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Old 12-31-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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My uncle has a Ruger Vaquero in .357 and he wanted me to do some searching. He wanted me to find a gunsmith within 50 miles of him (Don't think that's far enough) that will replace the factory front sight (it's just a graduated fixed post) with a dovetail front sight to where he can put a modern front sight on, but keep the current rear sight. First off, is this possible without ruining the gun? He also said if a dovetail isn't possible by cutting into the barrel, then if a bar running from the top of the frame to the front sight and have a new sight mounted on it would be possible (I'm doubting this method)? I'm guessing Nashville, TN would be the absolute farthest he would want to go. Can I have some insight and suggestions please. All of it will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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I assume he's wanting this done because the POI is off?
Vaquero's are intentionally made that way. Most people who shoot them reload so it's made with a little extra height so that it can be filled down to match up with your favorite load.

I strongly suggest either doing this if that's the issue or just trading it in for a Blackhawk if modern sights is what he's after.
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I agree. I would try to trade it for something he wants before he hacks it up and ruins the value of the gun.
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If you find a "gunsmith", check REAL hard into him. I've noticed, at least around here, that most "gunsmith's" aren't. Especially when it involves cutting a gun, and other complicated things.
Uhhh, is filing down a sight a good idea? If you go too far, or change loads in the future, you're screwed…..
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He loves the gun, he just doesn't like the front sight. He's got it shooting as accurate as he can, he has filed down the front sight. I'll tell him that it pretty much isn't possible.
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Brownell's has 2 sizes of front sight blanks for the Ruger single action revolvers. I would consider "Cylinder and Slide" their handgun shop is the very best. They have a web page.
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Brownell's has 2 sizes of front sight blanks for the Ruger single action revolvers. I would consider "Cylinder and Slide" their handgun shop is the very best. They have a web page.
I agree with Cylinder and Slide. Its really pretty easy to ship the gun to a gunsmith so I wouldn't worry too much about finding one close by. Pick one and give them a call and talk about what can be done. It looks like John Gallagher in Jasper AL may be fairly close to you


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String1946, Very nice list of custom shops. The point is we are no longer dependent on what ever is close to home. With the inter-net we can all access custom shops. These shops used to be reserved to people who wrote articles for gun magazines.
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String1946, Very nice list of custom shops. The point is we are no longer dependent on what ever is close to home. With the inter-net we can all access custom shops. These shops used to be reserved to people who wrote articles for gun magazines.
Exactally. I have a Trapdoor Springfield thats in a shop in Indiana as we type.
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