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    Quote Originally Posted by Warpspasm View Post
    I think I read that you can use a Springfield 1903 front sight
    That's what's on there, or do you mean the blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Warpspasm View Post
    Ideally, it would be real carbine front sight
    Unreal hope I think, besides the bases are the same. Blade would be easy to reproduce. How about shopping with these guys? Products

    You'll have to blue the base anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    That's what's on there, or do you mean the blade?




    Unreal hope I think, besides the bases are the same. Blade would be easy to reproduce. How about shopping with these guys? Products

    You'll have to blue the base anyway.
    I don't think that's a real 03 front sight on my Kragicon. At least it doesn't look like the one on my 03A3. Perhaps the older 1903 had a different sight. I know that if I do keep the front sight that's on there, I'm going to need to file it down quite a bit. Currently I have to set my rear sight to 500 yards to hit the 10 ring on an NRA 100 yard target, using a 6 o'clock hold. It doesn't help that I'm shooting 200gr cast loads at 1450 fps. LOL


    What bases are you talking about when you say they're the same?
    I've been looking at ssfirearms and Grandpa's Gun Parts since I picked up the Krag. I actually bought my carbine barrel band from Grandpa's.

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    The 1903 and 1903A3 Springfield 'banded' front-sights differ from each other.

    They are certainly not difficult to identify.

    Your front sight does not appear to have the profile of either Springfield sight. It is probably a commercial sight made from sheet metal and a 'driven-on friction fit'.

    A clear picture of your sight would allow identification.

    It would be worthwhile to try shooting your Kragicon, with the present sights, to see if the front-sight height is in the 'ballpark'.

    A picture of a 1903 Springfield front-sight is attached. The 'band' requires that the barrel be 'stepped-down' in the muzzle area, since the band I.D. is smaller than the Krag and Springfield barrel diameters.
    (This sight was not used on official service Krag carbines, but, became a popular & inexpensive sight on civilian owned Krags, altered for Hunting).

    FWIW - A 1903 front-sight on a 'carbine' length Krag, will usually require the rear sight to be set to about 400 yards, in order to be "sighted-in" at 50 yards.
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    I would just make a new front sight like the rEal Kragicon front sight base, and sweat it onto the barrel. Yeah, maybe there is a band of rust under that '03-type sight. maybe not. You've taken it this far, might as well go for broke



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    Quote Originally Posted by Warpspasm View Post
    What bases are you talking about when you say they're the same?
    Front sight base.
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    Regards, Jim

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