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The shop solutions are very interesting, and your pictures are great.

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Just an update. I haven't picked up a graver for many many years and I would like to engrave the distances on the express sight blades. So I have been practicing and relearning old skills which at 71 has been challenging. And I am still waiting for a special dovetail cutter for the front sight.

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If you have another sight you can pull an image from it with modeling clay and scotch tape and transfer it to your new sight.

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Any new progress? Inquiring minds want to know!

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I guess it has been sometime since I posted, sorry. Number of reasons for that. First spring has been almost unbearably hot here in Minnesota, high 90's and a couple +100 days, and as dry as a popcorn fart. We are in trouble for the lands of 10000 lakes. Second I has had some health concerns with a bunch of testing which so far has all been negative but it takes a toll on your mental condition. Right now its a strained knee, not related to the testing, but that really hurts. Fell while Turkey hunting on Memorial days. Last, lots going on with the grandkids and their parents which will include a week of dog setting starting later this week.
Anyway I haven't been totally idle:
1. I decided to give the engraving of the sight blades over to my friend Roger Sampson and he did a bang up job. I still have to mount them and finish but the engraving is done. smile
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2. I worked on the barrel fitting. Got the breech end machined for the ejector/extractor, then screwed in and indexed. Finally I worked on the feed of dummy rounds since I changed from the Dutch round to the 7x57. I had to do some opening of the rails since the new round in slightly bigger just in front of the rim and would get jammed depending on which of the 5 rounds in the clip was up for feeding. A perplexing issue but got it solved.
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last I started work of shaping the front sight. I first 3D printed a model of what I want and then just file till they match. Not done yet but getting there. Oh BTW I did finally get my dovetail cutters so I can now finish the sight machining.
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A little more progress. The front sight base is mostly done now and I attached a few pics. I still have to make the sight blade, stipple the ramp, final polish, and then of course solder to the barrel.
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Great ,,really enjoy seeing your work

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Did some more work on the front sight
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Regarding the tapped hole in the front sight blade. Where do you get your taps for a hole that small.

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Originally Posted by prairie ghost
Regarding the tapped hole in the front sight blade. Where do you get your taps for a hole that small.
That small hole is not tapped but rather a straight hole that the user can push a pin thru and release the spring loaded plunget below which retains the blade in the dovetail slot.

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