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I am blessed with excellent long range vision, it's the close stuff that gives me problems. I knew it was coming so over the years I gave a lot of thought to what I'd do when I could no longer see well enough to shoot. I am a hunter now but I used to shoot a lot in BP matches, and I regulary do a lot of shooting on my home range, so I knew the end result I wanted to achieve.
So just a few years ago I checked the sights on my .54 and .40 flintlocks and I could see to shoot fine. But that same season around christmas I shot the .40 in prep of a squirrel hunt. To my dismay I could no longer shoot accurately, there were 3 distinct lines where the top of the sight should have been.
But I was prepared due to thinking about it. I made up a few peep sights I had been thinking about. These were to be small and unobtrusive, almost like they were meant to be on a longrifle. They have a small amount of verticle adustment, windage adjustment is by the front sight. The key for windage is how accurate I can drill and tap the center of the tang. There is a good bit of hand work involved but I'm a retired Tool & Die maker/Aerospace structural data SME , so it was no big problem.
I have it on both my .40 and .54 and the next rifle I build will have one also.
My vision cleared just as I needed. I know my peeps could be fancied up but I like them as they are.
No I am not selling them.
I cant believe the way the lock side is screwed on without no inletting. to add to it the wrong screws were used or the plate not counter drilled which makes the screws not flush with the plate
 

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Get a fresh prescription from your eye dr. When you get home scan it into your computer so you can email it. Get Decot shooting glasses on the line, and when you and the nice lady on the other end of the line get thru figuring out what lenses you want, and you've given her a good description of the type of shooting you're doing, she'll ask you to send it to her email. Have your credit card ready and make the payment. In a couple of weeks your new glasses will come. You'll be amazed, or at least I was on how much easier it was to get a good sight picture and shoot better with irons.
And if the VA didn't supply me with good "reading glasses", I'd be on the line to Decot also. May try them later in the year.
 

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I cant believe the way the lock side is screwed on without no inletting. to add to it the wrong screws were used or the plate not counter drilled which makes the screws not flush with the plate
turning down the screw heads and countersinking the plate seems like it wouldnt be hard for a man of your skill dets
 

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I cant believe the way the lock side is screwed on without no inletting. to add to it the wrong screws were used or the plate not counter drilled which makes the screws not flush with the plate
So I guess you are another self named gunmaker trying to "put me in my place". Well I admit I'm not a gunmaker.
You have some good eyes to see the lock side in any of those photos. " I cant believe the way the lock side is screwed on without no inletting.
Those are not screws. Those are lock bolts. Used to hold the lock in it's mortice.
What are the correct "Screws" I should use?
'' or the plate not counter drilled which makes the screws not flush with the plate"
If the side plate had of been counterbored deep enough to be flush they would be out the other side and not holding anything to the rifle.

My advice to you is to stay out of the fight. Your grammar is atrocious. You don't know the correct names of the components and you don't know anything about the meaning of even simple machining terms.
Here is another view of that rifle for you to critique.
 

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So I guess you are another self named gunmaker trying to "put me in my place". Well I admit I'm not a gunmaker.
You have some good eyes to see the lock side in any of those photos. " I cant believe the way the lock side is screwed on without no inletting.
Those are not screws. Those are lock bolts. Used to hold the lock in it's mortice.
What are the correct "Screws" I should use?
'' or the plate not counter drilled which makes the screws not flush with the plate"
If the side plate had of been counterbored deep enough to be flush they would be out the other side and not holding anything to the rifle. I could get a kid changing oil in wal mart auto center to do a better job

My advice to you is to stay out of the fight. Your grammar is atrocious. You don't know the correct names of the components and you don't know anything about the meaning of even simple machining terms.
Here is another view of that rifle for you to critique.
I dont care if you paid 20K for that rifle and they used lag bolts to hold the lock. the way that plate is mounted on the stock is a horrible display of so called workmanship. every rifle I ever saw the plate was inletted no matter how cheap the rifle was
 
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turning down the screw heads and countersinking the plate seems like it wouldnt be hard for a man of your skill dets
I am a rough framer and ANY idiot even you could inlet that plate. I would not buy the rifle after seeing that mr wise guy
 

