Am I crazy? I took a file to my front sight...

Am I crazy? I took a file to my front sight...

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    Am I crazy? I took a file to my front sight...

    Yes, that's right I decided I had enough of the integral front sight on my S&W 469! Using a small file set I slowly, very very slowly filed off the front sight and slowly, very very slowly filed a dovetail to fit the Sig night sight I picked up from CDNN for $10. If you don't believe me take a gander for yourself -


    You can blow the pictures up to get a better look on my blog - Hidden Defense: Smith & Wesson 469: A Proven CCW

    I was a bit anxious while doing it, but I'm happy how it turned out. Now I need to look into replacing the rear sight. Unfortunately, the Novaks won't just slide in...don't know if I'm ready to do more filing to the slide just yet.

    I will say that I'm very happy with the gun itself. Smith & Wesson should have never stopped making a compact all metal double stack 9mm like the 469/669/6904/6906. If you find one pick it up, I think you'll like it too!
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    Interesting problem solving. I hope the sight is the right height.
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    Looks nice. and +1 to sight height.
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    Very nice work. Was the fit tight enough to keep the sight from falling out? Also, did you do anything to the metal where you filed it out to keep it from rusting?
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    Awaiting a range report to see if the sight height is correct and whether it is true across the barrel. Gutsy.

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    You got bigger Gonads than I do, I will give you that. As long as it doesn't launch into outer space when you fire it I say good job!! There is no way I would do that to one of guns!! Let us know how the range report goes.

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    I did take it to the range and put 50 rounds through it with no budging of the sight. There is a dab of super glue on it just in case. The sight picture is different than stock. The original front sight was a post with a vertical line going down the middle of it and the correct elevation was to line up the top of both front & rear sight. With the new night sight for correct elevation the top of the rear sight must be even with the center of the tritium dot. Now that I know how to sight it it's very easy to put all the shots in the black.
    Here's what the original rear sight looks like:

    I'm thinking about getting a rear sight from a S&W 645 which has taller sides like this one.

    Not sure it's really needed though since I know how to aim it right the way it is.
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    You might want to splash some cold blue on the bare steel to protect it. Other than that, good job!

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    As far as your Front Sight, you may want to read my post "Comedy of Errors" in regards to my Front Sight.

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    call me chicken, but I do not modify my weapon. I am not qualified.

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    In a sense I'm plagued to be an incessant "problem" solver so I always want to improve on things that I use. I try, at least, to tackle things that are straight forward and make sense. Filing a dovetail isn't hard and with patience and a steady hand it can be done. Now it probably took me several hours total (broken up over a couple weeks & done relaxing after work), but in the end it is fulfilling to accomplish something that is unique and useful. It's nice to have a S&W that takes the same front sight as Sigs & XD's. Now if it came down to altering something internal I'll probably go to a qualified gunsmith unless it's a simple swap out of springs or a broken part.
    Mine: Glock 36............Wife's: Ruger SP101 3"
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