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    What is this sight for?

    My first thought it must be intended for a handgun, but I suppose it could have been intended for a rifle. The notch is so small that it wouldn't work for a handgun unless enlarged. I couldn't find anything like it in an old Brownell's catalog. There are no obvious indications of how it would attach to either handgun or rifle. The sight is at least 60-70 years old, came out of a gunsmith's odds and ends.

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    Just a wild guess, but some of the old original muskets had rear sights with a notch almost too small to see.

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    Ahh, they we go.

    That's got to be some sort of high end adjustable target sight that was probably meant to be Silver soldered onto a BP target rifle.
    The barrels were so thin, they didn't lend themselves to a notch, or threaded holes being cut into them.
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    That looks just like a sight for a muzzleloader octagonal barrel once offered in the Dixie Gun Works catalog.

    It had to be drilled for screws, either into the barrel or into a dovetail cross piece.

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    Looks European. Insufficient elevation for a BP gun.
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    I honestly don't know, but in general it looks a whole lot like a S&W revolver sight-- except that the mounting portion forward of the actual sight is longer and shaped differently at it's terminus, a point instead of squared off. It has similarly located adjusting screws, and if it was mounted on a handgun and one's arm fully extended the small sight notch might work for a sharp-eyed individual. It could fit into a slot on top of the frame, and a screw hole could be drilled where needed. Certainly not a common item. So, my guess, and it is a guess, is a custom revolver sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nueces View Post
    That looks just like a sight for a muzzleloader octagonal barrel once offered in the Dixie Gun Works catalog.

    It had to be drilled for screws, either into the barrel or into a dovetail cross piece.

    Neuces, you hit the ten-X. I turned to my 1982 Dixie Gunworks catalog and found this exact sight, described as "Kentucky rifle target sight, 5 inches long, will fit any octagonal barrel. Has elevation screw and windage set screw. Blued. $16.95."

    Thanks, all, for responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Gebirgsjager View Post
    I honestly don't know, but in general it looks a whole lot like a S&W revolver sight-- except that the mounting portion forward of the actual sight is longer and shaped differently at it's terminus, a point instead of squared off. It has similarly located adjusting screws, and if it was mounted on a handgun and one's arm fully extended the small sight notch might work for a sharp-eyed individual. It could fit into a slot on top of the frame, and a screw hole could be drilled where needed. Certainly not a common item. So, my guess, and it is a guess, is a custom revolver sight.
    Der, I was thinking along the same lines as you.

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