Coins used for making front sights?

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  1. May 14, 2018 #1

    Shive62

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    I thought i saw a front sight made from a coin. Silver of course anyone know of who makes them?
     
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    Don Steele

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    Mike Davis made 2 front sights for the SMR he built for me using a Silver Dollar. http://davislongrifle.weebly.com/
    I don't know if he'll just make a sight, but it don't hurt to ask.
     
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    There was a big fad a couple of years ago in the BPCR community of making a front site out of a indian head penny.
     
  5. May 21, 2018 #5

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    FWIW, I used a silver sight for many years on my flint longrifle. Never really liked it as glare was always a problem. Had to blacken with a Sharpie to use. Had a white bone front sight on another, still got some glare but not as bad. Personally, I prefer a black, Patridge type. The black post will contrast well with most backgrounds. If it gets too dark out to see, that is when it is time to go home.
     
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    (Emphasis added is mine)
    Good point. I like the Silver dollar front sight Mike put on my rifle for it's esthetic value, but I keep it "blacked out" when shooting in bright sunlight.
     
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    Foxfire 5 has a section by Hershal House. He makes a front sight with a old, worn quarter (silver) and soldered it to copper base. that was dovetailed into the barrel. I did the same and it worked really well. BTW, if the coin is that worn, it's really not worth more than the value of the silver. You could also go to TOTW or Dixie and get German silver.
     
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    Don, to keep the sunlight from screwing up your sight picture, you must keep the front and top edge of the sight flat. If it's rounded, you have a tendency to shoot to the sunny side 'cuz that side is brighter and that's what you center on. I learned that the hard way. Luckily, the sight was high enough that I could file it flat.
     
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    Don Steele

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    Thanks Joe.
    That's something to keep in mind. :hatsoff:
     
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    Most coins are too thin for my eyes....and seeing I prefer a blade that's .100 thick, a silver insert is soldered into the slightly angled face of a steel blade. Some might think that .100 is too thick and might cause inaccuracy, but the 100s of head hit squirrels disputes that.

    An advantage of this blade is the lack of glare.....Fred
     
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    Hi,
    A square front post sight and a square cut rear sight and a hi intensity flash light works well in dim light :shocked2: :grin:
    Fred
     
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    I made all of mine with a silver quarter silver soldered into a brass base and dovetailed into the barrel. One rifle I tried a steel blade but when in the dark woods I threw down on a couple of deer moving past me and I thought the front blade had fallen out. I put it up and down with the same result and when I felt it it was there but I couldn't see it. From then on I went with silver (squared off in back and top).
     
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    I'm on rifle no. 6 and every one of them has a silver coin front site soldered into a dove-tailed base. Never had much of an issue with glare.
     

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