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Ballard-Pope front sight?
Jul 12th, 2011 at 12:48pm
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Hello everyone, The post by SSShooter about front sight clamp, got me wondering...I have a Pope-Ballard .22 L.R. prone rifle.  It is set up with scope blks., and there are filler screws in tang.  at top of brl., about 1/2" back from muzzle, there is a small round headed filler screw...only 1.  The rifle is stocked with a high comb, so that a tang sight wouldn,t be able to fold back.  But would have to be removed for cleaning, and transport.  What kind of front would that have been?  I wonder if it was intended to be used in conjunction with a tube sight..seeing the inconvience of removing that tang sight all the time?  Plus the fact, there is no wear or marks thru case-colors to show a sight base was ever mounted on tang.   There is slight bluing wear around brl. at this point showing some type of clamp or slip-on type fixture was used.  Thanks alot!
  
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Re: Ballard-Pope front sight?
Reply #1 - Jul 13th, 2011 at 7:54am
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Probably just some home made front sight block. You really only need one screw to hold on a block if it is V-shaped or contoured to the barrel on the bottom. Rebuilt single shots had to endure a lot of home made gadgets and terrible looking stocks.
  
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Re: Ballard-Pope front sight?
Reply #2 - Jul 14th, 2011 at 10:44am
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The fact it has tang plug screws, or threaded holes for a tang sight, doesn't mean it ever had a tang sight. All #3 Ballards (and almost every Ballard) had the tangs drilled and tapped for a tang sight. Many never got a tang sight, and so the holes were plugged at the factory.
Many Pope barrels are cut for dovetails to use Pope scope mounts, but many were set up for custom sights too. Hard to say what was in that hole once it got separated from the barrel, but it may have been some sort of base attachment for benchrest shooting that kept the gun vertical.
  

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