The sights

Sights usually consist of two parts: a front-sight or bead and rear-sight or notch with the front-sight sometimes made on a ramp with protective ears. On some pistols the rear sight is made on an extension at the rear of the receiver, thereby giving a longer distance between front and rear sight. The larger the distance between sights, the better accuracy that is achieved.

The sights are put on the target pistol are either very simple and plain or is some cases rather complex. Depending on the shooter he could order any configuration desired. The most common and simple form was the fixed front- and rear sights. Both could not be moved and were rudimentary.

Then the simple but effective leaf sight was introduced. The rear sight could be moved up and down, either by a ramp or a small screw. This lowered or raised the leaf. A better and more expensive sight could be ordered on the more expensive models. The so called Swiss sights were introduced. They were very similar to their rifle cousins but of course smaller in size. The front sight was either fixed which could be adjusted by an adjustment screw.


Sometimes it also had a small silver bead soldered to it. This would be more visible to the shooter. The sights on the more luxury type pistols such as the TELL or LUNA’s of E.F. Büchel actually had a ramp for the front sight where different types andsizes front sights could be seated. These were held in place by a small leaf spring in front of the ramp.

Some argue that the reason for having such a long barrel and at times extraordinary rear sights was to get a large as possible distance or ‘line-of-sight’ between the front and rear. The longer the distance between them, the more accurate the shot should be.