CUTTING THE BARREL—I have a .41 Swiss army rifle and would like to know if it would affect the accuracy of the arm. If the barrel were cut down to twenty or twenty-four inches. Could I remove the sights and replace them with the Winchester sporting rear sight and the Lyman or Marble bead front sights?
Cutting the barrel down to twenty or twenty-four inches will not affect are accuracy of the arm. It will have a trifle higher trajectory and slightly less penetration at the longer ranges, but not enough to make any material difference. The work should be done by a competent gunsmith, for if the muzzle is damaged in the least the accuracy will be affected. In regard to changing sights, I cannot recall how the sights are fastened to the barrel. If they are set in slots, it will be easy to attach sporting sights; but if they are fastened to a band or have, brazed or shrunken on the barrel, it may he more difficult.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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