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New Gunsite has worn finish on rear sight

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TheMightyQuinn, Mar 5, 2008.

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  1. TheMightyQuinn

    TheMightyQuinn Member

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    I just picked up a S&W Gunsite 1911 - great looking piece. However, on the left side of the rear sight the black finish is worn away. I'm assuming it's due to some difficulty getting the sight installed? I'd like to know if there is any cause for concern regarding rusting or anything. I hesitate to take it back and exchange it only because it's the sight and not the pistol so cosmetically I can live with it, plus it has a really nice grain on the grips. You also cannot notice it depending on the light and angle.

    Anyway, if anyone has any opinions or input I'd love to hear it.

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  2. nyresq

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    Its a new gun correct? why are you willing to accept a botched finish on a new pistol? and yes you should keep a light coat of oil on it or it will pit, just like any other unfinished surface.

    it looks like it was changed for some reason by someone who didn't have the correct tool for drifting out the sight.
     
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    If I got a real good deal on a used gun, I wouldn't sweat it. If new, I'd call S&W and have them make it right. Dab some cold blue on it, if you decide to keep as is:)
     
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    It's new? Have 'em replace the damaged part(s.)
     
  5. rmw

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    Sounds like a good reason to install night sights :D
     
  6. Miked7762

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    That's not wear -- that is grinding. It looks like it was ground down to be flush with the slide on the left side. If I bought a pistol with this I would ask for a replacement. The fact that the sight needed modification to fit flush would worry me (why does it need to be so far to the left?) and the fact that S&W would send it out in that condition would infuriate me.

    Sorry, this probably isn't what you wanted to hear but it is my opinion.
     
  7. RobertFBurnett

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    I wouldn't accept that from S&W, its at least worth a phone call to them. Or like rmw said its a great excuse for night sights.

    Watch out for those excuses though, my new sigs grips were not matching up right on the backstrap so I had to get new (SIG logo Crimson Trace) grips for it. :p

    RFB
     
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    It just looks like sloppy finishing work. Those appear to be machine marks that were never smoothed out. There was an excuse for that in the middle of WWII when the front was collapsing, but not now.
     
  9. TheMightyQuinn

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    Thanks for the responses. Yes, it's brand new. I called S&W and they are shipping me a replacement sight free of charge.
     
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