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Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:05 pm
by Irons78
Hi all - I bought a No1 Mk3 and the seller threw in this target sight for free....I have no idea if its for a No1 or maybe a No4 (see stampings)?. If anyone could enlighten me as to what rifle this sight is for and any other info, much appreciated!

Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:19 am
by Tommy Atkins
Central was an Aussie maker so I believe its for a No1MkIII (SMLE).
IIRC there's a part missing where it attaches via a bracket similar to this which bolts to the safety screw & trigger guard(?) screw fittings?
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Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:12 am
by Techsupport
Tommy has nailed the sight.... It was the most popular range sight ever in Aus for the No1 rifle. The mount plate/ side plate for it is a little different to the one in his pics... The correct one has a row of grooves along the outside face toward the top with several screw holes to attach the sight to depending on your desired eye relief.
Not home ATM, can add pics of the plate after if nobody else gets one up before I get back.

The sight is in very good condition too, congrats. It would pull a good price here in Aus.

Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:13 am
by Techsupport
Here's some pics of the side plate... (apology for the size, they are old pics...)
Note, the side plate mounts on the dumbell (safety) spring hole with the standard screw, but will also require a slightly longer rear trigger guard screw to fit. The safety spring action is done by a small coil spring between the inside of the side plate and the safety itself.
There are a couple of slightly different types of Central side plates, but any should do. There is also a special spring loaded lockscrew for mounting the sight on the plate, the lever making it quick release and installs back to zero.
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Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:51 pm
by Tommy Atkins
Any idea of a source for those longer screws nowadays? Is someone custom making or anything?
I seem to be in the market for one as well because Karma came quickly this weekend!
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Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:00 am
by Techsupport
I seem to recall a bloke in the US by the name of Scott Stonehill(?) who was making a few of the old favourite screws a while back. A quick Google has found he was at a place called Evans Obsolete Screws...
These parts are hard to come by in Aus, so the best bet in the US might be someone like Scott. The actual screw diameter and thread angle and pitch are available... Once again, if not posted before I get home, I'll stick the sizes up later.

Re: Help with ID'ing target sight!

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:50 am
by Tommy Atkins
Thanks, somewhere I have a listing of all the L-E screw specs, I'll see if I can find it.