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I'm not sure which would be appropriate, myself. I was determined to get these old Millets on my '70, but the stake-in tenon was broken off the front sight. They were free, cool, and old-school, so I paid for them in time and effort. Hope POA matches POI, I really like them.

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Still need some cleanup, Loctite, etc., but it's on.



Yikes! The inside of my ejection port looks like hammered dog poo!



Milled off remains of broken tenon, drilled and bottom tapped sight .140" deep 4-40 thread. Shortened some Grade 8 flat head cap screws, turned head OD down. Milled off old sight (was welded in from the inside vs. staked), extended milled flat pad on slide for new sight. Drilled screw holes .125" dia., inserted shortened carbide burr up through slide into mill chuck, pulled it up to "countersink" screw heads. Putting the sight on requires 3 hands, a certain technique, and an allen wrench with the ball head that will do angles...but I don't plan on taking it on and off every time I field strip and clean it. :D

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A lot of work.

I hope that on shooting that all is good..

Well done, but either or, it depends on what you think.

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I like the sights, and I think it's a good strong install, if a bit unusual, but if I was trying to make money, I wouldn't have!

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Good outside the box thinking.

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Thank you, Drake. Definitely outside...

Shot it today, really like it, shoots POA, no adjustments necessary, and smaller groups than the old '70 sights of course. I think the orange on white is good, draws your eye to the front sight vs. plain white 3 dots. I also like that the rear sight won't tear up my hand if I goof and slip while racking it, but I can still rack it on my belt if necessary.

Little better picture showing the rear sight.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:46 pm 
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VERY nice job. I love to see creative fixes fir a problem.

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Thanks.

Fine line 'tween creative and crazy. :mrgreen:

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It's funny how often those two traits intertwine :mrgreen:

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Hey, Numbnuts, great job! :)

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