1911 range officer front sight

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by kalepas, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. kalepas

    kalepas New Member

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    I must say I love the RO I just bought but after shooting a couple hundred rounds through it I don't care for the front sight being black it makes it hard to pick up, especially at night. Any ideas? I have heard u can paint the sight but wanna be sure.
     
  2. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Sure, you can paint the front sight. People have done it for years. You can also completely replace the front sight with a fiber optic from Hi-Viz or other makers.
     

  3. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Just replace the set with some night sights from trijicon,meprolite,or tru-glo..well worth it
     
  4. kalepas

    kalepas New Member

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    Thanks I was unaware front sight was replaceable!
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Sure you can paint it. I have what appears to be the same setup on my Trophy Match. My gripe is the fact that the front sight on mine appears to be a gloss finish. I've considered a fiber optic sight. For actual night use, I'd consider investing in some proper night sights.
     
  6. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    If its not the dovetail version it may appear "permanent".. But its a stake in front sight. You can replace them no problem
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    just a fyi, the RO intended use is a range target gun thats why the sight is black. in bright daylight a black sight contrasts very well on a typical bullseye target.

    they are easily swapped out as stated above
     
  8. PSYCHOFREAK3

    PSYCHOFREAK3 New Member

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    I just purchased a Range Officer as well. As I have yet to take it to a decent range, the one where I bought it had very poor lighting which meant I couldn't see the sights at all. I plan on painting them to see how that works out I wanted something bright but as JonM mentioned not too bright as to make it hard to see if I ever get to an outside range. But needless to say the first 100 rounds were horrible placed, it's like I was shooting blind.
     
  9. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    That's no bueno. I agree with you though, I find a solid black front sight to be hard to pick up. It wouldn't be so bad if maybe the rear sight had a white outline or something that would contrast with the front sight. But black on black isn't my idea of ideal. It can be difficult to see in indoor shooting ranges. I prefer a fiber optic or gold bead front sight.
     
  10. oneyedjack69

    oneyedjack69 New Member

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    a buddy of mine painted his ruger 101 with red fingernail polish me personally I ordered some sight pain from buds or Cabelas it also comes in glow in the dark I just painted my Range Officer front sight for the same reason until I find a fiber optic I want
     
  11. oneyedjack69

    oneyedjack69 New Member

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    you can use finger nail polish or get tru glo sight paint it also comes in a glow in dark and it's pretty cheap I just painted mine last nite turned out great it will do till I get a fiber optic
     
  12. oneyedjack69

    oneyedjack69 New Member

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    my bro. used red fingernail polish on a ruger 101 worked great I use tru glo sight paint its cheap and I to have a RO ahd I painted mine last nite a world of difference it will work till I get a fiber optic and that tru glo comes in a glow in the dark paint too there is 4r5 colors in kit amd itt was under 20 bucks