How to install Trijicon sights-1911

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by ztkolb, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    Took my Milspec 1911 to my local gunsmith to have it Cerakoted, which he did a terrific job. But he mentioned to me he had trouble getting the sights back on. When I got home I really started examining them it appears they are not on correctly at all. This is my first 1911 so I have no idea how to install or even take the sights off. I would like to do this myself since he has clearly demonstrated that he cannot. Any insight is appreciated.

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  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Um, yeah, that's nothing like right. I can't help you, but I hope someone stops in who can. That's disgraceful.
     

  3. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Dang man that's horrible. Is he a busy gunsmith? I can't imagine working on someone's gun, then returning it in that shape........

    I bet in that industry your work is your reputation. His must suck.

    I hope you can get that fixed soon...
     
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  4. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    I'm not sure if he's busy, this was the first time I've felt with him. But yea I was none too happy when I noticed how jacked the sights were
     
  5. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I would take it back and demand he fix it or some money back.
     
  6. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    I had thought about taking it back and demanding he fix it, but I wouldn't want him to mess anything up further
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    this

    find a different one call it lesson learned or demand a refund. thats horrid but DO NOT let that idiot touch your gun again!!
     
  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I can't tell from the pic if there is anything wrong with the rear sight. The front sight is clearly not seated all the way and may require more fitting. Is it staked on the bottom or just pounded in?
    Did he break the tritium vials?
    If you shoot the gun as is the front sight will likely come off.
     
  9. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    The rear sight looks like its not pushed over enough, I know it's hard to tell from the pic but the center of the rear sight is not lined up with the notch in the slide. Not sure if the front sight is staked or pounded in, the sights were already installed on the firearm when I purchased it. He didn't break the vials on the sights.
     
  10. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    If you pull the slide apart you should be able to tell if the front sight is protruding through the bottom (inside) of the slide. If it isn't sticking out you can put the slide down sight down on top of a piece of wood and tap on the bottum of the slide with a rubber mallet and seat the front sight better. If it does protrude through the bottom it will require fitting. It's probably best to bring it to another smith.
    You can use calipers to see if the rear sight is off.
     
  11. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    Ok thank you for the advice, I will try this and let you know the results.
     
  12. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    That style of front sight has to be staked in place using a tool to flatten out the stalk on teh bottom fo the sight. It is then made flush with the inside of the slide with a small burr from a dremmel or a round file. If spending the money on a Cerekote job and sight install, it is usually worth having the slide dove tailed for that style of front sight. It usually makes for a cleaner and more repeatable install in the future when the tritium burns out. Dove tailing it now that it refinished is probably not an attractive option. Most of those staked front sights are kind of a one shot deal to get installed right becaues the extra metal gets removed.

    There may be enough surplus metal ther to still get it seated deeper and flatten and reshape the stalk of the sight and not have it go flying off when you shoot.
     
  13. ztkolb

    ztkolb New Member

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    I think I'm just going to suck it up and get the slide dove tailed, and refinished and put a set of Novaks on it. Sucks it refinish it again but I believe in doing something the right way, and I think that's to have it dovetailed. Thank you all for the advice
     
  14. HOSSFLY

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    I think since it was your 1st trip to him I'd take it back & explain in a nice way several have said they wern't "just right" & cud he please fix them- That won't cost a dime :)