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Old 06-18-2005, 02:33 PM   #1
 
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H in a Shield

I picked this up on a mixmaster last week.

[img]http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL171/1447746/5354001/101145752.jpg[/img]

You say, what's the big deal?
Check out the size. I have not seen one this small before. With out the zoom on the camera, you can not see it for what it is.

[img]http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL171/1447746/5354001/101145789.jpg[/img]
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Old 06-20-2005, 02:01 PM   #2
 
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I put together a shooter based on a Springfield Inc receiver and used as many SA marked parts as I could find. In my search for a rear sight for it, I came across one marked SA and the small Hemphill logo like in your photo. All of the WW2 vintage Hemphill sights I have seen have a larger logo. I tend to think these are of a postwar contract since I found the sight with the two marks mentioned above.
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:54 AM   #3
 
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I put together a shooter based on a Springfield Inc receiver and used as many SA marked parts as I could find. In my search for a rear sight for it, I came across one marked SA and the small Hemphill logo like in your photo. All of the WW2 vintage Hemphill sights I have seen have a larger logo. I tend to think these are of a postwar contract since I found the sight with the two marks mentioned above.
You're right, Tex.
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:54 PM   #4
 
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If that's Hemphill, what's 'H.I.' on a milled sight?
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:34 PM   #5
 
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For Inland
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Old 06-24-2005, 03:51 PM   #6
 
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Of course, but who the 'H' made it? Pardon the pun
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Old 06-24-2005, 05:28 PM   #7
 
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There is a bit of confusion about Hemphill Co. and Hamphill Mfg Co. both of Pawtucker, R.I.
LR says Hemphill H.I. and Hamphill H in shield.
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Old 06-25-2005, 04:20 AM   #8
 
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Thanks. There has to be something wrong there. Hemphill and Hamphill, both in the same town, both making sights for carbines for the same prime contractor. Another interesting facet of carbine collection. I think I've read some Bill Ricca comments on the same thing here.
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Old 06-25-2005, 04:45 AM   #9
 
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I may be 'screwed up', but I think it's just Hemphill----the Hamphill name was a misprint (?).
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:31 AM   #10
 
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If that were so, it would then seem that 'H.I.' would be 'Hemphill for Inland' and 'H in a shield' would be 'Hemphill for any prime contractor'. That would make sense to me. Same as prime-coded and generic International Silver oilers.
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:35 AM   #11
 
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I have one or two type 2 rear sights with both the H.I. and H in a shield. Can't tell which was stamped first.
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