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1911 sight change

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by win, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. win

    win

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    I have a Springfield mil spec 45 5', I would like to install xs big dots on it. Has anyone here done it? Whats all involved?
    thanks again
     
  2. win

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    Does not look to bad of a job. That peenning tool would make or break the job.
     

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    The front sight tool is a must have!
     
  4. Jim S.

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    I do not know if there is a staked on Big Dot front sight from XS.
    I put them on several 1911's but they have been machined for the dovetail front sights.
    Staking a front sight is not always a success even with the staking tool.
    Plus it would be pretty hard on the vial and may even break it.
    It is an easy job for a smith to cut a dovetail in your slide.
    Doesn't cost much and it is the way to go for front sights.
    The rear dovetail on the Mil-Specs is a normal G.I. dovetail so when you are getting the front dovetail done it is a good time to get a Novak cut on the rear also.
    So much better selection of sights available after that.
     
  5. win

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    Do you know of any gunsmith here on GT that could cut the dove tail?
    thanks
    wendal
     
  6. Jim S.

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    I do not, though I'm sure there are people here who do.
    You can google Gunsmiths or gun shops and there are plenty of reputable smiths on line.
    Right now I just can't think of any...
    I'll check in on this post tomorrow and if no one has helped you I will look up my records and see who it was that did the last couple of slides for me.
     
  7. win

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    I have talked to a few local guy that do gun smithing. All are to busy.
    If you know of anyone that would be interested in doing this work please let me know.
    thanks again