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I am blessed with excellent long range vision, it's the close stuff that gives me problems. I knew it was coming so over the years I gave a lot of thought to what I'd do when I could no longer see well enough to shoot. I am a hunter now but I used to shoot a lot in BP matches, and I regulary do a lot of shooting on my home range, so I knew the end result I wanted to achieve.
So just a few years ago I checked the sights on my .54 and .40 flintlocks and I could see to shoot fine. But that same season around christmas I shot the .40 in prep of a squirrel hunt. To my dismay I could no longer shoot accurately, there were 3 distinct lines where the top of the sight should have been.
But I was prepared due to thinking about it. I made up a few peep sights I had been thinking about. These were to be small and unobtrusive, almost like they were meant to be on a longrifle. They have a small amount of verticle adustment, windage adjustment is by the front sight. The key for windage is how accurate I can drill and tap the center of the tang. There is a good bit of hand work involved but I'm a retired Tool & Die maker/Aerospace structural data SME , so it was no big problem.
I have it on both my .40 and .54 and the next rifle I build will have one also.
My vision cleared just as I needed. I know my peeps could be fancied up but I like them as they are.
No I am not selling them.
That rifle was built 15 or so years ago. It was my second build. Thank you for pointing out what you deem as rookie mistakes. The side plate IS inletted, it is inletted to the depth of the angle machined into the sideplate. It is not intended to be inletted flush with the wood but some rifles do require a flush fitting side plate, this is not one of them. But to know that one would need to know even a little about different type rifles and how they are constructed. That leaves you out. To be honest I have never been satisfied with that sideplate and mortice nor how it looks but it is what it is and it's good enough for me as one of my personal rifles. You make me wonder if you even remotely understand the purpose of my post.
That rifle is not for sale. Never has been. Was never intended to be. I took liberty on some things to suit me and my needs, which it does to my complete satisfaction.
I don't build anymore. But the ones I have built and sold were received happily by the customers. The customer got a rifle with a tuned lock and trigger/triggers at the requested pull weight. My locks are slick and fast with dependable quick ignition. I would not sell a rifle in any other condition.
I know some people sell rifles with gritty feeling locks and expect the customer to find someone to tune the lock for them. I feel that is an unfinished rifle and the customer is being ripped off.
Neither will I sell a rifle that has the mortices filled with wooden slivers to correct the builders obvious lack of skills. I will scrap the stock and start with a new one at my expense if the error was my fault. I never needed to do that.
Enough for now. I have better things to do than banter with an idiot.
 
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Darkhorse i meant no disrespect......all i was saying was that with the skill level you showed on the gun as a whole that if you wanted to make those changes it certainly seems that you would be able to accomplish them with very little trouble.
if i offended you i apologize
 

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I took no offense Jake. That drivel the other guy is spouting is totally off the mark. He is wrong on most all accounts but it's tough to ignore such as he. And yes, I could have done what he said if it was the right thing to do.
Don't worry about it Jake, all's well.
 

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I took no offense Jake. That drivel the other guy is spouting is totally off the mark. He is wrong on most all accounts but it's tough to ignore such as he. And yes, I could have done what he said if it was the right thing to do.
Don't worry about it Jake, all's well.
thanks it is appreciated....my dad once told me not to sweat the little stuff and my marial arts instructor told me....civility always civility....sometimes both are hard but i try to remember their words
 

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Jake, I taught Tae Kwon Do in my own school for many years. But I also worked for the Dept. of Defense and on 9/11 many things changed. There is only a handful of people who did what we did and all of us went on 12 hour days 7 days a week.
I had no choice at the time but to close the school. Subsequently I suffered a severe injury to my left leg and that ended my TKD days. I do miss it.
Once a black belt always a black belt. But that doesn't mean we must endure verbal and physical attacks on ourselves. It does however mean we should practice restraint and self control. It has been many years now since I've walked a mat and I must admit I've slipped some.
 

