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Hi all,

I value everyone's opinion here, so I thought I'd ask the forum: Should I add a gold bead to the front sight of my S&W 5906 PPC9? It has the stock all-black sights which are pretty good, but my experience is that gold beads really add to the quick pick-up of the front sight from the low draw position.

Furthermore, a well-mounted, quality 14K gold bead sight also adds a touch of class to the appearance of this rare classic gun.
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Or does it?

I'd welcome anyone's input! Thanks.
 

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If I were to change the front sight, a tritium/fiber optic would be my choice. That's the beauty of owning one's own firearm, customizing it to one's personal preferences. Like cliff said, if it can be done without any permanent changes, go for it.
 

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I see No Problem with what you wish to do. Keep the original in case you would ever sell it. Which as I understand would be hard to do now in Canada. Best wishes !
 

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(Canada's fine, just some hype and bluster that never occurred. Plus I can always sell to the US.)

I guess I'm just trying to have my cake and ... yada yada yada. I suppose I could just get a new sight built and maintain the original - best of both worlds there. And FO would ultimately be better really. There was a craftsman online that built a new FO front sight from scratch for my 685 Competitor. A work of art it is. Might be an idea to ask him for the same here so as not to mess with a rare gun and a potential new owner's broken heart.

Thanks gentlemen!
 

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Beautiful pistol. Very tall front sight, the origin of which I am unfamiliar and you've not said to what purpose/type of shooting you intend to use it. As a bullseye shooter many years ago, the sight setup you have would be very difficult to improve upon, especially for rapid fire at known distances.

For PPC, IPSC-type competition where holster work is involved, it would be cumbersome for me. Anything you do that cannot be restored to its original configuration will lower value. Want a gold bead, silver ramp, fiber optic, glow in the dark, ..whatever you wish, it's your gun. When you go to sell it, best figure buyers may not be as enthused with alterations as you are.

If I may be so bold as to suggest ...before changing things, you might try a light-colored (silver/florescent) strip of tape on the front sight to provide contrast yet preserve what is there. Such used to be available back in the day.

Good shooting and thanks for sharing photos of a really nice pistol.
 

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Maverick,

Just an idea. Why not get in touch with him and have him put a gold insert in your factory front sight. That should not be difficult for him. Simply machine drill the hole in your Front Sight and insert a metal gold insert. Obviously, it sounds like he has the skill and ability since he has done specialty work for you in the past.

By the way " BEEEUTIFUL" S&W Pistol!

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I think theses are all really great replies. Thank you!

It seems that the general theme is to not do anything that is irreversible to a rare gun, as its "value" is a subjective matter in the eyes of a potential buyer. I think that if I removed the original sight and sent it off to the fellow that custom makes sights for other guns, he could put a gold bead or FO on a new separate sight as some suggested. In that respect, it could actually increase the value of the gun as there is an optional upgrade at hand.

Thanks again. I'm much clearer on my options now.
 
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