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1911 GI Sight Help

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by GeorgiaRedfish, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    So I am about to buy myself a new GI Springer. I am going to get some new sights for it and wondering which of these three you have experience with, what you like and dislike about them, and which you would recommend.

    Nowlin Low rider-
    http://store.nowlinguns.com/merchan...&Store_Code=NG&Product_Code=RX&Category_Code=

    10-8 National Match-
    http://www.10-8performance.com/1911_Sights.html

    Novak-
    http://www.novaksights.com/products/sights/models/sfwithoutnovak.html

    Hopefully I can sell my glock 19 to get back into the 1911 game.:supergrin:
     
  2. bac1023

    bac1023

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    There are definitely some better choices in GI sights over a few years back.
     

  3. skipsan

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    I had the Novak sight installed on a Colt Combat Commander with an appropriately tall gold bead front sight. The sight combo worked fine, but the Novak rear really looked awkward perched on top of the slide. Finally couldn't stand it any longer and just swapped it out for the 10-8 blade rear sight. The world is right again. Can make you a deal on a slightly used Novak.

    Don't know anything about the Nowlin option. Looks nice.
     
  4. i know i'm weird about things like this (traditional), but i like gi sights on target/range guns. you can draw a much finer bead. worthless on defensive weapons. all i've ever owned was novaks, but a lot of knowledgable guys on here speak highly of 10 8's. the gi sights on my champion are the smallest i've ever seen. they should have just saved the money and not put any on there.
     
  5. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    How is the sight acqusition with the 10-8 compared to the novaks is one easier and more natural than the other?

    Thanks for the help guys
     
  6. samuse

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    10-8 rear is nice, works well with a bead front.

    If you want the best combo for the money, get a Colt Series 70 reissue rear and send the slide to Novak's for the front of your choice.

    You can keep the nice, classic look but have a good sight picture.

    Here's my Series 80 with a Series 70 rear and a Novak gold bead front.

    I tried the stock rear with white dots, 10-8NM, Harrison Retro and the plain black series 70 rears and I like this one best.

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    I assume the Springer GI would have the series 70 sights stock correct? I was thinking of just getting a front night sight staked in and leaving the rear the regular GI and later going to the 10-8 for the glare reducing serrations and the u notch.
     
  8. skipsan

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    The notch width on the Novak measures (by calipers) .129". The same measurement for the 10-8 blade is .136". The depth of the notch on the 10-8 is also signficantly deeper but I neglected to measure it.

    All-in-all, the front sight bead is much easier to center with the 10-8 and I'd think a combat shooter (which I am not) would find it much faster.
     
  9. perfect gun sam. must you keep showing it to me?
     
  10. samuse

    samuse

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    Not right now. I'm carrying it concealed today.:supergrin:

    Aw, what the heck?
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    So the springer Gi sight is a series 70 sight correct? And you think it would be okay to stake in a front night sight to match it?
     
  12. one good thing about the colt i sent off yesterday is it doesn't bite me. so i got to keep the service style grip safety and spur hammer. YES.
     
  13. not the case with mine. the gi sight is smaller than the sight on my original series 70. didn't think that was possible, but it is. maybe a pre series 70 sight. the springer sight might as well not be there.
     
  14. samuse

    samuse

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    Here's a little better picture of the sights.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Nice, I think I'll go with the 10-8 though i like the serration idea
     
  16. samuse

    samuse

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    No, the dovetail is the same as the series 70/G.I.

    You can order a current Colt Series 70 reissue rear sight that is compatible with all the common front sights (somewhere around .170").

    You could run the Colt plain black rear with a Trijicon stake-in front for a no machining install, or you could send the rear sight and the slide to Novak's and they'll put on whatever kind of front sight you want, in their dovetail. I like a dovetailed front.
     
  17. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Can someone tell me the stock springer GI front sight height?
     
  18. .085 of and inch