- Aug 27, 2004
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I am no expert by a long shot, but yesterday I was at the range shooting flintlock and the owner came up to me and was telling me about a sight he adjusted on a unmentionable pistol. He said he marked the exiting sight and then put in the new sight. It was way off when he shot it. Marking is not good enough for me. After the range trip yesterday I needed to adjust my new flintlock for windage. The photo shows how I do it. The barrel is in the vice along side a steel plate. I attach a small square coming off perpendicular to the barrel so as to have the calipers at the the same degree of angle each and every measurement. I take reading of existing sight placement and then with a brass punch drift the sight over and take another reading. When the sight is in the adjusted position, I then peen a sharp punch mark against the dovetail. My dovetails are tapered from L to R. I my case I had to go to the left making the sight loose. Had I needed to go the other direction, the peening would not have been necessary. This info is nothing new for us old shooters, but it is always good to help out the newbies.