front sights

Will my factory front sight work with the Skinner Sight?

This is the most common question we are asked.

When the rear sight is raised, (i.e. installing a receiver sight) a taller front sight will usually be needed.  Occasionally the factory front will work but there are times when a taller front sight is needed.

Our recommendation is: "Shoot it and see..."

Choosing the correct front sight requires Customer participation. By doing so, if a taller front sight is required, you can determine very closely how high it should be based on your shooting results.


Skinner Front Sights

Some information about front sights may be helpful as an introduction to help make the best selection for your use.   A well-made front sight is critical to accuracy.

We have three styles of Front Sights:

  1. Blades (Most accurate/durable/easily trimmed to height if needed, strongest, can be painted if desired)
  2. Beads: (Most traditional, easy to see, for some it feels more natural)
  3. Fiber Optics: (Easiest to see, fast target acquisition, good in very low light)

Front sights heights are measured from the bottom of the dovetail to the top of the sight.

Fitting:  Dovetails vary in size between manufactures, models, even individual guns of the same make and model.  Consequently, we make our front sight dovetails slightly oversize.  Fitting instructions included with our rear sights or found at the bottom of this page. This is helpful information.


For use with rifles that have a dovetail cut in the barrel but need a taller front sight than is practical without a ramp.

front sights

(Shown mounted on a Henry Single Shot)

Please call us for height recommendations for the Henry Single Shots.


To help answer the question we also offer the following Info:

The Skinner Sights NEF / H&R / HENRY sight is approx.
.375" from the top of the barrel to the center of the aperture.

The Skinner Sight has about 14 MOA of elevation adjustment.

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Rumour control has it that you have a solution for peep sights to suit the browning BL 22? As well as the front ? you little ripper what do I need to order ? anyone in Australia deal in your parts ? Or do i order them from you?
on ya mate Damo


Hi, do you offer the case-colored Skinner Express peep sight (for Henry Big Boy) with no brass on it whatsoever?

Steven M. De Winter

Mounted a Skinner Express all brass on my new .357/.38 Henry Big Boy Brass. Dead on at 100 yards with the Henry front sight. A classic look which makes this a gun a keeper!

Wayne Anderson

Hello Bob,

We do offer a barrel band/ramp/sight modification service to dovetail the factory band/ramp/sight combo to accept our standard dovetail sights. Give us a call and we can make it happen for you.

Hope that helps

Andy Larsson

Hello Matt,

Our EXPRESS Scope mount with Integral Peep is very popular on the Henry Buckhammers. We have set several customers up this way with good success.

Give us a call and we can walk you through the process. Its straight up and easy to do.

Hope that helps!

Andy Larsson

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