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Front Sight Blade
Nov 19th, 2011 at 6:12pm
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I finally have remove the filed off screws in my sporter barrel and installed a 1902 rear sight, compliments of WJU.  All I need now is a front sight blade and pin.  Does anyone have an extra sight blade and pin? I would happily pay for the parts and shipping costs.  Thanks all!
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #1 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 5:59pm
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Paul:  The slot in your front sight base looks wide to me.  The thickness of a Krag front sight blade is .050 inches.  Measure the slot of your base before investing in a replacement blade.  Reproduction blades and pins are available from S&S Firearms, Glendale, N.Y. (Their catalog can be viewed on-line).  Original blades and pins occasionally show up on e-Bay and GunBroker (search - Krag).  How were you able to salvage your rear sight mounting holes?  Are you related to Ron Steinmayer of Bloomfield Hills, Mi.?  Chuck
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #2 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:59pm
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OMG How do you know Ron??? That is my father!!!  A truly great man, he turns 79 years young in December.  Dad is responsible for getting me started in my love for the 30-40 Krag.  When I started shooting in the early 1980s (right after I enlisted in the US Navy), he educated me on the Krag and the Trapdoors.  When I saw an 1898 Krag sporter in a Mississippi pawn shop, I knew exactly what it was, so I bought it.  He then gave me his 1898 rifle in 1994.  I obtained his Garand this year, and I'm supposed to inherit his 1873 Trapdoor rifle and 1873 Trapdoor Carbine (both currently hang over his fireplace).  I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

My front sight blade slot measures 0.050 using my vernier calipers.  Maybe it looks wide because of the angle and closeness of the picture.  I can always shim the blade if necessary.  I removed the screws from the sight holes by drilling and then using a screw extractor.  I also applied a little heat and used WD-40.  The filed off screws came right out!  The idea came from you, by the way!

Paul
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #3 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 4:13am
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Paul:  We have been crossing trails without knowing it.  My wife is a long time friend of Joanne's through the Pontiac Zonta Club.  I will try getting your address through a PM.  I will send you a replica blade but it will be too thin (.045").  You can set it in place with some black adhesive or JB Weld and make your own pin by turning down a section of nail.  This will let you play at the Range until you find a better solution.  Chuck McArthur
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #4 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 7:26pm
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Wow, talk about a small world!  Joanne is a wonderful lady and dad has really come alive since she entered his life!  I will be sure to mention you the next time we talk.  I take it that you are near Pontiac then?  If you have been to Dad and Joanne's, then you have seen the Trapdoors that I hope to inherit too.  I would be honored to shoot Krags with you some day!

As for the sight blade, I will send you my address (to the email address you sent to me).  Please let me know if I'll owe you anything for the blade or for shipping!  I am eternally grateful, as I have been trying to return this sporter to a shootable condition for more than a decade.  Having a proper rear sight and blade will certainly get me there.  Smiley 

Many thanks to you sir!
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #5 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:52pm
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Glad the 1902 rear sight worked for you Smiley I have your old Redfield dialed in. Went Bear hunting but did not get a shot....although we did have a nice one running and two guys in our party missed. I saw the bear but passed on a 200 yard shot. I have not shot my krag over 100 yards. So that was WAY beyond my comfort zone.

Good luck getting the rest of your rifle together!
  
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Re: Front Sight Blade
Reply #6 - Nov 22nd, 2011 at 1:50am
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Thanks so much Bill.  The rear sight fit perfectly!  Glad that my Redfield sight helped you too!
  
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