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Crooked sight picture.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Smoke, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. Smoke

    Smoke Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bosque County, Texas
    I recently purchased a Springfield Champion. (Used) the gun is in excellent shape and shows no wear, scuffs or other signs of mistreatment.

    However; the front sight leans ever so slightly to the left. I didn't notice it until I got it home, I was too busy looking for marks on the sides, slide and checking the bore.

    ANy ideas on how I can straighten it up with out going to the smith?
  2. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Carolina
    I would just replace it. If it is a standard sight (no tritium) they are cheap. Sounds like someone tried "adjusting" it and hit the blade instead of the base.

  3. yankytrash

    yankytrash Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Farnham, Va
    There's a front sight swagging tool you need. It's cheap, probably about $5-10 (even at that it's expensive for what it is). With it, you could restraighten it the way you want it and reswag it.

    The tool should be list as a "1911 Front Sight Swagging Tool", or somethiong to that effect. Brownell's probably has it, or most decent 1911 parts' booths at the gun shows. There's usually adequate directions included with it. Simple to use, minimal knowledge/skill needed as long as you follow the directions.

    ...or is it dovetailed? If it's dovetailed, try straightening it for now, but it's weakened. You'll need a new one. It might last awhile, but it will eventually fly off at the range, and they never fly off at the "right" time. My last one flew off in the middle of a round at an IPSC match.

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