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. A variation of this is when modern weapons that normally ''do'' have ironsights excise those because of an attached optic of some variety, like a scope. While this can be TruthInTelevision (some dedicated sniper weapons only have a scope with no ironsights underneath), it's not ''nearly'' as common as media would have you believe; the vast majority of weapons keep their normal ironsights, even with scopes and the like attached, [[CrazyPrepared just to be ready if something knocks that optic out of commission]].

See also ATeamFiring and/or ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, where, regardless of whether anyone ''can'' aim their guns, they don't see any reason to bother trying.



[[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. [[VoodooShark Not that this would work in reality]] (since there'd be a bullet, firing pin, and all other sorts of goodies between the barrel and that lens), but [[RuleOfCool it doesn't really need to]].
** Although the Mark II model thats been around since the 90s [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]] has a little lens ''beneath'' the barrel with no obvious purpose that could be for the sight.

%%* ''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]]. Given nobody in the film survives the first hit from any weapon, the usefulness of this feature is rather suspect. 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 most of the guns are lacking actual ''iron''sights in favor of a scope of some kind (only the Stormtrooper's E-11 rifles noticeably have them - [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy not that they use them]]). 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 the 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 except in ''extreme'' close range without a rear sight.
* Excluding the scoped version used by Private Watkins and the Mk II variant with a front post briefly shown near the end of the film, the Morita assault rifles in TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' lack sights of any kind. Combined with [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety a complete lack of any sort of safety protocols at the firing range]], 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.
* The LAPD 2019 Blaster from ''Film/BladeRunner'' is a partial example, as it only has a visible front sight - the gun it's based on has a channel along the top of the frame acting as the rear sight, which was completely covered by the receiver of an entirely different weapon as part of its makeover to turn it into the blaster.

