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Old January 23rd, 2017, 03:07 AM   #1
 
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SR1911 Front Site

Has anyone else tried to replace the front site on their SR1911? I took mine off and found that the factory site was 0.010" thicker than the replacement which was marked for the SR1911 specifically. Upon contacting the company they told me that my slide must be out of spec (which I find VERY hard to believe) and that I could send the slide to the them and they would fit a site, charge me for the shipping, charge me for the new site and it would take at least a month. I am not really interested in that option, so I bought some sheet aluminum and I am going to cut a shim and fit the site myself. Is this a good idea or does someone have a better one?



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Old February 2nd, 2017, 07:07 PM   #2
 
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You don't mention what brand the replacement sight is . I had to replace mine and bought it direct from Ruger via their web sight. Even then, I found it to tight to install as is and needed to work it down with a triangular needle file. There is a video online that shows how to file down a sight to fit. I think it was by Dawson sights.
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stwbll1, First the Internet has web "sites", guns have "sights". This isn't an English class so back to the issue at hand. The factory sights are made by Novak and indeed they fit very tight. This has been an ongoing issue because when the slide slams home, the g-force can make the front sight break. When I install front sights in a Novak dove tail, I will dress the bottom of the sight base a little until it fits nice and snug in the dovetail. I would never open up the dovetail in the slide because most sights would not install tight enough.
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Set the replacement on some sandpaper on a piece of plate glass and slide it back and forth. Try it again. Repeat until it fits but hasn't gotten too loose.

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The issue is the replacement sight slides through the dovetail with no resistance; the replacement sight is 0.010" thinner than the factory front sight. I have fit sights before, that is not the issue. Ruger doesn't offer a fiber optic front sight replacement or I would have gone with that.
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Ruger does indeed offer a fiber optic front sight for the SR1911 on shopruger.com
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stwbll1,
I hate to say it, but if your new sight is too small, I think that you bought the wrong sight. I have fitted both a Ruger replacement sight and a genuine Novak low mount front sight. Both times I needed to do a lot of filing. You must proceed slowly to make sure that you don't over do it. File a dozen strokes, clean, test, repeat.
I also replaced my rear sight with a Springfield Armory adjustable rear sight to help me shoot NRA Bullseye. Again, lots of filing.
When fitting any gun part, a good rule of thumb to follow is to file the cheaper part. This reinforces what Iowegan said: don't file the slide.

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Ruger does indeed offer a fiber optic front sight for the SR1911 on shopruger.com
Yes they do BUT,... it only fits the older SR1911's. If you have a newer model gun the FO sight will not fit unless you file the rear bottom for slide clearance. Ruger only offers two front sights for the new models and they are part numbers 90605 and 90606 plus the original white dot front 64004. I have a new SR1911 9mm commander and ordered the front FO sight and a new "super wide notch" rear sight. The rear was a direct fit just filing the bottom for proper clearance but the front would never fit because of the rear "overhang" and the slide is only flat on the front not the rear, so I had to file the bottom of the sight overhang to clear the slide.
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I put Tritium glow in the dark sights-front & rear on my SR1911. Awesome.
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Ruger does indeed offer a fiber optic front sight for the SR1911 on shopruger.com
I purchased the FO Novak front sight off of ShopRuger, but I had a smith install it.

Once it is on the slide, it's really a nice sight.

The sight picture really pops.

Just FYI, the sight was about $42 and installation was $35. I'm very pleased with it.

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