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This is a discussion on 22/45 LITE Sight Replacement within the Optics forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I ordered a set of hi vis sights from Midway today for my 22/45 LITE. Suggestions were to have them "professionally" installed. My front sight ...


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Old December 28th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #1
 
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22/45 LITE Sight Replacement

I ordered a set of hi vis sights from Midway today for my 22/45 LITE. Suggestions were to have them "professionally" installed.

My front sight is loose after my last range trip so I dont think it will be ANY issue replacing it, plus I'm fairly mechanical, and I do have thread locker ready for the job.

I'd like any tips you may have on replacing the rear sight on this firearm from those who have done this please so I can avoid any unforeseen issues.

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Old December 29th, 2012, 07:37 AM   #2
 
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Guess we have no tinkerers here?
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My Williams Fireights came yesterday from Midday. Very nice! Model number 70957 ordered to fit my 22/45 LITE. Installation was very easy on the front site, just one screw to remove, use that same screw to install the new Firesight. Make sure to use a threadlocking liquid.

Next came the rear site installation. Loosen the main elevation screw most of the way, then take a small punch or tiny drill bit and knock out the elevation sight pin, then complete removal of the elevation adjustment screw ( note, small spring under site, just keep it in place as is). Next, install new sight by putting site in place and tapping the windage pin back in place with the plastic hammer or the end of a plastic screwdriver handle, then use the punch to finalize the pins place even and smooth with the sites edge.

Install the elevation screw back in its place and your done! Took me about 5 min total working time.

Note: with the Williams Firesight in place your factory scope/red dot rail will now be too long to fit your 22/45 LITE. The front firesight is longer than factory. I plan to grind down my rail on the front end about 1/8in or less. This will allow me to have both the firesights and the rail installed at the same time in case I decide to put my red dot back on.

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As you can see the rail is now too long

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Good photo of the sites.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #6
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Nice thanks for sharing this. I just got my 22/45 on Sat. I'm looking at red dots now but will need better iron sights also. Could you share the link to your sights please.
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Like you I wanted both and am VERY happy with both. Only thing I'd change is if I were the maker of the Williams Fire Sight I would shorten the length of the foot on the front site. I'm gonna cut my rail to fit today.

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Here is my rail that I cut and you can see which end by the staggered holes in the rail. Now I just need to touch up the rails end with some black and put it back on the firearm. This was cut with a plain ole hacksaw in a vise.

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Are these sights made for the lite model or are they just interchangeable with the standard 22/45 model? If I'm correct you don't actually have to drift the whole rear sight out just the adjustable part in the middle? Looks like I may have to get a set off these!
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If I'm correct you don't actually have to drift the whole rear sight out just the adjustable part in the middle? Looks like I may have to get a set off these!
Really?
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You do NOT replace the entire rear site, only the center of it as explained above by removing the pin.

These sights do fit multiple models but you need to check and see if your model meets the number I listed above. The number I listed fits the 22/45 LITE for sure, and may? others...again check.

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Fire Sights

I replaced the iron sight on my 22/45 Lite also with the Williams Fire Sights. Easy installation and they make a world of difference with my aging vision.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #13
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My new sights and red dot will be here this Thurs. Can't wait to get these mounted and used.
Thanks for doing this thread Drinva
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New sights came a day early. Took a whole 15 min to install. Just have to cut down the rail and mount the red dot.
Thanks for the great info drinva
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Welcome Gtn!!!

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