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Trying to ID an uncommon 1894 rear sight
February 14, 2019
6:28 pm
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I have looked through a few sight books and I can't find an exact match on this rear sight so I am hoping someone here can help.  The rifle is an 1894 Deluxe TD and it has what I would call a "folding leaf express" but I don't know if you would call it a 2 leaf or 3 leaf since there are actually 3 leaves but only 2 are folding.  Anyhow, I have a factory letter on it and it does not call out the sights so I can't confirm it that way, but this rifle is all original and since it takes a larger barrel dovetail to fit this sight I can't imagine it is a replacement.  Anybody have an opinion on what it is called?

 

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February 14, 2019
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Brian Mathews said
I don't know if you would call it a 2 leaf or 3 leaf since there are actually 3 leaves but only 2 are folding. 
 

  

The standing leaf is counted, making this a 3-leaf sight.  What's odd is that it's not illustrated in any of the WRA catalogs I checked, only the 4-leaf models.

February 14, 2019
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clarence said

The standing leaf is counted, making this a 3-leaf sight.  What's odd is that it's not illustrated in any of the WRA catalogs I checked, only the 4-leaf models.  

Thanks for the reply, Clarence.  That's what is making this difficult to search on, because if you search for anything with "3 leaf" you get dozens of the regular express sights and nothing that looks like this.

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February 14, 2019
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That is not a Winchester factory sight. It is something added. Likely a sight applied in England. It is similar to those found on Holland and Holland retailed guns etc.  Does it have foreign proof marks?

February 14, 2019
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Austin said
That is not a Winchester factory sight. It is something added. Likely a sight applied in England. It is similar to those found on Holland and Holland retailed guns etc.  Does it have foreign proof marks?  

If not made by WRA, I wonder if the 3-leaf sights were also English-made, because they look identical except for the no. of leaves; might have been cheaper to import them than set up a production line for a seldom called for sight.

February 15, 2019
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clarence said

If not made by WRA, I wonder if the 3-leaf sights were also English-made, because they look identical except for the no. of leaves; might have been cheaper to import them than set up a production line for a seldom called for sight.  

This sight is much different than Winchester leaf sights. Winchester leaf sights use the standard 3/8" dovetail in addition to a screw at the rear. This "English" looking sight is entirely dovetailed in.

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