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I have a few pistols that I'd like to convert to a Heinie Straight-8 configuration.

For example, one is an older Springfield Operator, so without being terribly familiar with the process, I suspect there will be milling involved.

Any suggestions on a shop that I can ship my slide to, have them magically fix it, and then send it back to me in a timely fashion? I've already checked out Heinie direct, but want to shop around to compare prices and timeframes.

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Nothing is quick in the gun industry right now, any idea what the sight cut is on the Springfield?
 

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I know if you have an Ed Brown or Wilson Combat sending in your slide and getting new sights is pretty easy and quick. Last time I did that with Brown it was 10 days round trip.

The SA custom shop is pretty handy and helpful maybe call them since the gun in question is a Springfield
 
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Nothing is quick in the gun industry right now, any idea what the sight cut is on the Springfield?
Exactly! Every smith, shop, etc seems to be buried!
 

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I sent my TRP slide to Novak a few weeks ago. Turn around time was less than 10 days from the time I sent it until it was back in my hands.

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I sent my TRP slide to Novak a few weeks ago. Turn around time was less than 10 days from the time I sent it until it was back in my hands.

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I've heard good things about Novak - my Springer has Novaks on it already., I just like the Heinie straight-8 style better. I have sent Heinie an inquiry to turn around time; looks like it would be $300 for the sights ($150) and the install. I probably won't be able to do much better than that using a stand-alone smith, unless they get the parts well below retail.
 

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The problem with "smiths" is they want bigger jobs than that, they want mill work, refinishes jobs, etc and many have %500 minimum job requirements
 
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I've swapped SA sights many times without issues.... YouTube has excellent tutorials on sight fitment/installs. If your confused by sight selection customer service of the both gun mfg and sight mfg have your answers.
If you can change a tire on the car... a sight swap is quicker.
 

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The problem with "smiths" is they want bigger jobs than that, they want mill work, refinishes jobs, etc and many have %500 minimum job requirements
Well, I probably could be convinced to add a few options on to the gun - I just don't care enough to want to ship it off for 6+ months, etc. If someone said "we have a minimum, but can get to it in a timely fashion" then I'd be cool with it.

I expect that, due to the ledge-style Heinies I like, there will be some milling of the rear slide to make it fit; so I don't think it will be a straight swap. But I will take some photos and share when I get home.
 

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You could also try John Harrison, he has swapped sights for me in the past in a very timely manner.

Hope this helps, Ray.
 
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There is a Heinie Ledge sight that fits the Novak rear dovetail. Unless your springer is weird, you probably have the Novak dovetail.
 
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I appreciate the assistance- here's the pistol and my intended sight set.
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Rear dovetail on that Springer is a Novak cut and the Heinie Ledge Rear sight does drop in.

I think the front dovetail matches a Dan Wesson. Dawson probably makes a .180 height front sight for it if a Wesson isn’t correct.
 

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I know if you have an Ed Brown or Wilson Combat sending in your slide and getting new sights is pretty easy and quick. Last time I did that with Brown it was 10 days round trip.

The SA custom shop is pretty handy and helpful maybe call them since the gun in question is a Springfield
Last I checked Springfield was only doing high end pistols complete. Not smaller work.
 

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If you want the EXACT sight you posted on your gun, it’ll require a weld up, re-cut, and refinish. It is a Heinie cut which is different from the Novak cut on your gun. Heinie does make that sight in a Novak cut that most likely won’t require those things. Just be sure what you’re ordering/asking for.
 

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You could also try John Harrison, he has swapped sights for me in the past in a very timely manner.

Hope this helps, Ray.
Good to know, I’ve been eyeing his sights ( extreme for rear and front gold bead) for my gold cup, will have to reach out.


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Yeah that rear Heinie isn't going to fit that dovetail -- at all. Best to order a straight 8 that is pure novaks. Ans sending that pita project stand alone to a 'smith? Good luck.
 
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