This very simple, very practical system features a rear sight which it held to the receiver cover (not to the barrel) by a single rivet. A windage adjustment screw is retained in a static position at the sight's rear; this screw engages with grooves stamped into the receiver cover. When turned, the screw pivots the rear sight on its rivet.
Speaking of the windage screws, you may note that they are different on these two rifles. The Mohawk Brown gun on the left was made in 1959 (the year of introduction), and the Apache Black on the right was built in 1971. The early rifle has a large knurled head (with wide slot) on the windage screw, ostensibly to aid in adjusting the sight by hand. The photo also shows, though, that the early screw is bent.
Bent screws must have been fairly commonplace, because the large head had been eliminated by the time the 1971 gun was produced. That rifle's windage screw has just a small stem with a very thin slot cut into its end; adjustment requires a small, thin, flat-bladed screwdriver.
Elevation adjustment is easily accomplished via finger or coin (the crossed slots in the elevation adjustment screw are radiused for a coin). The coin slots, though, could have used a bit more forethought; their thickness is just about right for a penny, but the radius more matches a dime's diameter - and a penny hits the vertical portion of the sight when used to turn the screw. But the elevation screw is easily turned by hand on both of these rifles, anyhow.
Hiding the Seam in Nylons
This photo also shows another clever thing. The Nylon stocks on these guns were made in two halves, and fused down the middle, lengthwise. That, as we all know, produces a seam, which is often unsightly. To hide the seam, Remington simply cut a narrow set of grooves down the length of the stock on top and bottom, neatly concealing the seam while resembling grooves found on barrel ribs of shotguns and rifles of conventional design. Nifty.
More of This Article
- 1: Introduction; History; Specifications; A Pair of Nylons
- 2: Nylon 66 Front Sights and Stock Forends
- 3: Rear Sights, Sight Adjustment, Nylon Seams
- 4: Barrel Markings, Date Codes
- 5: Butt Stocks, Spacers, and Nylon 66 Colors
- 6: Apache Black Butt Stock Sticker Residue
- 7: Butt Plate and Magazine
- 8: White Diamond; No Oil; Other Models; Conclusion