Originally Posted by Hot Sauce NARC
how big of a deal would it be to have sight dovetails cut into the top of the slide on a 1911?
Ooooo..... talk about a sore subject. (With me anyway....)
It's no big deal if it's done RIGHT. Once upon a time, I took a Colt 1911 to a local "professional" gunsmith to do just that. He basically ruined the slide by trying to hand file the new dovetails and the required clearance cuts. (Bomar sights.)
It was a series 80 gun and he ended up cutting half way through the firing pin locking pin bore, and the spring was partially sticking out of the top of the slide underneath the rear sight!
Add to that -- not one straight, flat surface on any of the cuts he made!
I HATED that gun ever since, and couldn't stand the sight of it. Needless to say it got sold at a loss.....
That was the day I decided to learn to do my own "smithing" from then on.
Uncle Larry sez:
Note however that his dovetail cut is too wide, and the sight slides in MUCH too easily!