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1911A1 Front Sight Problem

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Magnuumpwr, Oct 28, 2006.

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  1. Magnuumpwr

    Magnuumpwr Member

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    I have a Thompson Auto-Ordinance 1911A1 which the front sight appears to have fallen off. Not sure where it fell off at, does anyone know anything about correcting this problem? Thanks for any help.

    Robert
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    You'll need to have a new front sight staked in the slide.

    Front sights have a stud or "tenon" on the bottom.
    The sight is inserted into the slide, and a special staking tool is used to stake or rivet the tenon to lock the sight in place.

    There are old style, narrow tenons, and new style wide tenon sights.
    The wide tenon is as wide as the sight, the narrow is narrower than the sight.
    You MUST have the right type for your slide.

    Unless you have the special staking tool and know how to do the job right, a new front sight will not stay put.

    You can find a local gunsmith who really KNOWS how to do the job correctly, or you could simply ship the slide to Auto Ordnance Thompson and they will install a new sight.
     
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    Thank you for the help. Thought that this was something that I could do, guess I'll bring it a gunsmith to fix.
     
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