Amateur slide milling


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Hunter125
February 19, 2013, 10:45 PM
I have a Taurus TCP. I have 2 issues with it.
1) The sights are your typical nonexistent BUG sights.

I saw a thread over at Taurus Armed where a guy Dremelled slots in the sights, mixed epoxy, white paint, and glow in the dark powder and filled the slots in. Ended up looking really sharp, seemed to work well.

2) The front top corners of the slide are sharp.

I am considering rounding off the corners somehow; file, dremel, etc. Then possibly Duracoat it.

My question is, would these be safe to do, or would it compromise the integrity of the slide? I'm no metallugist, but it seems the chamber is the place that needs the most strength, which shouldn't be affected.

My hunch is #1 might be okay, #2 could be pushing it. What do you think?

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Jim K
February 20, 2013, 11:19 AM
I can't imagine a slide so weak that rounding off the sharp edges would compromise it in any way. Appearance is, of course, another story.

Jim

Mr. Trashcan
February 20, 2013, 04:02 PM
I agree with Jim. I have the TCP. I've noticed those front corners myself. Rounding them off will in no way compromise the slide. As for the sights, I don't care that much, but if I get around to it I might put a dab of glow paint or white correction fluid on them just so they show up better.

rcmodel
February 20, 2013, 04:10 PM
Glow in the dark paint/powder needs exposer to light to glow in the dark.

A pocket gun don't get much exposure to light until you need it.

I once considered cutting the front sight off my Kel-Tec P3AT and drill & tapping the slide for a Tritium shotgun bead.

http://www.brownells.com/shotgun-parts/sights/front-sights/tru-dot-day-night-shotgun-bead-prod6846.aspx

But upon further reflection?
These little belly guns are just that.

If you want hi-vis target sights, you might have bought the wrong gun.

rc

Hunter125
February 20, 2013, 09:28 PM
Do they make any kind of tritium paint or powder that could serve the same function? I realize it is a belly gun, I'm just looking into some options.

rcmodel
February 20, 2013, 09:34 PM
No.

Tritium is a gaseous radioactive isotope strictly controlled by the AEC.

If must be contained in glass, and it is strictly regulated as to who can contain it.

It is a radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin.

If folks could buy it unconfined in paint, there would likely be a serious uptick in cancer caused by radiation poisoning.

rc

jon_in_wv
February 20, 2013, 10:06 PM
I personally think your time would be best spent on ammo. My LCP had very tiny sights as well. I put some yellow paint on the front sight to make it more visible. I wasn't in love with the pistol after my first range session. I decided I wouldn't sell it until I put at least 500 rounds through it. After 500 rounds I really liked it and I realized it is much more capable than I first thought. More range time will do you much more good than better sights.

That being said I did sell the LCP off to a friend who needed a small carry piece and a bought a S&W BG380. I like the sights on the BG much better than the LCPs. I've actually shot clay pigeons at 30 yards with it. (not in the air obviously)

dogrunner
February 20, 2013, 10:13 PM
I have the KT version of that Ruger Jon mentions. Thing was given to me & looked like it'd been stored in an open air chicken coop.....took it to KT thinking I'd just get it re-blued.....well I wound up with a plated slide....sights are problematic on the things but it shoots really well. I just used a toothpick to dab a spot of fluorescent orange paint on the backside of that minute excuse for a sight..........more'n a year now, paints still there and it really helps with target acquisition.

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