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Old 02-14-2020, 05:50 PM
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I think I'm done with adjustable rear sights

Recently, the adjustable rear sight on my Wilson broke and the gun had to go back to the mothership.



I just discovered this on the Kensight Bomar adjustable on my Dan Wesson. The leaf is cracked at the pivot pin.



And while installing another Kensight Bomar the elevation detent broke off.

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Old 02-15-2020, 04:01 PM
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I prefer adjustables, and only have one 1911 pistol with fixed sights. But if I'd had your experience I might be done with them too. I've not had an adjustable break, but now I have to go have a closer look at the ones I have
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:21 PM
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Adjustable sights on revolvers usually are fine. But mount an adjustable sight to the slide of an autoloader and they can break.

There will be many an argument about how adjustable rear sights are fine on autos, but for carry use I am convinced that fixed rear sights are a better choice.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:35 PM
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I don't think I'll ever have a gun cut for non-factory sights, again.
I've broken an Elliason, two Wilsons, and I can't remember the last time I RE-adjusted an adjustable sight?
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:36 PM
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Have them on one of my WCs and several other guns, never had a problem...Could you be doing something wrong with the way you store, draw, re-holster, carry, your guns? Or installing/adjusting your sights? Just think about it. If you don't come up with anything, just one of those things I guess.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:54 PM
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Have them on one of my WCs and several other guns, never had a problem...Could you be doing something wrong with the way you store, draw, re-holster, carry, your guns? Or installing/adjusting your sights? Just think about it. If you don't come up with anything, just one of those things I guess.
Both guns are range guns. Never dropped or mishandled. The Dan Wesson with the Kensight has 8200 rounds on it and the Wilson has 3000 rounds on it.

Installation of the Kensight is pretty straightforward. You tap it into the dovetail, tighten a set screw, and screw down the elevation screw.

The guy I spoke to at Wilson agreed that there is a weak spot where the metal is very thin next to the windage detent pin. That's where mine broke.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:19 PM
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I have adjustable sights on my two bullseye guns and did adjust the .45’s this week for a new load.

My carry guns all have fixed sights with the somewhat exception of the adjustable rear battle sight on my EDC X9.

Between adjustable and fixed, which will work best for you, that is the choice to make.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:46 PM
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I think it was interesting that when Colt came out with the Delta Gold Cup they went back to a rear sight that was more like the Accro if not an Accro. Ignore the pistol on the left as it is a1984 AMT Hardballer. The one in the middle is a 1988 GCNM in 45ACP. And on the right a 1990 Delta Gold Cup.

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Old 02-22-2020, 11:19 AM
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The only adjustable target sighted 1911 I have with a significant round count is my Premier II. I've had it since 1997 and stopped counting rounds after 70K. It's needed maintenance along the way, but the factory adjustable rear sight is just fine.

My duty gun has an adjustable Novak rear and so far it's been fine. However, that gun is still pretty new and has a relatively low round count so far.

https://www.novaksights.com/Detail.a...1280&CAT=13346
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:30 PM
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The only adjustable target sighted 1911 I have with a significant round count is my Premier II. I've had it since 1997 and stopped counting rounds after 70K. It's needed maintenance along the way, but the factory adjustable rear sight is just fine.

My duty gun has an adjustable Novak rear and so far it's been fine. However, that gun is still pretty new and has a relatively low round count so far.

https://www.novaksights.com/Detail.a...1280&CAT=13346
Have you touched the adjustment since 1997?
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:03 PM
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I've broken an Elliason,
Yep,, twice my GC has shed its Ellison sight,, it's that ^*&#$* roll pin

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My duty gun has an adjustable Novak rear and so far it's been fine.
I have the other model Novak adjustable on a Colt, and it is a great sight, it's the ALM model,, as opposed to the LMA.

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Old 02-23-2020, 10:58 AM
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Have you touched the adjustment since 1997?
Yes, but elevation only from time to time. It was used for multiple disciplines and I used a wide variety of ammo.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:19 AM
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Yes, but elevation only from time to time. It was used for multiple disciplines and I used a wide variety of ammo.
And that's exactly the proper application.

I have 50k rounds through the gun I shot in USPSA for 10+ years, and I touched the adjustment screws twice. I changed my bullet and powder multiple times, but it was always a [email protected], and no adjustment was ever needed.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:29 AM
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That's what led me to choose the Novak rear for my duty gun. I won't touch the screws again unless I change my carry ammo. I load my own practice ammo to match the POI.
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