Front Sight Options for Colt DS?


May 8, 2009, 04:42 PM
How can the Colt DS front sight be upgraded or improved?

And don't say "more practice", ok?:cool:

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Old Fuff
May 8, 2009, 04:46 PM
Is the revolver in question one with the old, "pencil barrel" or a newer one that shrouds the ejector rod?

May 8, 2009, 04:49 PM
I was just re reading an old article from a mag that I found on line regarding that subject.

This was on a Magnum Carry, which is a stainless .357 Magnum D Frame.

This one was modified with a Partridge front sight and a gold bead.

I was thinking of speaking with a local gunsmith about a similar set up for my Cobra. The front sight on the ejector shroud D frames leave a lot to be desired IMO.

May 8, 2009, 05:11 PM
Both my Colts snubs are shrouded.

and thanks for that link

May 8, 2009, 06:45 PM
Colt actually offered some DS pistols with a tritium insert in the front sight. I owned one about ten years or so ago and made the mistake of selling it. I wonder if Colt will install the tritium lamps in the Custom Shop.

May 8, 2009, 08:08 PM
Options on the shrouded barrel Colt's are:


A colored insert. (Has to be a LONG one or it just doesn't show up, due to the long sloped sight ramp).

A luminous insert. (Has to be drilled in-line with the barrel or done as a block set in the ramp. The block type work, but are vulnerable to getting battered or broken off)

Alteration of the sight to give a steeper slope in conjunction with one of the above options.

May 9, 2009, 11:27 AM
As noted above a patridge with gold bead can be fitted. I had Jim Stroh of Alpha Precision do this on a Mag Carry. He even offers different diameter gold beads. It was dovetailed in after milling off the old sight. I believe Grant Cunningham in Oregon offers to modify the existing sight ramp to make it steeper. a colored sight insert could also probably be fitted by a gunsmith.

May 9, 2009, 11:36 AM
You know...some folks just don't shoot the Detective Special well. It just doesn't fit some people's hands.

Maybe I should just take that old nag off your hands.:D

The Lone Haranguer
May 9, 2009, 01:47 PM
Mas Ayoob has written of cutting away and flattening out the rearward portion of the front sight ramp. I never had any problem with my Agent's sight picture unaltered, though.

Anonymous Coward
May 9, 2009, 04:24 PM
Grant Cunningham ( offers this service:

"Front Sight Modification (post-1972 Detective Special, Cobra, Agent, Police Positive Special): One of the few complaints about the post-’72 “D” frames concerns the ramp front sight. The long ramp, no matter how painted, tends to “gray out” in bright lighting conditions. By recutting the ramp to a steeper angle and serrating it, you get a sharp clear sight picture in all conditions. (Pictures of the reshaped sight available on request.) The job includes recutting, serrating, and finishing the sight in red or black."

Unfortunately, he's closed his waiting list, which means he won't be able to get to your handgun until...2011 or so.

Anonymous Coward
May 9, 2009, 04:27 PM
I wonder if you could get a night sight dot installed?

There's a lot of cool things we miss out on as Colt revolver owners (clipdraws that screw into the frame, Crimson Trace lasers, a full selection of grips), but considering the alternative -- I think it's worth it.

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