New gun sight

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by psymmonds, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. psymmonds

    psymmonds New Member

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    A year after I knocked the rear sight loose, I finally got a new one.

    The only thing is, you can see light between the sight and the slide. Is that normal?
     

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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Nope. Needs fitting or just isn't the right sight.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    wrong sight for that dovetail cut.


    a correct sight would be just as wide or very very very very very slightly larger at the base than the dovetail cut.

    sights are fitted by using sandpaper to remove metal off the bottom of the sight. not the edges. you may need to do the edges but that is a last resort. you only sand the underside until the sight slides in 1/4 of the way into the dovetail freely. then use a sight pusher to get it centered. if it stops or feels like it hit a wall it needs a bit more file work. a properly fitted sight will stay in place via friction. some have set screws. some use red locktite

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1YxRoi_9Lc[/ame]
     
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  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Thanks Jon. You know the 1911 better than me. Technically that sight could be made to work but it wouldn't be right.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    just looks like a sight that wasnt made well. or made for a different type of proprietary 1911 or the 1911 you have is properiatary dovetail
     
  6. psymmonds

    psymmonds New Member

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    Well that's upsetting. Guess I have some calls to make
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Good luck to ya. I'm sure you'll figure it out though.