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Originally posted by Fairbanks007 Fairbanks007 wrote:

Received the sight from Goosic today. A man of his word, it has been recently reconditioned and is in very good shape. It's going to look right at home on my '43 BSA No. 4 Mk 1. I'm going to have a go at installing it tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too hard to figure out. Looking at the Mk 1 Micrometer sight, I totally get why the Mk 2 sight was more expedient.


If this is your 1st sight removal BE VERY CAREFUL.

Whilst removing the cross-pin keep downward pressure on the sight or the plunger and spring can go BOooooooING, and they can go a long, long way across a room.

You don't need ask me how I know this !
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Originally posted by The Armourer The Armourer wrote:

Originally posted by Fairbanks007 Fairbanks007 wrote:

Received the sight from Goosic today. A man of his word, it has been recently reconditioned and is in very good shape. It's going to look right at home on my '43 BSA No. 4 Mk 1. I'm going to have a go at installing it tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too hard to figure out. Looking at the Mk 1 Micrometer sight, I totally get why the Mk 2 sight was more expedient.


If this is your 1st sight removal BE VERY CAREFUL.

Whilst removing the cross-pin keep downward pressure on the sight or the plunger and spring can go BOooooooING, and they can go a long, long way across a room.

You don't need ask me how I know this !


Thanks for the advice, Goosic gave me a "heads up" in a PM. I've tended to be pretty careful with springs in firearms ever since I spent most of a morning hunting down the mainspring from my 1911. Yes, they can go a long, long way! Tongue

For me, the hardest part was inserting the retaining pin on the cross pin. That thing is tiny! In a couple of years I'm going to have to take everyone's word that something that small even exists...
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Here she is, the Mk1 micrometer sight on the '43 BSA No 4 Mk 1. Installation took less than 20 minutes, half of which was spent looking for the right tools, five minutes were spent looking for the TINY retaining pin for the cross pin (that I dropped THREE times!), and the rest on actual installation.

As I stated in my OP, I think these flip up sights are one of the coolest features on old rifles. Really glad I was able to acquire one from a fellow enthusiast, and grateful for all the helpful input from everyone here. 




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All we need now is the range report!
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

All we need now is the range report!

That’ll be coming up right after I get it back from a safety inspection by my gunsmith. He’s gonna love this rifle, they were still being issued when he opened his shop!
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Fairbanks:
That's the difference between target shooting & shooting in Battle!
We were taught to aim "At the "V" of the battle dress jacket".
If you look at the uniforms of the time its about 12" down from the top of the head.
Now look at a ballistics path for the Mk VII, it rises about 3 1/2" Then falls off steadily.
That means you have a battle sight zero of 50~300 yds before it goes too low.
We were also given "aim off points" where, depending on range you'd aim deliberately at a different point from the bullet strike.
It's nowhere as precise when TSHTF!

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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