William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 18, April, 2011

A Sight For Sore Eyes

Filed under: Boomstick — williamthecoroner @ 20:53

The last time I got some range time with my primary weapon, the front sight came off.  Now, I know it’s only held in the slide with a little tenon, and it IS replaceable.  The part costs $5.00 from Brownell’s.  But I have neither the tools nor the know-how to put one on.  Without a front sight, I have no idea where the bullet will eventually go.  This is considered to be a bad state of affairs.

My gunsmith does know how to put one on, and he’s had my 1911 for the past 4 months.  Evidently he’s been back-logged.  And the man only works at that job one day a week.   However, he did get it finished, and now any failure to hit the target is due to my poor technique and lack of practice.  I should probably do something about that.


  1. Too bad you’re not a gunslinger; you’d be saved the hassle of filing the front sight off yourself.

    Comment by Shay — Monday, 18, April, 2011 @ 21:42 | Reply

  2. Next time you need a gunsmith, use Gene Williams down near Dallas. He’s a full-time gunsmith and especially good with 1911s and other pistols.

    I’ve his number and e-mail address. Drop me a note and I’ll pass them along. It’s nice to have that info on hand. Like other things, you never need a gunsmith until you need one.

    Comment by Crucis — Tuesday, 19, April, 2011 @ 12:37 | Reply

    • Thanks, I appreciate the thought, but he’s a two-hour one way drive for me. There has to be a good one closer by.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Tuesday, 19, April, 2011 @ 12:48

  3. There is a gunsmithing organization that also lists gunsmiths by location. I’ll pass that along if/when I find it.

    On your local FLG (Friendly Local Gunsmith), distance matters little if the waiting list is excessive. The last time I used Gene, I mailed him just the slide of my 1911 (no FFL required for a slide) and he called me the day he received it. I wanted some new sights.

    I don’t know his backlog but in the past his turn-around has been very good (depending on the task at hand.)

    Comment by Crucis — Tuesday, 19, April, 2011 @ 12:54 | Reply

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