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Re: Rear sight
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 6 March 2014, at 10:59 a.m., in response to Rear sight, posted by Roger Blue on Thursday, 6 March 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
That's an interesting question.
My guess would be that the individual soldier would have little or no input in the decision - he would use what (at the very least) his company commander said he would. Whether the CO could/would buck authority in such a matter is unknown. However, there are conflicting references in similar cases - for example the stacking band on the carbine was apparently "optional" - some units used them, some did not. Another example would be that indivdual methods of carrying ammunition on the person were allowed to vary.
But, I think the sight issue was considered a bit more important - the powers that be were always squabbling over sights (this REALLY came to a head - involving some of the same persons - during the Krag era which followed). The Buffington sight was apparently held in high regard (to the point of being made the determinator of the nomenclature of a weapon) by the faction then in power within the OD, and it was widely retrofitted to existing arms in service. SRS is FULL of references to "M84R" for arms that clearly aren't, save for the sight with which they were fitted when viewed.
Just my $.02
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