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Night sights on a RIA GI

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Old 07-10-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Night sights on a RIA GI

To replace the stock sights on my GI model what are my options. I would prefer to not dovetail the front sight so are there any sights that can replace the stock sights? Can this be done without machining the slide? I saw the CA02 trijicons will they work by just having a gunsmith remove the originals and stake or is it more involved?
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I really don't know for sure about the rear sight but when I was looking at replacing the sights on mine I read that the sights are pretty much cut to colts 70 series specs so anything you find for a 70's series colt sight wise should work. That being said I'm not completely positive on that I will have to look up my question on another 1911 forum to find the answers I was given.

ok upon further reading the rear sight is dovetailed just as any modern colt 1911 is so it should be very easy to fit the rear sight. the front sight I'm not so sure you would probably need to ask a gunsmith if they can properly fit it for you.

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Trijicon | Colt Gov't 3 Dot Bright & Tough Night | CA02
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PISTOLS — Use CA01 or CA26 for 1911 pistols made after 1988; CA02 for pistols made before 1988. CA01 and CA02 fit the Combat
Elite & Delta Elite. These sights will also fit most 1911s made by other manufacturers. Call for details.
Note: Replacement of Government Model, Combat Elite, Delta Elite, Officers ACP and Combat Commander fixed sights require use
of Trijicon staking tool by professional gunsmith. Use of other staking tools will destroy the sights.
heres the site I the got it from
http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/optic...ts-catalog.pdf

my understanding is the CA02 sights for the colt would work for the RIA GI same one I have. good luck and hope this helps. By the way if you do get them and have them installed let me know the details and a pic or two as I still have not yet replaced my sights due to lack of funds.
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I'd recommend going here and asking in the RIA forum.

All your questions will be answered by friendly folks.
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I'd recommend going here and asking in the RIA forum.

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yep that is the forum I went to for any questions specifically on the RIA 1911 great people very helpful.
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Thanks guys i will check out the forum.
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if you use the search function in the RIA section of m1911.org you'll find the exact measurements of the sights that you'll need. I used to know them since I was debating putting night sights on my RIA but have since forgotten what they were. I know they're on there somewhere...
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To replace the stock sights on my GI model what are my options. I would prefer to not dovetail the front sight so are there any sights that can replace the stock sights? Can this be done without machining the slide? I saw the CA02 trijicons will they work by just having a gunsmith remove the originals and stake or is it more involved?
I just had the CA02 installed by a gunsmith for 50 bucks and they look great. No slide mod needed.
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should be a lot of options for it.

staked front sites are still very common on the 1911's
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