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« on: August 12, 2016, 03:55:12 pm »


Actually, they're not as heavy as you'd think  Wink.

I have needed to replace a couple of front sight blades recently and I was casting about for an appropriate material to work with.  I ended up using £1 coins from the UK.  The metal has a slight yellow/gold/brass appearance throughout.  The coins were easy to work with and somehow look right to me.  They also offer good visibility, especially against dark-colored targets.

Now, I’m not the craftsman that many here are, but the remaining marks and unfinished appearance seem to fit with the “old” guns.  I also kept the original rim of the coin on the Henry sight, so it has a neat engraving pattern.  That meant removing the sight and filing it from the base as I sighted it in, but it was worth the effort.

These may not be as “authentic”  as a Cinco Pesos or something, but they have worked well for me.

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2016, 04:57:06 pm »

CCG,

German Silver is a good substitute. In fact it was the most common metal used for front sights.
It has no "real" silver in it. It is nickel and tin for the most parts.
Soft, easy to work with, and comes in a wide variety of thicknesses.
Just a suggestion on my part.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2016, 05:09:15 pm »

Well, I considered German silver, but I couldn't put my hands on any when I did the sight for the Richards-Mason revolver in the photo.  The one pound coin worked so well that I used the remainder of the same coin for the Henry sight.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2016, 07:21:15 pm »

CC Griff,

Uber KOOL!!  I like em.  Look really good.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2016, 08:21:50 pm »

Thanks, Coffinmaker!  That's high praise; you're one of the master craftsmen that I mentioned in my initial post.

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2016, 07:03:35 am »

Nice nice ....silver coins were used as replacements , I've seen more than few old dimes used
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2016, 03:32:56 pm »

Ah Harrumph >>>>>>>

I neglected in my praise, to mention, out on the end of the barrel, a "One Pound" front sight will tend to make it rifle just a tad
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2016, 05:54:30 pm »

The Queen would not be happy knowing you used a one pound coin for a gun sight. Huh Shocked


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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2016, 06:37:20 pm »

Should she wish me to remove the sights, I'm available for a phone call at any time  Wink.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 10:38:15 pm »

I made a replacement barrel for an 1865 Spencer carbine a number of years ago (long before you could get a reproduction Spencer).  I made an integral sight block (by turning a ring the size of the base I wanted then cutting off everything but the base once the barrel was installed).  for the sight blade I used an original 1860 dime in a slot in the base, held in by a small pin.  I figured that using a period dime made up for the slightly non standard front sight.  I made sure to use the part with date on it.  The dime was far from in good condition when I got it, less than $5 at an antique store.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2017, 02:41:16 am »

Very nice indeed!
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 05:24:31 am »

Well, I considered German silver, but I couldn't put my hands on any when I did the sight for the Richards-Mason revolver in the photo.  The one pound coin worked so well that I used the remainder of the same coin for the Henry sight.

CC Griff

old cutlery!! most anything that was silver plated is solid german silver - old spoons n forks - I used a piece out of an old table fork just recently to replace the blade in an original winchester 73 front sight. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2017, 09:54:47 am »

The Queen would not be happy knowing you used a one pound coin for a gun sight. Huh Shocked


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Maybe that's why we got rid of queens and kings a couple of hundred years back.  Too much trouble to keep them happy.
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2017, 09:49:20 pm »

Maybe that's why we got rid of queens and kings a couple of hundred years back.  Too much trouble to keep them happy.

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