Front sight replacement

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superc
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Front sight replacement

Post by superc » February 27th, 2019, 1:58 pm

The factory sight on my P64s is so 20th century that being part Bubba I decided to modernize one of mine.

I removed the factory front sight and installed a Hi Viz Spark III fiber optic sight. The colors of the sight can be easily changed if so desired.
SidebySide.jpg
side by side
I changed the grips to wooden ones, I also lightened the trigger spring and I have an extended magazine release I will put in later.
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SightPicture.jpg
New sight picture
Holstered.jpg
ready for travel
Comparison.jpg
original configuration and as modified.

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by superc » February 27th, 2019, 2:10 pm

Before anyone asks, yes the modification requires a non reversible Bubba type change.

The original front sight is ground off, then a size 31 drill is used to make a new hole in the slide at the desired place of placement. Then the hole is tapped with a #6 48 tap (I strongly suggest the hole be begun with a smaller size 50 drill, then enlarged as these slides are hard. Use a drill press and a vise to avoid pesky tap breakages). Then gently heat the slide to about 130 Fahrenheit and apply G96 cold blue. After that you can either screw in the new front sight and Locktite it, or as I did, screw the new front sight on then tig weld the screw in place from the underside of the frame.

I looked at a lot of sight designs before selecting the Hi Viz Spark III shotgun sight. It was the profile most appropriate for this model and size pocket pistol in my opinion.
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WhatYouSee.jpg
top of slide showing area with touch up blue after the grinding off of the original front sight.

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by GuitarmanNick » February 27th, 2019, 6:59 pm

Perhaps it is the camera angles, but is it slightly left of center?

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by superc » February 27th, 2019, 11:07 pm

It is camera angle.

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by Curly1 » February 28th, 2019, 3:49 pm

Very nice!
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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by superc » February 28th, 2019, 6:08 pm

I have an old Colt 1903 slide with zip/Nada/no historical significance as when I got it I got it parted from it's original pistol and with a badly pitted and rusty exterior. I had it polished down and the factory markings redone by an engraver, however they are not original stamps (just very well done copies), later I acquired a frame and got some internal parts via Numrich. My point is nothing is historic, just a Frankenstein Colt .32. Needless to say since this P64 project turned out so well I am thinking the Colt .32 slide is also a good candidate for the same treatment. A fiber optic sighted Colt 1903. LoL, stay tuned..

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by Ketchman » February 28th, 2019, 6:16 pm

Cool.
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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by jkucukov » July 5th, 2019, 12:09 pm

This looks aesthetically good to the eye, when i looked up the Hi viz spark iii, what came up as a suggestion was "Williams Fire Sight Rear Sight Slide and Blade", what I was wondering if the rear key could be milled longitudinally in to the rear of the slide to fit a Williams type rear sight or something similar? Has anyone considered something similar to modernize the p64 rear sight, knowing there isn't much metal to play with on the slide it might be a very delicate job.

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Re: Front sight replacement

Post by BeoBill » July 8th, 2019, 6:19 pm

VERY nice mods!

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