Let's say I find a nice 1911 with the adjustable target sights, and it has (what seems to be) the "novak" cut to allow other rear sights. What kind of fitting would be needed exactly? Would this be a gunsmithing job to say the least?
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March 9, 2010, 06:27 PM
The first thing to know is, with certainty, what the cut is and then get the type of sights you want that match the cut. While the "Novak" cut is a common one, it is not the only one in common use so it's important to verify first.
Next, you can drift the existing sight assembly out r-to-l with a punch, and insert a new one l-to-r the same way. A much better system is to have a sight "pusher" which does it in a jig. If you have neither the punches, vice, and skill to do the job by hand, or the interest in buying a jig, then it's better left to a gunsmith. It's an easy job, but it's also easy to score up your sight or slide in a very ugly way if you don't do it properly.
March 9, 2010, 06:31 PM
well, the guns I'm looking at are SA loaded 1911's. They seem to all use the Novak cuts by pic comparisons (Novak lo-mounts are common from-the-factory rear sights on them)
How much does the jig and proper punches cost?
March 9, 2010, 06:44 PM
any punches will do, key to punching is be careful, your trying to move something small and tight, not trying to carve marble.