The giveaway on these is the saddle ring on the right hand side of the receiver.
Sometimes these days though a person will have one and not even know it because the ring and saddle were lost during its life and all that will be left is two holes where the staple was originally peened into the receiver.
They featured flip up military style rear sights and wore a carbine butt stock with its rack number stamped on top of the butt plate. The early 1899Fs were completely different from its later namesakes.First off the 1899F was a carbine, fitted with a carbine stock and a 20 standard weight barrel.Although a number of them were made in 303 and 30-30 without the TD feature. This is going to confuse a few people about what theyve got.The 1899H and the early model 99F are almost identical, the only thing we can go by on what model it is will be the serial number, even though the two rifles overlap each other.They were the basic package, nothing fancy or different from normal guns of the day.
The common sight was a Rocky Mountain front sight which mostly all the 1899s were wearing back then, the rear sight on the 1899A was a Rocky Mountain sporting rear, some were just a notch and others had a sliding notch with a small set screw beside it.The early model 99Bs, Cs, Ds and Es are a very rare find.Well start with the model 99B, although the earlier 99Bs are twins to the 1899A T/Ds they later were made with a 24 barrel, crescent butt plate and a ramped front sight.Most of the 1899Hs will have a serial number under 200,000 except for a bunch of the 22H.P.s which went up into the 220,000s, thus puzzling us if we have an early 99F under 220,000.Same goes for the model 1899A in T/D and the early model 99B, both identical guns but dating them or lettering the gun will be the key point in discovering what model you have.