The FR-8 FAQ Page

Over the 8 or so years that I have been posting my FR-8 articles, the same questions often arise. I guess its long overdue to post this brief FAQ page.

How Do I adjust the sights on my FR-8?

Is it safe to shoot commercial ammo in MY FR-8?

How can I scope my FR-8?

Where can I get parts for my FR-8?

Where can I get a Manual for this gun?

 

 

 

 

How do I adjust the sights on my FR-8?

Make a tool with a proper sized roll pin (any auto supply shop) that "just
fits" into the hole in the top of the sight hood. All it takes is a few minutes with a grinder and some files.


You will notice that the point of the front site is not centered on the base
it is machined on...This way the windage is adjusted as the site is rotated
as well as the elevation...You adjust elevation first and then fine tune the
windage...Its a compromise but it does the job.

 

Is it safe to shoot commercial ammo in MY FR-8?

Every rifle is unique and its past is unknown. Every owner is unique and his knowledge and experience varies.
I cannot see your rifle. It could be the nicest looking FR-8 in the world but be totally unsafe. It might look like it was dragged thru the back woods for years but still be totally sound. The same holds true for any Ruger, Savage or Remchester out there!
So, to answer your question you will need to ship me your rifle.
I will inspect it, check the throat, magna flux the receiver, test fire it and retest it afterwards. I will repeat this multiple times. I will be done with your gun in just a few years.

Hope this doesn't sound too sarcastic - its the only way to properly answer such a generalized question.

 

How can I scope my FR-8?

The only way to solidly mount a scope would be to grind off the rear sight and mount and then drill and tap the rifle for standard scope mount bases.

I hope though that you will decide against such a irreversible modification.
The standard sights on this gun work very well out to 300 Meters. If your intended use is hunting, I don't think you will be any more quick on target or any more accurate than with the standard rear and front sights.
If you bought this gun to shoot benchrest matches with, you bought the wrong gun.

Seriously, the limitations of this sighting system for me is the rather coarse front sight blade. But by using a 6 o'clock hold on a target at 100 Meters, I can easily hold 2 to 3 MOA. You will never need more for most hunting or plinking applications.
I urge everyone to practice for a full season with the standard sights before going through with a permanent modification like scope mounting on this gun.

 

Where can I get parts for my FR-8?

I'm sorry but I do not know. I do not sell parts. Plus I am in Canada so most sources I would contact would not be the best source for someone in the USA.

Best bet in general is to post ads on various Trader boards such as the one Tuco runs ( Tuco's Gunboards ) or watch Ebay for parts.

 

Where can I get a Manual for this gun?

Coming Soon!