View Full Version : Fitting a front sight

13th Jan 2021, 09:50 PM
During a chance conversation with a work colleague the conversation turned to guns and it transpired that the lady had a .22cal Sportco in the boot of her car, it had been purchased by her partner in Darwin just before the cyclone, he had driven out into the scrub and fired some shots to try it out, a few days later the cyclone hit - their house was demolished so they headed to Adelaide. Fast forward to 1992 when the conversation took place, a quick call to the unlicensed partner confirmed he was no longer interested in the gun and 5 min later it was gifted to me along with a box of Civic long rifle (10 rounds missing).

Sadly the boot of the car was not water proof and water had penetrated the gun bag and the last 20cm or so of barrel was badly rusted inside and out, I cut the rusty portion of the barrel away leaving it 1.5cm over the legal min length, had it recrowned, floated the barrel - reshaped the stock to suit the shorter barrel, fitted a rear hold down bolt to the back of the action, made a new trigger and trigger guard to suit my short fingers and fitted a 3-9 x 40 variable scope as I no longer had a front sight. I was able to get it legally registered during a gun amnesty some years back.

The lack of front sight bothers me and now that I have my own machinery I'd like to refit a front sight - either the original held down with a single screw, or a dovetail type. My question is how do I setup the barrel so the front sight is exactly on centre and also perpendicular to the horizontal plane of the rear sight, the rear sight is dovetailed into the barrel this can be seen just in front of the scope, I can setup a dial indicator and clock up the barrel on this narrow section of dovetail but it is only around 12mm or so wide - is there a better way - I'm only going to have one shot at it and want to be sure I'm going about it the best possible way with least chance of error.

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