Options for Fixed Sight S&W's???

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  1. billhilly66

    billhilly66 Member

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    What are the available options for upgrading the sights on a M64 and M60?

    I've seen an upgrade on a gunsmith's website but I don't remember which one. It looked pretty neat but I think I recall that it wouldn't work on steel frames and I know I recall that it was really expensive.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
     
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    The best option is to trade it for a gun with "better" sights.

    To me, the question really is, how much "better" do the sights need to be?

    A good handgun shot can easily hit a 5 gallon bucket at 100 yards with a Model 60. They really have pretty darn good sights already. You just can't adjust them, which is as it should be for their intended use.

    Adding adjustable sights to a J-frame S&W involves cutting into the top strap, and drilling & tapping for screws. S&W even made some of them that way.

    It can be done, but IMO, it weakens the gun considerably.

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  3. billhilly66

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    I'm not so much worried about the rear sight. Is there enough room to put an insert in the front though. I don't have near as much trouble picking up the front sight on an M10 so I'm thinking the stainless is blurring it for me. I suppose I can just keep "blacking" the front ramp with a marker.

    As to trading, I've got several S&W's with adj. sights, I just like to carry the 3" 64 and the 2" 60.

    Oh, and if you get down Plano, TX way, I'd like it if you could show me how to hit a bucket at 100 yds. with a 2" 38. I'm always eager to learn.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I see!

    Yes, any gunsmith should be able to put an insert in the ramp like the factory orange insert.

    As for black, the front blade could be easily coated with one of the matt black shake & bake finishes like GunKote, Duracoat, etc.

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    When it comes time to put hammer to primer, sights won't mean a thing. If you want a better sighting system, look at laser grips. They can be moved from gun to gun without changing the gun. These guns were made for up close and personal, so sights are not really needed.
     
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    I shot with the 5th. Army AMTU pistol team two years, back when they invented dirt.
    Lots & lots of range time helps!

    In my younger days, I won a lot of beer with a 2" Chiefs Special shooting buckets at 100 yards.
    Not saying I can still do it, but it can sure be done.

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    I have seen articles where a tritium night sight was installed in the front sight. That took a very good smith to do and there is no I way I would try that at home. Other than a red or orange ramp intalled your options are few. With my guns I paint the front sight with Liquid Paper. It shows up well and is cheap so re-applications don't cost much.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll look into the orange ramp and continue to use my magic marker until then.
     
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    Leave the fixed sight revolvers to those who love them, Maybe a dovetailed front sight, but leave the rear alone, it is what makes it a great carry gun.

    Try some orange construction marking paint it is flat so there iare no reflections and it stay put real well, I normally have to refresh it every 6 months or so.
     
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    Granted I can't hit a bucket every time but I'll scare the heck out of it with the near misses.:D
    BTW the white pasters are a Beretta Minx 22 Short, also shot from 100 yards.

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    Some time ago, I had trouble adapting to a "no rear sight" snubby.

    At least until I put up a target with a crossed vertical and horizontal line, instead of a round bullseye.

    Once I saw where the bullet impacted versus my sight picture, I quickly learned how to sight that wee bit of steel.
     
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