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  1. #1
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    drop in's

    i was wondering if there is a true drop in set of sights for my springfield 1911-a1. ones that require no machine work at all. not that it is a problem but i just don't want to go cutting dovetails on my slide. any help would be nice

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    Try King's. Don't remember exactly what they are called (Hardball, I think) but they make sights with the medium tenon that Springfield uses. Still have to stake the front sight though. I replaced the sights on my GI with them. Big improvement.

    Brownells used to carry them, I heard they no longer do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skpp108
    Try King's. Don't remember exactly what they are called (Hardball, I think) but they make sights with the medium tenon that Springfield uses. Still have to stake the front sight though. I replaced the sights on my GI with them. Big improvement.

    Brownells used to carry them, I heard they no longer do.
    Got a pic?

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    Springer Sights

    twins owner:

    Straight from the source:
    http://www.kingsgunworks.com/newcatalog/page02.html

    -Hardball Sights-

    mitchjoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchjoe
    twins owner:

    Straight from the source:
    http://www.kingsgunworks.com/newcatalog/page02.html

    -Hardball Sights-

    mitchjoe
    Cool. Thanks for the pics

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    thanks for the web site i have a 3 dot set on the way. when they talk about "stake the front sight" what is stake

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    Staking is basically like setting a rivet.

    The front site has a small protrusion that fits into a slot or hole in the slide. If you remove the slide from your 1911 (and of course remove the barrel from the slide) you will see this protrusion. During installation, the site is set in place, and then a "stake" comes down and strikes the protrusion, causing it to deform and swell slightly, locking the site in place.

    Replacement of the site will involve drilling or grinding out the old staked protrusion of the old front site, installing the new front site, and then staking the new site in place. You will want to be careful to support the site and slide so that nothing gets bent or scratched. I just sent the slide of my new Springfield GI back to Springfield because my front site was bent during installation at the factory (see http://www.forth-armoury.com/temp/1911/1911_tryout.htm )

    Note that my above instructions are theoretical based on my looking at the weapon. I am not a pistolsmith and have not done the above task.

    Steve

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    You need a staking tool to reach into the slide and expand the tenon. Brownells has them.

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