Loose rear sight...help!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Dr. Marneaus, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    So, these past few times shooting, I've noticed my sights looked a little off...

    Well upon closer inspection, my rear sight on my springfield GI is loose. It's the GI style low profile non-adjustable sight.

    I can press it back into place against some wood or plastic, but within a few shots it bumps loose and i can wiggle it with my fingers. maybe wiggles back and forth about 1/16th of an inch, enough to screw up my patterns at 25 feet, haha.

    How can I fix this, if I press it in too far it'll be out of alignment, so i cant just do that, it wiggles around where it should be sighted in.

    Is there anything I can do? I dont wanna put loctite on it or anything...do I need to take her in to a gunsmith? I'm not sure how to work this out.
     
  2. stalkingbear

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    You could very slightly peen the dovetail "ears" down in order to tighten up the dovetail slot. Then you'll need to seat the site with a plastic/brass punch if you don't have a site pusher. I'd recommend you take it to a gunsmith if you're not comfortable doing so.
     

  3. JonM

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    my suggestion is contact springfield armory.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Bingo!

    It's an easy fix, but it's a new pistol. Contact SA and ask them what they can do. for you. Springer's come with a lifetime warranty, use it.
     
  5. Dr. Marneaus

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    I'm not the original purchaser of this firearm, therefore I believe the warranty is useless to me.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Call Springfield customer service. They are excellent and see what they say. :cool:
     
  7. Dr. Marneaus

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    I'll contact them, but their warranty card says "Springfield, Inc. warrants to the initial retail purchaser that the products it sells will be free of defects in workmanship or material during his or her lifetime as long as he or she owns the product."

    So, i dont think it'll fly seeing as I bought it used.
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Strange, my Kimber has a set screw on the rear sight to keep it centered and in place.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    IF it not covered by warranty, and IF there is no set screw (my Auto Ordnance has no set screw) simple fix. Remove sight. Turn it over, place in padded vise with base up. Use a pointed punch (a Stanley nail set will work) make 5 small dimples in the metal, like the 5 on a pair of dice- 2 up, 2 down, one middle. When you punch down, it RAISES a small circle of metal around the punch. Easy does it- nothing dramatic needed. Reinsert, check fit, dimple a bit more if needed.

    You CAN peen edges of dovetail , or dimple slide under the sight, but gunsmith rule #2 is "Always alter the CHEAPEST part."
     
  10. Dr. Marneaus

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    No setscrew, like I said, its the bottom of the bottom of the springers.

    I sent em an email and they gave me their customer service number, and said call and they'll take care of me.
     
  11. Dr. Marneaus

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    The slide has been shipped to Springfield Armory, on their dime, for a hasty repair!

    I'll let you all know how it turns out.

    So far, the customer service is top notch!
     
  12. superc

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    The military way was to centerpunch as described above. When you are a unit armorer and pistols come in needing new sights and you are pulling sights from a box, some size variations are encountered. Centerpunching fixes that. In the civilian world a small shim perhaps. Then (if all parts are steel) there is epoxy, or even the Mig welder, zap. Now it will never move. Seriously, if you aren't happy with the Springfield repair, consider new sights. Visit Novak's site and ship them the slide so they can fit the sights you want.
     
  13. Dr. Marneaus

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    Well, got the slide back yesterday! All is good! They even put it in a little tiny case for an XD and mailed it back all padded.

    Rear site was replaced with a new one, same style, looks like they did a nice job! Thanks springfield for your excellent customer service!!!!!

    here are a few pics...of the sight and just because a plain jane 1911 is so purdy if you ask me...

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    free case! sweet!
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    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010