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1892 rear sight
March 18, 2014
6:34 am
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I was wondering if on the rear sight of a 1892 were there different configurations of that little insert plate that is held in place with a set screw. On my newly aquired rifle in 32-20 that insert is more or less a U shape with a very small cut/groove going straight down from the bottom. I have heard talk of buckhorn sights and various different shapes but did not know if they could be interchanged in the 1892’s


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March 18, 2014
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I can’t speak specifically to 1892s, but Winchester used many of their rear sights on several models. If the width for the insert is the same I suppose you could interchange them. I haven’t had reason to do that myself yet. The drawings used in The Sight Book by George Madis show some of those differences. In some cases on later sights that small V cut/groove in the insert or leaf became a U or the applicable sight for that particular gun was changed.

One other thing I’ve noticed on some guns is that the insert will be filed or otherwise modified to make a deeper or lower notch. In some cases I think that was an attempt to keep using the same factory front and rear sights with the increasing velocities of factory ammunition.



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November 5, 2014
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They should all be interchangeable.  Just be careful in removing or installing the inserts and make sure you slide them on or off.  Up or down doesn’t matter but they need to slide off as the edges of the insert, as well as the groove, are beveled.


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