May 4, 2013
I know the Model 71 was available from the factory with a peep sight on the bolt for which these rifles now fetch a little extra $$$, but did any come from the factory with Lyman or Williams receiver mounted peep sights? I am considering purchasing a 71 in very good condition but it has a williams peep sight mounted on the receiver. I read on a post that Winchester did D & T the receivers after around serial number 22,000. Is that true? If so this shouldnt have an affect on its "collectors value". If mine is below 22K one can only assume it was fitted after. Apologies for the lousy photo. Of course I dont know the serial number right now but will get it ASAP.
April 15, 2005
The standard rear sight for the pre-war Model 71 rifles was the No. 98A Bolt-peep, or the 22K barrel mounted open sight. After 1947, the 22K was standard. That stated, the early production Model 71 rifles could be special ordered drilled and tapped for a Lyman No. 56W, or a Redfield No. 70 receiver mounted sight. In later years (1955), the Lyman No. 66A replaced the No. 56W. The Williams peep sights were usually added by the owner.
The sight on the rifle you posted a picture of is a Lyman No. 56W, not a Williams.
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May 4, 2013
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