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SaxonPig
May 23, 2012, 03:47 PM
One reads and hears the term "melted sights" but perhaps some do not know what this means. When the blade, or entire rear sight on a pistol* with adjustable sights is rounded to reduce the chance of snagging clothing it's called "melted."

The photo is of a 1937 S&W "Registered Magnum" that saw police use until 1954. At some point the rear sight was "melted." I do not know if this was done at the factory or by a smith later on. Usually not done on pistols openly carried, I usually associate this modification with concealed carry so I wonder if a detective or ranking officer who didn't general wear a uniform may have packed this gun.

* I have seen it done on carbines with open sights but it's mostly encountered on handguns.


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Certaindeaf
May 23, 2012, 03:56 PM
People do that with their own hand and or an obliging armorer. kerpew!

Rail Driver
May 23, 2012, 03:59 PM
They don't just do it on sights.

I did something similar, though less extreme, on an entire 1911 pistol, and will be working on "melting" my current carry 1911 though again - not nearly as drastic as the "clark custom meltdown".

Very good idea for concealed carry, or even for a range gun - the more comfortable the pistol is to hold, the more comfortable it is to shoot.

Certaindeaf
May 23, 2012, 04:03 PM
I'll never forget ol' Cooper rubbing his paws on an 1911 and espousing the value of smooth/rounded profiles. I still like a Nomad etc though..

ZCORR Jay
May 23, 2012, 04:15 PM
Well I learned something new today. Makes sense for a CC handgun.

Water-Man
May 23, 2012, 04:27 PM
You may not have attempted to, but your photo entertained me.

Well, it's been a dull day.

CountryUgly
May 23, 2012, 05:42 PM
You may not have attempted to, but your photo entertained me.

Well, it's been a dull day.
+1 .... nothing better to do today than entertain myself on THR....

Ramone
May 24, 2012, 12:03 PM
I've seen 'melted' rear sights on Police Revolvers- my understanding is rather than for concealment, it was that the sharp outer edges would snag, not just on jackets, but seats in cars, and arms when worn on the duty belt, as most duty holsters covered about everything else but the grip and the sight.

This is based on totally casual association with some NYPD before they went to Semis

RaceM
May 24, 2012, 12:16 PM
Generally not a bad idea regardless of open or concealed carry. Since sight blades are stamped out those edges and corners can be sharp enough to lay you open.

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