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Lyman tang sights production dates

Posted by Rustyjack on May 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello MIckey

Thanks for letting me join your site.

Hoping you can answer a question about Lyman tang sights on a Winchester 1890.

What was the production period for the Lyman No. 1 (not 1A) marked WS for the model 1890?

Would it be correct and original to find one on a 1917 production rifle?

Thanks and hope you are feeling well.


Lyman 1A SL tang sight

Posted by Fez on December 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Is there a list on the hole spacings for mounting of the rear tang type sights? I'm looking for a Lyman 1A SL tang sight for my Winchester model 1907 351. Will the Lyman model SM (Savage Model) fit my gun? The hole spacing on my Winchester is 13/16.


now selling

Posted by Mickey Gilbertson on May 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Hello for those have tryed to find me I'm not lost just in and out. I nowsell my sights on E-Bay under bountyhunter_ga. I'm just trying to sell off my enventory little at a time if I can help.

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Posted by Mickey Gilbertson on January 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (3)
Sorry my health is forcing me to sell off all gun sights and parts


Posted by Michael Dahl on January 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Mickey, I will keep you in Prayer and keep fighting. There is nothing that God Cannot handle. When you get this pm me if you would. Thank You Mike Dahl Do you have any tang sights (Lyman HP or Marbles V7) for sale? God Bless

Help needed on the age of a Lyman WS sight

Posted by Don on November 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (4)

I recently bought a really nice Winchester Model 1890, manufactured in 1908. It had a nice Lyman tang sight on it. When I took off the sight, the bluing on the tang was in perfect shape, making me think the sight may have either come on the gun when new or was mounted shortly after. It was marked WS on the underside of the sight, so I know it is correct for that model rifle. The only other marking on the sight is the word LYMAN on the lower vertical  flat surface of the upright portion of the sight. This marking is on the side of the upright part of the sight nearest the rear screw. Is there anyway to determine the approximate age of the sight?  I know it is a #1 as it doesn't have any lock on it. Thanks.

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Posted by Mickey Gilbertson on September 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Lyman sight code

Posted by Mickey Gilbertson on July 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM Comments comments (36)

There seems to be quite an interest in a listing of the application base codes for the old original Lyman tang sights. I have looked through many vintage Lyman catalogs, and I have compiled the listing that follows. I am pretty sure it is complete for the time period it covers, but if anyone has any additions or corrections, please feel free to offer them up (I may have inadvertently missed something). Many "special" tang sights to fit rifles of unusual configuration in the tang area were also made, and I will not try to address those. Lyman also made a number of sights to mount on the cocking pieces of various military rifles. These tang sights do not have published application codes as far as I have been able to determine.

These are the several variations/types of tang sights that were made, and I have tried to briefly summarize them as follows;

1. No. 1 Combination Tang Sight (first variation) – patented Jan. 28, 1879. This sight has a thick base and a knurled thumbscrew on the right side of the upright pivot. The real early sights did not have the flip-down peep window, but that feature was incorporated before being replaced in 1884 with the Second Variation.

2. No. 1 Combination Tang Sight Second Variation – patented May 6, 1884. This sight has both the JAN. 28, ’79 and MAY 6, ’84 patent dates stamped on the base of the elevation upright. The knurled screw was replaced with a hairspring that allowed the elevation stem to be locked in the upright position by a spring loaded detent. It was replaced in 1905 by the No. 1A

3. No. 1A Combination Tang Sight Third Variation – patented July 25, 1905. The “A” suffix indicates the addition of the locking lever on the left side of the upright pivot. This sight was in production until 1955.

4. No. 2 Combination Tang Sight – introduced in 1894 and it was intended for Match and Gallery rifles. It is identical to the No. 1 Second Variation except that it has a screw in aperture disk instead of the flip-down peep. Several different aperture disks were available (each with a different diameter peep hole). The larger the outside diameter (OD) of the disk, the smaller the diameter of the peep hole. I believe that seven different sized disks were made (from 3/8” to 1” OD)

5. No. 2A Combination Tang Sight Second Variation – introduced simultaneously with the No. 1A, and is the same the No. 2 except for the locking lever.

6. No. 15 Windgauge Tang Sight – patented August 23, 1887. This was the first sight that could not be folded down like the No. 1 and No. 2 Tang sights, and because of that fact, it was a poor seller and was discontinued in 1906.

7. No. 29 Windgauge Tang Sight – patented March 6, 1900. This sight has a square stem piece, and could not be folded down like the No. 1 and No. 2 Tang sights. It was discontinued in 1903 due to complaints by shooters of frequent damage to the sight (due to not being able to fold it down).

8. No. 101 and 102 Range Control Tang Sight – patented March 9, 1915 and April 18, 1916. These were the first sights to offer click adjustable elevation. The elevation thimble had ten graduations (marked 0, 2, 4, and 8 with a detent position between each mark). The No. 101 had a flip-down peep, while the No. 102 utilized a screw in aperture disk.

