I have upgraded the old plastic overcoat button that was being used for a front sight by replacing it with this shiny new metal model that was manufactured right here in the LCF.

The two holes, used to thread the sight cord through,  also appear in the original kamerion from the Orsova finds.   All this silliness about, “what were the holes used for?”,  it really is pretty obvious isn’t it?    If not for a front sight, then for what?…….. Perhaps they hung tassels on them to honor the emperor?  Little wind socks maybe?

In the above photo,  the springy thread suspending the bronze front sight has the ability to flex with the kamerion during the cocking cycle.   For obvious reasons, a metal rod connecting the two holes would be problematic when paired with a kamerion subject to spring deformation.  Don’t you just hate it when some snod says, “for obvious reasons”.  I only do it because this blog is not meant to be a remedial class for the mechanically disinclined.

……. Okay! Okay!  I’ll cop!  ……… I’m the disinclinate that blew half a day trying to control the flex issues in a metal rod.  My conclusion after that exercise: it just had to be thread that went through those holes.  Metal rod thingies are not a natural fit for suspending a front sight with this flexing style of kamerion.

Also, this thread and button design is extremely resistant to having the zero wander over time.    Wandering zeros are the bane of some otherwise fine weapons, and while it is not always the sights that are at fault, that is one of the first places I look if there is a problem.    Because Firefly’s zero has not wandered in all the day to day testing we have done since the new limbs were installed, it follows that this simple and expedient design works very well as a precision instrument.   In fact, this front sight set up works so well, it takes quite an act of imagination to conceive of how those original holes in the original kamerion might have been used, if not like this.  And if that is the case, it is similarly difficult to imagine that the inventive Romans did not also utilize some kind of rear sight to take full advantage of the great precision inherent in these machines.

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