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Fellow Forumites,

Here is a pic of the original front sight on a .380 Berreta:



And a pic of the finished product:



The 'in between' pics can be found here:
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=248506&a=12139115

This work was done for another 'smith. The customer specified the 'Patridge Style'.
As no commercially available front sight blank was properly proportioned for this little pea-shooter, I made one.

Hope you enjoy seeing the process.
Oh.....elasped time.....about 1.25 hours
including the photography.

Chuck
 

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Chuck,
Nice work as always. Great feeling to know their are guys who can take on "special" projects and have such professional results.

Here is a question for you if you have the time?

Can you recut the site tang tenon slot on an early 1911 (1915 and 1924) to take a typical Colt "med" .082" width tenon staked front? Gotta be perfect or the slide is tubed


I want to stick to "original" style sights on a couple of retro refurbish jobs, so dovetails are out of the question.

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Hi pistolwrench, I like the detailing of the sight, very nice, I like the progressive taper on the top corners front to muzzle. Keep up the good work. Metalsmith
 

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Kewl, Chuck! That must be one o' dem dere new closed top Beretta slides. You know, like the ones they make for Browning BDA 380s?
Just kiddin'. Beautiful work. I don't think I'd tackle making a dovetail sight from scratch though. I'd lose the rest of the hair I don't have.

Can't spell any better than I can mill out dovetail sights from a block of steel!


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Whoops!

BBBBill, right you are, it is a Browning .380
slide. Hey, When the hole in the end is that small, I don't pay too much attention!

Dane, no prob making those sight cuts for you.

Neil, "?Quando mucho?".....uhhh, do you mean how much did I charge? $55.00

Hey, click the link. It shows the entire process from a chunk of steel to a sight.

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What about the rear? Do anything there? I've been thinkin' 'bout doing my wife's gun (BDA 380) with Novak's or Heinies. Haven't measured yet, but figured the Novak's for the Colt Mustang might be adaptable. Maybe use a Novak front for an Officer's ACP or Mustang (shallow dovetail) for the front (still too big?). Of course I could just mill in a Bomar.


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" eerw "

I answered your question in another thread...The "smiths" are rare...I haven't found but 1 and he's not available anymore...There are a few shops though...You'll have to locate the other thread for that reply...

...I've decided to send it to one of our resident guys as soon as I find one with the time...Just hated to part with that thing!


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eerw...

>>Are there any decent shops and gunsmiths in C/S??<<
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I just had a new s/s commander accurized and customized by a very competent and experienced gunsmith about 30 miles from the Springs.

I wouldn't mention his name or give out his number without his knowledge, but I can tell you he's been at it since 1977. He's real good and not a hack.

If you need gunsmithing work..with his ok, I'll e-mail you his number or call you.

Here's some very amateur pictures....of his very good work on my commander: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1568499&a=11916896&f=0
 

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Gyp_c

thanks, I saw your list of shops on the other. I've been to about half of the ones you listed and a couple of others, haven't found a favorite yet either.

Leemutlee

I'm trying to load your photopoint url w/o any luck yet. please foward your friends number with his permission when you have the opportunity. thanks
 
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