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« on: October 02, 2017, 04:24:41 pm »


...is getting harder and harder to see.
Is it NCOWS legal to add a bead- porcelain, ivory, or brass, much like a Marble's front sight to the 1860 Henry's ?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 05:09:25 pm »

I fixed mine by getting cataract surgery now the front site is no problem   Grin  LOL  Many folks use a brass bead sight.  I am not sure what year Marbles or Lyman first started making them.  Book's or Trap will have a better idea on year.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 06:38:20 pm »

On my 51 navy, that little itty bitty front sight was very hard to see. I got a
brass bead, along with the proper drill and bottoming tap, and it works
 Much better. All available from Brownells

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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2017, 10:35:59 am »

I think Luke Short used a bead as a front sight on his pistol.  OK Tom might know for sure.

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2017, 11:05:08 am »

I found a Lyman Gun Sight Catalog from 1888, that has a bead front sight shown, they are not quite like the modern era sights, but it is a bead on a post.  If you are doing an originals character from 1860-1888, I would say no to the sight on a Henry.  But I believe a bead would be perfectly legal at any shoot.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2017, 10:05:29 am »

CPT Jeb:  See my yesterdays post, I modified my comment.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 09:30:26 pm »

I have a harder time seeing too but rather than modifying the front sight I just put a small dot of paint on it. I have an old shotgun that has been handed down generations in my family that still has traces of a dab of paint on the front sight that I'm certain dates to turn of the century. So knowing the history of that gun I feel that is proof that someone did that. It was probably some kind of old barn or house paint from the looks of it.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 08:34:40 pm »

Wait a minute! You use your sights?

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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017, 07:20:09 am »

If you want to hit anything at one of our matches you better Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017, 02:31:54 pm »

Which is the exact reason for this post!
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