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Old 09-02-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up Tall Mauser Front Sight Blade Review

Hello,

A lot of folks were wanting me to make a tall Mauser blade. I kept trying to find time -- but honestly the Mosin-Nagant sights are consuming all my time.

I recently got a Gewehr 88 that shot a foot high at 50 yards. Not liking this, I set out on an internet quest to find a fix. There were suggestions of building up a sight with epoxy and bringing it down, but this is not durable enough for my tastes. I was about ready to soft solder a stock Mauser sight and use that, but then I came across a sight blank at Brownell's.


http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=3...NT_SIGHT_BLANK

Though it requires filing to fit and to sight in, it does do the job, and for less expensively than I could have produced it.

It's light but seems durable. The one I received is steel with a phosphate finish.



I fitted mine, and after filing it down to hit 1" high at 50 with 150grn light loads, gave it a barleycorn profile, then sharpened it with a carbide knife sharpener before smoothing and bluing it. (I might make it sharper -- we will see).

I highly recommend this sight. At $14.99, it's a bargain and should fit all Mausers as well as the Gewehr 88 Commission rifle (the one that ran me $37.50 -- just had to throw that in for you-know-who-you-all-are!)

I'm writing a positive review on Brownell's website, as well.

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Josh
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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This sight blade is an old friend. It was and is a life saver to Mauser competitors in Vintage Military Rifle Matches because most European military rifles are built to zero at no less than 200 yards. I have owned and fitted at least five or six of these on M24/47 Yugo Mausers, VZ24 Czech Mausers, Turkish Mausers, etc. The only Mauser I know of that will zero at 100 yards or meters was the Persian, which is the Rolls Royce of Mausers.

You are correct, Josh, this is an outstanding product that is both well made and inexpensive. Can't give it enough praise. It has been around for many years for good reason.

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Old 09-03-2011, 01:56 PM   #3
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Hi Jer,

It is new to me. I'm surprised folks where asking me to make one -- I can't compete with that price. They were telling me their sources for tall blades dried up.

Hopefully this turns folks on to a new source.

Thanks!

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