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1884 experimental rifle sight?

Posted by RICHARD WHITE on Tuesday, 26 May 2015, at 11:34 a.m.

Hi, I have an unusual model 1884 Trapdoor rifle Buffington sight that I have been told may be an early experimental sight. It has groves milled into the backside of the elevation slide. I have read that a rack and pinion elevation adjustment was tested on an early experimental Buffington sight. Could these groves be related to that? I have not seen them on other sights I have seen. The serial number of the rifle the sight was on is 291097. Any idea what the groves are all about? I can email photos if requested. Thanks, Richard

P.S. This same rifle had an unusual domed top tang screw and a steel firing pin that felt like it had a return spring on it but there was no actual spring inside.


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