for some reason, forigen mil surps all have crappy sights. I can use the sights on any US made weapon fine but my old eyes can't get a good sight picture with my European and ex Soviet weapons. why dont they use the rear sights to correct for windage like we do? maybe I'm just used to it but adjusting the front sight for windage seems more awkward and usually involves a sight pushing tool.
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Many of the older mauser sights are set for 300 meter shooting. To use them for truly closer shooting, you need to replace the front sight post with a taller one. I have scope mounts on my mausers with some being in the more common spot mounted to the receiver. Others I have setup like a scout rifle, replacing the rear sight with a scope mount. I actually like these better, and have a pair of Chilean 1895 mausers setup like this.
My complaint about the Mauser sights is that the rear notch is too small. I have trouble lining it up with the front sight because I can't tell when the post is centered. Give me a peep sight any time!
I plan on putting FIRESIGHTS on what ever i can but in the mean time Laufer i use White Out or bright colored wire insulation on the front sight, course the insulation only works on post style front sights.