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Jake, I taught Tae Kwon Do in my own school for many years. But I also worked for the Dept. of Defense and on 9/11 many things changed. There is only a handful of people who did what we did and all of us went on 12 hour days 7 days a week.
I had no choice at the time but to close the school. Subsequently I suffered a severe injury to my left leg and that ended my TKD days. I do miss it.
Once a black belt always a black belt. But that doesn't mean we must endure verbal and physical attacks on ourselves. It does however mean we should practice restraint and self control. It has been many years now since I've walked a mat and I must admit I've slipped some.
well its good to know there is another MA brother in the forum. like you health issues ended my MA days but i am glad i did it and was taught by one of the most respected men in the field who by the way appears in the book "Karate Masters". my oldest daughter married a guy from the Dojo who finished 10th in the world in Italy in Karate about 7 years ago and is now a Major in the US Army military police. I worked for a small company that did R&D for the Dept of Defense so small world yes? thank you for the work you did there and on 9/11. and beyond. For me the order of the day is being happy and enjoying my time left on this rock. I understand you being offended but in the big picture the barbs and insults we are subjected to just really dont amount enough to interrupt my enjoyment of life. all that matters is that you and your past customers are happy with your work and that is something to be proud of. i wish you well on your "Endless Journey" (the title of a book written by my MA instructor)
 

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If you need bifocals get the transition lenses. Also, don’t be afraid to have them move the distance part at the top of the lenses closer to the tops of the lenses than normal.
Find a glases place that will let you, if necessary, to bring your UNLOADED guns in so they can get the proper focal points located for your sights.
I said that wrong. I should have said don’t be afraid to have them move the close, or intermediate distance portion closer to the top.
 

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TC made this type of mounts for their proprietary scopes, to fit the rear sights hole patterns on both their round and octagonal barrel rifles. Have any of you fellas ever used the set up? How did it work out for you?

TC Scope Mounts.jpg
 

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thats something i thought was beyond reach financially...i will have to check into that.
thanks for posting
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If you have sight trouble don't be a jerk and wait like i did!
I was a big chicken about anything to do with my eyes. Blind 12 feet out. Couldn't even do contacts. Stopped open sight shooting altogether when both front sights and rear sights basically "disappeared". In addition, things were really getting dark (even in full sunlight) had to go to doc. He takes one look and says you have Fuchs Disease and asks about my agent orange exposure in SEA. I say Fuchs???!!! he says "yes!" and got immediately scheduled for surgery. New donor corneas, plastic lens, and cataracts gone. One eye at time (of course) barely an hour each outpatient, one night on your back and a weeks recovery. You wake up in same exam chair they knocked you out in. Chair is wheeled into operating room and wheeled back without you knowing. Boom!! darn near 20-20 , 1000 yard vision. (unmentionables out to 600+ with open sights). Colors and brightness like never before. Can see the 100 yard target rings and even large bore hits without those fancy targets. No more scopes, Medicare cost --zero. Even paid for lodging. Why did i wait so long?????
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Mods can remove or relocate if inappropriate but gotta say it:

If you have sight trouble don't be a jerk and wait like i did!
I was a big chicken about anything to do with my eyes. Blind 12 feet out. Couldn't even do contacts. Stopped open sight shooting altogether when both front sights and rear sights basically "disappeared". In addition, things were really getting dark (even in full sunlight) had to go to doc. He takes one look and says you have Fuchs Disease and asks about my agent orange exposure in SEA. I say Fuchs???!!! he says "yes!" and got immediately scheduled for surgery. New donor corneas, plastic lens, and cataracts gone. One eye at time (of course) barely an hour each outpatient, one night on your back and a weeks recovery. You wake up in same exam chair they knocked you out in. Chair is wheeled into operating room and wheeled back without you knowing. Boom!! darn near 20-20 , 1000 yard vision. (unmentionables out to 600+ with open sights). Colors and brightness like never before. Can see the 100 yard target rings and even large bore hits without those fancy targets. No more scopes, Medicare cost --zero. Even paid for lodging. Why did i wait so long?????
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wow.....impressive
 

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wow.....impressive
My current view out front window is across a wide river (like 3/4 mile) can clearly see all the boats, folks fishing and all in brilliant detail and colors. On the range I can see both open sights clearly and hold a 6 o'clock without effort. Also get to wear either cheap non prescription safety and sunglasses for first time! Downside is a must remember to wear them when needed for eye protection.
 

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