode to take out a cowboy in a window.
** [[ The phasers have scopes.]]
* Ditto all of the alien weapons in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. Though the earthlings suspect that they're [[JustifiedTrope weapons of terror rather than weapons of war]], and such is borne out in the hordes of ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy graduates that almost universally wield them. The fact remains that some characters (such as Teal'c) are still superb shots with the things. This gets ridiculous to the extent that Goa'uld [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Gliders]] lack any sort of targeting systems, requiring their pilot/gunner to aim the staff cannons manually. Mostly, they just [[StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure strafe their targets]], though.
* Usually averted in ''Series/DoctorWho'', especially the revival era of the series. Notably, the [[ anti-cyberman gun]] from the episode "Nightmare in Silver" has ''very prominent'' gun sights (similar to a modern assault rifle), especially in the front.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' mostly averts this, as bolters have what seem to be iron sights. Strangely enough, heavy bolters have them too, even though they're specifically designed to be fired from the hip.
** Only Space Marine variants. The Guard fire them from tripods, if they tried the hip method their arms'd fall off.
** Some Chaos Space Marines also have special bolters whose nozzles are redesigned to resemble the open jaws of a daemon. [[AwesomeButImpractical Cool]], but it really hampers with iron sights.
*** [[MST3KMantra They're]] [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos]] [[SuperSoldier Space]] [[SpaceMarine Marines]]. And that gun probably ''is'' a daemon.
*** Bear in mind that both Space Marines and their Chaotic counterparts have the option to directly link their weapon with their helmet optics. Of course, with a heavy bolter, [[MoreDakka not much aiming is required in the first place]]...
** Likewise, the [[RedShirtArmy Imperial Guard's]] [[FrickinLaserBeams lasguns]] have sights (and sometimes bayonets)- and so do the rifles of the highly advanced Eldar and Tau. Figures that the setting that [[UsedFuture deliberately goes for outdated designs]] would get something right that nearly all settings don't.
*** Many troop types have systems linking their guns to their helmets to assist aim, but they keep the iron sights [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy just in case]].
*** In RealLife militaries there's a clear trend towards scoped guns. Does the fact that a gun has a scope or red dot sight mean that the iron sights are removed? In most cases -- [[CrazyPrepared definitely not]].
** So do Ork weapons, but being [[ATeamFiring Orks]], they have no idea what they're there for.
*** Why, it's there so the gun is more accurate!
*** We call dem gubbinz, and we puts em on da shootaz cuz it makes dem look shootier. Given that Ork technology operates on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve, this may actually work.
*** Dat's right! If'n we'z be thinkin' dat dem lit'l bitz o' metal make our shootaz more hittier, den da shootaz'll be more hittier! But, yewz ain't no ork if ya wantz ta be hittier insted o' shootier, ya grot.
*** Who sez yew can't be both shootier ''and'' hittier? Hittier shootaz shoot big ''glowy'' dakka so the otha guy sees how much more dakka yew have!
*** OY ya git yuze mukin about! Yuze dont need ta aim when yuze got [[MoreDakka MORE DAKA HA DAKA DAKA DAKADAKADAKADAKADAKA]]
** Tyranid weapons don't have sights, they have [[LivingWeapon eyes]].
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] almost completely avert this, pretty much every weapon in their arsenal (down to the pistols...) is equipped with either an optical scope or a sense-link that allows the user's HUD to display a view of what the gun is looking at.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' with its fairly high attention to detail and one-second combat rounds. Simply taking the ''time'' to properly aim before firing can improve a shot's accuracy considerably, and a variety of sights and scopes to boost this further do exist.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The modern trend is that this trope is generally becoming less common in shooters (especially first person shooters), for the simple reason that the games tend to have mechanics for aiming down sights that the player usually has to make use of to get any mileage out of your average gun.
* The entire top of the assault rifle from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games is completely smooth. So are most of the Covenant weapons. (Though the ExpandedUniverse claims that the weapon has backup iron sights somewhere along the top.)
** This is actually averted with almost all other human projectile weapons, which either have a scope or recognizable iron sights. Even the alien-designed Brute Spiker has iron sights, at least in ''Halo: Reach''.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with the needler though, as it fires homing ammunition and thus does not need precision aiming.
*** Partially [[HandWave handwavable]] since all characters controlled by the player in the games [[note]]and thus presumably all Spartans, [=ODSTs=] and Elites, and implicitly Brutes and regular human troops as well[[/note]] have targeting systems independent of the weapons. This doesn't explain how everyone else aims with these weapons, though (although given the problems the Earth Government is having with breakaway colonies and all other manner of insurgency, it's entirely possible they don't ''want'' civilians to be able to use their weapons effectively).
