Springfield GI.45 "Champion" Sights


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Talin342
February 22, 2011, 05:26 PM
I picked up a Springfield GI.45 "Champion" model earlier this year and the first time that I was able to shoot it was last weekend. I really like the gun, it's reliable and fits well in my hand. What I don't like, however, is the sights (or lack thereof).

True to the GI styling of the gun the sights are black on black and the front sight is little more than a bump on the slide. I noticed that I had a really hard time lining up my sights especially against a black bullseye ring.

I came up with a couple of solutions (i.e. white/red model paint, whiteout, etc.) but I was honestly hoping for something a little less "spit and bailing wire." The rear sight is dovetailed and is windage adjustable but the front site is integral to the slide. I did some cursory checking for aftermarket sights but none seem to be able to "drop in" to the GI.45 frame.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to enhance the site without too much hassle or gunsmithing? I'd love something that I can do myself, I'm not opposed to a drop in rear sight and putting a dab of paint or something on the front one. I was also considering getting some Crimson Trace grips for the gun which would solve the problem, but I want some higher visibility sights as a fail safe. Besides not really sure I want to spend $300 on the gun right now.

I'll include pictures later. Aside from the sights it's a really good gun.

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HM2PAC
February 22, 2011, 05:41 PM
The front-sight is actually a post. It should not be integral. Look at the inside of the slide where the front-sight attaches.

If you haven't made these mods to a firearm before, you may want to have a reliable gunsmith put the sights of your choice on for you.

The Lone Haranguer
February 22, 2011, 10:58 PM
If the front sight is not in a dovetail groove, then it is staked to the slide. If you take the slide off and look at its underside you will be able to see where this was done. There are any number of sight sets available that have the "tenon" front sight.

HM2PAC
February 23, 2011, 06:27 AM
The Lone Harangeur is correct, the term is staked. By underside I actually meant "inside".

BeJaRa
February 23, 2011, 10:49 AM
I have a G.I. Champion and I used the model paint to add the hi-viz marks on my sights. I painted it on 2.5 yrs ago and it is still there as good as new. This is a carry gun so it gets used alot. Now I have the benefits of hi-vizibility sights and the very low profile sights. I works so well, that I don't want to change the the sights anymore.

Talin342
February 23, 2011, 12:43 PM
BeJaRa, what paint scheme did you use to paint your sights?

I'm thinking maybe a white outline around the rear sight notch and red or flourescent orange on the front. Does that sound about right?

If you have some pics I'd love to see them.

BeJaRa
February 23, 2011, 02:16 PM
I try to remember to take some pictures tonight.

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