Discussion in 'Historically Accurate Equipment' started by Stantheman86, Feb 18, 2019.
Does anyone know what time frame the globe or tunnel front sight was used on target rifles?
The earliest I know of was in the 1840's/50's when special heavy percussion target rifles began to be popular. Not sure if any were around before then.
I was just curious , all or most of the repro target rifles like the Volunteer, Whitworth etc come with globe front sights.
Does that count? Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Found a couple of the general type I referred to:
Hope you like them.
That Kentucky rifle is neat
Though I don't personally know of one, I wouldn't be too awful surprised if there is a "globe" type front sight (like the ones shown in my two photo's above) on even earlier German Target Rifles. The Germans did a surprising amount of sight innovations on wheel lock and flintlock rifles. However, I don't know of documentation for their use in this country before the percussion era. That doesn't mean someone may find one or know of one I don't know about, though.
In the firearms museum in Liege, I saw both a crossbow and a matchlock with globe/tube sights, dated to the early 17th century. Both were made for royalty, so they survived. The matchlock was spectacular, had a carved palm rest lion’s head carved into the bottom of the stock. Its one of the reasons, I laugh about most HC notions that it “never” existed before it was documented. There’s been many, many clever people around since the dawn of time. Almost always, someone more clever, more inventive then the current generations. More than likely, it’s been done before.
Were either a true globe sight with either cross hairs or some kind of post or other sight in the front of the tube or sight?
Sorry for delay in replying. The lion matchlock had a standard to the 1800’s/similar dovetail post, windage adjustable with a fixed rear tube at the rear. Just a heavy metal tube about 4 inches long with a aperture hole. It appeared to be a target rifle, I’m assuming, shooting at a known distance.
The crossbow was insane, dated to 1620’s it had a globe front sight with crosshairs, fine gold wire. The rear sight was a “l-shaped “ aperture type sight with thumbscrew medium coarse windage and elevation adjustments! If it was original which it appeared to be and dated accordingly, no one can ever say that our ancestors weren’t a clever bunch. Guess they had to be to survive.
Jime: Just ... WOW!
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