** The top of the assault rifle in the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series is likewise smooth, but the thing is so inaccurate that it doesn't matter much. With the other guns (except for the [=SMG=]'s actual usable sight) one just has to aim for the middle of the screen and watch the impact flashes, since there are no crosshairs in the ''Marathon'' HUD.
*** Especially strange since the pistols in ''Marathon 1'' are drawn with ''scopes'', but alas they're only for decoration. They are the most accurate guns in the game, however, [[GunsAkimbo even in pairs]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. The [=AR2=] Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle has tiny iron sights. Nobody uses them and they're hardly noticeable, though.
** Another aversion in the same game: the [=MP7=] has an open reflex sight.
** The Tau Cannon from the first game seems ''specifically designed'' to be fired from the hip. On the other hand, it IS a prototype that doesn't even have covering, much less sights of any kind.
** And taken to extremes in ''Opposing Force'', an expansion for the first game. Some of the weapons are ''living creatures that spit plasma or acid''. It looks as if it would be tough enough just to point the thing at something and coax it into belching biological death directly in front of it. Never mind sticking any gun sights on their heads. On the other hand, Shephard IS a highly-trained [[SemperFi Marine]] so he might be ''just that good'' at eyeballing.
*** It's entirely possible that the creatures do the aiming themselves. How Shephard can coax them into doing so is another matter entirely.
*** There's also the Desert Eagle, which for some reason forgoes ironsights entirely in favor of a [[LaserSight laser aiming module]]. In a nod to reality, if you fire it with the laser off your shots are much less accurate than they would be with the base game's Colt Python, but in return [[MoreDakka you get to fire faster]].
* The machine gun (which is actually more of a submachine gun) from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' seems to be completely ripped off from the assault rifle from the ''Halo'' games. That means it has no sights.
** In the original ''Doom'' games neither of the energy weapons have any sights (though with the {{BFG}} [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill you really don't need them]]). The rocket launcher sports both a rear sight and a pistol grip to make it viable, but said sight can't be seen in first person.
* Averted somewhat with ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''; the lancer has iron sights. But none of the other guns do. In the sequel the Hammerburst has been redesigned and now has sights but the [[ShortRangeShotgun shotgun]] still doesn't. Then again, considering how freaking useless the shotgun is at long range, that may have been intentional.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero''. All the guns can be fired from their sights, though Joanna only actually directly looks down them if the weapon has a scope or reflex sight of some form.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** As a general rule, low tech guns (revolvers, small automatic pistols, simple rifles, and the classic plasma defender, for example) have good iron sights, but the high tech weapons like the high-end autopistols and nearly all energy weapons lack them unless you add a scope on your own. Generally the low end weapons seem to be designed to work well, and the high end weapons seem designed to look cool. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s hunting rifle has no iron sights at all (which is funny, given that in every other game you can attach a scope to the hunting rifle) but it's strangely one of the more accurate long-range guns in the game. Given that you can only aim so well with the crosshairs anyway at long-range, you may or may not be using V.A.T.S. to help you. {{Game Mod}}s specialized in iron sight aiming exist, however, and add sights to all unsighted guns in addition to correcting crappily-designed ones like the 10mm pistol's (which has a tall front sight that does not align at all with the low rear ones).
** Played nearly straight in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', though, which optionally uses iron sights as opposed to just zooming in. Almost all kinetic weapons use them (the only exceptions are the minigun and its unique variant), but a number of energy weapons, particularly lasers, do not. Most explosives don't either, but on many of them that do have iron sights (like the grenade rifle) it's more of a hindrance than it is helpful. One DLC has a great rifle available to find, but after its many years of both pre- and post-nuclear service its front sight is bent. Provided you point the right post at what you want to shoot, the sights are still ''perfectly accurate''. The main game's hunting rifle also has misaligned sights, though attaching a scope fixes this (on top of providing a zoom). The Gun Runners' Arsenal DLC adds versions of default laser/plasma weapons to which iron sights can be attached.
** Fully averted with ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', which has iron sights as an integral game mechanic instead of an option. Every gun has iron sights mounted by default, including laser weapons.
* Subverted with the Bullseye from ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}''. While the gun lacks physical sights, it has a holographic HUD that serves the same function. Plus there's the SecondaryFire, which causes its bullets to home in on a tagged target no matter what direction they're fired in.
* Required in one level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', after an EMP strike which renders aftermarket gunsights useless. This requires the use of firearms with iron sights, thus forcing the player to [[ThrowAwayGuns dispose of them]] consequentially. [[note]]And, no, [[FridgeLogic you can't just remove the optics or use any backup ironsights that might be on them]]; the game engine doesn't let you, and for good measure just about every gun in the game has its iron sights removed entirely if optics are mounted - even when the real gun ''needs'' those sights attached to function properly, like the M16 and M4 having their gas block built into the front sight. However, you can find weapons without optics a while before your first firefight after the EMP. Also, a real EMP wouldn't do anything to knock out optics at all, let alone for any meaningful period of time, because EMP's really only destroy the more delicate electronics like transistors. Red dot sights are simple devices powered by batteries. ACOG sights don't need electricity at all; they use radioactive decay of tritium to provide illumination at night. Holographic sights might have some issues because they use laser diodes.[[/note]] It does, however, illustrate a rather troubling fact that the American military has a potentially crippling dependence upon fancy gadgets and electronic equipment.
