February 28, 2013
I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to obtain a copy of George Madis’ "The Sight Book", and will continue the effort until I’m successful. In the meantime, are there any public domain references that document the appropriate and correct sights with the production antique Winchester lever action rifles?
This is easily the largest hole in my knowledge of collecting. Any help would be appreciated.
November 9, 2008
July 7, 2011
You can still get his book from Mrs. George Madis. Search on George Madis and get the contact number.
Here is the site.
Old Gunsights by Nick Stroebel is another good book to have.
December 30, 2011
"The Sight Book" and "Old Gunsights" work best together in my opinion. If you really want to get into it, start buying catalogs: Winchester and Lyman, or if you get interested in later guns, include Marbles, King etc. I picked up a 1951 Stoeger catalog the other day and that has a lot of information in it on later sights and what was available.
As far as public domain goes, I hope this project I’m working on here in the forum grows to have a lot of information in it. If you have an idea on what the period sights should look like, sift through gunbroker auctions or other internet sales also. There are original sights on some of the guns there and the pictures are good in some cases.
There is some overlap from Winchester model to model, so some of the sorting is not just by model but by time period, calibers and trends in ammunition.
January 26, 2011