Front sight specs, help me please...

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Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by kumpe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:08 am

When i got my 1900 the front sight bead was either broken off or ground down. I have managed to rebuild it so that it is usable, but it's kind of difficult to use since it is essentially just a thin post at this point, no bead.
My plan is to rebuild it properly, to make it as close to the original as possible. The problem is I don't know exactly what the original front sight looks like. I managed to find a few photos of it, but I need more detailed ones.
If someone could take a couple of photos of their front sight from a few different angles I would be forever grateful. The exact width of the bead would also be nice to know. Can anyone please help me?

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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by canuck » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:29 pm

Is your gun the ribbed barrel or smooth?
Heres some shots of the front sight on the ribbed 1900 I have

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Sorry, I don't have much in the way of a caliper

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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by Phyrbird » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:54 am

OOh I need more pics of details. Not to hyjack this thread.
Could a grand & mighty Canuck start another, please.
Canuck, the sight looks as if it could be measured from the bottom of the dovetail to top as well??
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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by kumpe » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:28 pm

@canuck, Thanks! This is just what I need! And I should probably have mentioned that I have a ribbed barrel. :)

@Phyrbird, Go ahead and hijack! if it's the same thing we want, why start another thread?

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Post by Phyrbird » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:55 pm

Uhh-huh Uhh-huh, lets Do it right here :lol:
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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by kumpe » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:04 pm

Restoration complete. I would say the end result is quite ok for an amateur gunsmith, better than before at least. :)
What I did was silver solder a steel pin on top of the sight base and then carefully ground it to fit and look as close to the original as possible. Here's a few photos if anyone is interested.

Here's before, missing the bead;

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During, just before soldering;

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Almost done;

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Lightly reblued and back on the gun;

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It's now a lot more like the original at least. Will be a lot easier to shoot with as well.
Fun fact: the piece of metal used to make the bead is actually a pin from an old Auto-5, made the same year as my 1900, so the gun still consists of 100% steel from the FN-factory. :)

Thanks again @canuck for your help!

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Post by Phyrbird » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:59 pm

Oh Yeah, theats what I'm talkin' bout :!: :!:
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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by Bandersnatch » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:27 am

Very nice!
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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by canuck » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:40 pm

Looks great!
Sorry I didn't get back to you guys with a height measurement, but it appears it wasn't needed in this case.

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Re: Front sight specs, help me please...

Post by 81police » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:46 am

NICE!!
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