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Adding a hi-viz front site to a J frame S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Balrog, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    I am sort of thinking about adding a hi-viz front site with fiberoptic insert to my J frame. How do those hold up long term?

    Should I send it to S&W for that, or is there someone better or does it matter?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Do you have a newer one with a pinned-in front sight?
    Or an older one with a ramp sight milled as part of the barrel?

    The first is a simple swap.

    The second is a complicated milling machine operation.
    Or another sight could be pinned over the modified sight already there.

    I don't know if S&W will do it, but I doubt it.

  3. jfh

    jfh Well-Known Member


    Jim H.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  4. Racinbob

    Racinbob Well-Known Member

    Glad you asked Balrog. I've been thinking the same thing. My 60-4 target has the pinned front sight. I'd have to use the SW1002 which is rough .25 high. That would put the fiber at the height of the red insert. It looks to be just a matter of drilling the new sight with a #54 drill bit. I believe the statement that they are resin overmolded means that the fiber is protected by a resin 'cover'. I would think they'd be pretty tough but I'd like to hear from folks that have used them.
  5. Pepper

    Pepper Active Member

    If you have to mill your sight, check out Hamilton Bowen's front sight conversion for the J-frames. I had it done to my 442 and the difference is amazing. It is not inexpensive, but well worth the money.
  6. gb6491

    gb6491 Well-Known Member

    I had a HiViz on my Model 60-9 (has a factory pinned sight) for awhile. There are some photos and info about the installation towards the bottom of this page: http://gbrannon.bizhat.com/xs.html
  7. joe_security

    joe_security Well-Known Member

    Greg, You sure do nice work !
  8. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member

    I would consider the XS sight system as well. The light pipe is fine during the day but not a night site.


    They state that they will do installation on "most" models.
  9. gb6491

    gb6491 Well-Known Member


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