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Quick sights question

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Tomahawk674, Aug 28, 2008.

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  1. Tomahawk674

    Tomahawk674 Member

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    Hey guys, the front sight in my colt is kind of shiny/reflective. I read that a member here uses a zippo lighter to darken the front sight, but I'm not sure I want to do that. Wouldn't that ruin the finish/blueing?

    Is there another option (even if temporary, just for a day at the range) that I could try?
     
  2. mykeal

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    He uses the Zippo to blacken the sight with the carbon from the flame - hold the sight well above the flame in the 'smoke' from the lighter and the soot will put a temporary black coating on the metal. It wipes off with a cloth and does not harm the gun's finish.
     
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    If you don't have a zippo, a piece of masking tape works well. burning it, that is.
     
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    Yeah, I use the Zippo to smoke-black the sight temporarily. It can't damage the brass or the bluing because it's a; not on there long enough to get it hot, and b; it's a reducing atmosphere-- less oxygen than regular air. I use it at the range or anywhere I happen to need it, because the Zippo is always handy. Just be careful with a naked flame around loose powder, eh? In other words, don't do it-- make sure your powder is well away and closed.

    It's also uncanny how well that carbon coat absorbs light. Ain't nuthin' blacker, but the main point is it's temporary. For those instances in which you have direct sunlight on the post, it really helps. Other times you may not want a black post, such as when holding center on a black bull's eye. In that case the brass post is a feature, not a bug.

    The Zippo method comes to us from W.W. II GIs. They used it for the same reason-- to sharpen up the visual profile of the front post, in cases where the original finish may have been worn, or the corners rounded.
     
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    even a match will work. your not burning the brass sort a speaking. its the black soot that kinda covers the tang a bit to make it easier to use
     
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    A match or a candle will work; a BIC or other propane/butane lighter will not. Well, they will, but not as well. You need a burning wick to get good, pure, sticky carbon.
     
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    or go the cheap or expensive any way you look at it. go out and get a black felt tip dry erase marker. then your set
     
  9. Tomahawk674

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    Hmm I need to buy a zippo. The local shops are out of the black sight spray, and as far as I know markers don't give a non-reflective coating.
     
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    use a wooden match stick. should give you just enough soot
     
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