Staked versus Milled slot.

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Mike A, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I am thinking of replacing the sights on my 1951 Colt Government model, & have run into a choice. The sight that is on there now is staked, & the Tru-Glo sight I like comes made for a milled slot. If you had the choice. What would you chose & why?
     
  2. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    Dovetail always wins IMHO, the only reason I would stake a sight on a 1911 anymore is historical preservation.
     
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  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Karl this must be why many of the better sights are designed for the dovetail & not staked. I want some good sights for the 51 that can be seen with older eyes. So far the tru glo sights look real good. I know that the milling should be done before the blueing job. How about the sights? Put them on after it is blued?
     
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  4. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Take a look at some of Joe Chambers guns and you can’t tell that it’s a dovetail. Just some real fine smiffin.
     
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  5. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    Yes sir, unless it is a specialty sight or blended dovetail, but Fiber optic and Tritum must be mounted after bluing

     
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  6. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    The only 2 questions left are: Does the Tru_Glo sight afford the Fiber optic lens good protection?
    If not what brand sights would be robust & sight very well to install instead?
     

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