Rifle Quarter Rib Purpose

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  1. BeeMaa

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    I've seen several beautiful rifles sporting a "quarter rib" for the iron sights.
    These rifles would be classified as custom or at the higher end of the price point.
    So my question is why?
    Why is a quarter rib necessary?
    Is it ornamentation, does it provide additional stiffness to the barrel or another reason I've not heard of?
    A little insight would be appreciated.
     

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    because it costs more?
     
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    It does look a lot better than a Picatinney rail.
     
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  5. BeeMaa

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    Man, you hit the nail on the head with that.
    And it does add a very classy look to a rifle.

    Just seems kind of ironic that something made for the use of open sights sees more utility as a scope base.
     
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  6. Accidental Villain

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    English is not my native language so I`m not sure I use the correct words here, but the quarter rib is there to eliminate multiple optical levels for your sighting eye. Sighting over a good quarter rib is basically just like sighting over the rib of a nice shotgun. Raise the rifle to your shoulder and the front sight/bead shines just like a diamond in a goats ass. Its superfast, quite accurate and by far the best open sight solution for a DG rifle in my mind.
    Scopes are often attached to the rib because you don`t want to build anything in front of the rib that are higher like bases on the action.
    Installing a quarter rib is expensive because often the gunmaker must make it from scratch, shape it to the barrel and then ideally solder it to the barrel. Then it must be sighted/blued. This obviously takes a lot of time.
     
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  7. cbvanb

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    With your “diamond in a goats ass” comparison I’d say you might have a better command of the English language than I do!
     
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    YEH, never heard that one!!!
     
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    Well,,I have a couple of those Recknagel luminated beads for one of my rifles so could have rephrased to ruby or emerald or something :)
     
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