9. No. 103 Windgauge Tang Sight – introduced in 1916. This sight is the crème of the crop. It features a micrometer (half-minute per click) elevation and windage adjustment, and uses the screw in aperture disks. It is highly sought after by serious target shooters. It has the same locking lever as the No. 1A and 2A, and was discontinued in 1955.

10. No. 47 Windgauge stem. I do not know when it was introduced, but it was made to replace the standard elevation stem on the No. 1, 1A, 2, and 2A Tang sights. It allowed for very precise windage adjustment by use of a thumbscrew (1/4 turn changed the impact ½” at 100 yards with a 30” sight base), and it uses a screw in aperture disk like the No. 2 or 2A. If a complete sight was ordered with this feature, it was referred to as a No. 52A.

The following list is what I was able to dig up… I hope that it helps to clear up any remaining questions that you may have.



AT - Remington Autoloading Rifles, Models 8 & 81

B - Marlin Model '92, .32 caliber, Hopkins & Allen, Ballard

C - Colt, .22 caliber, Remington No. 6

D - Winchester Model '94, .32/40, .38/55 calibers, Winchester Model '92

DA - Winchester Model '94, .25/35, .30/30 & .32 Special calibers, Model 53, .25/20 & .32/20 calibers, Model 55, .30/30 caliber, Models 64 & 65

DE - Standard Repeating Rifle

E - Marlin Model '89, Marlin Model '94, .25/20, .32/20, .38/40 & .44/40 calibers

F - Stevens Favorite, No. 418 & No. 418 1/2

G - Stevens Models 65 & 66

H - Marlin Model '92, .22 caliber, & Marlin Models '97, 39 & 39A

HP - Stevens No. 425

I - Winchester Model '76

J - Marlin Model '93, .32/40 & .38/55 calibers

JA - Marlin Model '93, .25/36, .30/30, .32 H.P.S., .32/40 H.P.S. & .38/55 H.P.S. calibers

JB - Marlin Model 27

JM - Marlin Model '95

K - Marlin Models 18 & 25

KM - Marlin Models 20, 29, 37, 47

L - Iver Johnson Models X & 2X

N - Winchester Model '86, all calibers except .33

NI - Winchester Model '86, .33 caliber

NP - Stevens New Model Pocket Rifle

P - Stevens Ideal, Marksman, No. 414, No. 417 & No. 417 1/2

PC - Stevens Crack Shot

Q - Quackenbush

R - Remington No. 3, all calibers except .22

RA - Remington No. 2, Remington No. 3, .22 caliber & Remington No. 5

RP - Stevens Reliable Pocket Rifle

RS - Remington No. 7

R12 - Remington Repeater, Models 12 & 121

R14 - Remington Repeater, Models 14 & 141

R16 - Remington Autoloading Rifle, Model 16, .22 caliber

R24 - Remington Autoloading Rifle, Models 24 & 241, .22 caliber

R25 - Remington Repeater, Model 25

S - Winchester Single Shot (Model 1885), all calibers except .22 and .30/40

SA - Savage Model '99, .25/35, .30/30, .300, .303, .32/40, .32/40 H.P.S., .22 H.P. & .250/3000 calibers

SB - Winchester Single Shot (Model 1885), .22 & .30/40 calibers

SC - Winchester Model 87 Winder Musket

SE - Savage Model 1905

SH - Savage Model '99, .38/55 & .38/55 H.P.S. calibers

SJ - Savage "Junior"

SL - Winchester Models 1905, 1907 & 1910 Self-Loading Rifles

SM - Savage Models 1903, 1909, 1912, 1914, 25 & 29, Meriden Models 10 & 15, Mossberg Model K & Stevens Model 75

SN - Savage Model 1919 .22 NRA & Savage Sporter, .22 caliber

SS - Savage 1922 Sporter, 1923-A Sporter, .22 caliber

ST - Stevens Repeater No. 80

SV - Stevens Repeater Nos. 70 & 71

U - Remington No. 4

W - Winchester Model '73

WA - Winchester Models 1903 & 63

WF - Winchester Model 52

WM - Winchester .22 Musket

WS - Winchester Models 1890, 1906, 62 & 62A

W61 - Winchester Model 61

X - Express (English)

XA - Winchester Model 1902

XS - Winchester Models 1904, 56, 57, 59 & 60

Y - Maynard

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Posted by Mickey Gilbertson on July 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (4)

I want to welcome everyone to my new sight.


Feel free to talk about anything you care to as long as its about guns.In this time we live there is enough people telling us that guns are bad, I choose to believe the people are bad the guns have no Idea what your doing with them.


Please let this be the last time I hear about bad guns and people should learn to live in harmony and peace throughout the world, I don't care.


What I care about id restoring old guns ,like old cars they both have a following by real neat people.


Have a great day and play nicely,,       Mickey Gilbertson.