Tang Aperture Sights ???


December 26, 2008, 09:14 PM
Hey Y'All...

Something I've never gotten to do is use a tang aperture sight on a rifle.
Seems like a neat thing to try. Gotta be some "cowboy shooting" dudes out there who have tried these.

Anyone out there use one much? How do you like it and what kind of accuracy do you get with it? What make/model rifle do you have it on? Does anyone have one on a 336 or a 94 ?

Anyone ?:confused:

Thanks !

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December 26, 2008, 09:45 PM
I do not use mine for cowboy shooting, never wanted to shoot cowboys anyway, they were the good guys. I have one on a custom built Winchester Model 94 chambered in 38-55. I had the rifle built to my specs using a 26" half round/half octagon barrel and found that the extra long sight radius from tang to front sight helped me a lot. I'm over 60 and wear tri-focals and the tang sight is easy for me to use on distant targets(300 Yds).

December 26, 2008, 10:09 PM
Have tang sights on mod. '94 and '86 Winchesters.
With "over 50" eyesight I can easily hold 1.5" @ 100 yds.-if rifle/ammo are capable.

Brian Williams
December 26, 2008, 10:32 PM
I have a Marlin 1894 in 357 with a Marble's tang sight on it and it is a great gun, do a search for marlin 1894 and you will find a few pictures.

December 26, 2008, 11:41 PM
shawnee talk to tim skinner at skinner sights if you want one hes a great guy and can whip it outa his shot in a few days if its custom if he already makes it it will be shipped the same day

December 27, 2008, 10:38 AM
Yep, what he said.

I have the "over 50" eyesight and can hold about 2" groups at 100 yards when I'm doing my part. My Lyman tang peep sight came with 2 extra apertures so I'm good for target/game/lower light (sort of) hunting. I have mine on a M92 lever action in 45 Colt.

Marble, Lyman, and a couple others make the sights, and they run in the $100 or so range. The sights are all adjustable for elevation, of course, but not all of them adjust for windage.

The only 'down side' of the sight is that (on mine, anyway) the crude 'ladder type' open rear sight had to be removed so it wouldn't get in the way. It would have been nice to have kept it there for quick shots.

Anyway, I'm happy enough with mine. Good luck.

December 27, 2008, 06:41 PM
Most of us reach a point at some time where standard iron sights just don't cut it--can't see 'em. A tang sight solves that problem wonderfully!!!!

December 27, 2008, 08:02 PM
Not so fast
I have a Marlin cowboy (44mag) with a Lyman tang and a trapdoor springfield
officers with a simple tang sight.
I also have several other lever guns with reciever peep sights

Now any apeature sight is a perfect match for anyone with older eyes.

My caution on the tang sight is that it does take the position on the tang where one would normaly wrap your thumb over the tang . This will vary with the shape of the rifle grip itself and how the sight is mounted.

On my trapdoor evrything is fine but the marlin forces me to chang my grip which bug me.

The taller tang sights are quite easy to get knocked out of position.
I believe the reciever mounted peep to be a more useful sight in most cases

December 27, 2008, 08:07 PM
Durability is indeed an issue because I would be putting it on a 94 used as a woods rifle.


December 27, 2008, 08:11 PM
I shoot a Pedersoli 1874 Sharps in 45-70 with a Vernier tang sight. It's amazingly accurate. If you can see the target it's comparable to scope accuracy. If I'm doing my part it's capable of under 1" at 100 yards when shooting from sandbags. Of course, this rifle is made for long range silhouette shooting, so it rarely sees that kind of use. The only problem I have is in low light conditions it's hard to see what I'm shooting at. But, I have a hooded front sight with a circular insert instead of a conventional post front. I imagine that cuts down on the amount of light getting to my eyes. It works great for silhouette shooting, but for hunting I'd go with a post sight.

One thing I've meant to try is a Hadley cup. It replaces the standard rear aperture with one that's adjustable with different hole sizes for different light conditions.

December 27, 2008, 08:25 PM
Nhsport--Your points are well taken, and a reciever peep does a lot, but not near as good as a tang. Proper mounting can help in many cases, but still, you have a good point. Personally, though, I haven't found it to be that big a deal, factual as you are. And indeed, they tend to be a bit fragile. I like the fold down ones, though come to think of it, most are fold down. In fact, I guess I haven't seen one that isn't. At any rate, they are worth it to me. Each to his own!!

December 27, 2008, 08:33 PM
Yes-the fold down ones are good but eventually you will find yourself trying to shoot when the sight is part way down.
Not a huge issue when at the range but it could suck if it is your one shot at a trophy game animal .
These issues don't mean you shouldn't get a tang peep, just things to be aware of when makeing your choices

December 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
i had a tang peep on a savage 99, and replaced it w/ a receiver mounted peep about a year ago. much happier w/ the receiver mount.

December 28, 2008, 12:08 AM
Montana Vintage arms make superb tang sights. As compared to Lyman and other tang sights these are top of the line.
I have several of these sights, mainly on single shot rifles. I have sight bases for a couple of lever guns and just swap the staff between rifles.
Accuracy with quality tang sights is suprisingly good. As with other people responding I have over 50 eyes (way over 50). These are the only metallic sights I can see.
For hunting purposes, at little extra caution must be excersized to protect the tang sight, but when it comes time to shoot, they really are nice to use.

December 28, 2008, 10:44 AM
never did like cowboy action, but they are exelent hunting sights, i have one on a vintage 1904 winchester 1894 in 32 win spl, wich wears a lyman 1-A Tang sight, and 2 marlin 336's, one in 30-30, the other in 35 rem, both wear lyman No. 2 tang sights, and a marlin 39A which also wears a No. 2 lyman.

December 28, 2008, 12:39 PM
I have a Lyman tang sight on my Henry Golden Boy .22lr and I love it. It is a great combo. Quite a bit easier to us than the standard iron sights. I have 2 different sized apertures and use the one with the smaller hole more often. It is very quick and accurate and a dream to "plink" with.

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