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  • new sights on a springfield gi 1911

    Hi all,

    alright, so i'm thinking about tuning up my Springfield GI 1911 standard issue and putting some new sights, a trigger, and maybe a mag well to help me out in IDPA shoots.

    I was wondering how easy it is (or how to exactly) take off my old sights and replace them myself. here's what the gun looks like now:
    http://sgcusa.com/images/large/SA_1911_ ... 08LP_A.jpg

    I see the rear sight is dovetailed, so that should be easy enough to do, (shouldn't it?). i really like the rear sight to look like
    http://www.theshootersbox.com/store/ima ... 108282.jpg
    and have a fiber optic front site installed. I have no idea how that front site removal/replacement would work. I was wondering if it's as simple as putting in new parts or would I have to really machine stuff to make it work? I don't want to have to refinish the whole gun.

    Also, can i drop in a target type trigger like: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?p ... ber=777797
    will that help the trigger or just make it look better? I would love a 3.5 pound or less, smooth trigger.

    so is all this stuff possible for a relative novice? Or am I better off with somebody that knows what they are doing and have them do it right? if so, do you know one around the daytona beach area?

    Thanks,
    Steve

  • #2
    Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

    I owned a Mil-spec model and had similar plans for it. I quickly realized selling it and buying an SA loaded was a better option.

    The sights you suggest are sold by Novak. They quoted me ~ $300 for sights and labor. They would have to mill the slide for the front sight.

    Kings Gun Works http://www.kingsgunworks.com/ sells larger sights that would fit your gun. They do not have fiber optic sights. PLEASE check into the company before dealing with them. Feedback has not been the greatest lately.

    Changing out the trigger would do little. All it would add would be overtravel adjustment. Find a local 'smith and have trigger work done. You'd want that done on a Loaded model, as well.

    Bottom line is, you will have spent $600 on a $500 gun. When/If you want to sell it, it'll still be worth $500.


    Dave
    CERTIFIED GLOCK ARMORER
    1911 TRIGGER WORK

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    • #3
      Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

      Good advice, Dave.
      The Big Kahuna


      God Bless America

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      • #4
        Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

        i called springfield, and they can do sights for 200 and a trigger for 80 or so. it's looking like i'd be better off selling, but i'm still not convinced. anyone know where i can get a staked in fiber optic front site with medium tenon (whatever the **** that is)?

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        • #5
          Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

          Here's a beautiful example of what I suggest you don't do; http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.p ... ost5654377

          This gun is gorgeous but, it's a $1000 - $500 gun.


          Dave
          CERTIFIED GLOCK ARMORER
          1911 TRIGGER WORK

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          • #6
            Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

            Im in the same boat, I love my SA GI but wanted to do a couple things to it. But just decided to leave it as is as it would not be worth it, ill just save for a loaded version.
            "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future."
            Adolf Hitler, 1935

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            • #7
              Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

              that's what I ended up doing. traded the GI on a kimber TLE II and i'm never looking back.

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              • #8
                Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

                Brownell's lists a .125 tenon fiber optic front and rear set:
                http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=2686 ... _SIGHT_SET

                And I'm sure there are plenty of videos around them internets where you could find instructions on improving a 1911 trigger that are within the skill level of the home gunsmith.
                NRA Certified Instructor.

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                • #9
                  Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

                  hey man, thanks for the post... but see above. I traded that GI in for a kimber TLE II and it came with perfect sites and a super nice trigger. it was actually cheaper than upgrading mine.

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                  • #10
                    Re: new sights on a springfield gi 1911

                    Ummm, I knew that. I was just testing you.
                    NRA Certified Instructor.

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                    • #11
                      Go here under troubleshooting&Gunsmithing, replacing sights and trigger job can be done by you with some researching.

                      http://forums.1911forum.com/index.php
                      Last edited by kat1950; 08-30-2010, 02:38 PM.
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