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Sight Reference Books
June 9, 2015
12:13 am
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What books would you guys recommend as the best source for information on old Winchester sights?  I’ve been watching for a copy of Madis’ “The Sight Book” and a copy of Stroebel’s “Old Gunsights”.  Are there others you’d recommend over these?  Which of these two do you feel is the better book if you were to buy only one of them?


Thanks for any help.  If you have an extra copy of these that you’d like to part with, please PM me the details.



June 9, 2015
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You want both books but if I only could buy one I would get Stroebel’s book since it covers more than Winchesters sights.


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June 9, 2015
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I agree with Bob, I use the Stroebel book far more than the Madis book because it covers more sights.  The Madis book is good for the fine tuning. 

You may have already seen these websites, but if not, abebooks.com and alibris.com both deal in rare and out of print books.   May try there, however pricing may not be optimal.  Just like guns, some folks think their books are worth way more than they really are. 

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June 10, 2015
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I would also look for older Lyman catalogs (maybe other manufacturer’s catalogs too) besides those books.  I’ve found catalogs at gun shows that were not collector condition or anything but they have a lot of information in them and can also be bought cheap.  They might even have some of the inserts with total sight dimensions and application codes, etc.



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June 11, 2015
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Anybody use Tyler’s book, “The Reference Guide of Winchester Standard Sight Equipment”. It is mostly drawings. A lot like Madis.

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