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Thin base graduated peep sight
May 26, 2019
12:58 pm
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When does the thin base graduated peep sight first show up in catalogs?  I don't have a complete set of catalog reprints. The October 1886 catalog reprint I have still shows the thick base version of the graduated peep sight.  The mid-range vernier sight is in there and it has the thin base.

May 26, 2019
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The Nov 87 catalog is the first thin base I found.


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May 26, 2019
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 In about 1886 Winchester changed the barrel address from CT. to USA, they also changed from the thick base to the thin base. I'm sure, like any factory there is a overlap of old parts. When I see the new style part on a older gun I consider the possiblity it was added later, when I see the older part on a newer gun I think overlap. This does not bother me when it comes to sights, you can change it, but barrels do. T/R

May 27, 2019
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Thank you for this information.  At the CGCA show in Denver last weekend a few of us had a good discussion about whether sights and other changes showed up in the catalogs before or after they had been introduced to the trade.  Did the catalogs show the new sight, cartridge, rifle, etc., before they showed up in the marketplace?

I have concluded that the new sight or other change preceded its listing in the catalog.  I will say, however that Winchester had a lot of updated catalogs during the 1880's and 1890's.  They were introducing many new rifles, cartridges, sights, reloading tools, etc.

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