Getting a 1911 for the first time and have a rear sight question

Byrd666

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So I have a Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 FS Tactical II on the way and would like to change out the rear sight to something a bit more adaptive to one handed slide manipulation. Is it possible to put a Sig P220 type rear sight on a 1911? I have never been a big fan of the combat rear sight like on a G.I. issue though it wold work for that purpose, the sight picture, for me, is horrible. And only having the use of one hand, it is imperative that the rear sight can handle that kind of abuse/use. Any ideas or recommendations are welcome.
 

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I was just thinking about that the other day when a buddy and I were talking about 1911's. I'd be interested to hear the responses as well.
 

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According to Rock Island, any Novack cut rear sight will work with minor modification, filing the bevel slightly. I have the RIA tactical compact with factory sights and love it. I will however be putting a Dawson front fiber optic sight on it. Bad eyes, can't see the front blade very good.


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Byrd666

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What I need is a rear sight that will stand up to many, I hope, years of use and incidental abuse. That can be adjustable for longer range shots, though really not practical for a one handed shooter. And that are practical for my uses. Those uses being, practice/paper punching, home defense, back 40 walking/hiking. In essence, a general purpose weapon that can be used in any situation.
 

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Yep they are novak cut, however if you feel like waiting a lot shorter than novak send it to armscor nevada and ask them to do it. Speak to arnel and hell modify it and most times theyll throw in a free throat and polish job along with some goodies. They are without a doubt the best gunsmiths when it comes to rock island and theyre the warranty center as well. But the best part is they are cheap! I wish theyd take other 1911s because you cant find their level of competency in gunsmithing and at their low cost price.
 

jrbfishn

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Thats who I go to with Rock Island questions. So far all I have is RIA 1911s, it is all I can afford but they work great.


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I sent 3 1911's to Novak for sights and milling the front dovetail cuts and got them within 7 working days.....great communication and work.
 

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