|01-27-2005, 01:38 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NW Florida
It looks like maybe the stake marks on the dovetail won't be quite as visible as I'd been afraid they would:
The sight is just resting in the dovetail, & is not inserted. It'll need to be a hair to the right of center when installed, so it's probably too far to the right in the pic.
These go in from right to left, S side 1st, right? Am I correct in thinking it was blued, not parkerized?
|01-27-2005, 03:22 PM||#2|
The spring under the leaf was blued, but the rest were usually parkerized in my experience, and I don't recall seeing any bases or leafs blued. Not real ones anyway, but my memory isn't all that great anymore, anybody else? All the pics I have of flip sights (and I have alot) are the same, parked bodies and leafs, blued spring. You are correct in how it goes into the dovetail, here is a pic of my S'G' from above. Note how far left the sight was installed:
|01-27-2005, 08:44 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Morgan County, Alabama "In Dixie Land I'll take my stand."
|01-27-2005, 11:04 PM||#5|
Thanks Quagmire, it is a beauty. I sold this particular S'G' in October last year on Gunbroker, but it was as pristine as you can get, probably only had the ten test rounds fired through it, so I can't attest to its accuracy (I never fired it).
One of the methods of targeting at the factory TommyGunn, was to drift the sights left and right in the dovetail, and the further left they went, the tighter the dovetail got (it's beveled right to left). Since this one was never used in combat, it was my baseline for how a Carbine came straight from the factory, the only one I had seen outside of a museum. Ordnance had pretty strict accuracy standards the manufacturers had to meet, so I suspect something has changed on your rifle to make it shoot left. Post-war specs called for centering the rear sight in the dovetail by scribing a line down the center of the receiver, and lining up the center of the sight with this line, then staking it. They didn't always follow this specification, especially out in the field where many adjustable rear sights were installed. It is my belief that the arsenals followed this spec, and those in the field replacement biz didn't, perhaps because they didn't have access to this info at the time. The earliest documentation I can find for this spec is 1953, so it might not have been required before that. Here is a good picture of the pristine chamber and feed ramp, and what a muzzle looked like as it came out the front door (or maybe the back door with this one). Sorry about the dust, it had a muzzle cover on it to protect it :
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