September 22, 2011
July 31, 2005
“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.
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.
I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder
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