* 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-handed phasers are designed specifically to be point and shoot, where your index finger points if it were extended would be 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; a demonstration in season 5 sees Rak'nor, "one of our most skilled marksmen", hitting a stationary target with two out of three blasts from the staff, while Carter, after the target is set swinging, cuts it in half in full-auto, then shoots out the rope holding it up with one shot in semi-auto. 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, every variant of the heavy bolter has them too, even though the Space Marine variants seem specifically designed to be fired from the hip.
** 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 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.
*** Oi! We puts dem dere so da gun is dead accurate, right?!
*** Yeah! We callz dem gubbinz, and we puts em on da shootaz cuz it makes dem look shootier. Giv'n dat Ork technology 'perates on [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Clap yez 'hands iff yew b'live]], this makes dem work, right?!
*** 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!
*** Oi - yew allz 'is just mucking about, right?! 'Cuz yaz can aim like a grot, but dat don't matter when yew've got... [[MoreDakka MORE DAKADADAKADAKDAKADAKADAKADAKADAKA!!!]]
** 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.
* Interesting variation in Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy, where while generally this trope is averted, it is played straight where one of the high end sniper rifle has no sight, and thus, if you try to aim down sight, you use [[DiegeticInterface your helmet or augmented vision]] instead to zoom.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The entire top of the assault rifle is completely smooth (though the ExpandedUniverse claims that the weapon has backup iron sights somewhere along the top). So are most of the non-precision Covenant weapons.
** This is actually averted with almost all other human projectile weapons, which either have a scope or recognizable iron sights. The other major exception is the pistol, which has a special sighting system that is [[DiegeticInterface connected to the user's helmet]]. With it they can zoom in on targets digitally and pinpoint their shots. Even the alien-designed Brute Spiker has iron sights, at least in ''VideoGame/HaloReach''. Even some of the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] guns have sights.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with the needler though, as it fires homing ammunition and thus does not need precision aiming. It's also justified with the Forerunners, whose guns were built specifically for PoweredArmor-wearing soldiers and robots with independent targeting systems.
** 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 sightless weapons, though in the case of the Covenant, it might just be a case of preventing their SlaveMooks from becoming too rebellious and/or their typical religious dogma being an obstacle to sound weapon design.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', where every gun has a sight of some kind when zoomed in (with several being ''holographic'').
* 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/HalfLife2''. The [=MP7=] has an open reflex sight and the [=AR2=] Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle has tiny iron sights. Nobody uses them and they latter are hardly noticeable, though, and on top of that the [=MP7=] sprays all over the place anyway, so precision aiming wouldn't do much good.
** 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 or a safety feature to prevent [[ExplosiveOverclocking overcharging]], 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 a little 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.
** The original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games zig-zagged this. The pistol and both shotguns have visible sights, but the chaingun and both of the energy weapons lack them (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''. Although Joanna will almost never actually directly looks down them when zooming unless the weapon has a scope or reflex sight of some form, ''every'' weapon has sights of some variety - even the plasma rifle that almost any other game would have never bothered putting sights on ''because'' it's a plasma rifle, thanks to being more or less a direct copy of the real-life FAMAS assault rifle.
* ''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. The ''Honest Hearts'' 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; regardless, 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 and scopes can be attached. The Laser RCW does have a iron sight but seeing how it's a close to mid range weapon there's little point.
** Fully averted with ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', which has iron sights as an integral game mechanic instead of an option. Every gun has properly-aligned 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; you can also see it has a LaserSight when a homing tag is active.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' generally averts this, being the TropeCodifier for the need to aim down the sights of a weapon to get it to shoot straight, but starting with the attachment system in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4]]'', the series has been playing the caveat about ditching regular ironsights in favor of optics painfully straight - even weapons whose sights are required for them to work properly (for instance, the M16 and M4's front sight acting as the gas block for its direct-impingement gas system), the instant you put a red dot sight or ACOG on it, the ironsights are gone entirely. This comes to a head in ''Modern Warfare 2'' where, after an EMP strike which renders powered aftermarket sights useless, the player has to deliberately look for weapons with regular sights, which are in the minority.[[note]]A real EMP wouldn't do anything to knock out optics at all, let alone for any meaningful period of time, because [=EMPs=] 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]] This 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 1.6x scope). ACOG scopes in the second game are also largely unaffected except in darkness as well, as the crosshairs are still ''there'', just not illuminated.
** In an odd aversion, one campaign level of ''Call of Duty: World at War'' has an easter egg Ray Gun from VideoGame/NaziZombies. 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, almost all options either able to be zeroed or having markings to determine where the shot will land at certain distances.
* They're a little too small to see if the guns feature sights, but Terran Marines in ''VideoGame/{{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 LaserSight instead).
* Averted naturally with most of the guns in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', 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 and SMG barrels have no front sights at all. Not very useful beyond close range.
** 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, even their rocket launcher ones.
** 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. Strangely, their sniper scopes have an unused reflex sight on top of the scope itself.
** 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. They only have true-to-form scopes for sniper rifles and rocket launchers.
* 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'':
** The first game plays this straight for the most part. The energy and other heavy weapons all lack sights of any kind, which is especially odd in the case of the Type-7 Particle Weapon, which is the game's resident DisintegratorRay-as-SniperRifle and gets a sniper scope-like zoom despite no visible magnified optics. The weapons that ''did'' have sights also had the caveat that the aiming mode was just a generic zoom except for the weapons with actual magnified scopes (the ASP and ''Perseus Mandate''[='=]s VES), so the sights weren't designed to actually be lined up properly, such as the AT-14 pistol having a tall front sight with smaller rear ones, or the HV Penetrator having both the front post ''and'' rear wings positioned on the front of the weapon (which the [[DiegeticInterface ammunition counter]] jutting out of the gun just behind them would prevent you from lining up properly anyway). 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.
** ''F.E.A.R. 2'' for the most part went away from this due to changing the zoom mode into a proper ironsights mode, but still has a few oddities. One of the most bizarre ''aversions'', however, is the Seegert [=ACM46=] pistol, a [[AKA47 renamed USP]] with ''two'' sets of iron sights... one of which is set on a rail system that blocks the other set, and which no one to this day has figured out how to use properly. Other oddities include the [=Ultra92=] shotgun only having a front sight, a small handful of other ballistic weapons not having proper ironsights because they have some variety of powered optic like the [=PK470=] assault rifle with its red dot scope[[note]]There were initially two versions of the weapon, one of which had ironsights instead of the scope, though the final game dumped that version.[[/note]], and heavy or energy weapons (except for the scoped Type-12 {{BFG}} and [=SR5=] missile launcher) still following this trope to the letter. The FL-3 laser weapon at least has a LaserSight alongside the actual laser, but that one has [[DepthPerplexion the added confusion of not actually aiming towards your crosshair past a certain distance]].
** ''F.3.A.R.'' averts this further for the ballistic weapons. While the shotgun only has a generic zoom mode because [[ShortRangeShotgun even shots from a foot away aren't a guaranteed instant kill]], ''every'' regular gun has iron sights - even that shotgun that doesn't need them, even those with other optics attached, even the [[GunsAkimbo dual machine pistols]] you ''can't'' properly aim with. Energy weapons still play this straight, however, complete with generic zooms even for the few of them that look like they do have sights.
* ''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. As a general rule of thumb, human-made weapons have them and alien ones don't.
* ''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).
** ''VideoGame/Battlefield4'' interestingly allows one to play to both extremes. You can unlock not only optical attachments like red dot or holographic sights, scopes of varying powers (from 2x with a red dot and magnifier behind it, up to 20x on some weapons), and even upgraded iron sights for guns that otherwise don't get those optics, like more open and visible ghost-ring sights. Then you play the third mission in the campaign and pick up the collectible SPAS-12, and for some reason it is missing sights entirely - fortunately, between it being a shotgun and the cramped quarters of most of the level, you can make do without them.
* 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]]. Possibly justified by having an Electronic Video Agent [[DiegeticInterface produce a HUD for you, including a crosshair]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' plays this almost absurdly straight. The only gun in the game with a visible set of full ironsights is the Tommy Gun - so, naturally, as the analogue to the classic ''Doom'' chaingun, it's among the least-accurate weapons in the game. The flare gun is perfectly accurate despite only having a rear sight, and the SawedOffShotgun is also pretty good at surprising ranges (at least with primary, single-barrel shots) ''without'' any sights at all. None of the sci-fi type weapons have sights either, nor do the magical weapons since they're not even really guns (a voodoo doll that targets whoever's in front of you and a skull on a stick that shoots magic fire which [[LifeDrain drains their life to heal you]]). ''Blood II'' gets even worse about this - most ballistic weapons like the pistol or the assault rifle all have sights of some variety (the only one that doesn't is the vulcan cannon, which compensates via MoreDakka), though it doesn't stop the ones that aren't the SniperRifle from firing in a fixed cone where even the first round is likely not to hit dead center of your aim. Meanwhile, energy and heavy weapons like the Napalm Cannon or the Death Ray are entirely sightless, but are accurate on par with that sniper rifle. Interestingly, the new version of the Tesla Cannon, which as a non-bullet-firing weapon is also perfectly accurate (so long as you can deal with the PainfullySlowProjectile[=s=]) does have a scope attached - not that anyone uses it.

