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Tang sight ID
Jun 22nd, 2019 at 2:38pm
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Any of you guys know who might have made this tang sight?
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Reply #1 - Jun 22nd, 2019 at 2:39pm
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Reply #2 - Jun 22nd, 2019 at 10:58pm
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pmcfall wrote on Jun 22nd, 2019 at 2:38pm:
Any of you guys know who might have made this tang sight?
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Phil


It was made by Marlin in the 1800's. It's the early version of their mid range gallery or hunting sight. Later versions had the thick base with spring under the base.
Don't usually see those on the little Marlin .22 lever guns, but I've owned a few with that sight on it as a special order option. See them more often on the #2 and #3 Ballard rifles.
  

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Reply #3 - Jun 23rd, 2019 at 9:16am
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Reply #4 - Jun 24th, 2019 at 10:19am
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Found one on e-bay several years ago and with Nick Stroebel's literary help, matched it on my #3 Ballard.  I made a spring out of a metal strapping scrap and it worked fine.  I bought a Hopkins and Allen recently with one of the later similar vernier tang sights on it.  Same 1 & 1/8th hole spacing as Marlin.

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Re: Tang sight ID
Reply #5 - Sep 20th, 2019 at 10:03pm
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It's the bottom line for a tang sight from Ballard and you would think they would be easier to find and less expensive, but they are a rare find (around here at least) and cost accordingly.

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Reply #6 - Sep 21st, 2019 at 7:44am
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Stevens.
  

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Reply #7 - Sep 21st, 2019 at 9:47am
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westerner wrote on Sep 21st, 2019 at 7:44am:
Stevens.


No. A Stevens wont be the 1.125" spacing that Marlin used. They're 1.5" centers.
  

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Reply #8 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 7:41am
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Reply #9 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 11:54am
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Proof?  (And, no, not just because you said so.)

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Re: Tang sight ID
Reply #10 - Sep 25th, 2019 at 5:24pm
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Bill, prove it's a Ballard sight.

Post an advertisement or reference with a picture from a book. Strobel, Tom Rowe, Kelver. Details man, details. Look closely at the details.







  

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Reply #11 - Oct 4th, 2019 at 12:13pm
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Phil,
I finally had a moment and looked through some of my books, I'm going to agree with Wes-turner on the origin of this sight - it looks to be a Stevens.  In Tom Rowe's recent book there is a picture of a sight that closely resembles what you have.  I'd like to see another couple views of yours yet, it is all "slider" configuration? Attached is a picture out of Tom's book with the one of similar features. 
If sights interest you, Tom's book is worth having. 
Hoping Tom doesn't mind me posting a page from his book  Huh
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Reply #12 - Oct 4th, 2019 at 2:15pm
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So it looks like we are still back to the 1.125 vs 1.5 spacing. Does Tom's book have a Stevens sight with 1.125 spacing?
  
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Reply #13 - Oct 4th, 2019 at 5:25pm
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It was the spacing that made me question that the sight was a Stevens (sorry, Joe) since to the best of my knowledge Winchester, Marlin, Stevens, et al. only sold tang sights that fit their guns.

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Reply #14 - Oct 4th, 2019 at 8:42pm
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I'll look tonight and see if any of the Stevens he has listed have the smaller spacing.  I'm not convinced that the sight is a Stevens - it's just that the side profile matches and the slider feature does hint Stevens.  Does the sight on Phil's rifle have original Ballard spacing or is it possible the base is modified?  I have an original Winchester sight that someone modified to fit a Stevens 44-1/2 - one has to take a second look to see the modification.
  

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