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1873 tang sight
October 31, 2021
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I have ser. #70635 which appears to, at one time, have had a tang sight. There is a beaches globe on the front & I’m wondering if I were so inclined to find a replacement tang sight which model would be correct for my gun? I will probably go to Tulsa the 13th to do some shopping.

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October 31, 2021
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Darrin,

It would of been the Lyman thick based tang sight with the fine knurling  on the staff adjuster like these was the most common. Spring on the bottom stamped 73.

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October 31, 2021
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1873man said
Darrin,

It would of been the Lyman thick based tang sight with the fine knurling  on the staff adjuster like these was the most common. Spring on the bottom stamped 73.

Bob

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Thanks Bob,

I suppose they’re scarce from what I’ve found so far. I don’t anticipate having to choose from three at all of Wanamacher!Laugh

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October 31, 2021
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Darrin Smith said

Thanks Bob,

I suppose they’re scarce from what I’ve found so far. I don’t anticipate having to choose from three at all of Wanamacher!Laugh

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October 31, 2021
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Okay Bob,

I found a post from 2016 that stated, generally rifles that came from the factory had combs more squared at the front to allow for the tang sight to clear when folded down adding more incentive to investing in a correct sight. The bottom gun, #70635 is the one which previously had the sight installed. There is no mention of sights provided in the letter. It also has the beaches globe front sight which I feel would facilitate the tang sight. The top gun #57014 was 7 months earlier.

P.S. If anyone would have a sight they might consider parting with, PM me.

Darrin

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Darrin,

The top gun has a crescent butt plate and yours has a shotgun butt. The stock for the shotgun butt has a taller comb. If I remember correctly the 1886 is the only gun that the front of the comb was moved aft to allow a tang sight to lay down on factory installed tang sights. A Lyman sight will fold back without interference from the comb on any 73.

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Thank you Bob, I overlooked that in the earlier post.

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In addition to what Bob said, I have never seen a comb that was “squared off”.

November 6, 2021
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1873man said
Darrin,

It would of been the Lyman thick based tang sight with the fine knurling  on the staff adjuster like these was the most common. Spring on the bottom stamped 73.

Bob

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Bob,

I found a thick base sight for my gun. Will all tang sight screws work to mount this sight or are the thick base screws longer? 

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Darrin Smith said

Bob,

I found a thick base sight for my gun. Will all tang sight screws work to mount this sight or are the thick base screws longer? 

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Darrin,
Yes, Thick base sights need longer screws.

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