I picked up a new carry pistol a few weeks ago, and I wouldn't have a male chromosome in my body if I didn't want to change up a few thiings. I saw a pistol very nearly equipped this way from another maker, but it was priced beyond my budget, so I grabbed this Sig Sauer C3 and spent a few bucks making my own tweaks. I came in several hundred under the other option and have a couple of things it didn't have. I'm very happy with it! It shoots very well and has presented no issues, whatsoever.
I started with the stock C3, many of you surely recognize as having an officer's sized frame and commander length slide. I picked it based on the weight and slim slide profile. I need to weigh it as it sits now, but it's probably under 27 oz.
I swithched the 3 white dots for tritium. I discovered that the Sig sights are made by Kensight and it was easy to identify the correct rear sight. Pinning down the front was a little harder, so I went with Novak so I could fully spec it to the correct dimensions. I taped up the slide and drifted the old ones out easily enough and the new ones drifted right in. I can't say enough about the precision fit and finish on the Sig pistols I've handled.
I seriously considered a trigger job. It's almost SOP with any gun I buy, but after only a couple of hundred rounds, and a slight adjustment of the factory over-travel screw, this trigger is very nearly as slick as my Pin gun, which I would put against any trigger by any smith. It was done years ago by Alan Tilman at ART Enterprises. Anyway, I decided to leave it alone. (sorry, I know)
I am pretty picky about the grip because I have small, but far from dainty, hands. Slim grip panels were a must, so I picked up a set by Kim Ahrends. They are Cocobolo with smooth finish and ball milled grooves. I finished it off with a government model magazine wearing the X-Grip finger extension and stainless screws, both from Brownell's. The icing on the cake is the arched aluminum mainspring housing from Smith & Alexander. Now it's very much like a bob-tail, but with the option to put a short mag in it if the size of the butt is an issue.
Lastly, I bet you noticed the bright white lettering stamped into the frame. No big secret here. It's china white grease marker rubbed into the stamping, a trick I learned from the M14 nuts on that forum. I'm addicted and will do this on every gun I own!
In the end, I added about $250 to the $800 price of the pistol. I think I have a heck of a lot more than that money would have bought off the shelf, and I did it all at home without any special tools.