96 mauser rear sight
I have a 96 mauser barrel with a rear sight that has an insert and a dial to elevate it. I have not seen these before. Perhaps one of you could tell me the story of these.
12-28-2009 12:19 AM
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The sight you have is fitted with what appears to be (difficult to read on the photo) an original "Västeras" micrometer rear sight insert. See Dana Jones "The Crown Jewels" P210 ff.
As the sight leaf is not altered, this is considered (at least in Germany) to be an original military option, and rifles with these sight inserts are eligible for service rifle competitions.
Sights that involve changing the sight leaf (such as the Tunheden) may, however, be banned from service competitions, depending on the detailed rules of the shooting body.
Over here, such an original sight insert is worth 50-100 euros, so don't give it away! It is more difficult to find such a sight than a rifle, and replicas have been made. Yours certainly looks original.
A valuable feature - good shooting!
Thank you Patrick, I was told by another shooting nut that they were worth about that, but it is nice to have the confirmation.
I bought the two barrels a few years ago, thinking that I might find a rifle that needed a barrel, however I have not found a 96 mauser with a bad barrel..
Well Badger, my first comment is: how did you get the little o on top of the a in Västeras?
Yes, there were definitely 2 versions of the Västerås (haha! I cut and pasted the a(o) from your posting)
1. graduated from 300-600 meters in 50 meter increments, for the 156 gn bullet.
2. graduated from 250-600 meters in 50 meter increments, for the newer 139 gn "spitzer" bullet.
Whichever one you have, a higher front blade is always required to get on target at 100 meters/yards, so both can be used for target shooting. And both were intended for the M96-38 version of the rifles, which is why they are accepted for service rifle competitions.
There were several other improved backsight systems, but as they all involved replacing the issue backsight leaf, they are usually ineligible for competition (ask your shooting federation for a ruling before spending a lot of money on, for instance, a Tunheden backsight).
I am not aware of other manufacturers of the Västeras backsight, and the replicas I have seen were crude by comparison with the original. As to price, they are typically bought by shooters like myself, who are desperate to become competitive vs. Enfields and Springfields with screw-adjustable backsights, regardless of any hypothetical "collector" value.
As a result, I cannot discern any market trend, other than that it is probably easier to buy a rifle with such a sight already fitted than to get a rifle and then start looking for the backsight (it took me 2 years to find one I could afford).
Last edited by Patrick Chadwick; 12-28-2009 at 02:51 PM.
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