I sent this out for Accurails. While I was on the phone, I asked if he could install a gunsmith barrel and mill the slide for an SRO. I told him I would send an adapter plate. He said no problem, I don't need a plate. I said if you do it, I owe you a beer. Well, It came back and he said I owe him a beer.
Notice how he even milled the sight rail under the front.
I never draw, its a Bullseye gun. I do look at the target, then close my eyes. I point the gun at the target with one hand. When I open my eyes and the dot is there. If I have my grip right and feet right, the dot is on the target. NPA.
David, who did the work? That looks fabulous. Interesting that everyone who is an “expert” says that it’s not possible to mount a Trijicon directly onto a 1911 slide. Curious to see the slide with the optic removed.
Great looking machine work! That said I personally prefer the finished look of the mounting plate where it transitions the red dot to the slide. Yes the plate does add perhaps an additional 1/8" thickness +/-. But as the saying goes "to each their own".
Sorry Jeff, its not coming off. I picked up the gun from FEDEX distribution center because it was the second SNAFU. If I waited for delivery, it would have been 2 more days. The gun was a complete rebuild. Accu rails, Kart NM barrel gunsmith fit, trigger job and new ejector.
I went directly from fedup to the range. I had lots of ammo, but had to buy a magazine because I forgot them. I shot a few to dial it in, then did some accuracy testing. At about 50 rounds, I could no longer hit a target at 25 yards, so I checked the sight. It was loose. I took it to the "gunsmith" at the range and he tightened it up. I don't know how or how much. After another 30 rounds or so, it came loose again. I went home.
I removed the sight. It looked like where the holes were drilled and tapped were up a little compared to the rest of the flat. I took a large fine diamond stone and trued the flat on the slide. Out came the RED Locktite. I trued the bottom of the sight with the stone. I cleaned everytghing with an alcohol based solvent and applied the locktite to the bed and screws. I torqued the screws to 21 inch pounds and let it sit for 24 hours. I have shot about 300 rounds since. Its still there and not moving.
I have a PM-9 with a chambers plate and SRO. He milled the backup sight off like I asked. The sight sits about the same height, except its right behind the port and has to be cleaned every 30 round match or more often. This one stays much cleaner.
I agree, to each his own.
My biggest issue was the back up sights. I don't want them. No fence post for a front sight. No sights in my view. Just the dot and target. Most plates are made to include a "suppressor" sight.
I have 6 or 7 pistols with optics and only one, my Kimber KHX, has co witness sights. They don’t bother me and when shooting one handed they can help me find the dot if I lose it in recoil. My favorite, though, is my frame mounted SRO on my CZ TSO. That’s like cheating!
I have four pistols, all with red dots. Two are 1911s with EGW plates dovetail mounted. I too get the same blowback from the ejection port, usually clean the sight after 100 +/- rounds.
I have two CZs, one with an EGW plate in the dovetail and the other with a CZC plate mounted in a milled slide by CZC. I like the CZC setup as I can change plates/optics rather easily and because the plates are set in a milled slide, it keeps the RDS a little lower. Am thinking of changing this guns' optic from a Venom to a Romeo1 PRO when they become available. CZC has numerous plates for $35 ea +/-. Co-witness sights have no appeal to me. I am a recreational, range shooter, I don't carry or compete. I just go to the range, indoor and outdoor, 3+times a week and enjoy shooting my guns.
David, I hear so many folks say red dots are for their eyes as they age. I say red dots are for everyone. What can be easier than putting the dot on the target and pulling the trigger! No more front sight focus, no more is it a combat hold or is it a 6'oclock hold, no more aligning the front and rear sight to be level and plumb. Of course in all applications the shooter has to do their part.
Look forward to seeing pics of your PM-9. I too have a PM-9 with an EGW plate and a Trijicon RMR. Love the gun and RDS. Both have been trouble free. I have about 10,500 rounds thru it.
I believe Jeff (JNW) on this forum has a PM-9 as well w/a Kimber plate milled in to the slide. I think the Wesson 1911s are phenomenal guns dollar for dollar.
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