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 Options for replacing 1911A1 GI sights ?
StealthyBlagga  [Member]
10/24/2007 5:23:13 PM
I have a brand new Springfield Armory GI 1911A1. Of course, the hump-and-bump GI sights suck, so I want to replace them with high visibility sights. The GI rear sight is in a dovetail and could be easily replaced. The GI front sight is staked in place, but I am reluctant to stake a larger replacement front sight - I just do not trust staking to hold the extra mass in place for long.

Question: Is there any DIY front sight option that could be installed without machining a dovetail in the slide ? Aftermarket Glock front sights can be installed with a screw... is there anything similar for the 1911 ? I have a good selection of hand tools, a sturdy work bench with vise, a drill press and of course a Dremel .
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TBoneDetroit  [Team Member]
10/24/2007 8:08:35 PM
I just finished going through 9 pages of sights at Brownell's. I saw nothing that mounts like a Glock (sadly).

I may be wrong, but I think the only non milling options are staking and silver soldering (question whether re-bluing is required? I've only had that done on a matte nickel slide).
Combat_Jack  [Team Member]
10/24/2007 8:32:47 PM
Bite the bullet and have the work done professionally. You won't regret it. I recomend Heinies with the rear leg cut off.
ARH_Army  [Member]
10/25/2007 12:32:49 AM
I would like to have this done as well with my sights. Not happy with mine, but love the pistol.
Lowco  [Team Member]
10/25/2007 6:35:07 AM
Same here.
I've searched locally for someone to mill it, but there doesnt seem to be anyone around.

It seems like gunsmiths are getting fewer and fewer anymore.
Will  [Member]
10/25/2007 9:33:41 AM
There used to be a guy that advertised in Shotgun news that would do Novak front and rears on a gun for like $50-$60. You just sent him your slide and he would send it back in a couple of weeks.

I had him do a Norinco once....he sent it back with a nice note -"Don't ever send me another fucking Norinco slide, I burned up two cutters on it"....Lol. Dunno if he is around anymore but there are alot of 'smiths that would do the same, cost probably more now though.
steyraug45  [Member]
10/29/2007 10:31:58 AM
Try Millet sights, the rear fits into factory cut dovetail, the front sight is a dual crimp style which means a second hole is drilled behind the the original front sight hole. These are nice, mine has the orange front and white outline rear very visible. The dual crimp holds that front blade very tight. Best of all no refinishing needed.
ZR2  [Team Member]
11/9/2007 3:19:42 PM

Originally Posted By steyraug45:
Try Millet sights, the rear fits into factory cut dovetail, the front sight is a dual crimp style which means a second hole is drilled behind the the original front sight hole. These are nice, mine has the orange front and white outline rear very visible. The dual crimp holds that front blade very tight. Best of all no refinishing needed.


Did you do these yourself, if so was I noticed that there was a "special-tool" required in the instructions. What would this be?
This seems like the way to go without having the slide cut...
war-wagon  [Member]
11/9/2007 3:46:01 PM
You need a staking tool. Brownells sells them for around $40.00. By the time you buy
the sights & tools you will be close to a machined sight set & installation. Just had a
local guy do Heinies for $115.00 for everything.
ZR2  [Team Member]
11/9/2007 3:50:49 PM

Originally Posted By war-wagon:
You need a staking tool. Brownells sells them for around $40.00. By the time you buy
the sights & tools you will be close to a machined sight set & installation. Just had a
local guy do Heinies for $115.00 for everything.


Decisions....


Thanks!
kchooligan  [Member]
11/9/2007 4:01:55 PM
i'll second just having it milled, you wont regret it at all
ZR2  [Team Member]
11/9/2007 4:04:55 PM
If I send it away to SA to be milled, will I retain my warranty?
war-wagon  [Member]
11/9/2007 4:09:35 PM
ZR2,

Should you choose to stake it, you will have to determine your tenion size on the front
sight. There are two sizes. I prefer machined sights because you have alot more
options.
dhdoyle  [Member]
11/9/2007 7:27:37 PM
Let me add a vote against using a staked front sight. My factory front sight survived for exactly 800 rounds before it disappeared on the range. Dovetail or silver solder is much more secure. This is one of John Browning's poorer choices.
wwynter  [Member]
11/9/2007 7:58:28 PM
S/A will back their work
6mmAR15  [Member]
11/10/2007 6:33:34 PM
Send it off to Novak, fast, friendly and top quality. Ask for Kevin. You won't be dissapointed, only elated!!!!!
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