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I was told the tang sight is a Lyman No. 1 and the front sight is a Lyman No.3 ivory bead.

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I was told the tang sight is a Lyman No. 1 and the front sight is a Lyman No.3 ivory bead.

  

You were told correctly.

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Thanks Bert! I don’t think I can get a letter for it.

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win1894 said
Thanks Bert! I don’t think I can get a letter for it.

  

Correct… the CFM only has the records up to s/n 329999.

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 I don’t think I can get a letter for it.

How many shooters wanting to buy a standard 1890 would special order it from the factory, rather than buy from a convenient gun or hardware store?  Very few, I suspect.  Same store would likely stock these popular sights, or could easily get them.  So even if a letter was obtainable, the probability is that it would only confirm your rifle left the factory with standard sights.

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That’s ok. At least I like it. The bore is very good and it will be fun to shoot.

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win1894 said
That’s ok. At least I like it. The bore is very good and it will be fun to shoot.

It’s a far better rifle with those sights, of course, than standard sights.  A quick way to estimate how long the tang sight has been mounted is to remove it & check the bluing underneath; if it left the factory with that sight, bluing should be almost like new.  This isn’t a conclusive test, as the bluing would also have been protected if the sight was mounted soon after purchase.

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