Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mounting a Williams Peep Sight on a Sheridan

My uncle called me at the shop a few weeks ago and asked me to stop by on my way home.  Our mutual friend, Sandy, had kindly dropped off two Sheridan rifles for me.  We shoot firearms together and she'd heard about the airgun blog.  They belonged to her late husband, Paul, and she wanted them to go to a fellow shooter. 

Both of the Sheridans are exactly the same vintage with the rocker-type safeties.  Of course, both are .20 caliber and have real walnut stocks.  They've got the dings and dents to show their age.  They were users, not safe queens.  Of course, I'd like to clean them up a bit.  Maybe an oil finish on the walnut, add a recoil pad... Anyway, to that end, I removed the stock and pump handle from one and started to sand off some of the factory varnish in preparation for a higher quality finish.  I need to get into the garage and do some finish sanding, but this morning the thermometer read eleven degrees.  So, I turned to the second gun (in the much warmer basement).

No idea of the exact vintage.  1970's?

The scope is great to shoot with, but it covers the exact spot on the receiver one should grasp while pumping the gun.

It's also difficult to lift the bolt and cock the hammer.  The clearances are just tight enough to make this awkward.

Removed the scope

This'll find a home on a different air rifle.

Removed the intermount.

The original sight was also removed.  I've read that these sights can promote solder separation between the barrel and pump tube.

Took the action out of the stock.

Removed the two screws holding the cover and cam plate.

Here's the bolt lug.  It's a 1/8" allen head.

Surprised to find that I have a nut driver that small.

Use care when removing the bolt, as the bolt spring will go flying.

Bought this Williams peep sight from Chuck at Precision Airguns in Maple Heights, OH.

On the new Sheridans, the rifles are factory-drilled for this sight. On the older guns, it's up to you, baby.

The supplied mounting bolts are #6-48.

Did some layout on the breech and gently clamped the action in the milling vise.  Found a piece of brass tubing that was a snug fit in the bolt channel.  Drilling through the breech and into the tube let all the chips drop into the center of the tube rather than into the pump/valve mechanism.  Also prevented any burrs in the bolt hole.

Drilled with a #32 bit.

I actually have a #6-48 plug tap???  This was an even bigger surprise than finding that nut driver.

Installed the sight and put the bolt mechanism back together.

Took few sighters and had the gun zeroed in a dozen or so shots.  The double screws holding the sliding windage adjustment is rather crude, but the gun is substantially easier to pump and work the bolt handle.  A good trade off between precision and ease of use.  The trigger, by the way, is exceptional. 


Alan said...

This is great! I'm actually slightly sad, though, I was given a very old sheridan to me from an uncle, it's one of the ones with the thumb safety. I restored it, and it's the best rifle I've ever fired, firearm or no. I do want to remove the factory sight, as you stated, it's destructive to the gun.

derrick38 said...

I'm sure your uncle would be very happy to know that you think of him whenever you handle that old Sheridan.

Anonymous said...

Love the blog!

seotalk said...

Hello, how can you remove the front sight of the sheridan?

veggiedog said...

Thank you for the detailed write-up. I am restoring the seals in my Sheridan Blue Streak, and I would like to drill for a peep sight. I will be creating my own peep sight, but I would like to use the Williams peep sight mounting dimensions so that I can provide a relatively common mount.

Would it be possible for you to provide the layout dimensions for the mounting holes? Distance from the top of the breech, distance from the back of the breach, and the distance between the holes would suffice.


NoOneAskedMeBut said...

Anyway could send you my Sheridan with the same peepsight and have you mount it for mr?

Unknown said...

Does anyone have a rear sight for a Sheridan blue streak or silver streak for sale?
I need the one with the set screws on it that attached to the barrel...

Anonymous said...

The rear sight that has the set screws for securing to the barrel does not cause barrel separation. The rear sight with the two steel wedges is to blame for causing the barrel to separate from the pump tube. Had to laugh at the comment regarding adding recoil pad...