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Old 11-05-2007, 09:57 PM
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My .58 Zouave shows every indication of being a good round ball shooter, but my bifocal eyes don't work well with the original military sights. So I decided to make my own "hardware store" ghost ring / aperture sight. The results were Laugh Out Loud good (well, I like it anyway).

Here are the original military sights that I just can't see.




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Old 11-05-2007, 09:58 PM
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Here it is disassembled.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:01 PM
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That disc is the sight base screw. I couldn't get it out with any tools I had, and had to drill it and take it out with an "easy out". It turned out to be a 4mm/.70 pitch screw.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:04 PM
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So I went to the local hardware store and bought three bolts 1/2" X 20 threads per inch, and a nut. Cost a little over two bucks.




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Old 11-05-2007, 10:06 PM
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I also bought a 4mm/.70 pitch machine screw, a small rubber "O" Ring, and a nylon washer. Cost about a buck and a quarter.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:08 PM
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I cut the head off of the machine screw and put it in the sight base screw hole.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:09 PM
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:11 PM
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Then I drilled and tapped one side of the nut to 4mm/.70 pitch, and ground the nut flat on both sides, and rounded all the flats except the drilled and tapped one. The picture shows it in three steps.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:14 PM
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Got my buddy with a lathe to modify the three bolts. Drilled them with a 1/8" hole, a 3/16" hole, and a 1/4" hole, shortened the shank to the thickness of the modified nut, and rounded and dished the head. He did a great job. I probably should have asked him to thin the heads a little.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:17 PM
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Then I put the "O" Ring on the machine screw, then the nylon washer, then threaded on the modified nut nice and tight. This alone makes a real good "low light" ghost ring sight.



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