Looking to make a few rifle rear iron sights. Any hints or tricks?

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  1. BCRider

    BCRider Member

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    For a few oddball reasons I'm looking to make up a few rear sights for some rifles I have on hand. I'm wondering if any of you have done something like this and might have a few hints on best methods. Fancy joints within reason are not out of the question since I've made my own cutters and I'm not above the idea of custom grinding files to trim things with files that have safe edges and such. I've also got a pretty good home shop of machine tools. So suggest away.

    And before you suggest it, I've looked around and bought a couple of used sights for a couple of other rifles but still need to make a few oddball custom ones for some specific reasons. And around these parts they are still oddly expensive.

    If you're wondering I'm a big vintage "boy's rifle" fan with around ten of them now. But my old guy eyes cannot deal with the often tiny "v" notches and fixed pistol style sights. But I do like shooting low power ammo through them. Also I'm looking to make some new sights for my cowboy action rifles instead of using the buckhorn sights... which I hate... even modified I still hate them....
     
  2. SC45-70

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    I make sights all the time. I start with an angle iron, cut a small piece and machine to shape.

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  3. beag_nut

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    I have made a couple of peep (aperture) sights, because the ones being offered for sale do not get the peep close enough to one's eye. They work very well. The main problem is mounting onto the receiver, or tang.
     
  4. Armored farmer

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    Very nice work.
    You can buy all kinds of sights from www.trackofthewolf.com
     
  5. BCRider

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    SC45-70, that's really nice work you did on that one. And good use of stock shape and carving away the rest. I'll keep that in mind for other applications and might just "borrow" your shaping and styling cues.... :)

    But it's not the style I'm looking to make at the moment. What I'm after is more of the 3 part construction with the dovetail block, leaf spring then sight block. It's not the sight block or dovetail base that I'm worried about. It's how best to make and join the leaf spring in a durable manner and still allow for the step ramp to make elevation changes.

    Armored farmer, I looked over their offerings and can't see the sort of thing I'm after. THIS is more the style I'm looking at picking up and modifying or after and looking to make. But with the odd rear shapes I want to try in a couple of cases not with the moveable "V" plate like this has.
     
  6. Blue68f100

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    Just silver solder the spring arm to the base. The heavier part at the base does not flex anyway. Just the thinner part where the notch is at.
     
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    Here's a peep I added to a 10/22.
     
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    Beag_nut, that's truly resourceful ! I've done a couple of oddball adaptions like that too. But this time around I'm looking for something more traditional since I'm limited by the SASS rules. But I LIKE it ! ! !
     
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    Good point. I'm leaning to the style with the slot and single piece ladder. So the parts to either side of the slot will be the parts that flex.
     
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    Thanks, I had totally forgotten about that style. Or or two of the project rifles will get that style. I like the fact that even with click notches that the steps will be very fine.
     
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    Hah! American ingenuity at it's BEST! Won't find anything as nice as that at Walmart.
     
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