Well. Here they are!
Originally ordered the Tactical Front and Rear as they appear on the site.
Rear went on without a hitch. The front that showed up was a bit too long and conflicted with the barrel band. Parson was more than gracious to take the front back and work on it. I had some other thoughts that I told him about, and he agreed to take them head on. I wanted my 'wings' arching away from the middle post. As well as either a fiber optic middle post, or just a bead that I could paint rather than a blade. I think he came through on all fronts perfectly.
It did take a little bit of work to get that front sight on. I had to grind down the screws that secure the ramp to the barrel in order to get a snug fit. As well, Andy sent the Middle post uncut so that I could adjust it as I see fit. I think i still have it a bit tall...but I haven't been able to get to the range yet. I should be able to get it right where I want it over time though.
I would've preferred to go outside for some pictures...but alas, I am a suburbanite, and some folks overreact to seeing firearms...so, taken inside they were. Not sure how many pics I can get into a post, so there will be more posts to follow.
Here's some pics of the front. As well as attempted sight picture pics.
Very nice. Some people react badly to taking firearms outside. Nice effects with the light though.
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For any of you guys who have considered some Skinner's for your rifle...Andy is a great guy, and really is committed to getting you what you need. My hat off to him on a job well done.
Glad that all came together so well! Love the pic with the light accenting the "Bead"... The fiber optic in that sight is well protected and should be trouble free.
Thanks for the patience and giving me time to get it just "right" !
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I hope Skinner comes out with that front sight with a visible bead as a standard option.
He was very receptive to my request. I would email Andy and see what he can do for you.
I hope to get out to the range next week to get this thing fine tuned. Probably will need to file down that middle post some more, but it should be sweet once I get it there.
Andy I'm not sure if the light accents the bead as much as the blue background...
This thing would be first choice for Smurf hunting thats for sure....
I like your setup very much. I have a "regular" Skinner peep on my 1894SS and just received the taller front sight I ordered to sight it in, then discovered the "tactical" setup and am considering upgrading. One question I have is that your photos make it appear as though the rear tactical sight overhangs the back of the receiver a bit. Is that normal?
I like the aesthetics of my existing sight better than that of the tactical, which appears a bit blocky to me, but the durability and functionality of the tactical really appeals to me. Any comments are appreciated.
It definitely does overhang the back of the receiver. I'd noticed it before, but it does nothing to diminish the functionality or handling of the rifle in my opinion. I very well could have used the front receiver screws to mount the rear sight, however, since i was getting the sight mainly for a ghost ring effect, doing so would have made my sight picture smaller and cut off some target acquisition. I'd imagine andy could work with you to get one that doesnt overhang.
I cant say for certain if these would offer much difference to you in terms of functionality over the ones you have now. I just really fell in love with the sight picture that this combo presents...whats right for one may be horsecrap to another. I do like the ghost ring for better target acquisition...may be a bit less accurate, but I like it this way. I do love the durability. Set them and forget them. The protective wings on the front are very nice. Unless you're really bumping your rifle around hard....i doubt you'd have many issues with yours. I just really liked the peace of mind these presented as i dont have good constant access to a range to continually sight rifles in.
Hope this helps some. When in doubt just ask andy. The guy is great to work with.