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    Default Ring Sight ... weapon type?

    This Ring Sight in the link below came into the possession of the Comox Air Force Museum in British Columbia. Was wondering if anyone could identify what type of weapon it was mounted on? It appears to be oval shaped and slightly angular.

    Could this possibly be the Ring Sight attached at the rear of a 1st or 2nd World War version of an air gunners British 303 Lewis or Vickers Machine Gun? The base of the Ring Sight has a single cam and bearing pins on either side allowing it to be flipped up or down. The Ring Sight is quite tall which leads me to think it was possibly mounted on a Lewis or Vickers as the pan magazine was obstructive for gunner, the Ring and Bead sight's height allowing for unobstructed aiming.


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    Looks very like Bolingbroke pilots sight. The sight is offset to suit the angle if the pilots window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie View Post
    Hi
    Looks very like Bolingbroke pilots sight. The sight is offset to suit the angle if the pilots window.
    Thanks for that Stevie! After looking at images of Bolingbroke and Blenheim cockpit images it makes sense. Bolingbrokes were operated on the West Coast as well as Beauforts which had a similar gun-sight. The sight in the picture is a single piece while online photos appear two piece with the lower shaft secured in a pivoting tube. I'm guessing there were several versions to be had. Thanks again

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