I hope I have not been using too much bandwidth with my recent posts.
The Millett dual-crimp repair has been discussed here several times in the past.
I thought some of you might like to see how I deal with the situation.
This job was done for another 'smith that needed a 'patridge' style cross-dovetailed front sight to which he could add a 'gold bead'.
The slide is a Colt Stainless Steel Delta Elite 10mm.
As I received it:
Pocket machined into the area.
Using a corner radiusing end-mill on the 'dutchman'.
I'm having a O' Douls n/a in your honor. Why anyone would want to do that to a slide is beyond me. I used to make'em buy a new slide.Stupidity must cost money and lots of it. Dual crimps are for the rankest of amateurs. I am always impressed by what you can do with that Mill and silver soder.
The Commander pictured below had this same abomination of a front sight on it. You know, actually, the dual crimp attachment method in and of itself should be pretty strong when done right (which I don't believe I've ever seen), it's just that, well, it's rarely done right, usually with a gap under the sight or something, the styling and form of these things is not great, and they are made from melted down conduit or something-- really soft stuff. Anyway-- this nice old 1950 Commander had one on the front and this was my approach to fixing it; I didn't at all mind using a silver-soldered on front sight in this case given the gun's intended use. I posted about this one recently, where Checkmate had kinda botched the refinishing and lost some parts. In their defense, they did a great job of doing it over. Against my better judgement I let them repair the anodizing and the guy (William) did a fantastic job of it.
So, top pic-- not a great one, sorry-- the finished product. When making sights from scratch, I like to recess the tritium insert forward about .100, which makes it visible only to the user or someone directly behind him-- whereas standard-form night sights kinda call attention to your location to anyone in your dark, scary room that's within say a 120 degree cone behind you-- didn't do it to this one per customer's request.
This pic shows the front sight blank ruffed out, made from a piece of 4130, with two integral posts which fit into the old stake holes. This gives the max "soldered" area and lots of shear strength. I expect this sight to stay on for at least the first 100 rounds....
[This message has been edited by Ned Christiansen (edited 07-31-2001).]