Sight mount for a Commission Rifle?


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madmike
May 19, 2006, 12:55 AM
Yes, I have a Commission Rifle. Actually, two working and two parts guns. I also am friends with a guy with six of them. Commissioner Gordon probably has the shiniest, original matching bore you've ever seen. It does and has been digesting milsurp ball for 20 years. So have the others. No holes have been ripped in the Space Time Continuum. No one has died, though a great many eardrums have been brutalized.

I'm fully aware of the history of the rifling depth, throat size, .321 bore (not .318 or .323), the P05 and P14 variants, German, Turk, Central American and Chinese versions, the different problems with soft gilded and steel jacketed ammo, low and high pressure loadings, etc.

I say the above because I don't need to hear the Dire Warnings yet again:)

However, one of the parts guns was a new one to me--the barrel shroud was cut to a stub over the chamber area and soldered in place. It makes a dandy mounting point for a floated barrel. But shortening the barrel to 22 inches removed the front sight that had been brazed on (and the bore counterbored under that area :confused: ). There was no rear sight.

My options seem to be:

Use a bolt on Picatinny gas block from an AR, bore to fit the shroud/chamber area and use that to mount a rail, or

Drill and tap the rear of the receiver by the clip guide, and the front of it BEHIND the locking lug area, and mount a rail there. Being crazy but not dumb, I'm a little reluctant to drill a 116 year old receiver without finding out if anyone else has performed this experiment. Or

Something I haven't thought of yet.

Any ideah?

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spooney
May 19, 2006, 01:15 AM
Commission rifle? I have never heard of that. Any explanation?

madmike
May 19, 2006, 01:39 AM
http://www.turkmauser.com/gew88/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_1888_Commission_Rifle
http://www.thedonovan.com/archives/000578.html

The Germans noticed the Lebel was better than the 71/84, so had a Gewehr Prufungs Kommission design a better rifle, using the Lebel barrel, Manlicher magazine, Mauser bolt and... Hey, if you steal from more than three, it's "research.";)

It's the first modern magazine fed bolt gun. And originals with matching numbers are rare. Rebuilds are not that common anymore. All that are left are parts guns without bolts.

spooney
May 19, 2006, 03:19 AM
Interesting thanks for the explanation.

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