December 30, 2011
I have this tang sight and I'm hoping to find some more information about it. My main interest is finding out when these were made. I know of some other ones like it out there. I don't believe they are real common here and I think it's a neat sight.
Screw holes in the base match up with other tang sights I have for the 1894/92 and the overall height and angle also match other tang sights for those models (as you can see in the bottom pic). The sight is heavy and has working elevation and windage adjustment. I can't find any markings on the sight other than those for elevation and windage. It has a spring loaded pin for locking the sight stem when either folded down or flipped up. The sight stem has a purposely designed dwell when flipped up that allows it to be lightly bumped and still spring back to it's zero. Perhaps the aperture was added to the sight later? It has six adjustable aperture sizes ranging from small to super tiny. It is marked PARKER-HALE PH59 and ENGLAND.
If anyone knows about these or where I can find out more I'd appreciate hearing about it.
August 5, 2013
I'll take a shot here...the PH59 aperture is a screw in piece that fits the Parker Hale and other tang sight models. In this case, it seems mated to another PH tang sight because the tang sight here looks very similar to the Parker Hale M-10 noted in Stroebel's book (pg 138). I may be wrong but the "base" construction of the tang is pretty similar. The M-10 in Stroebel's book was manufactured at least thru 1958. All of that being said, Internet searches show the PH59 aperture mated with PH 5B and PH 5C receiver sights on rifles dated from the late 1910s-1930s. So the arrows seem to point in the direction of anywhere from the late 1910s - 1950s.
Looks like a nice sight - I'd love to hear more from the experts.
December 30, 2011
Thanks. I went right past that picture in the 1st Old Gunsights book. Then I also missed the English Gunsights part in the old Gunsights and Rifle Scopes book, maybe because what's pictured in that isn't the base for the 1894 sights...I don't know. That's on page 237 in that book and the "Midget" Six-Hole eyepiece, PH 59, is on page 240. Should have looked harder.
I wonder if they made any gun sights to fit a Winchester 92 or 94 in England from 1939-1945? I'd sure guess this sight was made pre-war by the look of the finish but I'm not positive.
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