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Help on an old .22 revolver

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by bamabluesman, Dec 9, 2007.

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  1. bamabluesman

    bamabluesman Member

    May 8, 2007
    I have an old Regent Arms 8 shot .22 revolver. I know this gun probably isn't worth $20 but it is the first handgun I ever fired and the one I learned to shoot with. It was my dads snake gun and holds lots of memories as it was always on his side when we went fishing or camping. So its worth a lot to me. The problem is the sights are horrible. The rear sight is a little notch cut into the frame. Do you guys think there could be any way to put a decent set of sights on this gun? It is very accurate in that it shoots a tight group but its high and left of the point of aim.

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  2. Roswell 1847

    Roswell 1847 member

    Nov 20, 2007
    East Tennesseee
    You can't do much with an alloy frame, especially cast Zamac.

    You might cut the notch wider in the proper direction and fill in the other side with JB Weld and file to shape.

    Then solder a narrow piece cut from brass tubing over the top of the sight blade and file to fit.

    Alloy frames are at the limit of there strength so cutting into the topstrap for a conventional target adjustable sight isn't wise.

    Theres an add on adjustable sight made for five screw S&W MP revolvers that mounts to the side plate screw holes , it sits behind the top strap. But that would not work on your gun. Though the concept might be adapted by making your own and mounting it by drilling and tapping the side of the frame.

    Give the bore a good scrubbing first, lead build up near the muzzle might be throwing off the point of impact.
  3. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    get some black JB weld and put it over the front sight and file to match POA
  4. Funderb

    Funderb Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Jacksonville, Bold new city of the south.
    if the other suggetions don't work, take it to a gunsmith.
    If you want to do it, careful workmanship can adapt A S&W adjustable rear sight. CAREFUL. haha. But don't attempy it if you aren't sure of yourself.

    AMEN, brian williams, AMEN. Good old R.H.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I would probably help to paint the rear sight notch black.

    As far as milling the pot-metal zinc frame for a S&W rear sight?
    I don't think so!

    The gun is only marginally strong enough already without removing any metal from the top strap.

    A gunsmith can probably turn the barrel slightly to correct the shooting left. You can dab some JB Weld on top as Brian W. suggested to make it shoot lower.

  6. jr81452

    jr81452 Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Pete, FL
    give it a good cleaning and check that the crown is perfect before messing with the existing sights. i had a similar problem with my uncles H&R. his shots went into nice groups low and left. i put it through a sonic cleaner, then ran some JB bore paste through it. then i re cut the crown. now it shoots dead on with the sights and i didn't have to mess with cutting up the frame. even if your pistol doesn't shoot straight with the sights afterwards, at least you'll know you're starting your alignment with a good barrel. ymmv
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