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hamilton_6 12-18-2013 01:10 PM

Rock Island Armory Sight Options
 
I have recently bought a midsize Rock Island Armory M1911 GI model and I absolutely hate the sights. They are too low and hardly visible. I admit I haven't examined the front sight too closely but it looks welded in place. I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge on changing the sights or any suggestions for replacement sights. Thank you all in advance.

magnumman 12-18-2013 01:28 PM

A little paint on the front sight would be a good place to start. I suppose you could have dovetails cut into the slide, but IMO a project like that completely defeats the purpose of a budget 1911.

SSGN_Doc 12-18-2013 01:48 PM

The front sight is staked in place just like a standard GI 1911. There is a staking tool than can be bought to help flatten the post that goes into the top of the slide. If you google 1911 front sight staking, you should be able to find some tutorials that will explain what I'm talking about. There are decent replacement sights that are made to be staked just like the originals. The post come in two sizes though , depending on what size hole you have in the slide. Or you could take the slide to a gunsmith and have it dovetailed for more modern sight styles.

hamilton_6 12-18-2013 02:03 PM

Do you have any recommendations for sights that are compatible with the staking of the front sight?

SSGN_Doc 12-18-2013 02:23 PM

I went with Millet sights for a good basic fixed sight on my Springfield.

Olympus 12-18-2013 02:53 PM

Your best bet would be to just save up for a new gun altogether. RIA Tactical models will have better sights. Trying to upgrade a GI model is an uphill battle.

SSGN_Doc 12-18-2013 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Olympus (Post 1461772)
Your best bet would be to just save up for a new gun altogether. RIA Tactical models will have better sights. Trying to upgrade a GI model is an uphill battle.

If all he wants is better sights. It's not a huge investment to upgrade. Now if the ultimate goal is to fully customize, and go with a beavertail, a custom trigger, sights, extended controls, then, yes a different model may be worth it.

John_Deer 12-18-2013 03:22 PM

The sights are not part of the slide. There is a beavertail cut into the slide for the rear sight and a hole for a post for the front sight. Don't think you can use a drift punch and a hammer to change the sights on your 1911. Either acquire a sight press or have a gunsmith install your new sights.

Here is a parts manual for a rock island 1911. http://stevespages.com/pdf/rock_island_1911a1.pdf

SSGN_Doc 12-18-2013 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John_Deer (Post 1461800)
The sights are not part of the slide. There is a beavertail cut into the slide for the rear sight and a hole for a post for the front sight. Don't think you can use a drift punch and a hammer to change the sights on your 1911. Either acquire a sight press or have a gunsmith install your new sights.

Here is a parts manual for a rock island 1911. http://stevespages.com/pdf/rock_island_1911a1.pdf

There is a specific 1911 sight staking tool.

danf_fl 12-18-2013 06:28 PM

Okay, You all have confused the heck out of me.
Beavertail cut in slide?

Beavertail is normally a term used for a wide grip safety to prevent hammer bite.

Would dovetail be more appropriate?


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