Fitting new sights to a S&W N-Frame


May 11, 2007, 10:30 PM
More newbie revolver questions. I was wondering what kind of effort is involved in fitting new sights to my M1917 N-Frame S&W. Specifically I was looking at these sights>

So is this something I ca do? Or is best left to a pro?

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May 11, 2007, 11:03 PM
A pro would be my guess.

May 11, 2007, 11:26 PM
Please sir, tell us this is a new production 1917 Smith that you want to modify!!

May 11, 2007, 11:30 PM
Uh . . . nope it ain't new production, it's old and well used. It's a shooter and I intend to shoot it.:D
Someone already filed many of the markings off it and destroyed the original grips. After all that another owner had it sanded down and re-blued. Are you still shocked I want to change the sites?

May 11, 2007, 11:32 PM
Are you still shocked I want to change the sites?

As a Smith & Wesson restorer, yes, but on THR, people were shocked when I cut down a Mosin 91/30 stock:D

May 11, 2007, 11:35 PM
Okay, I love history too, hell I could have got a 625 right? But I really love this old N-Frame in .45ACP. Is it something that has any historical value left after all the hacking that was done to it before I got it?

May 11, 2007, 11:38 PM
Well, it's yours, and if it is what makes you happy, that's really all that matters. To repair a bad refinish attempt can cost as much as a very good or better 1917 would cost anyway. However, should you ever decide to restore it down the road, now you'd have to contend with drilled and tapped holes in the frame.

May 11, 2007, 11:52 PM
While I admit I want to be happy with it, I don't want to destroy a 90 year old mechanical piece of art, which is what this M1917 is to me. That it functions *perfectly* after all these years leaves me astounded. I enjoy using my (bone stock) M1 Garand in Three Gun against Ar-15s and while not winning, I place in the upper 10th percentile. The M1917 has the same appeal to me, but . . . I have really bad eyes and the sights are basically invisible to me. That is why I feel the need to change them.

May 12, 2007, 01:07 AM
You want new sights buy a newer commercial gun. Sell this one to finance the new one.

However if you want to SPEND more than what a newer gun costs email me I will gladly take double the money to UPGRADE your 1917, I can even cut the trigger guard off for you so it don't get in the way. (sarcasm/off) :D

May 12, 2007, 06:42 AM
In answer to your (original) question: The frame/topstrap would need to be milled. The sights you show are for ADJUSTABLE sight K/L/N frame S&W's. Milling operation should be in the 150.00-300.00 range.

May 12, 2007, 09:34 AM
Okay, screw that, I may as well buy a 625 or 325PD. That would be better than spending ~350 on sights. Cool, Thanks guys.

May 12, 2007, 09:48 AM
If you need new grips for the 1917, there's an outfit called N.C. Ordnance at that makes reproduction revolver grips of the early 20th century, they also make some auto pistol grips from WW-2.

Cost $65 for walnut looka like grips.

Here are some originals...the reproduction look exactly them.


May 14, 2007, 11:24 AM
Spencer, If you don't want to ruin a good thing just paint the sights with some florescent paint. It wouldn't hurt the value of the weapon. Good luck with your new (old) .45 you should get much enjoyment from it.

May 14, 2007, 11:27 AM
How does it shoot with the original sights?

May 15, 2007, 08:26 AM
If you want a gun with better sights then buy a gun with better sights. It will be cheaper and the results will be better and you will be happier in the long run. Extensively modifying a gun trying to make it into something that it is not never works out in the end.

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