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Dawson sights successfully installed...

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by emore, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. emore


    Dec 29, 2010
    upstate SC
    Well, sort of successfully. I simply cannot believe the amount of metal I had to remove to get the darned rear adjustable into the dovetail. I had to be doing something wrong, but I finally got it there. Installing the .335" front was a piece of cake, they even send you the install tool for both ends. I ran to the range before the Loc-Tite even had time to set up to see if I needed to drift them a bit. It hit about four inches high and between one and two inches left. I was able to tune the left back to center pretty easily but the elevation had me worried. I have it almost pegged all the way down and it finally started punching bullseyes. I'm going to take it back out in the morning and make sure that everything sat up tight and make any final adjustments, although I think it's dead on the money now. Personally, I like the Warren sight picture better (both just steel sights with no enhancements.)
    What's the breakdown between Dawson fans and Warren fans, as well as others?
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011
  2. (raising hand) I have Warrens on my Gen4 35 Limited gun, 34, 17, 26.

  3. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    Aug 1, 2001
    Wythe County, VA
    Didja remove the metal from the sight or the slide?

    I need to do some research. Never heard of Dawsons. I use Heinies.

    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011
  4. EKUJustice


    Apr 18, 2007
    Remove from the sight not the slide
  5. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Actually, I think you get a better fit when the sight is too big to fit in the dovetail & you have to file it.

    In a brave moment, I replaced the front sight on my 44 Mag. Marlin 1894 rifle with a Williams fire sight (fiber optic). The only tools I had were a brass punch, hammer & some sofa cushions to rest the rifle on (no vise). The sight base was WAY too big & I didn't have any files. I used a knife sharpening stone & very gradually filed it & tried it out after every 2-3 strokes. It came out perfectly - really tight & no movement after 350 full-power rounds. Great sight picture - the adjustable ghost ring rear & the front glows like a neon sign.
  6. emore


    Dec 29, 2010
    upstate SC
    The sight has the "male" portion of the dovetail so it's the part you remove metal from. I just didn't expect to have to remove half the weight of the thing! Man, my fingers are numb.
    Dawson is not a minor player, but I would prefer the Warrens if I had it to do over again. The main reason I went with Dawson is that I could find an adjustable sight on their page where I couldn't locate an adjustable Warren.
  7. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

    Jan 19, 2004
    Louisville Kentucky
    Can you get us a picture of the adjustable dawsons on your glock emore?
  8. emore


    Dec 29, 2010
    upstate SC
    Sorry about the quality. I'm a little shaky at this time of morning not to mention not very creative.



    Almost got the front sight in that one!

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  9. gator378

    gator378 Gator378

    Jan 22, 2001
    St. Peters, Mo, USA
    I tried the EXpress Ghost ring on my Marlin 1894 and the damn adjustment screw stripped out. Ended up with piece of $100.00 piece of junk. Defaulted to a 1-4 power Leupold and happy as a clam. The 1894 is a nice shooting rifle. Guess will retire the revolver. Should have tried the Williams
  10. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    Got a Dawson night FS for a 1911. It took some work, but I went slow and had great results. +1 on the simple sight tool. Dawson has a FS installation video on its web site which is excellent!