Changing rear sights

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by bgeddes, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. bgeddes

    bgeddes New Member

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    How tricky of a job is this? Is it buy the proper tool and buy the new sights and bingo?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Different makers use different dovetail configurations. Insure you get a replacement sight that is cut for that particular dovetail.

    When fitting a rear sight, if filing has to be done, it should be the bottom of the sight that is filed never the sides.

    Filing is a last resort and best left to a qualified gunsmith.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    A sight swap from a gunsmith will run you $100 and up.
    I opted for the tool and do it myself. (and friends)
    The best tool I found is the B & J Machine PI Model 500 Universal Front and Rear Sight Tool.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=163458

    It works great and paid for itself with the first use.

    cane

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  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    You can do this easily yourself IF you make damn SURE the exact dovetail cut in frame-not only the width, but also the degree of the dovetail. If you get the correct size dovetail for rear site, it's drop-in. Just be aware there's several different sizes so again-make sure to get right 1.