Rice sight for Krag

Missionary

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Thank you again !! Now this does look like the simplest method. Have to go dig through my small steel pieces bin and see what I have laying around.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY
Thank you again !! Now this does look like the simplest method. Have to go dig through my small steel pieces bin and see what I have laying around.

If I could remember the thread size of a Lyman peep disc, I'd tap the peep hole out to that size and use a factory disc.
 

Missionary

Well-Known Member
The peep hole on the Rice was not my idea of a good one. It looked like it would block too much forward vision.
But the threaded hole I like. We have a good assortment of those screw in disks
 

Missionary

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Charger..... Could you measure the width between the legs and the length on that sight. Well that is if you have that one in your possession.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY
Charger..... Could you measure the width between the legs and the length on that sight. Well that is if you have that one in your possession.
Missonary, I'm going to try to do some measuring on mine in the next few days. I'd imagine the windage "legs" would be 1/8-3/16" from the side of the extractor, or thereabouts. The screws look to be about 8-40 size or so and we should be able to judge the overall length by the diameter of the extractor screw/pin. I'm guessing no more than 2" long.
 

Rick H

Well-Known Member
If you are going to tap for eyepiece disks make sure to shorten it up enough so the safety clears the sight. That looks to be the limiting factor on length.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY
If you are going to tap for eyepiece disks make sure to shorten it up enough so the safety clears the sight. That looks to be the limiting factor on length.
Good point! I just went through the whole safety clearing thing mounting a Lyman JES on my Steyr 95. I will say this, double sided tape is a GREAT tool for helping to figure just where something should go.
 

Missionary

Well-Known Member
Was looking at the photo in post #2. Not a whole lot of wiggle room in that area.
Could easily shorten the length so the sight legs fit farther forward.
Double face tape. Experimenters buddy....
 

Bret4207

Northern NY
Rally, I assume so. That's how I'd do it, or solder even. It's just got to keep the nut from slipping. The proper way to make it look nice is probably to form a thickened boss during a stamping process, but that's a little too refined for the likes of me!

Up to my ebows in a crawler tractor (literally!) right now, so the sight is on hold for a bit.
 

Charles Graff

Moderator Emeritus
That makes it all easier.
Now I a wondering if that attaching screw is longer than the original screw ?
Yes, it sticks up above the bolt. I could not screw it out, or drive it out, I filed it down so I would not cut my hand on it. It was an ouchy waiting to happen.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY
There may have been some variations on that Charles. I've seen several pictures of sights over the past few weeks and some appear to be either welded and nicely contoured into the sight or a built up stamped boss as I mentioned earlier. I also saw one somewhat blurry pic with what was clearly a simple 6 sided nut sitting proud atop the sight.

As for the screw being longer, I'd say yes. One example I was out bid on had the issued Rice sight screw in the package. My Krag has the pin, not the screw, but the Rice instructions on the auction sight indicated the Rice supplied screw could be used.

They were state of the art almost 100 years ago. Who knows what else is floating around out there?! I never saw a Rice til a few weeks back!