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meltblown
December 26, 2014, 12:33
I picked up a Kimber Ultra CDP a couple of years back and the price was $800, so I couldn't turn it down. It appears someone put a cheap $35 FO sight on it. It came with a nice rear sight that is original and glows nicely in the dark. Why the hell someone would put the cheapie sight on a pretty decent 1911 is beyond my comprehension. What's the purpose of these things as they don't glow in the dark?

I want to put the original sight on it, so will call Kimber and have them tell me the correct one. Been reading a little here and there about installing and do not quite have a handle on doing this. Any of you WECSOGs have any advice? This is new to me and damn sure don't want to mar the slide. I know there are Kimber haters, but this little 3-inch gun is a sweet shooter. And I could never pay for a Wilson or the like.

meltblown
December 27, 2014, 08:57
Anyone? :sad:

Invictus77
December 27, 2014, 09:06
My Kimber UCII has a standard horizontal dovetail for the front sight. I would assume yours is the same. Unless I am totally missing something in your question this is pretty straightforward.

Lay the slide on a block of wood on it's side and tap the sight off with a brass punch (might take a small steel punch if very tight fit). When you install the new sight make certain it is centered.

<a href="http://s32.photobucket.com/user/mlcasson/media/Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/mlcasson/Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg"/></a>

meltblown
December 27, 2014, 09:44
My Kimber UCII has a standard horizontal dovetail for the front sight. I would assume yours is the same. Unless I am totally missing something in your question this is pretty straightforward.

Lay the slide on a block of wood on it's side and tap the sight off with a brass punch (might take a small steel punch if very tight fit). When you install the new sight make certain it is centered.

<a href="http://s32.photobucket.com/user/mlcasson/media/Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/mlcasson/Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Kimber2_zps073a11d7.jpg"/></a>

Looks the same except mine should be tritium. After seeing your method I'm wondering if my 1911 bench block would have a location built in to for the slide to be cradled. Thanks for your help

c0wb0y84
December 27, 2014, 10:33
Tapping out the fiber optic sight should be fine but trying to tap in a tritium sight will risk breaking the tritium vile and rendering it useless. To install a tritium sight you should have the proper tool to drift it in.

MAINER
December 28, 2014, 11:17
Sight Pusher highly recommended, especially with the shallow dovetail front sights. Done a lot of brass punch work, but not on fancy nite sights.

Lot of professional pushers available, but they tend to be expensive.

A homemade tool;
http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/an-affordable-pistol-sight-adjustment-tool/

Or purchased;
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=1911+sight+tool


PS; Don't hate Kimber , own an old Custom Classic, just think they have priced themselves to a stupid level where there are better 1911's to be had for same or even less money.

Invictus77
December 28, 2014, 13:33
Cool tool tips MAINER.

I don't know anything about tritium sights but I assume cowboy knows what he speaks of. If I ever get one I will avoid my "old school" hammer & punch method and make a little press.

PS-I don't hate Kimber either, but the little carry gun pictured is my only one. I am personally a Colt 1911 fan :)

nearmisses
January 03, 2015, 22:11
Mainer, It's not a night sight. Fiber optics always seem to come out. Wouldn't have one. If you put the slide in a padded vise of some stature, mounted to a non moving bench a punch works fine in a good fitting dovetail.