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1895 405 WCF sights
May 14, 2014
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Any ideas on what would be appropriate sights for a 1928 vintage 1895 in 405 WCF? It currently has a marbles rear and a Lyman #6 which are not original.

May 16, 2014
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I'm going to make some guesses here so maybe that will help you narrow down a few sights or get the ball rolling.

You mentioned a Marble rear sight and a Lyman No.6. Is the Marble a tang sight? The Lyman No.6 I'm familiar with is the folding rear barrel sight.

Sometime around the time of your gun or a few years later I think the front sights will be standard Lyman No.3 front sights. My experience with Model 94s of that time and the 94/95 hybrid guns are that some have the standard Winchester 21 series front sights but they are all steel without the German silver blade. Those all steel Winchester sights come up on ebay and usually don't go for an arm and a leg.

There are a few other factory options it could have too, like the Lyman No.4 Hunting Front Sight or one of the Marble front sights of the period.

If the rear barrel has wear from a standard 22 series Winchester Sporting Rear Sight then I would look for one of them with a factory flat top and a "u" for a notch instead of a "v". In the 1925 Winchester catalog I have it's called the Sporting Rear Sight 22-A. It will have an elevator with the tab/thumb.

Those are just my guesses; maybe someone with some Model 95s will chime in.

Brad

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May 16, 2014
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Sorry about that Brad. The Marbles is a barrel sight and I was mistaken on the Lyman front. What I thought was a 6 is a 5. There is a wear mark where the thumb slide would be. I have a flat top but it has serrations on the side. Any guesses when they went from serrations to smooth sides? The serial # is 421934. I sure appreciate your help.

Jeff

May 16, 2014
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Jeff

My best guess on the serrations is that they stop sometime after 1910 or a few years later.

I think that serial number is 1926. Knowing that I think the Winchester 22-A without serrations, thumb elevator and "u" notch is one correct option.

This is a poor image from a copy of the 1925 catalog. There are several front sights that could be options for your gun in my opinion. My best guess at standard is this excerpt from the catalog under the Model 95: The rifle is regularly equipped with a sporting front sight and an open sporting rear sight with quick, adjustable sliding elevator.

Brad

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