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night sights in a Service Six - possible?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by roscoe, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. roscoe

    roscoe Active Member

    Is there some way to install night sights onto a fixed-sight revolver like the Service Six? It is my camping gun and bears have been known to prowl the campsight at night. Sure, I should be an expert point shooter, but until then . . .
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    get a good flashlight.

    It is possible, but tends to be expensive.
    You have to have the sight company drill and insert the lights or have a dovetail cut in the top front for a dovetailed front sight.
    I would not bother.
  3. ravencon

    ravencon New Member

    To the best of my knowledge Mepro is the only company that sells tritium sights for revolvers (somebody correct me if I'm mistaken about this).

    If you want a revolver with night sights I'd check the list of models for which sights are available and get one. The cost of putting a set on a fixed sight gun would be substantial. When the sights reach the end of their useful life you'd have a higher replacement cost than with a revolver that just requires a standard sight installation.
  4. rantingredneck

    rantingredneck New Member

    Indeed. You'd be better off price wise buying a nice used GP100 and getting a set of sights for it.

    Plus you'd have a new gun :D.
  5. aryfrosty

    aryfrosty New Member

    Tru-Glo, Meprolight and Trijicon all make night sights for a revolver, and there may be others.
    If you have a front sight blade on your barrel and a file and some epoxy or super glue you can buy reasonable night sights and install them on the front sight of any fixed sight revolver...or have a 'smith do it for you. My experience is that a front tritium sight works very well without the rear sight being tritium. It picks up the front sight right well. It's even easier if you already have a red ramp front blade. A bunch of folks, like LoneWolf.com sell inexpensive tritiums; one set I picked up there was $79 dollars. I put a front tritium blade on an M-642 and an M-40 by filing the front blade out carefully and supergluing the insert into the front blade at the proper height.
    "If it can be thunk of, it generally can be did"...
  6. Onmilo

    Onmilo New Member

    Why not figure the height of front sight you need and have a gunsmith mill a dovetail for the front sight.

    You could do the same for the rear sight and I would consider a set of sights designed for installation on a 1911 pistol.

    There is enough material on the topstrap and barrel web to make installation possible.
    It would be easier for the gunsmith and cheaper for the customer if you chose a carbon steel gun over a stainless steel gun because carbon steel is much easier to machine and produce a clean cut surface.
  7. aryfrosty

    aryfrosty New Member

    You could do that...But most folks are budget minded and the front only sight works very well for a quick-reaction handgun at night. A couple of shooting partners and I ruminated over the front only night sets and tried them and found they work very well. On handguns that have removable front and rear sights I have both front and rear. If you have a 'smith do millwork and install sights it's well worth the money to get them done that way; But you'll probably spend twice the money as if you did the front only modification yourself. I had no trouble making a clean bed on the 642's stainless barrel and the dovetails on the insert hold the blade notch very well. Regards; Al
  8. mainmech48

    mainmech48 New Member

    About anything can be done, with enough cash and a skilled 'smith. Make a few calls and discuss what you want/need with the 'smith. I doubt if there's any DIY tritium/FO option out there for your old Ruger.
  9. aryfrosty

    aryfrosty New Member

    I'll overlook your doubt since you don't seem to know what you're speaking about. I've installed the sights on 2 Smiths snubbies...I'm not a gunsmith...and I know the arrangement works. It wa relatively easy to do well and it gives me a great deal of comfort at night when I have a revolver close at hand and feel I may need it. Regards, Al
  10. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder New Member

    Try a pair of CT laser grips.
  11. mainmech48

    mainmech48 New Member

    aryfrosty, if you take another look you'll see that the doubt wasn't directed at all revolvers, just a particular model that has been out of production for over twenty years.

    Show me a link to someone actually producing a direct replacement tritium front sight for a Security Six; then you can tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about.
  12. aryfrosty

    aryfrosty New Member

    MianMech. Your point is taken. I apologize.
  13. roscoe

    roscoe Active Member

    Hmmm - now there's a thought.

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