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Thread: P-H 1861 Front Sight Help

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    P-H 1861 Front Sight Help

    I finally got a chance to shoot my Parker Hale 1861 carbine this weekend, and was pretty surprised that it shoots a fair group to center target at 50 yards with a Rapine minie and 65gr of FFg. I think this is due to a itís getting a higher front sight at some point in its life. My problem is front sight definition, can anyone recommend a paint or coating in red or orange that sticks good to metal and might help my aging eyes? Perhaps white? There are remnants or red on the sight now. Going to try some different loads, but want to address the front sight first. Iíll try the NSSA shooters site if no one has any suggestions. Thanks.

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    I use Acrylic Finger Nail powder to make front sight inserts and also to Raise the height of the front sight.
    You can order it in many colors and is mixed with the monomer liquid to a liquid or a paste.
    It dries very quickly and can be sanded to the shape you want.
    It may work as a paint on your existing sight

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    I too use fingernail polish. I buy a cheap bottle like at a dollar store. it's small, dries fast and comes with it's own brush. I just put it in my range box.
    Aim small, miss small!

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    I second the Fingernail polish.
    That and those small bottles of car Touch Up paint.
    But there are more color selections in the nail polish , and are probably cheaper.

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    I bought a small (1 oz?) bottle of DayGlo hunter orange enamel paint for my Hawken that is highly visible.
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    With 16+revolvers, I've been called the Imelda Marcos of cap&ball.

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    I carefully slit the blade of a front sight with a small knife edge needle file and glued in a fiber optic rod and NOW I can see something up front. This worked on my Smith and my Spencer and so far no one has even noticed without sighting the gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCSO View Post
    I carefully slit the blade of a front sight with a small knife edge needle file and glued in a fiber optic rod and NOW I can see something up front. This worked on my Smith and my Spencer and so far no one has even noticed without sighting the gun.
    Where can I get some of that rod?

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    Mine are spares that came with a brownells sight kit. PM me your address and I will send you a small stick.

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    I file a very small flat 45 degree angle on the rear tip of my front sights. They really catch the light that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jkrem View Post
    I finally got a chance to shoot my Parker Hale 1861 carbine this weekend, and was pretty surprised that it shoots a fair group to center target at 50 yards with a Rapine minie and 65gr of FFg. I think this is due to a it’s getting a higher front sight at some point in its life. My problem is front sight definition, can anyone recommend a paint or coating in red or orange that sticks good to metal and might help my aging eyes? Perhaps white? There are remnants or red on the sight now. Going to try some different loads, but want to address the front sight first. I’ll try the NSSA shooters site if no one has any suggestions. Thanks.
    This might be your ticket right here............https://warrencustomoutdoor.com/bright-sights.html
    Hell, I was there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCSO View Post
    Mine are spares that came with a brownells sight kit. PM me your address and I will send you a small stick.
    Thanks for your offer! PM sent.

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    I’m going to try this one, I’m guessing one color will work better than the others and I can try them all. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    This might be your ticket right here............https://warrencustomoutdoor.com/bright-sights.html

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    I shoot N-SSA with two PHs. One is a musketoon but neither of mine have the stock sights. You won't see any serious competitor with the stock military sights. As for coloring the sights, either black them with Sight Black or a RayVinn smoker or degrease with denatured alcohol and use an awful color fingernail polish from the dollar tree. The problem with colors is the changes in ambient light and possible different backstop compositions. A green might work fine in low light and a dirt backstop, but have a grassy slope for a backstop on a bright day and good luck.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check