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#1 NFA amnesty

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:03 PM

Anyone know a source for an original front sight hood?  Have checked the usual suspects and having a difficult time sourcing one.

 

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 08:49 PM

Here's one for you.  It's a repro, but it will do.  An original sight hood is very hard to find which is understandable because they got lost often in the field.  Many of the repros are indistinguishable from originals.  If you HAVE to have an original, I hope you can magically tell the one from the repros, because it's sometimes impossible to tell.  Best of luck.

 

https://www.hessenan...p/r19718200.htm


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 10:42 PM

Here's one for you.  It's a repro, but it will do.  An original sight hood is very hard to find which is understandable because they got lost often in the field.  Many of the repros are indistinguishable from originals.  If you HAVE to have an original, I hope you can magically tell the one from the repros, because it's sometimes impossible to tell.  Best of luck.

 

https://www.hessenan...p/r19718200.htm

Thank you very much.  Assume it will have a regular blue finish.  The rest of my weapon has most of the bluing gone.  New hood might need a vinegar bath!


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#4 Petroleum 1

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:39 AM

Thanks for the link I ordered a couple too...since there is no stamping on the original its a good spare to have.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:42 AM

I have an STG45 with a sight hood that has a very small partial stamp placed off the side of the top on the curved part. The distinct letter is a "B" with a partial letter just to the right that is only half stamped due to the curve of the metal that could be an "L" possibly or the vertical left side of an "R", etc. 

I have had many, many MPs in the shop for reactivation, repair, refinish, brokering, etc, etc some having lost the hoods, some with repros and some with original and I always look for some sort of stamp or marking. The  only mark I have seen is on a hood so far is the one Noted above. 

The last sight hood that I recall offered as an original from a reliable source had a price of $225 or $250.

There are a variety of repros, all that fit  more or less. The ones that don't fir well will pop off really easily if knocked against something sturdy. FWIW


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:16 PM

Good repros are made of spring steel, like the originals, and won't deform.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:47 PM

Thanks for the link I ordered a couple too...since there is no stamping on the original its a good spare to have.

I also just ordered two, nice to have an extra one.  I was almost going to purchase an original K98 hood but they are a bit shorter for the sight picture.

 

Thanks again Darivs 


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:48 PM

I have an STG45 with a sight hood that has a very small partial stamp placed off the side of the top on the curved part. The distinct letter is a "B" with a partial letter just to the right that is only half stamped due to the curve of the metal that could be an "L" possibly or the vertical left side of an "R", etc. 

I have had many, many MPs in the shop for reactivation, repair, refinish, brokering, etc, etc some having lost the hoods, some with repros and some with original and I always look for some sort of stamp or marking. The  only mark I have seen is on a hood so far is the one Noted above. 

The last sight hood that I recall offered as an original from a reliable source had a price of $225 or $250.

There are a variety of repros, all that fit  more or less. The ones that don't fir well will pop off really easily if knocked against something sturdy. FWIW

Thank you for that info my friend.


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 04:56 PM

Picked one up at SAR, installed today. A little challenging to spread open, sturdy little thing.
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Posted 14 December 2019 - 07:03 AM

Picked one up at SAR, installed today. A little challenging to spread open, sturdy little thing.


Are there any markings on the sight hood??


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 09:26 AM

Picked one up at SAR, installed today. A little challenging to spread open, sturdy little thing.


Are there any markings on the sight hood??

No markings on mine. I assume it is also a reproduction, paid $10.

 

Does make the rifle look better IMO.

 

I still need a sling !


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 05:16 PM

 

Picked one up at SAR, installed today. A little challenging to spread open, sturdy little thing.


Are there any markings on the sight hood??

No markings on mine. I assume it is also a reproduction, paid $10.

 

Does make the rifle look better IMO.

 

I still need a sling !


Agreed the sight is a must for the sturm. Any K98 sling will work that is what the Germans used.


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#13 DARIVS

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 11:07 PM

Thanks for the link I ordered a couple too...since there is no stamping on the original its a good spare to have.

I also just ordered two, nice to have an extra one.  I was almost going to purchase an original K98 hood but they are a bit shorter for the sight picture.

 

Thanks again Darivs 

No problem.. anytime.   Good parts are where you find them.  Hope the ones at the link I sent you work out well.


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