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Video - Adjusting Colt C&B Rear Sights - the missing footage

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by duelist1954, Mar 18, 2012.

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  1. duelist1954

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    In this video we show the actual process of adjusting the primative fixed sights on Colt cap & Ball revolvers so they hit the point of aim.

    This is the missing footage from the Pietta sight-in video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPffq2pbggY
     
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    Good point on the CCH causing a file to skitter and take the teeth off.

    Just a thought but a small coarse stone could be used for the last bit so that the final edge was more flat and true than what can be easily gotten with a rotary tool.
     
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    Nice work. You are a much better pistol shot than I am even if you are using 2 hands.
     
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    A hand held power cutting or grinding tool in the hands of the average person around firearms is a most dangerous instrument.
     
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    Hangfire, there isn't much that I'd recommend a Dremel for. I did all the work re-shaping the grip and slicking up the action with hand tools only, but with the hard hammers on Colt C&Bs a grinder right at the range is the best way to go...at least for me.
     
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    True but you can never save the idiots from themselves. For those of us who are not ham-handed morons, this is good information.
     
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    The only advice I can give about "dremel type" tools is to run them for fractions of a second.
     
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    how much metal do you think you removed to get it down to where you wanted?
     
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    FOr the elevation issue wouldn't it make more sense to modify the front sight?

    Seems that cutting the hammer for elevation is a bit more work and more permenant.

    Widing the rear sight notch and shaping it to deal with windage issues seems like a great idea. A buddy was very upset with me for doing the same to an older S&W cartridge revolver. The improved sight picture and the fixing of a windage problem made it worth the effort and "damage" to the collector value of what is to me a shooter.

    Brazilian contract 1917 before anyone asks.

    -kBob
     
  10. duelist1954

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    To lower the POA you would need to install a higher front sight.

    On Remingtons I make a new, higher sight out of bar stock and dovetail it to the barrel, but I don't like the looks of that on Colts (I've done it a number of times).

    I have also taken brass rod and made new barley corn front sights, but that requires brazing or silver soldering. Believe me, it is easier to grind a little off the rear sight.
     
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