** [=EMPs=] are available in multiplayer of ''Modern Warfare 2'' and ''3'', too, and will disable all Red Dot and Holographic sights (among other things) for a time...[[GoodBadBugs except for that of the F2000's unique Red Dot]] (modeled after the real F2000's specialized sight, though it is actually a scope). ACOG scopes in the second game are also largely unaffected as well, as the crosshairs are still ''there'', just not illuminated.
** In an odd aversion, ''Call of Duty: World at War'' has an easter egg Ray Gun in Nazi Zombies. Said gun has a reflex sight, unlike the rest of the game's guns which are all from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, making it one of the most accurate guns in the game. Multiplayer does allow for the addition of telescopic sights for the automatic weapons and scopes for the rifles, otherwise, you'll be using the default iron sights.
** An aversion in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' lets you attach upgraded iron sights on most pistols (adding fluorescent dots to the rear sight and coloring the front sight; the [[HandCannon Python]] instead has the ACOG Scope attachment for the same purpose). Unfortunately, since you can only put one upgrade on a pistol, upgrading the sights means you have to forgo better upgrades, like extended magazines, suppressors or the ability to go GunsAkimbo.
* Similar to the practice of ''Call of Duty'' and other more modern shooters, ''VideoGame/IronGrip: Warlord'' encourages you to aim with iron sights for more accurate and effective fire. However, only the basic double-barreled rifle and light machine gun actually feature workable iron sights (activated by the secondary firing mode).
* ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'' is notable for being one of the first {{FPS}} games to thoroughly avert this. Each firearm had working sights and using them was essential for hitting anything properly at all (especially if you maxed up the difficulty by disabling things like the small context-sensitive targeting reticule).
** As a general rule, NATO sniper rifles have a simple crosshair scope, Soviet sniper rifles have a scope with a functional stadiametric rangefinder; assault rifles, carbines and small anti-tank missiles have iron sights while man-portable AA launchers and larger anti-tank missiles have reflex sights.
** The later ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}'' games take this further, with different weapons available with different sets of optics. ''ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead'' in particular gives the player the ability to zero in long-range optics to compensate for bullet drop or sight along backup iron sights above them for close-range or night-time shooting, while ''ARMA III'' lets you carry extra optics for your weapon and switch them on the fly.
* They're a little too small to see if the guns feature sights, but Terran Marines in ''{{Starcraft}}'' shoot from the hip constantly. Although with a PoweredArmor heads-up display they might not need 'em.
* Being that it takes place after an apocalyptic event and [[JustifiedTrope most of the guns are made from scavenged scrap metal]], the guns of ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' all use iron or laser sights, though some (namely, the revolver and some Kalash rifles) have sights with dots of glow-in-the-dark paint.
* Averted in ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' if you look closely. The pulse rifle, which is the only weapon in the game that was actually designed to be used ''as a weapon'' rather than a mining tool, does indeed have iron sights on it (although like all weapons in the game, you aim it using a laser pointer instead).
* Averted with most of the guns in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' naturally, since the game allows you to aim down the sights. However, sometimes the random gun generator will produce a weapon with a very strange sight setup on it, and there are a few pistols that don't have sights at all. And thanks to the randomized drops, literally anything and everything can have a scope on it. Including [[ShortRangeShotgun a Terrible Scattergun with a 60º spread]] having a 5x sight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' zig-zags this like crazy.
** Bandit (scavenged and often jerry-rigged parts, quite low-tech) and Tediore (cheap but still high-tech given the digistruction reload mechanic) pistol barrels have no front sights.
** The Hyperion (also a high-tech company) and Tediore shotgun barrels are sightless, which is made weirder since they're the only single-shot barrels and so tend to have a spread tight enough to avert ShortRangeShotgun - despite being much shorter-ranged, the double (Jakobs), triple (Bandit) and quadruple (Torgue) barrel variants have fairly good front sight posts. Hyperion also has the problem of the previous game of making big zoom scopes for shotguns, meaning that getting a quad with said scope means the buckshot will spread ''way'' past the edges of your aimed vision.
** Torgue is middle-of-the-road when it comes to tech, and their scope accessories are all very good reflex sights.
** Dahl is also a happy medium in tech level, more towards high-tech given their ubiquitous smart burst-fire mechanic. Even so, their assault rifle barrel sights leave much to be desired, being two lateral posts with no proper front sight. Using an un-scoped Dahl-barrel AR has a bit of a learning curve.