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

[[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.
* The Tavor TAR-21 CoolGuns/{{assault rifle|s}} was actually initially designed without ironsights, instead meant solely for use with the ITL MARS red dot sight. The production version does have regular ironsights, but there's still hints that it was meant to use the MARS, such as the fact that the battery for that sight is within the body of the rifle, rather than the sight.
** This has been a common idea for bullpup weapons, probably as part of some sort of belief that, since bullpup weapons are "futuristic", they don't need to rely on old-fashioned, not-futuristic ironsights. The Steyr AUG was initially designed for use with an integrated 1.5x scope, as was the ST Kinetics SAR-21, and the Enfield L85, though able to take regular ironsights, was initially issued standard with a 4x SUSAT optic, with the sights removed entirely. Note though that some of these, like the AUG's Swarovski scope and the L85's SUSAT, do have a rudimentary set of backup ironsights along the top for use if the scope breaks or at ranges where the magnification is more of a hindrance than a help. Note as well that most such weapons were quickly redesigned and/or issued with actual, regular ironsights after seeing real combat.
** Focus on scopes over ironsights isn't limited to bullpups, either. Heckler & Koch put out special-forces versions of their [=HK13=] and [=HK23=] machine guns, the [=GR6 and GR9=], which had no provisions for the improved G3-style sights the originals used but instead had a 4x scope permanently mounted.