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Old 11-04-2011, 05:03 PM
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Range Officer-changing sights




Well my RO is about a month old and am not liking the adj sights, looking for help in getting just some simple 3 dot sights. Tried to call SA today to see if they will do it but havnt got a return call yet, any suggestions??
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:15 PM
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Harrison sights, HD-002 will fit the rear. Call them for advice on the front.

http://shop.harrisoncustom.com/categ...e-lpa-cut.aspx
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:03 PM
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10-8 sights from Brownells.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:09 PM
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Harrison sights, HD-002 will fit the rear. Call them for advice on the front.

http://shop.harrisoncustom.com/categ...e-lpa-cut.aspx
That's the route I went (except I like the plain black rear). I used a Dawson Precision tritium front sight.

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Old 11-04-2011, 07:11 PM
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10-8 sights from Brownells.
Do they make an LPA cut 10-8 rear sight now? The RO uses an LPA rear.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:15 PM
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That's the route I went (except I like the plain black rear). I used a Dawson Precision tritium front sight.

i really like that. how is your POI?

does dawson have different height front sights? if so which one did you use?

edit: i checked their site and see they offer a few different options... still curious as to which one you used and where you are getting POI.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:38 PM
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i really like that. how is your POI?

does dawson have different height front sights? if so which one did you use?

edit: i checked their site and see they offer a few different options... still curious as to which one you used and where you are getting POI.
I used the 0.180" front, which is the stock front height. Part 020-040 if I recall correctly. When combined with the Harrison, it did change POI from a 6 o'clock hold to putting the dot over the desired POI. That's my preference for a defensive pistol. I believe the shorter one they offer may keep it closer to a 6 o'clock hold.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:17 PM
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thanks for the info... but dang i really don't need to spend more $$$ on this gun right now
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:37 AM
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Yup...Dawson Precision makes nice sights for 1911's. I've been looking at changing mine out on my 1911 with a set from Dawson.
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:34 PM
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That's the route I went (except I like the plain black rear). I used a Dawson Precision tritium front sight.

That's a great looking setup! The one thing I didn't care for on the R.O. was the adjustable sights they put on it. I just picture the "Range Officer" being used on the range to show recruits how to run the gun, to include malfunction manipulations, etc and always cringed at the thought of doing them over and over with those sharp and fragile adjustable sights.

Those on your gun are perfect to make it a duty gun now.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:08 PM
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i think the "idea" with the adjustable sights is if you go to the range and use or try out lots of different loads, you can adjust the sights for POI. at least that was my impression of it.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:38 PM
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i think the "idea" with the adjustable sights is if you go to the range and use or try out lots of different loads, you can adjust the sights for POI. at least that was my impression of it.
True, and it was designed as an affordable competition gun, where people often run their own loads and want to adjust the sights to them.

I bought mine for the range, but after I liked it enough to consider using it for carry or HD I went with the sight swap. It is still a better value to me than a Loaded would have been, because I got the additional fitting and I like the lack of front cocking serrations. The sight swap didn't add much to the cost, especially since I did it myself instead.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:51 PM
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true. i'm sure i might eventually change the sights but i can live with them for now..

the thing that bugs me about carrying it the most right now is the safety... i think i need one that doesn't stick out so much.

the adjustable sights don't seem to be too fragile to me.. i mean obviously if the gun was dropped on them or something there would be a problem. but they seem tough enough for carry IMO.
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:05 PM
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For me, I wasn't so much concerned with their toughness as I was the sharp/angular corners. When doing various clearing or reloading drills, you have to watch where your hand goes a little more or it can hurt a bit if you drag it across the sight inadvertently. For example, if you use an overhand grasp to rack the slide vs pinching like a sligshot, the sight can grab you if your grip is too flat.

Also, the edges can be harder on holsters and clothing, including possibly snagging on a cover garment.

Again, they aren't a deal breaker, I just preferred avoiding those potential problems. It would also be possible to ease the edges that don't affect sight alignment by using a file and you would have a lot of the benefit while maintaining an adjustable sight.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:44 PM
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I went with the exact same sights that G27RR posted pics of on his RO. I am very satisfied with them. Also, I swapped out the stock Springfield Armory grips and installed VZ grips.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:12 AM
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Harrison sights, HD-002 will fit the rear. Call them for advice on the front.

http://shop.harrisoncustom.com/categ...e-lpa-cut.aspx
Outstanding! I've been looking for a good rear sight. I liked the adjustable rear sight at first, but quickly fell out of love with them after I started carrying my RO regularly. I put a Dawson Precision tritium front on it a month ago & I just ordered the HD-002-T1, because I like the "I-Dot" sights.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:03 AM
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For me, I wasn't so much concerned with their toughness as I was the sharp/angular corners. When doing various clearing or reloading drills, you have to watch where your hand goes a little more or it can hurt a bit if you drag it across the sight inadvertently. For example, if you use an overhand grasp to rack the slide vs pinching like a sligshot, the sight can grab you if your grip is too flat.
I did just that with the Kimber rimfire conversion on my RIA one day at the range. It hurt a bit, and a chipped of a big hunk of thumbnail.

Last time I checked (recently), Springfield's Custom Shop is offering the Harrison sights.

(One more nail in the coffin for fiscal responsibility. CURSE YOU DELTA KILO!!! )

G27RR, I never get tired of looking at your Range Officer pics.

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Old 11-10-2011, 09:43 AM
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well i heard back from springfield and they said they could modify my existing sights with 3 white dots for $65 plus return shipping. not quite sure what that would look like but i think im more inclined to change the rear sight to something alittle more low profile.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:55 AM
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G27RR, I never get tired of looking at your Range Officer pics.
Thanks, much appreciated. Here's another one...

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:03 AM
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well i heard back from springfield and they said they could modify my existing sights with 3 white dots for $65 plus return shipping. not quite sure what that would look like but i think im more inclined to change the rear sight to something alittle more low profile.
If they kept the adjustable and went to a three dot setup, the rear blade would look sort of like this aftermarket sight.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=2...LE-NIGHT-SIGHT
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:37 PM
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What type of dovetail cut does the Range officer have on the front sight?
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:42 PM
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springfield style.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:45 PM
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I've had my RO for several weeks now & I'm sure I'll be changing out the sights also...except I spent my accessories money on a slightly used Glock 20 instead. So now I have to keep these target sights for a while. Not enough money & too many guns...
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:48 PM
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same here ET.

i'm sure i will change them at some point... along with the safety. it jabs me in my side... is a bit too wide. (rhyming!)
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:53 PM
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I don't carry my RO but use it for shooting bowling pins so I only changed out the front sight to fiber optic from Dawson. I kept the back adjustable sight for now.

The gun is a blast to shoot at bowling pins!

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