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Winchester 1886 carbine 50ex did they have always 3 leafs rear sights
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December 6, 2023 - 11:12 am
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I have a 1886 carbine from 1901  that  haven’t. 

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Thé Cody letter not mention a sight

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I’d be surprised if this was the case.  Ladder sights are common on carbines and perhaps what yours has?

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I have a leadder sight  it is normally ?

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It was an option ?

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“Always” is a word that doesn’t go well with Winchester rifles.  The sporting leaf sight was common on the large frame rifles.  There was a carbine sight used on 1876 rifles that I think would have also been used on the 1886 carbines.  See below.  It is also of sporting leaf style.  The leaf is shorter than the sights intended for rifles.

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The Express sights (front and rear) are seen on some 1876 and 1886 Express rifles.  As is common with Winchester extras, any sight would be installed at buyer request.  Many sights were also added after the rifle or carbine left the factory.  

Some photos of your carbine would help us to determine what you have.

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 The 1886 carbine standard sight was a short carbine type ladder. On the larger caliber carbines sometimes a longer rifle ladder was used. Range gradations markings differed as did the year of introduction stamp on top. Any other sight would be special order. T/R

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Chris your sight looks like a 44A ladder-type carbine sight. It is slightly nicer than the gun, probably not original to the gun. No barrel shadow shows or hammer marks are present so leave it alone.

 My previous post was based on Arthur Pirkle’s book. If you use George Madis”s “The Sight Book” it lists the 44A carbine sight but excepts the sight in 50 express caliber. The wording is confusing. I think leave it on.T/R 

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