I’ve seen it before and let it go, but today I ran into several variations of, “Once you get the sights adjusted, this gun is very accurate” in different places on gun forums and product reviews.
Serious shooters should know the problem with that assertion, but not all shooters know it. These were shooters making the assertion after all.
Accuracy and sight adjustment (or zero) are not the same thing.
(Joe uses the term “sight angle” or “indicated sight angle” which makes more sense when you think about, which of course he has)
Accuracy is the ability of the firearm system (the gun itself, the ammo and the sighting system) to place shots consistently. The sights could be “off” considerably (bullets impacting far from the point of aim) and that gun is just as accurate as if it were putting your bullets exactly at the point of aim.
The difference is in sight adjustment, but that in itself has nothing to do with accuracy. Accuracy = consistency.
It has been said that “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” — George Orwell (Thank You, Walter Williams, for pointing that out)
You intelligent men have your assignment, then. Carry on.