View Full Version : Looking At Sights

January 17, 2011, 07:41 PM
Of course it's a pun. :)

Seriously, most of my experience with shooting long guns has always been with an adjustable receiver sight with a peep sight aperture. Lyman makes such a sight for the Great Plains Rifle. http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/sights/receiver-sights.php

Lyman also separately sells a hooded front target sight that many people use in conjunction with the #57 GPR Receiver Sight. I am more comfortable with a normal post type front sight in conjunction with a receiver peep sight (probably from years of shooting service rifle).

I am guessing that I will have to remove the standard primitive rear sight and fill the dovetail with a blank to avoid line-of-sight interference; but that's not a problem. Now, here's my question. Is anyone aware of any reason why the Lyman receiver sight wouldn't be compatible with the standard front sight on the GPR?

January 18, 2011, 03:53 AM
Not about the compatibility of the front sight per se, but there's a negative issue about it for some.


Could one issue be how large is the diameter of the rear peep?

January 18, 2011, 07:16 AM
It'll work OK with the OEM GPR front sight, although the blade may be a bit thick for the small aperture disk. If you use a center bull hold you may want to switch to a 6 o'clock hold, but I'd think you could get used to it pretty quickly.

I've been considering that same sight for a while; I'd really be interested in what your experience is if you decide to go ahead.

I use a ladder vernier with a large aperture disk and the OEM front sight on my percussion GPR for long (over 100 yards) ranges, but switch back to the open sights for closer work. I like the fact that I can just fold it down to go back to the OEM rear sight.


January 18, 2011, 10:48 AM
I had already read the thread in the link you posted where the fella was unhappy with the looks of the sight on the GPR. My Mama always said, "Pretty is as pretty does." I can't help but believe my GPR will "shoot prettier" with the adjustable sight than with the current primitive open sight setup.

I adopted the six o'clock hold for target shooting when I was fifteen years of age. Suffice it to say, that was a while ago; and it is still the preferred hold for me. I ordered the sight for my GPR last night. Once it arrives and I have had time to play with it, I will post some results.

BTW, the best price I could find on the Internet was from Midsouth Shooters. It's listed on their website for $68.91.

January 18, 2011, 10:58 AM
The OP in the THR thread above posted this today. Now he likes it.

I finally took this gun and sight to the range yesterday and . . . I love this sight! It looks ugly, but it shoots beautiful :D


January 18, 2011, 11:26 AM
Well, I have to agree with the OP in the referenced thread. It's not the same situation, exactly, but I bought one of those sights for my sporterized M1903 a couple of years ago and thought that it looked absolutely awful.

On the other hand, I shoot so doggone accurately with it that I don't care how it looks now.

January 18, 2011, 11:29 AM
I finally took this gun and sight to the range yesterday and . . . I love this sight! It looks ugly, but it shoots beautiful

My Mama was a smart woman. :)

January 18, 2011, 02:49 PM
Glad you can live with this sight as I sure like mine. I mounted this peep sight on my TC Penn. Hunter along with the related front sight. Did not have to bother about removing the rear sight. This lyman will fit some of the TC's, like the Penn. and Hawken model as long as they have the three hole tang. Also took the peep sight that TC sells and put it on a Lyman Deerstalker and it works almost as good. The one that TC sells, is smaller and trimmer but harder to set than the lyman. Now I think they are both pretty ..... ;)

Be Safe !!!

January 18, 2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. I don't have any doubts that the GPR will be a better shooter with the sights. Residing in my gun safe is a .22 cal Remington 521T that I purchased new when I was shooting on my HS rifle team in 1952. It has a Lyman 57RS sight on it that is almost of identical design as the current Model 57 sights. It is interesting to note that I bought the entire rifle w/sights for about 1/2 of what I am paying for the new sight for the GPR. If memory serves correctly, the entire package was ~$35.

January 20, 2011, 03:57 PM
Just a follow-up to the thread. The sight arrived today and is already mounted on the rifle.

Yes, it's kind of ugly.
Yes, it feels more natural to me than the stock rear sight did.
Yes, it will work with the stock front blade.
Yes, the stock rear sight did interfere with line of sight; so I drifted it out.
No, I haven't actually fired the rifle with the new sight.
Yes, I will give a range report after test firing.