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Re: Pete...do you have a rear sight?

Posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 1 October 2012, at 7:34 p.m., in response to Pete...do you have a rear sight?, posted by Bob Meyer on Monday, 1 October 2012, at 5:05 p.m.

Well, Bob - - I think we are in luck! About 7 or 8 years ago I got on a "TRAPDOOR Parts" kick (Lock Plates, Rear Sights, Firing Pins, etc.) and started looking through all of Red Daugherty's and Ed Knisely's little "TRAPDOOR Treasures" plastic compartmented boxes at the OGCA Meetings at Wilmington. I was really concentrating on the parts for the later Models (1873 Early/Late, 1884, etc.), but I must have figured that I should really represent the WHOLE TRAPDOOR HISTORY. Anyhow, I have one of the 6-compartment Plano Plastics (Plano, Illinois) Model 3450 boxes right at the bottom of the big drawer containing the Rear Sights and the other small stuff, and the label on the box reads:

THE VARIOUS TYPES OF THE REAR SIGHTS FOR THE SPRINGFIELD "TRAPDOOR" .58-60-500 R/F MODEL 1865 "1st Allin"; ,50-70-450 C/F MODEL 1877 "2nd Allin"; AND .50-70-450 MODEL 1868 and MODEL 1870 CAVALRY CARBINES AND SERVICE RIFLES.

And the box I have:

a (1) Model 1865 Rear Sight. b) (2) Model 1866 Rear Sights. and c) (1) each of the Model 1868 and Model 1870 Rear Sights

in just about "mega-minty" condition and all with the single spanner-type flanged screws and leaf springs. I looked at the side-by-side photograph of both the M1868 and M1870 Rifle Sights on Page 70 and also Page 76 of Al's "THE .45-70 SPRINGFIELD, BOOK II (1865-1893" to verify the profiles of the V-Notches of each type, and I do indeed have one of each. Both of the Sights are graduated on the rear face of the leaf "2, 5, 7, 9", and the stamping is virtually "minty", as is the blue/black finish - - all over.

And since you are also an "old buddy of mine" you are welcome to either one - - or both - - of them. I am currently in the process of thinning out all of my collections (including my 12 TRAPDOOR Rifles and 6 Carbines; my WWII handguns; and my (5) vintage Single Action Army .45LC and Percussion Colt Revolvers - - and some collector ammo) as part of my current household downsizing efforts).

Let me know where to send whichever sight you want (or both).

With very best regards,

PETE


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