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Lyman 15 Windgauge Rear Sight
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May 25, 2023 - 1:43 am
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I never heard of this sight before I got a Winchester 1886 that had the sight mentioned in the letter. I was looking around the Colorado Collector’s show in Greeley, Colorado and found one. After some investigation, I found it is an extremely rare sight. It is listed in the Lyman catalog and illustrated as to how it was fit on the tang of an 1886 rifle.

Here is a picture of the catalog and the sight itself…

 

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In addition to finding the rare sight to complete your extremely unique rifle, the adjustable aperture disc was a nice bonus. I enjoyed seeing it in person and chatting for a bit. Nice job!

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Shrapnel said After some investigation, I found it is an extremely rare sight.

You were lucky to find one at that show, but they show up on ebay from time to time, including this one that sold recently: # 404207708542.

Another one is currently listed.  They remained in production for many yrs, but for obvious reasons, weren’t popular.  After all, on a hunting rifle, the windage adjustment is usually made once, then (if you’re smart) left alone.

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Thanks for the commentary on the original Lyman sight and the photo and reproduction from the catalogue.

 

In the absence of an original, would a modern Lyman Sight (Rifle Lyman Style Tang Peep Sight | Taylors & Co. (taylorsfirearms.com)) be “period correct” for my 1886?

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In the absence of an original, would a modern Lyman Sight (Rifle Lyman Style Tang Peep Sight | Taylors & Co. (taylorsfirearms.com)) be “period correct” for my 1886?

NO, NO, NO, even if there weren’t many original Lyman tang sights for sale on ebay!  These repros are hideous on anything but a repro gun.  Ditto for the Marble’s repros.  If your gun was made after 1905, an original Marble’s (which I like better than Lymans) would also be period correct.  The Marble’s “Flexible” was made to move backwards if struck by a long-throw bolt as on ’86s & ’95s.

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 I will add another NO to Clarence’s three NO’s.

 Depending on year of manufacture and caliber get a period correct original Lyman to match the condition of your gun. The 3-400 dollar sight will hold it’s value  and can be sold separate from the gun later for what you paid. These sight show up on EBAY. T/R

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