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Old January 30th, 2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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Mystery iron sights. A little help please?

I have recently been charged with trying to sell off a boatload of old USGI M14/1A, Garand and Carbine parts and have had pretty decent success thanks largely to the guys on this forum. But recently I came across a handful of mystery iron sights that I cannot for the life of me identify. At this point my curiosity is as much a driving force to discover what they are as the need to finish liquidating these parts. So any ideas gentlemen?
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Old January 30th, 2017, 12:24 PM   #2
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Adjustable rear sights for pistols. Looks like some
Mec-gar types.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 12:41 PM   #3
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Quite possibly rear sight for a ruger 22 semi auto target pistol. Like the mark series. Hard to tell I'll look at one when I get home and verify.

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Quite possibly rear sight for a ruger 22 semi auto target pistol. Like the mark series. Hard to tell I'll look at one when I get home and verify.
they do look similar to a degree, the adjustments are essentially the same as the Mark sights but I haven't seen any that are exactly like these. the machining on these is much more simplistic. they're pretty crude looking

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Old January 30th, 2017, 01:07 PM   #5
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Hello, Pipestone.
Wasted Ammo is close. Took a look at a Ruger MKII Target but, Slightly different from this one. It's missing an small screw on top left side at rear,(before app. blade) at lest the one I'm looking at. Yet, it looks very close.. to an Rugers rear sight... Maybe one for the base/standard model.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #6
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at the moment I suspect they may possibly be early 1911 adjustable sights, but I am not positive by any stretch

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Old January 30th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #7
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They may well be aftermarket 1911 adjustable rear sights. They don't look, to me, like Ruger sights, but I don't have one handy to look at. My guess would be that since they're amongst a bunch of USGI-type military parts, they're probably for a 1911. I would try one in a rear sight dovetail and see.

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It looks a lot like a "Micro" rear sight for a 1911. A favorite for the Bullseye bunch years ago, and used on a lot of the US Military "Match" .45s. As previously mentioned, if you don't have a 1911 slide, measure the dovetail, should be around .330".

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Old January 30th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #9
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Found these on line looking, check against yours. I remember shooting them back in the '70s, don't remember if military models were marked with manufactures name or not, that's why I included the one with the arsenal stamp.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #10
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Concur 1911 sights.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 05:34 PM   #11
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This is the reason I recommend that any spare parts you have be "bagged and tagged" so when you pass your family will not be trying to figure out what the parts go to.

Also do it so I can remember.

I oil and bag spare parts with manufacturer, type of firearm, and price paid.

Think about it, would you want to have your stash of spare parts tossed in the "round file" or sold for scrap metal because a decendant had no idea what they are, didn't want to take the time to determine what they are and what they are worth.

I, myself have over 1k of spare parts and tools just for the M1A, plus enough spare parts, less receivers and barrels, to rebuild every rifle or handgun I have, still working on some "kits".

Those sight parts may only be worth 50 bucks or so today, but who knows what they may be worth years from now?

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Old January 30th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #12
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I was wrong.

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Hello, Wasted Ammo.
If, it were me. I would prefer to use the phrase; "I was not correct". Yes, basically, the same. But, it sounds; so much better... Yet, that's just me...
The way I would look at it, is.
You are correct... That, they are rear sights, adjustable (match grade or target), are for a handgun/pistol; (not a rifle). But, yet, not correct; for a Ruger MK style pistol.
Were/are you wrong??? No, you're just not correct... Do you see the difference???
The OP Pipestoneinc, Asked, to discover "what they are" and for "any ideas"... You were correct on 3 out of 4. Just no cigar on the final answer.... "What they are" "for", which, he never really asked; that's just what we came up with....
So, you only get a blue star, not a gold star to put on the refer door... Again, Just my way of thinking.....
Someone, once said. "Never admit defeat". I must have thought it to mean "never admit you are wrong". But, of course, if you are married, you know the rest of the story.... Yes, dear.....

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This is the reason I recommend that any spare parts you have be "bagged and tagged" so when you pass your family will not be trying to figure out what the parts go to.

Also do it so I can remember.

I oil and bag spare parts with manufacturer, type of firearm, and price paid.

Think about it, would you want to have your stash of spare parts tossed in the "round file" or sold for scrap metal because a decendant had no idea what they are, didn't want to take the time to determine what they are and what they are worth.

I, myself have over 1k of spare parts and tools just for the M1A, plus enough spare parts, less receivers and barrels, to rebuild every rifle or handgun I have, still working on some "kits".

Those sight parts may only be worth 50 bucks or so today, but who knows what they may be worth years from now?
My boss actually packed all of these parts away back in the 70's when he shut down his gunshop in Illinois to move to TN. He told me recently he didn't ever imagine any of this stuff would be worth more than scrap price lol. He also told me he used to have about a hundred times more of it before employees started liberating it from under his nose while he was away from the shop here in TN. cases of nato ammo, blackpowder firearms and supplies.....pretty much everything to do with firearms. He said by the time he noticed it most of the stuff was gone.

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Found these on line looking, check against yours. I remember shooting them back in the '70s, don't remember if military models were marked with manufactures name or not, that's why I included the one with the arsenal stamp.
Hey Hey, I think we have a winner! Thanks Willard. And everyone else that chimed in to help us all zero in on what exactly these are. I was pretty positive they had to be for US issue sidearm being that they came out of one of many many boxes my boss dropped on my desk that were full of sweet rare US rifle parts from the last 100 years or so. but after looking at those images you posted, I'm sure of what they are. Although I do not see any arsenal stamps or manufacturers info on any of the 10 that I have. So manufacturer remains a mystery. But amongst all of this stuff I've been sifting through over the past month I have also found NM sight bases and flash suppressors and gas cylinders that were not marked or parkerized.....they were clearly machined exactly as the NM parts were, it was like they never made it past machining (though these 1911 sights obviously have). I'm telling ya' , I've never seen so many cool oddball parts in my life.

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