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1886 rear sight.
December 12, 2019
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  Chris, I have always been puzzled by the 1876, 1886, or no marking staff's. I don't know if the number refers to the gun model, sight model, or year introduced. With the marking the same otherwise, the only difference is slide width. They might have narrowed it to keep it from getting hooked on a case or scabbard, production change? I can only guess, at the end of the day, not very important. T/R 

December 12, 2019
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When I see the U notch I relate them to later sights.

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December 12, 2019
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Here's one from an 1876 Third Model s/n 59547, DOM 1888 if it helps the discussion.

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December 12, 2019
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 It looks like it has the wide slide. Is it marked 1876? T/R

December 12, 2019
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Yes, marked 1876. Sorry for the poor picture, just one I had on file already. Its a fairly high condition rifle so assuming its original.

Slide width .771, other measurements close to Chris'

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December 12, 2019
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Many thanks for your comments TR & Bob. 

Trying to look at this from another angle--the sight base doesnt have the screw, but the base dimensions and all are same as the others measured.  Was wondering if there was a leaf sight base that did not have the anchor screw.  Either way in the grand scheme of things thats how it came to me, dont intend to try and fix it.  Just let it be.  Just brings to light a number of questions to ponder over.  

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December 12, 2019
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 Chris, That sight is on a early 76, maybe the first style had no screw and on later production they added it to make it more tolerant to abuse in the down position. It's possible the staff has been changed. They used a stud post on the 62B tang sight to prevent damage to the hinge in the down position. T/R

December 12, 2019
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Found an example of a leaf rear sight without the anchor screw on a 76 in the Madis book (page 215) that is less than a thousand serial digits over mine.  Looks like it may have the "V" notch as well--hard to make out in the pixelated pic in the book.  

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December 12, 2019
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Does anyone know which sight was first ? 1-10 or 5-30 marked elevations. My 5-30 is unmarked(1876/1886) but has a V notch.

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December 12, 2019
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The 1-10 was the first one and the 0-30 came out in 1906 or 07

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December 12, 2019
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TR said
 Chris, That sight is on a early 76, maybe the first style had no screw and on later production they added it to make it more tolerant to abuse in the down position. It's possible the staff has been changed. They used a stud post on the 62B tang sight to prevent damage to the hinge in the down position. T/R  

My second model 76, #8023, 1879 date, does not have a screw and has the V notch.

December 25, 2019
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I just bought a boat load of original Winchester tang and barrel sights, one of which is an all but new in the box, long leaf rear barrel sight for a later 1886.  I say later, because it is unmarked for date.

December 25, 2019
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win4575 said
I just bought a boat load of original Winchester tang and barrel sights, one of which is an all but new in the box, long leaf rear barrel sight for a later 1886.  I say later, because it is unmarked for date.  

Nice find. Can never go wrong acquiring sights.

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win4575 said
I just bought a boat load of original Winchester tang and barrel sights, one of which is an all but new in the box, long leaf rear barrel sight for a later 1886.  I say later, because it is unmarked for date.  

Good buy, I love buying good sights.  Never know when you may need one.  Messed up some years ago when my dealer friend passed away.  He had dozens of sights that were eventually sold at rock bottom prices.  He also had a lot of ammo boxes but when these went to auction they brought more money than he was asking.  His wife gave me first pick but I didn't have much money to spend at that time. Should have borrowed the money somehow.  As is it turned out I sold 6 really good guns at auction and then bought his second best 73.

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