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Re: 1884 experimental rifle sight?

Posted by RICHARD WHITE on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, at 12:15 p.m., in response to Re: 1884 experimental rifle sight?, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 26 May 2015, at 12:35 p.m.

The slide does not go up and down by turning the lock knob. Looks like my sight is an ordinary one that has the experimental rack slide as you mention.

What made me think the firing pin was spring loaded in the first place was that when I pressed down on the pin it rebounded on it's own. I always check for broken firing pins by moving the pin back and forth to see if both ends move in unison. In this case the pin was solid but the rebound action was unusual in an 1884 block. I thought the firing pin must have been replaced with one of the early ones with a spring. However when I removed it there was no spring on the pin and none stuck down in the tunnel. I have no idea why it behaved the way it did as there was nothing I could see to explain it.

Anyway I no longer have the breach block so it is a mute point. I mentioned it only because of the sight rack and tang screw being out of the ordinary on the same gun.

Thanks for the response.


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