Higher front sight for Swedish M96?


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Surplussoldier
July 9, 2006, 10:32 AM
I have a Swedish M1896 but I need a taller front sight. Does anyone know where I can reliably pick up one?

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jlmurphy
July 9, 2006, 11:35 AM
I have used front sight blanks that were intentionally too tall, you simply shoot and file down until it's right. They would have come from Midway or Brownell's.

Firehand
July 9, 2006, 01:13 PM
I know Brownell's carries them, I believe Gun Parts Corp carries them, too

smince
July 9, 2006, 02:44 PM
http://www.tngunparts.com/

carries higher front sights for some surplus guns. Check with them.

Trebor
July 9, 2006, 06:11 PM
Either Samco or Sarco carries them. I always get those companies confused. It's the company who imported most the of swedes, if that helps. Do a web search for "Sarco" or "Samco" and you should find it with no problem.

Red Tornado
July 9, 2006, 10:32 PM
Samco has several listed, but I don't know about the sizing. They're +1.5, +2, etc. but I don't know how to translate that. When I find out I'll order one from them as they have some other Swede accessories I 'need'. Really I need them. ;)

As an aside, I've never changed a front sight. Can I do this at home with a punch, or do I need a front sight tool?
Thanks,
RT

Trebor
July 9, 2006, 11:39 PM
I replaced mine with a punch. You need to either have someone else hold the rifle, which is what I did, or put it in a padded vice.

I used a +1.5 replacement. My full-lengh M 96 had a minimum sight setting of 300 meters. Now at 200 yards (the distance I shoot most often) the gun is perfectly zerod when the rear sight ladder is set at about half-way between the closest and longest range settings. That gives me some room to move it back to zero at 100 yards and still gives me room for adjustment for shoots at 300 or 400 or 500 yards. Of course, none of the range markings on the sight itself correspond with the settings anymore. I believe my 200 yard zero is actually at the "500 meter" setting.

I reccomend the +1.5, based on my experience. I think it would work better and give you more room for adjustments than a taller sight.

NavajoNPaleFace
July 9, 2006, 11:49 PM
The front posts I replaced on mine were dove tailed in shape.

That required the replacements to be filed, ground, etc.

Are the new ones being sold already dove tailed? Does anyone know?

Red Tornado
July 10, 2006, 09:27 AM
Thanks Trebor, that's kind of what I thought.

I got this information over at Curio and Relic Firearm Forum. The first link gives the meaning of all the numbers, apparently millimeters, and the second link give the info to calculate how much change you need to make in the front sight.

http://p223.ezboard.com/fcurioandrelicfirearmsforumfrm45.showMessage?topicID=26.topic

http://p223.ezboard.com/fcurioandrelicfirearmsforumfrm45.showMessage?topicID=32.topic

Many thanks to Bear8mm.
RT

jem375
July 10, 2006, 06:50 PM
I put a taller front sight on my M96 also, bought it out of Shotgun News years ago, can't remember who from but the magazine is a really good one for getting parts for surplus rifles.

Surplussoldier
July 10, 2006, 06:57 PM
Found one at Brownells. Thanks!

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