I'm just looking for opinions here. Is this a useful modification, flat topping a slide and serrating it. Or is this mostly just a cosmetic thing with little usefullness. Thanks for all...trying to decide.
I see both as being purely cosmetic option, altough a very attractive one. On the practical side, if you wanted to lighten the slide, flat topping it would help to a slight degree. Serrations are often billed as "reducing glare", but IMHO, they are cosmetic too.
Don't get me wrong, but I think any actual performance gains will come the shooter being really happy with his newly flat topped, serrated gun. Good Luck!
Gotta say, I've never experienced 'glare' off the top of a 1911 slide.
Then again, I don't usually play with guns that have the top high-polished.
The greatest advantage to flat-topping a slide is the increase of the front sight apparent height. Milling a .030" deep flat on the top 'reveals' an additional .030" of front sight, making it a bit more prominent and easy to find.
Serrating that flat is just the icing on the cake!
I have flat-topped and checkered them before!!
If I had my 'druthers' every gun I build would be flattened and serrated.
Iff'n you would like to see pics, just ask.......please ask!!!!
[This message has been edited by pistolwrench (edited 04-09-2001).]
John, that appears to be an interesting profile on the front site on the Para slide. Is it milled to 2 different widths? Stepped on the back? Could you post some more pics to further clarify that?
First, to give credit where it is due, Todd Jarrett gave me this idea when I attended a class that he put on. The reason that I do this to my guns is that these sights as they are modified give me several advantages.
The front sight being cut to two different widths allows a faster sight picture and also fixes a problem that may just be peculiar to me, in that every time I fired a shot, the front sight would turn in to a black blur. For reasons that I can’t explain, the two-step front sight does not blur out. It stays in focus all the way through the recoil cycle. All the way up and all the way back into the rear sight notch. Never lose the front sight.
The rear sight having the corners chopped off does two things for me also, I can see the next target quicker and the angled outside corners seem to draw my focus to the front sight.
The front sight is cut to .095” at the bottom and .065” at the top. The step is .075” down from the top. The rear sight corners are cut at 45 degrees and I moved the cutter in until I was nearly starting to cut the main body of the sight.
Anyway, this works for me, I make no guarantee it will for you. It only costs a set of sights to find out!
I serrate slides for a professional shooter that uses the serrations as a guide for his eyes. His eye tracks down the serrations to the front blade, he is very critical of the sight picture. I have a tough enough time just watching the front blade, but for some it may make a difference.
Hi John, your flat top & sights looks great, I like the bordered sides, I e-mailed you a few times am I coming through? MetalSmith
You could use some, oh say, .045" gold wire, but I don't think it would be very prominent in the sight picture. I personally don't care for any dots or colors, so I don't tend to experiment much with them. Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!