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    No.4 front sight guard question

    The machined sight guard on my Long Branch has a .025 gap between it and the sight block with the guard screw threads bottomed out. the trigger guard will rotate that .025 even when tight. It doesn't hurt the rifle functionally and If I didn't know about it I probably wouldn't notice it but It annoys me just a bit.
    I am using a screw I got from Springfield Sporters that was ordered as a sight guard screw. Is there a difference between the sight guard screw and the rear trigger guard screw? Could I be using a trigger guard screw or are they the same?
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    Trigger guard screw is longer. That might be your drama.

    ---------- Post added at 08:34 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:32 AM ----------

    Can't really shorten it as the threads were carefully made to prevent inadvertant interchange.

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    Thank you jmoore. I kind of thought that might be the case but wanted to be sure. I will look for the correct screw.

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    If I remember correctly, later the screws were made interchangeable with the thread rolled further down. Maybe someone can correct me........ But same thread anyway. If you're struggling to find such a screw in Englandicon, then the old pre metric light switch screws were 4BA machine head and always a good substitute.

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    Haven't yet run across a long threaded trigger guard screw, BUT I've tried to make the threads longer on a couple by trying to tighten the front sight guard snug...

    Yet another parts variation for which to look. Thanks for the info!

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    Also, the sight guard screw for the waisted sight guard is about 3mm shorter. I have a small supply if anyone is in a panic for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpelhardt View Post
    the trigger guard will rotate that .025 even when tight.
    trigger guard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpelhardt View Post
    machined sight guard
    Do you mean the milled foresight protector or the three-piece fabricated one, which seems to demand a longer screw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk VII View Post
    trigger guard?


    Do you mean the milled foresight protector or the three-piece fabricated one, which seems to demand a longer screw?
    Yes I was referring to a milled front sight protector and sight guard not trigger guard. Some times I even confuse my self

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    Sometimes they are slightly loose. Not good. I would just change it for another one.

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    The rear trigger guard screw and the front sight guard screw look the same, BUT the threads for the front sight guard screw are longer. I suspect that you have a rear trigger guard screw with not enough thread to secure the guard.

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