I just picked up a very nice 1899 vintage 1895 carbine (I’d say SRC but there’s no saddle ring nor ever was) in 30-40 Krag. Have a couple of questions that I’m hoping someone can answer.
First, its got the climbin’ lyman sight on it and I’m wondering what the lever is for? Doesn’t seem to do much of anything on mine. How is it supposed to work? And how do I adjust the peep for windage? Its over to the far right and seems to maybe slide in its groove?
This one has sling attachments mounted front & rear which I believe are factory but there’s no swivel in them. What would be the appropriate thing to use in them, quick disconnect type swivels or the simple wire loop with a gap?
Finally, the s/n is 23xxx which I read somewhere is within the range of s/n to get info from Cody. How do you get that info??
Thanks in advance!
December 30, 2011
The lever on the Lyman sight releases or locks the elevation adjustment in place if it is working correctly. A limited amount of fine elevation adjustment can also be made with the small, point-blank stop screw located on the top of the sight, left of the aperture. If you have a Lyman 21, it does not have a windage adjustment other than carefully tapping the aperture to the left or right with something fairly safe, such as a wooden dowel. The Lyman 38 has a mechanical adjustment.
Yep, you can get records beyond the serial number application date up to serial number 59,999. Here’s a link to the Cody Firearms Museum Records office:
You might also consider joining the CFM and our organization, The Winchester Arms Collectors Association on this website. WACA members get additional serial number searches from the Records Office as well as other benefits, including our quarterly magazine and free admission to the annual Cody show.
23,000 range is fairly early for carbines. I’d be interested in seeing pictures of it if you have any. You can email me at [email protected]
I’m also conducting a survey of all of the Model 1895 serial number range. You can read more about that here if you are interested:
Thanks very much Brad! I appreciate all the info. It is a Lyman 21 and I found the stop screw you mentioned. Also found the small flip up aperture which is pretty cool. I’m planning to take some pics when the sun comes out again and post them here.
It seems to be original other than probably the front sight blade which has a gold bead. Don’t think that’s correct. but it has the the handguard and sight ladder intact and functional. There’s even some bluing left on the magazine and a good amount on the barrel. The action is amazingly smooth and the trigger too. Put a few rounds through it at the range today but I need to load more.
I’ll be happy to send you with the s/n