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RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by mhead on Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:34 pm

Has anybody replaced the sights on their RIA GI ? If so what kind of sights did you go with ? I just called a gunsmith about getting my slide dovetailed but it's way more than I can pay at this time . I'm thinkin about getting some stake on sights , anybody with any experience on this .

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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by DBChaffin on Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:54 pm

I'm no help on stake on sights, but a front dovetail cut should be less than $50. Was the price quoted in this ballpark? I would hope someone local could do it for that, but Rich at Canyon Creek does them for $35 and Gary at Gan's Guns charges $45. Both do good work, in my experience, but there are litterally tons of folks that could do a front dovetail. Shipping wouldn't be bad either since all you would have to send is the slide.

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Post by mhead on Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:06 pm

I was quoted 175.00 for front and back novak cuts . I don't think I need my back cut though .

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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by bubbat on Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:11 pm

I did mine on my RIA 1911, its very easily done. Here a link to another thread talking about changing the sights
http://www.msgunowners.com/t11720-changing-out-sights-on-a-gi-model-1911?highlight=1911+sights


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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by DBChaffin on Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:25 pm

Gotcha. I don't know what rear cut the RIA comes with, but you'll be limited with what you can go with for the rear if you don't cut it, too. I am assuming it is the GI dovetail? There are a couple of options for that cut. This HD&C and 10-8 come to mind. If you are interested in either one, I can help you save a couple dollars off the Brownells prices. Shoot me a PM.

$175 does seem a bit high. Canyon creek is $65 for the Novak rear cut (so $100 total for front and rear) and Gan's is $80 ($125 total).

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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by bubbat on Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:55 pm

Chip McCormick use to make a drop in rear sight for 1911s, don't know if there any still around, they are listed on his website anymore. That's the rear sight I put on my Rock. Almost the same as a Novak rear sight.

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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by DBChaffin on Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:02 pm

bubbat wrote:Chip McCormick use to make a drop in rear sight for 1911s, don't know if there are any still around, they aren't listed on his website anymore. That's the rear sight I put on my Rock. Almost the same as a Novak rear sight.

Those were a nice option. Unfortunately, they were discontinued, so finding one might be tough.

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Post by bubbat on Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:31 pm

Is a Colt rear sight dovetail the same as a Rock rear dovetail? If it is then this rear sight should work on a Rock. Then just get a stake on front sight.
http://www.nowlinguns.com/product-info.php?Nowlin_Gun_Manufacturer_Small_Gun_Parts-pid185.html

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Re: RIA 1911 GI sights

Post by mhead on Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:35 pm

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=41672/avs%7CMake_3=1911/Product/1911_AUTO_FIXED_SIGHT_COMBOS

What do ya'll think about these ? Thanks for the link bubbat, preciate the help Bryant .

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Post by mhead on Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:36 pm

They are available in black too, I guess the rear cut would fit my gun ?

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Post by DBChaffin on Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:16 am

I think so, but I am still not 100% sure which dovetail the RIA has. Also, there are wide and narrow tenon options on the front. Brownells is about as good as it gets if you need to return something though. Check you PM.

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