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Front beads and other foresights are manufactured in great variety. We have the plain Rocky Mountain knife-blade front, and then ivory beads of various shapes and sizes, gold beads, platinum, and different combinations. Marble's front sight in one model has a reversible bead, one end showing ivory and the other gold. King's front sight rolls over, turning one bead down and another up,—it is called triple bead because of its three beads of various styles. Beach and Lyman also make foresights that are a combination of ivory bead and a pinhead with hood; these last do best service on a rifle that is mostly used for shooting at a mark.

Sights are much a matter of individual liking and habitual use. If I express a personal preference it need not be considered an edict of the Medes and Persians. I believe that a rifle intended for big game shooting will as a rule be subjected to considerable rough usage. It may be carried miles on horseback or in the bottom of a boat or in a wagon. Sights then should be of the strongest and plainest, without any combinations, wind gauges, reversible— nothing but the plain bead in its steel setting, no frills or hollow rims, holes beneath or hoods above. Leave all such things to the theorist, the man who does his rifle shooting on the club-house veranda.

The ivory bead can be obtained either square or round and of sizes from the big “jack-sight" to the smallest beads that should be used by a hunter. Many have a preference for the square bead, but its sharp corners sparkle in the sun and not as fine work can be accomplished with it under all conditions. The Sheard gold bead has many admirers and much merit.

I believe that the generality of sportsmen will agree with me that one or the other of these two front sights, ivory or gold, should be found on a hunting rifle, and taboo combinations, also wind gauges for such weapons.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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