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Lyman tang sight question.
April 27, 2021
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Good Morning All;

Not exactly a Winchester question but maybe you all will bear with me this one time.

I have a Lyman tang sight that is marked with an A on the under side which Nick Stroebel’s book on gun sights says that it is for a Sharps. The hole spacing is the same as for 94’s, 92’s and others. What is the difference between this sight and the ones marked D, DA etc? Thank you for any info and/or comments.  RR

April 27, 2021
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Win61 said

I have a Lyman tang sight that is marked with an A on the under side which Nick Stroebel’s book on gun sights says that it is for a Sharps. The hole spacing is the same as for 94’s, 92’s and others. What is the difference between this sight and the ones marked D, DA etc? Thank you for any info and/or comments.  RR  

How can you sell a new sight to a customer who already has one with the correct hole spacing?  You tell him it’s not “correct,” he needs one with a minor difference in the stem height & a different code marking.  The D was for ’92s & early BP ’94s, DA for smokeless ’94s; the rifles don’t know the difference.  As for the Sharps, it’s possible the upper tang has a slope to it different from a Winchester.  Have you tried your A on a Winchester to see if it sits properly on the tang, with the stem vertical?  I would think it’s quite a rare variant.

April 27, 2021
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Yes, I have mounted this sight on a model 94 and it fits fine. Having very little knowledge on the Sharps rifle I thought there may be something a little different with the Lyman sight. As far as I can tell the only difference between the A sight and a DA marked sight is the elevation lines on the stem. The A sight has 26 lines per inch where as the DA sight has 20 lines per inch and the D marked sight has 24 lines per inch.  

Clarence – Thank You for your comment.

RR

April 27, 2021
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Win61 said
Yes, I have mounted this sight on a model 94 and it fits fine. Having very little knowledge on the Sharps rifle I thought there may be something a little different with the Lyman sight.

Now all you have to do is find a Sharps collector who’ll pay $500 for this rare sight–if he’s a Sharps collector, he’ll think that’s cheap.

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