Sights for colt open top B&C revolvers 1851, 1860,etc?
Have any of you ever put an adjustable rear sight on a Colt open top & a front sight to match the highth of it? If you did, do you mind telling how you did it?
Not enough "meat" on the recoil shield/frame rear for adj rear sights. But....on the front the trick is to get rid of the bead, and have a taller sight dovetailed into the barrel. A really good gunsmith, Nate Kiowa Jones in Orange TX, does this.
You might also check into getting the hardened firing pins put in - the sorta soft originals have a tendency to peen after a while. Mine did.
I shoot a pair of OTs in .38, 4.75" barrels, with nothing but BP cartridges!
thanks for the informant reply. I think I`m just going to install a universal picatinny rail on the barrel that wiil extend back over the cylinder & mount the sights (front & rear) to it. I have 3 B&C open tops, so one will be my exspeimental one.
Now that I didn't think of...pix required when done!
I will post pic when I get it done, but will be awhile as I got to get my sh%$t together before starting the project.
I really want to see a caplock revolver with a rail!
you will when it`s finished. couple or 3 weeks if everything goes right. Trying to get hold of a friend of mine to drill & tap the barrel.
it seems really functional... but... sorta sacrilegious....
It`s not like I`m doing this to an oridgeble, it`s a 1851 replica & they are a dime a dozen
I've removed the original brass stump...installed a taller front bead..and filed the hammer notch to sight these in.
For as cheesy as the Colt style repro's I've owned were...they do tend to shoot nice.