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Re: Rear sight question for 1873

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, at 9:46 a.m., in response to Rear sight question for 1873, posted by Cary Meyers on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, at 9:08 a.m.

The screws did not change, for new production, until the advent of the Buffington sight - which of course could not utilize them. So, ANY earlier sight (73, 77, or 79) found with slotted screws HAS been changed, at some point in its' life. A miniscule exception is that handful of .45-80 long range rifles in 1881, which had slotted screws - of slightly different form - from new.

SOME - likely many - such changes were "official", and do not mean that there is anything "wrong" with the arm in question, but it introduces a variable as to the guns's history, and that DOES affect value and demand, since it allows Bubba to enter the equation. All other things being equal, an early gun with virgin slotless screws will sell quicker, and for more money, than the same gun with slotted screws. Perhaps not "fair" but still a fact of life..

SA actually sent out tools to various posts/depots to extract the old screws and cut slots in them for reinstallation. Many slotless screws are found today with two little stab marks from the extraction tool, and many are found with slightly off-center slots, as a result of this work.


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