** Maliwan averts this entirely. They're easily the most hi-tech brand of all, to the point where [[AbnormalAmmo their guns don't fire bullets as much as they process bullets into gobs of elemental death]], but ''all'' of their weapons have decent iron sights, and their scope accessory on submachine guns and pistols is a holographic reflex sight.
* Several guns in ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'' don't have any recognizable iron sights. The Terran Republic's Cycler assault rifle, which is the most accurate automatic weapon in the game, has no iron sights or optics. The Vanu Sovereignty's Pulsar assault rifle has no iron sights, but it has a scope affixed to the side of the gun - the wrong side, meaning soldiers would have to [[GangstaStyle hold the gun sideways to use it]]. The New Conglomerate, which relies on more old fashioned technology, has iron sights on all their weapons, including their [[{{BFG}} Jackhammer]] shotgun which has an [[ShortRangeShotgun effective range of about 6 feet]]. Averted in ''[=PlanetSide=] 2'', which has usable iron sights or a scope of some form on ''every'' infantry weapon.
** The sequel's heavy weapons, such as the Terran Republic's Mini-Chaingun, play this trope straight. Instead of lining up the sites, holding the right mouse button just zooms the player's view in a bit and tightens up the bullet spread. There was also a bug in beta (that still crops up now-and-again in the finished game) where one might spawn and whatever sights are on their gun are invisible.
* Several of the [[PoweredArmor Battlearmor]] weapons in ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' have no visible iron-sights, such as the [[MoreDakka handheld Autocannon/2]], the [[GatlingGood Bear Autocannon]], the [[FireBreathingWeapon Flamer]], and the [[LightningGun Manpack PPC]]. While it may make sense as they are physically mounted onto the armor's arm and the armor has a [[DiegeticInterface built-in HUD]], it makes less sense when most of the weapons ([[TabletopGame/BattleTech lore-wise]]) are modified infantry support weapons, essentially like stationary machine guns. Averted with the [[MasterOfNone bread-and-butter gun]], the handheld Small Laser, which has a simple set of open iron sights.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'':
** Bizarrely averted in ''F.E.A.R. 2'', which features the Seegert, a pistol with ''two'' sets of iron sights... one of which blocks the other and which no one to this day has figured out how to use properly.
** Most of the energy weapons through the series play this straight; especially odd in the case of the Type-7 in the first game, as it's the game's resident DisintegratorRay-as-SniperRifle. The FL-3 laser weapon in the second game at least has a LaserSight alongside the actual laser, but that one has the added confusion of [[DifficultButAwesome not actually aiming towards your crosshair past a certain distance]]. The LP4 LightningGun from the ''Perseus Mandate'' expansion pack justifies it in that the arc curves towards the target, so not much precision is needed.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' goes all over the place. A few guns, like the Revenant Light Machine Gun, the Predator pistol, and the Tempest submachine gun, have iron sights. Many others, such as the Avenger, Mattock, and Vindicator assault rifles, as well as all the sniper rifles, have internally integrated scopes clearly visible on their model. However, most guns just don't have any sort of sight or scope at all.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' played this straight with ''Battlefield 1942'' and ''Vietnam'', where anything without a scope just had a generic zoom mode. Averted for most weapons from ''Battlefield 2'' onwards (which had one interesting variation where the front sight of the USMC Spec Ops' M4 would disappear when looking through the attached red dot sight).
* The weapons in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' follow this for the most part. Even the weapons that ''do'' seem to have sights (including, surprisingly, the [[FrickinLaserBeams laser rifle]]) either only have one half (the pistol and the aforementioned laser rifle only have rear sights, the grenade launcher only has a front sight) or have a second set of rear sights instead of a front post (the sniper rifle, otherwise a unique aversion for still having visible sights despite the do-everything scope attached). Despite this, nearly everything is perfectly accurate anyway, and what isn't both carries and [[MoreDakka spits out a lot of ammo to compensate]].
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II''. Ballistic weapons like the pistol or the assault rifle have sights, though it doesn't stop them from firing in a fixed cone where even the first round is likely not to hit dead center of your aim, while energy weapons like the Tesla Cannon or the Death Ray are entirely sightless, but are easily the most accurate in the game with the exception of the SniperRifle.

* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[ demonstrates why sights are a good idea]], even on [[{{BFG}} weapons you generally wouldn't bother putting them on]].
** Played straight in the [[InformedAttribute artwork]], however.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the majority of real life firefights, there is no time to aim. [[ Point shooting]] is a method of armed self-defense which accepts this fact, and so focuses on using a fighter's natural instincts and reflexes, rather than the weapon's sights, to hit the target at close range. A gun designed specifically for point shooting would not need sights.