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Flattening/serrating slide tops

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by natedog, Sep 22, 2005.

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  1. natedog

    natedog Member

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    I've noticed that several pistolsmiths offer a service to flatten and serrate the tops of various pistols. What purpose does this serve?
     
  2. Black Majik

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    Its suppose to reduce glare from the sight picture.

    Personally, I see it more as an asthetic reason. But... I do like the way it looks :D
     
  3. 9mmepiphany

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    it gives you:
    1. it gives you a flat plane to sight along the top of your slide...somthing that ties the front and rear sights together
    2. the serrations break up glare and draw you eye toward the front sight.
    3. gives you gun a "different" look...more different would be serrations without flattening the top of the slide.

    it give the gunsmith:
    1. an oppurtunity to show off his skill
    2. more money

    i personally like serrations on the frontstrap of pistols
     
  4. Moonclip

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    I had a Colt that came that way from the factory. It was ok but I like the classic round top slide look better.
     
  5. farscott

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    I have 1911's with the stock round slide, with a serrated round top, with unserrated flat tops, and with serrated flat tops. My preference is for the serrated flat top. The serrations do seem to reduce glare, especially on hard chromed slides. On blued slides, I have really noticed no difference. I very much like the aesthetic of a serrated flattened slide.

    Flattening the slide top also makes the front sight appear taller. I seem to pick up the front sight a bit quicker on pistols with a flattened top.
     
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