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Staked front sight

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by humphreys19, May 17, 2012.

  1. humphreys19


    Feb 4, 2011
    OK, mostly a venting post. Gave my pet 1911 to a local "gunsmith" to install new sights. Selected a STI tactical adjustable rear sight, and left the front sight choice to the alleged "gunsmith", telling him I wanted a black on black sight picture.
    OK, the rear sight is good, he had to cut a larger dovetail, and it seems fine, except he scratched the sight installing it. The front sight, though........ He claims no one had one the right height, so he made one....... also claims that he silver soldered it in place as well as staking it.
    Well, after about 200 rounds, the front sight is loose. Loose, loose, loose. Loose like a kid's tooth about to come out.
    I will not go back to that "gunsmith", so I guess I will learn how to stake a 1911 front sight myself.
    Does no one take pride in their work anymore?
  2. CA_DUDE

    CA_DUDE Dude here.

    Jan 31, 2005
    South Carolina
    Apparently staking is a lost art. I had a hell of a time with my '91 Gov and commander just finding someone who could get the factory replacement sight staked. At this point in the game I go with dovetailed sights cause staked sights are a stupid thing to lose your sanity on. It's a shame really. Maybe it should be the bench mark of a good pistol smith; proof that you can stake an MF'ing sight.

  3. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    Voodoo gunsmith work is never a good thing.
  4. Brownells carry the front staking tools you would need.
  5. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    we build them at the shop and supply Brownells and a few other folk