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Old 06-15-2019, 03:12 PM
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Was there a transition year when Remington changed from their unmarked rear sight and ramped front sight to the Redfield Olympic/Internationals?
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Reminton 37 Sight Options

According to Messrs. Gyde & Marcot's most excellent book "Remington, 22 Rimfire Rifles",
the following sight options were available for the Model 37 from Remington directly:

o Introduction thru March 1953: Remington rear with Redfield front

o February 1939 thru March 1953: no rear with Redfield front

o February 1939 thru December 1953 (EOP): no rear with no front

o February 1939 thru sometime 1946: Wittek Vaver rear with Redfield front

o February 1939 thru sometime 1946: Marble Goss rear with Redfield front

o December 1950 thru December 1953 (EOP): Redfield Olympic rear with Redfield Olympic front


Only 2,519 rifles were sold from 1951 thru 1955 --- this would be the absolute maximum number
of rifles possibly equipped by the Remington factory with the Redfield Olympic sights.

These would most likely have been in the top of the serial number range, up to 12,198.

To answer your question directly, there was about a two year and four month production overlap when both sight combos
in question were available from the factory.


The Redfield Olympic sights were "introduced in the early 1940's" for retail sales
according to Nick Stroebel's "Old Gunsights and Rifle Scopes", and therefore
would have been available to be swapped or added by any owner after that.

Redfield International sights were not released until 1957, so they could not have been supplied
by Remington during Model 37 production.

Don

(EOP: End of Production)

The Wittek Vaver and the Marbles Goss rear sights probably had a pretty short run in actuality,
given the WWII interruption.
(Post war sales may have just been using up sights on hand since before the war.)
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:19 PM
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Thanks for the great info Don! I will have to keep my eye open for the book you mentioned.
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The Redfield Olympic sights were "introduced in the early 1940's" for retail sales according to Nick Stroebel's "Old Gunsights and Rifle Scopes", and therefore would have been available to be swapped or added by any owner after that.
The Olympics (both front and rear) are called "new" in the 1941 catalog, so this fits. I do not have an earlier Redfield catalog.

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Old 06-19-2019, 10:39 PM
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Interesting . . .

The Redfield ad for the 'new' Olympic lists 6 Winchester Model 52 applications, 2 Winchester Model 70 ones,
and the Remington Model 37.

It identifies the specific base needed for the '37 as well, implying that it was available from the get-go!
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Thanks for the great info Don! I will have to keep my eye open for the book you mentioned.
I see one on Amazon for the paltry sum of $950.00 and there is a used one for $5,001.00 too.

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Old 06-21-2019, 10:21 PM
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I see one on Amazon for the paltry sum of $950.00. there is a used one for $5,001,00 too.
Well that's nuts!

Got my first (only?) edition (autographed!) copy from the NRA Museum store way back when for something a little less than that . . .

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Old 06-21-2019, 11:28 PM
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I see one on Amazon for the paltry sum of $950.00. there is a used one for $5,001,00 too.
I saw the same ad and thought it was a typo til I saw others for around the same price......and I thought the Winchester 52 book was crazy priced!

What's up with these prices?
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I saw the same ad and thought it was a typo til I saw others for around the same price......and I thought the Winchester 52 book was crazy priced!

What's up with these prices?
Well, that is the way it is for first edition books. Also, there undoubtedly WONT be a reprint of a book with such a small audience. I have a few similar books that are rare too. It is just simple economics.
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