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To dovetail the slide or not??????

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Climbhard, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Climbhard

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    So I recently acquired a really nice SA Trophy Match 1911 in stainless for target shooting. Going to try a little IDPA shooting as well. The thing is, I think I would want a fiber optic front sight to go with the adjustable rear target sights but the front sight is a post. My gunsmith can't find / doesn't think a FO front sight replacement is available without cutting a dovetail. Question is : Do I cut the slide or not ???? Part of me doesn't want to alter the character of the pistol by putting it under the saw but part of me thinks a could shoot it and enjoy it more putting the red dot on the target. Thoughts? FYI. This is my first 1911 so I am probably over-emphasizing the importance of maintaining the integrity.
     
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  2. Quack

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    Dawson makes a sight that fits. no additional cutting of the slide needed

    here's my TM with a Dawson
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    and my 9mm Loaded with a Dawson

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    edit: i don't know if the older/original TM's were staked on sights.

    Forgot to add that the TGO-1 uses a Dawson sight as well.

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  3. Cerebrus

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    Quack, are those U shaped rear sights stock or aftermarket?..
     
  4. Quack

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    not U shaped, just looks like that since I was focusing on the front sight.

    the TM & Loaded have the Springfield adjustable sights, and the TGO-1 has a BoMar.
     
  5. Climbhard

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    Those are all dovetailed sites. My fron site is stakes and that's my dilemma. To cut a dovetail in the slide or not. If the newer TM came dovetailed, I guess I'm not hurting "value" any
     
  6. Quack

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    It's still just a Trophy Match and not something like an original Colt or Remington-Rand, so your not really hurting the value of it.
     
  7. Quack

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    I thought you had a FO front sight already?

     
  8. Climbhard

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    "I've added a fiber optic front sight and grips from a TRP. I am 100 percent happy with my choice. "

    Ahh, the gun was at the smith when I typed that to have it done and I thought it would ber taken care of. Yesterday I learned that he can't find a post type replacement and told me that to put a FO on he would have to dovetail the slide. Hence, my thread.
     
  9. bac1023

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    I didn't realize the older TMs had posted front sights.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    HiViz makes a stake-on fibre optic front sight. The tenon would have to be cut to fit your Springfield which has a mortise intermediate between old Colts and late Colts.
    http://www.hivizsights.com/Colt-1911-C24.aspx

    I would go with the dovetail. It isn't going to hurt the resale value of a current production gun and it will give you more choice in sights.
     
  11. bac1023

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    I agree with Jim.
     
  12. samuse

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    They already milled off most of the slide for the adjustable rear, I'd make the front match.