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Old 04-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Just need some quick help from those that know more than me.
I have a Springfield Range Officer and am not a fan of the sights, I just can't pickup the front sight without really concentrating. Does anyone know what the proper type and dimensions are for a replacement front sight? Also how hard is it to replace the sight yourself with no gunsmithing experience? I don't plan on doing it myself but just curious.

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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The 1st thing to do would be to measure your front sight height with a precision pair of calipers. If you go to Dawson Precision website (link http://www.dawsonprecision.com/CategoryProductList.jsp?cat=SIGHTS+FRONT) it will show/tell you exactly how to do this.

You would then need to order your replacement (I recommend from Dawson - they offer brass bead & fiber optic replacements) which matches the height of the one that is on there now.

You would then need to remove the front sight by first driving out or removing the stake pin and then pushing the front sight out of the dovetail on your slide. You will most likely need a sight pusher tool (you can order these from Midway or Brownells). Dawson also has detailed youtube videos to show the entire process. It's not that hard to do if you have the right tools and are patient.

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I own a range officer and had the same problem w the sights. I saved money by simply painting sights! Love it know and like I said it is way cheaper! U can easily replace both front and rear sights though.

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I don't know if they are still a sponsor here, but Glow-On makes some pretty good glow-in-the-dark paint & sticker material for painting sights. http://glow-on.com/

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I would try try to touch it up with some paint first and see if that helps any. If not, I'd recommend taking it to you a gunsmith unless you have a sight-pusher.

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I am going to try painting the sights this weekend. My problem is my lgs doesn't have anyone qualified to swap out the sights, they even seemed shocked I would ask if they had a gunsmith on staff. Just trying to get all my ducks in a row, but thank you for the replies.

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Don't paint the rear sight, just the front edge of the front sight.

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there should be a decent gunsmith around. At least within 20 or 30 minutes. Try the yellowpages too.

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I tried this on my Springfield A1 and it works great. I used a glow in the dark paint in white and just painted the rear side of the front site. It turned out looking good and makes a big difference when trying to draw and shoot fairly quickly. Much more cost effective than trying to replace the sites as they would have to be done by a gunsmith.

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Don't paint the rear sight, just the front edge of the front sight.

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there should be a decent gunsmith around. At least within 20 or 30 minutes. Try the yellowpages too.
Worse than the middle of nowhere, I live in Illinois where guns are inherently evil.
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This works for me, HIVIZ Light Pipe on my Defender.



HIVIZ Front Sight Springfield 1911 All Models with Dovetail Front Sight .155" Height Steel Fiber Optic Red

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