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Tall Mauser Front Sight Blade Review

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Joshua M. Smith, Sep 3, 2011.

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  1. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Member

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    Hello,

    A lot of folks were wanting me to make a tall Mauser blade. I kept trying to find time -- but honestly the Mosin-Nagant sights are consuming all my time.

    I recently got a Gewehr 88 that shot a foot high at 50 yards. Not liking this, I set out on an internet quest to find a fix. There were suggestions of building up a sight with epoxy and bringing it down, but this is not durable enough for my tastes. I was about ready to soft solder a stock Mauser sight and use that, but then I came across a sight blank at Brownell's.

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    Though it requires filing to fit and to sight in, it does do the job, and for less expensively than I could have produced it.

    It's light but seems durable. The one I received is steel with a phosphate finish.

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    I fitted mine, and after filing it down to hit 1" high at 50 with 150grn light loads, gave it a barleycorn profile, then sharpened it with a carbide knife sharpener before smoothing and bluing it. (I might make it sharper -- we will see).

    I highly recommend this sight. At $14.99, it's a bargain and should fit all Mausers as well as the Gewehr 88 Commission rifle (the one that ran me $37.50 -- just had to throw that in for you-know-who-you-all-are!)

    I'm writing a positive review on Brownell's website, as well.

    Regards,

    Josh
     
  2. Dean1818

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    When I first got my yugo, I bought the tall-sights and they worked very well.

    It was sort of funny, when I sighted it in at the range, the people around me were sighting in their rifles with the "Click" of the adjustments on thier scopes.

    I brought a FILE to set the proper height..........LOL

    Fred Flintstone meets George Jetson


    It did work well though
     
  3. dirtyjim

    dirtyjim Member

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    i've also found czech vz-24 front sights to be slightly higher than your standard m98 front sight & have used them to correct rifles that shoot high.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    Hmmm -- why not leave the front sight in the square profile and open up the rear sight with a rectangular file to make it fit? That should give you a much better sight picture.
     
  5. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Member

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    Hi Vern,

    I really like the pinpoint precision of a thin blade. As I get older, though, I'll likely start keeping them square.

    Regards,

    Josh
     
  6. Vern Humphrey

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    Actually, most people get better precision from a "black wall" or Patridge-type sight. That's a flat top and a square rear notch. To get precision, simply center the target or desired point of impact on the front sight.

    The Mauser-style "barleycorn" sight is difficult to center properly -- as your eye is drawn to the sight, the sides of the notch become less clear.
     
  7. Mike J

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    Thanks for posting Joshua. I had been thinking of getting one of those sights. I have an old 7mm Spanish Mauser that was given to me years ago. I have never fooled with it much as it hits right about 8 3/4" high at 100 yards or less. I believe they sat it up to be on zero at 300 yards or meters (300 is stamped into the rear sight blade). I was actually thinking about picking up a rear sight also. I believe Brownells had them. If anyone knows a better source I would appreciate your sharing it.
     
  8. FlyinBryan

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    very cool.

    i did a rediculous thing with my 91/30 front sight that was too short here while back.

    i used a small piece of heat shrink tubing, and heat shrinked it onto my front post, and while it was still hot and soft, i pinched it together so it comes to a point, and trimmed it off to proper length. its very soft and pliable before its heated, and while its still warm afterwards, but cools to a very hard plastic like substance. being pointed now on top, its much more precise than it was before.

    EDIT: i just saw your website with your mosin front sights with the red fiber optic tip, and that is just too cool for school. far superior permanent solution than my heatshrink. (plus the red tip would be awesome for my less than raptor-like vision!
     
  9. Onmilo

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    $37.50 for a G-88 Commision rifle!?
    Man, you were ripped off!;)
     
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