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Interesting Tang Sight - Who made it?
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December 23, 2023 - 5:26 pm
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Anyone ever seen one of these before? I think it’s quite interesting and wondered who the manufacturer was?

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I would guess it was made by a gunsmith or small manufacture but its not for a 73 or 76. The front hole is larger than the back hole if it was designed to have the pivot towards the front and the 73 had the same size screws for a tang sight and the 76 had the large screw in the back like most other Winchester.

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pdog72 said
Anyone ever seen one of these before? I think it’s quite interesting and wondered who the manufacturer was?

Maybe a proto Lyman from the time before he began making his own bases, selling only the staff to fit factory bases; such a thick base with spring characteristic of early factory bases.  Staff itself doesn’t closely resemble Lyman pat drawings, but no reason it should if a prototype.

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1873man said
I would guess it was made by a gunsmith or small manufacture but its not for a 73 or 76. The front hole is larger than the back hole if it was designed to have the pivot towards the front and the 73 had the same size screws for a tang sight and the 76 had the large screw in the back like most other Winchester.

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Thanks Bob. I hadn’t noticed the screw hole sizes. As far as orientation, we would usually assume the staff is positioned toward the receiver, and there’s a pin that probably limits its rotation any further.  I do see that the eyepiece is beveled on both sides, if that means anything. I just thought it looked early and interesting enough that if it was truly designed for a Winchester it might be nice to own. 

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Very nicely finished for a prototype, in my humble opinion.

 

 

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