Front sight hoods.
No they're naf
Yes, if you have 'em, put them on!
Front sight hoods.
I have three rifles that should have them and they have either been knocked off and not replaced or have been taken off.
I like the look of a front sight even if redundant though
If you've got a foresight on your rifle it should be fitted with a hood,it just looks finished and protects the foresight blade, I had a right job trying to find one for my last CF2,but found one in the end and my current CF2 came with the original one.
Removed mine along with fore and rear sights redundant these days, also can sometimes see the fore sight hood in the scope if left on.
A foresight on a stalking/hunting rifle should be robust enough to stand up to use in the field according to common sense and also Col Whelen.
A lot of foresight hoods are derived from the target shooting ranges and shade the foresight. This is good when shooting targets as the foresight blade appears black and is easily seen against the light coloured target back ground however in the field it alos shades the blade and there fore is in fact often a handicap.The reason the blade on the stalking/hunting rifle is often tipped with a Gold, White, red or ivory bead or insert is so it shows up against the game or quarry in quite a few light situations. Specialist foresight blades are also fitted to some hunting rifles like the "Moon Sight" for night shooting at closer quarters and often found on rifles heading to the dark Continent.
Any foresight hood should be so made and fitted so the tip of the foresight blade is exactly in the centre of the hoods aperture. If this is not so then snap shooting using the iron sights will likely result is a miss as the eye will drawn to the centre of the aperture. The other function of the hoods was to stop the careful applied blacking or smoking tot eh foresight blade from being rubbed off when the rifle is placed in it's cover for transporting. Of course once again this is a hold over from target shooting.
To address these shortcoming foresights with loops like the "Watson" were designed which is cut away at an angle to allow light to reach the polished steel bead:-
The new "Watson" foresight I acquired and fitted to my BSA Model E to compliment the new Redfield Model 70 receiver sight that is also fitted to it. The "Watson" came in different heights and I could have actually done with a lower one for the Model "E":-
At one time rifles fitted with either the Lyman #48 or the Redfield receiver aperture sights with adjustments in 1/4 Minutes would have been the ultimate sight set up for a hunting rifle. Scope were very expensive and quite fragile and there were few mounts for them available.
Firms like BSA, Brno and Tikka used squared off profiles for their hoods:-
Note the earlier squared blade has slightly angled face to allow at least a bit of light to reach the blade.
BSA foresight and hoods 1st Pat Monarch on the Right and Majestic fitted with rounded late Hood to replace the missing one on the left.. The problem really starts when the foresight blades are changed to regulate the iron sights for a particular load and this often manes that the tip of the blade is not central in the hood aperture. The Majestic's foresights tip is well below centre.................................... which is not good at all. The blades can be obtained with different size beads on top and with different profiles. Whelen preferred a square topped blade.
Now the continentals seem to prefer black foresight bladed of square profile:-
These are Tikka sights which are almost identical to those that were fitted to the Mauser M96 Slide Bolt I brought new some years back.
Now I have sort swung around on the thought of foresight hoods. At one time I removed them straight away but have recently been re-fitting and even searching for replacements for those rifles who have theirs missing. Partly it's the collection aspect but also partly because unlike most I have actually been shooting with iron sights hence the fitting of the receiver sights to several rifles. This seven shot group ( yes there is seven there) was shot from a prone position using a sling with the BSA Model "E" and .303 surplus HXP ammunition at 75 paces. Seven because that what was left in the box other wise it would have been ten shots :-
The white spot is a price label and measures just over 36mm ( 1.42") to give scale not so shabby for a 70 year old rifle and 43 year old ammunition.
Over the past few years I had been trying to match up rifles with quickly removable scope mounts with zeroed iron sights the aim being for them to be able to be used as back up should something happen to the scope. This of course required that I become familiar again with iron sight use. The receiver type being superior hence the acquisition of some and fitting to several rifles:-
BSA 1st pat Monarch 270 Win. My BSA Majestic Featherweight also has a P-H 6E receiver sight fitted sadly that sight is not click adjustable as are the Redfield and Lyman 57 SME receiver sights I have on hand.
I agree. A good front sight hood should be fitted to the front sight so that the top of the blade is exactly in the center of the hood. I have found that as I shoulder the rifle, I bring the hood onto the game. With a well fit stock, the rear sight will fall quickly into line with the front and the game. I have the round hoods on my Husqvarna 8mm and 9.3 mm's. A excellent arrangement.
Not only does a hood protect the front blade to an extent, but also keeps sunlight off of the blade in many shooting situations, allowing a more accurate sighting. Anyone who has ever shot iron sights much knows that the groups tend to "drift into the sun" as the illuminated area of the sight reflects the light. The non illuminated part of the sight the eye sees is then seemingly centered in the rear sight but is really set off towards the light source. Not a big issue when jumping game at close range but for long range shots it is a consideration.~Muir
My own Husqvarna Model 46 in 9.3mm is sadly missing it's:-
hood. Seen here on Ash ranges.
Mostly they slide off as well, so you can use it to protect the sight when the rifle is being transported and take it off when you are hunting. Like a lot of stuff it is choice.
On my P-H 1100M you cannot take the hood off as it retains the foresight. It's the only one I have seen like it.