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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 11:17 a.m., in response to Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield, posted by D Leat on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 10:33 a.m.
Glad we are now clear. :-)
Unless there are holes in the barrel where one was fitted as part of the conversion process, I do not believe that model originally had a rear sight.
In 1839, we are talking 17th-18th century (and before) tactics, where armies maneuvered in plain sight of one another and fired volleys on command at very short range. Rear sights were in their infancy, so far as military weapons, especially ordinary muskets, were concerned.
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