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Anyone can install them. Even Duke!

As with many of you readers, my eyesight is deteriorating normally with age. Unfortunately for me this is happening precisely when my interest in shooting vintage military rifles is at its peak. In fact my eyesight is poor enough that in order to tell if my handloads are delivering sufficient precision I must test fire them from my scoped sniper rifles (and replicas thereof) of the same calibers.

Then by accident on the Internet I encountered a small company named Accumounts. Their primary products are replica mounts for vintage sniper rifles, but it was another genre of mounts they offer that caught my attention. They are billed as “no-gunsmith” mounts for fitting scopes to many types of standard infantry rifles. Usually I become very wary when something is billed as “do it yourself.” As detailed in a previous column, I am so mechanically inept that even anvils are in danger around me.

But being an adventurous type (Yvonne says, “impetuous”), I ordered some of Accumounts no-gunsmith mounts, namely for a Swedish Model 1896 6.5x55mm and a Japanese Type 38 6.5x50mm. Those two iron-sighted rifles were chosen as my test subjects because the former has shown signs of fine accuracy, while the latter has shown no such signs at all.

Accumounts no-gunsmith mounts are made to work in two ways. The easiest by far is as scout-scope mounts. In this manner, the rear barrel sight is taken off the subject rifle and a long eye-relief scout scope installed. The second way requires an extender bar for the mount, which then places the scope further to the rear over the action. Then a standard scope can be mounted. This also requires an altered bolt action so it clears the scope. Not wanting to change vintage rifles, I went the scout scope route.

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