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Old 04-19-2019, 3:01 PM
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Guy that installed my front sight did it wrong (don't ask) so now I have to redo it. Does anyone have a sight tool they can let me borrow or know where I can get an inexpensive one (cheapest Ive found is $35+S/H on eBay) I dont plan on making many changes to 1911 once this is corrected so rather not buy 1
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Old 04-19-2019, 7:06 PM
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i've installed a good number of sights on a variety of pistols. I use this technique as shown by Dawson Precision. Done without a sight moving tool, only a triangle file, tape and a non marring punch.
the video is excellent, hope this helps.
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:52 PM
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For a staked front sight 1911, similar to what it used for stock GI model 1911, I heat up the front sight then use a steel punch set and tap it at an angle. These are literally thee hardest to take off I've even drilled right through one!
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:23 AM
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Might want to post your location. That way if anyone near you has one...

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Old 04-20-2019, 5:13 AM
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Is the front sight staked or dovetail type? Sights need to be fit right with the right tools.
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im in temecula, and I have dovetail type
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For dovetail, I use the Dawson method. I use the cell phone for staked sights -- as in call my smith.
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Whatever you do donít file the gun to fit the sights. File the sights to fit the gun.

If you open the slide up to fit oversized sights then whatís to say if you want to change the sights later that youíll find sights that donít just fall out of the gun because the slide dovetail is now to large.

Plus you always try to fit parts to the gun when feasible not the other way around.


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I know.

I have to file the front sight down, the front of it is lifted(see space btwn it nd slide) can't believe "gunsmith" at local shop put it on the way he did.

Y'all like Dawson method vs using a pusher?


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Whatever you do donít file the gun to fit the sights. File the sights to fit the gun.

If you open the slide up to fit oversized sights then whatís to say if you want to change the sights later that youíll find sights that donít just fall out of the gun because the slide dovetail is now to large.

Plus you always try to fit parts to the gun when feasible not the other way around.


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I use the cell phone for staked sights -- as in call my smith.

Okay, you got me with that one.
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Y'all like Dawson method vs using a pusher?
Yes.
A pusher is fine as long as the sight is fitted first AND the pusher pushes against the DOVETAIL, not the BLADE.
Most pushers push against the BLADE and will simply rip the blade off of the dovetail on a 1911 front sight if the dovetail is not fitted correctly before you attempt to push the dovetail into the slide.
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Im curious to know what you guys think about damage done to my 1911 by this guy, since IMO he just tapped sight on w/ZERO fitting? I stood there and waited it wasn't long of wait when I had it done
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Perhaps if you could demonstrate the damage it might be easier to more accurately assess and discuss.
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Im curious to know what you guys think about damage done to my 1911 by this guy, since IMO he just tapped sight on w/ZERO fitting? I stood there and waited it wasn't long of wait when I had it done


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Look close you can see space btwn sight and slide in this side shot



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Looks like someone tried to fit your front sight without using the proper files. Notice itís it looks to be on a very uphill grade. That sight may be trash at this point. Hard to tell from the pics. Iíd say that ďgunsmithĒ I use that term very loosely should be buying you a new front sight.


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I don't know which way to tap it out via Dawson method either.

Do sights go in left to right?
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I don't know which way to tap it out via Dawson method either.

Do sights go in left to right?


Dovetail on 1911s are not tapered. Dawson does taper their sights ever so slightly but since the dovetail isnít tapered and the sight should have been fitted it doesnít matter which way you tap them out.


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