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Old 01-28-2009, 06:43 PM
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RIA sight Replacements

I have a RIA 1911 I recently purchased. It has the standard "GI Sights" on it. Im wondering is there a rear replacement sight out there that would be compatible with the GI front sight as it is?
The front site height is .106" and the current GI rear sight is .240" tall.
What would work here? And would I need a low mount rear sight or what? Thanks guys.

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Old 01-28-2009, 07:08 PM
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Better off saving yourself the trouble and just get the slide cut for Novaks. You'll then have hundreds of options. (That's what I did.)
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:12 AM
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:48 PM
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I have the similar question. I would really like to get some sights on this thing that I can see. I like the size of them, I just think they need to be more visible in low light conditions.

I am trying to avoid cutting the slide. I am worried about messing up the parkerizing coating. Not to mention the cost of cutting these slots.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:49 PM
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Do you really want to keep the original front sight? You'd be better of to get a new front and rear. Look at Midway or Brownell's. They have many options. The original front is staked, but you can have your smith prep it for whatever you choose.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:38 PM
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I have found the prices to be better on Brownells, once you create an account you will see two sets of pricing... You get the lower pricing which appears in blue.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:42 PM
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https://forums.1911forum.com/showthre...86#post1207586

Take a look at this photo from post 71 of the thread above. These sights didn't require any machining----exactly what I intend to do to mine. Drop in McCormick rear sight, King's .200" front sight.

BubbaT's pistol, not mine:
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:19 AM
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Mark, When you find these sights, can you please post a link for the rest of us? I searched and could not find these.

Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:34 AM
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Mark, When you find these sights, can you please post a link for the rest of us? I searched and could not find these.

Thanks!
Hmm....BubbaT said that his was McCormick, which Brownells doesn't seem to carry anymore. This rear sight (Novak) uses a series 80 Colt rear notch. Can anyone comment if this is the same as the RIA



Brownells catalog link to Novak sight
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:13 PM
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Hmm....BubbaT said that his was McCormick, which Brownells doesn't seem to carry anymore. This rear sight (Novak) uses a series 80 Colt rear notch. Can anyone comment if this is the same as the RIA



Brownells catalog link to Novak sight
R.I.A. 1911 A1 rear sight is standard mil. cut or G.I.cut. front sight is narrow tennon stake on sight. I just got a set from Fusion Firearms I bought their combat 3 dot set sku#3dot mil.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:21 PM
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Is this it?



Sight Set Government 3-Dot, MIL STD

SKU: 3-dot Mil

This is a high quality steel 3-Dot Combat sight set for the 1911 pistol. High quality steel sight set with black oxide protective finish. Fits standard Mil spec 1911 sight cuts, 55 degree rear and narrow stake on front. Will work with most mil spec and A1 style 1911 pistols. You get both front and rear sights in this kit.

PRICE: $39.95
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:33 AM
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:21 AM
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Is this it?



Sight Set Government 3-Dot, MIL STD

SKU: 3-dot Mil

This is a high quality steel 3-Dot Combat sight set for the 1911 pistol. High quality steel sight set with black oxide protective finish. Fits standard Mil spec 1911 sight cuts, 55 degree rear and narrow stake on front. Will work with most mil spec and A1 style 1911 pistols. You get both front and rear sights in this kit.

PRICE: $39.95
Yes, that is the one,I put the rear sights on yesterday while watching tv took about 20 mins. I am going to put the front sights on today, but I have to make a sight staking tool first.btw these are going on a r.i.a. compact.these rear sights have a allen head set screw to keep them tight if you file to much off. do not file any thing off of the bottom flat of the sights, only the side angles, the hood does not have much room to clear the slide at the top.

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Old 02-01-2009, 09:45 AM
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Love to see a finished shot. Was the filing just a "clean up," or did you actually have to remove more than a hair of metal from the slide?
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:55 AM
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Love to see a finished shot. Was the filing just a "clean up," or did you actually have to remove more than a hair of metal from the slide?
I am sorry if I misled you some how, Do Not File the Slide, the new sights are made a little over sized so you can get a tight fit , only file the sight angles and front and rear edges of the Sight itself Never File on the slide or frame unless you know what you are doing.Sorry I don't have a camera to take pics. It's hard to tell from the Fusion picture but the sight looks like the one from brownells in the above post except it has the white dots.

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Old 02-01-2009, 03:59 PM
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Thanks for all the great info! I ordered a set from Fusion last night...
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:12 AM
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On my RIA, I have GI sights. The back is dovetail and I know it's a stake front sight. Do you just pull straight up to remove stake sight? Do the dovetail sights get pushed out side and pushed back in with replacements? Do replacement stake sights get hammered in with a rubber mallet?

I am new to sight replacement and think it would be easy to do rather than paying 50+ to have it done if possible. Thanks
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:12 PM
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On my RIA, I have GI sights. The back is dovetail and I know it's a stake front sight. Do you just pull straight up to remove stake sight? Do the dovetail sights get pushed out side and pushed back in with replacements? Do replacement stake sights get hammered in with a rubber mallet?

I am new to sight replacement and think it would be easy to do rather than paying 50+ to have it done if possible. Thanks
The r.i.a. is the same as the series 70 colt the 70 has the narrow tennon front sight. no, yes with some fitting,no. go to the m1911.org look under gunsmithing or some of their sticky threads.yes you can do it if you are careful it only takes one slip to lose every penney you saved.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:08 AM
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Well, I got that Fusion Sight Set Government 3-Dot, MIL STD, SKU: 3-dot Mil yesterday. It was relatively easy to install on my CSP. Whack out the old GI rear sight with a punch, then file the new sight slightly until it can be started in the slot. Whack it in, then tighten with the supplied allen head set screw. Pull out the GI front blade with a pair of visegrips, clean up the slot with a file, drop in the new front sight, then stake it with the staking tool from GB. I like the sights, but the goal wasn't met - I still want a tactical. Here is a finished pic.

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Old 02-06-2009, 07:24 AM
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Gun looks good! I just bought a set of the white dot sights last night. What is this tool to stake the front sight and where do I get one? I really want to do this myself so I gain more knowledge of my gun. To get the old rear mil sight out, use a brass punch? I have never replaced sights before, but and anxious to start.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:26 AM
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Some of the guys recommend a brass punch so that the sight being removed can be reused. I didn't care about that, so I used a steel starrett punch I use on my AR-15's. It still came out okay, knock it out from left to right.

There are any number of staking tools out there, you just need a tool that allows you to stake or spread the front sight tenon from the inside of the slide to keep the sight in place. Here is the one from Brownells:

Brownells Front Sight Staker
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:00 PM
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Varr, looks just like mine, I put a new Fusion K-13 trigger in my also.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:11 PM
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Varr, looks just like mine, I put a new Fusion K-13 trigger in my also.
Hey, I was looking at that too! How do you like the trigger; was it hard to install?
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:11 AM
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Hey, I was looking at that too! How do you like the trigger; was it hard to install?
Needed to ask for help on this, go to the m1911. org forum look for post, new trigger install in the gunsmithing
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