Rock Island Armory Sight Options
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Semi-Auto Handguns > 1911 Forum > Rock Island Armory Sight Options

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3
Default 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.

__________________
hamilton_6 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 12-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
magnumman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: pa
Posts: 544
Liked 162 Times on 93 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

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.

__________________
magnumman is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SSGN_Doc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 4,344
Liked 2182 Times on 1289 Posts
Likes Given: 474

Default

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.

__________________
SSGN_Doc is offline  
Axxe55 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3
Default

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

__________________
hamilton_6 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 02:23 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SSGN_Doc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 4,344
Liked 2182 Times on 1289 Posts
Likes Given: 474

Default

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

__________________
SSGN_Doc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Olympus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,299
Liked 429 Times on 282 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

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.

__________________
Olympus is online now  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SSGN_Doc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 4,344
Liked 2182 Times on 1289 Posts
Likes Given: 474

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Olympus View Post
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.
__________________
SSGN_Doc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #8
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
John_Deer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 5,071
Liked 1579 Times on 1077 Posts
Likes Given: 544

Default

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

__________________

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety - Plato


Last edited by John_Deer; 12-18-2013 at 03:25 PM.
John_Deer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SSGN_Doc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 4,344
Liked 2182 Times on 1289 Posts
Likes Given: 474

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by John_Deer View Post
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.
__________________
SSGN_Doc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
Retired
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
danf_fl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LA (Lower Alabama),FL
Posts: 10,256
Liked 2867 Times on 1657 Posts
Likes Given: 1235

Default

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?

__________________

Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Life Member NRA
Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)

danf_fl is online now  
Gatoragn Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Rock Island Armory .45s? WannaGator 1911 Forum 27 04-06-2012 04:27 AM
rock island armory 1911newbee 1911 Forum 19 12-01-2011 09:17 PM
Springfield Armory or Rock Island Armory? Cryptic Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion 13 04-06-2010 06:28 AM
Rock Island Armory Hot Sauce NARC 1911 Forum 8 09-14-2009 09:57 PM