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Hi-Visibility Sights, almost for free

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by schmeky, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. schmeky

    schmeky Member

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    I was thinking of sending my mildly modified 1911 Norinco .45 off to get some high visibility sights installed. I had an idea that I tried and thought I would share it with the forum. Please, don't laugh out to loud.

    I found a pen with an internal white ink tube. This pen had been used a bit so the ink was about halfway down. I cut the plastic ink tube with a single edged razor blade into about 1/32" pieces. I then applied a little bit of epoxy to the 1/32" pieces and set them onto the rear sight using a pair of tweezers. I had already thoroughly degreased the rear sight blade.

    After the epoxy set up overnight, I applied a dab of automotive touch-up paint I bought at Wal-Mart. The paint was white and seems to have some fine metallic in it, making the sights really pick up light.

    I have fired a couple hundred full house .45's and the cheapo sights are still holding. I think I paid around $8.00 for the paint, everything else I already had. I am so pleased, I think I'll just keep them as is for now.

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  2. renegade1alpha

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    Its not stupid if it works! I once made a recoil pad for my shotgun using a really thick shower shoe that I had cut and modified.
     
  3. markmc753

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    Where does the Tabasco sauce go??


    Seriously... nice work :)
     
  4. DMK

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    I also use automotive touchup paint. I have a bottle of bright red that I use on my front sights. It dries very quick and even has a built in applicator brush.


    I thought that too. Before reading the text, I thought this was going to be a mixed concoction of paint, epoxy and Tabasco. :p
     
  5. schmeky

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    I thought the Tabasco would "spice" up the photo a bit :evil:
     
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    As Paris would say... "That's hot."
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

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    Is that habanero? ;)

    Other than susceptibility to solvents, Wite-Out (or other correction fluid) seems like a good way to add dots, or fill in dots that someone blacked out. And it already comes with its own brush.
     
  8. schmeky

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    Use it in my "hot" loads (couldn't resist it, sorry :neener:)
     
  9. Walt Sherrill

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    Something that arguably works better is flourescent model paint. Testor's makes in in a number of shades. I find a mix of green and yellow is really bright in sunlight and moderately low light. You can do a different color up front, too. Cheap. Put a clear coat over it, if you like. The paint is fairly resistant to most solvents.
     
  10. GigaBuist

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    Well, whaddya think he degreased the sights with? :D
     
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