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Old 10-06-2019, 12:49 AM
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I have a few people asking for a replacement on a fixed blade front sight on a few SASS guns. I can't seem to find too much info on the process. I have thought of using silver solder and replacing it that way. Its something we haven't done yet at the gun shop and is something I want to know 100% about before offering. Does anyone have any info or personal work to talk about and maybe show a few pictures of?
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Prefered method, IF barrel has adequate wall thickness, is to mill a dovetail either in the barrel itself, or in the front sight base, if either forged integral with the barrel or is securely attached by electron-beam welding or with a good silver solder joint.

Replacement front sight for Ruger Vaquero was done for me by John Taylor.

The cowboy front sight of 1/2" height, adequate to file in for zero, and having a standard 3/8" dovetail base, is of his manufacture.

On several of my hunting rifles he has machined the muzzle to accept a military M14 rifle front sight, also shown.
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This is an older gun so a dove tail is a no go on it due to the barrel and collectors value to it. But so far silver solder seems to be the only method I can find. Not to many people doing it I guess.
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High temp silver solder requires red heat and the proper flux - which can damage the original finish.

Anything you change on a collectible will likely reduce the value.

If you need a taller front sight than what's there you might make a fitted slip over that sight blade and low temp silver solder it in place. It will be slightly wider that the stock one.
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My experience is that my 100-year-old Colts shoot to the sights at 20-25 yards with handloads which match the bullet weight and velocity of black powder loads and no sight work was needed.
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OK. I should have added this. There is no front sight it was broken off. So a replacement is needed.
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1/8" or less wide by say 3/8" diameter cutter and make U slot in the barrel. Fit your new front sight and silver solder in place.

https://www.redlinetools.com/itemdet...QaAn5YEALw_wcB
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OK. I should have added this. There is no front sight it was broken off. So a replacement is needed.
The only proper way is high temp soldering.

No matter what you do the gun will likely need some refinishing, so the "collector value" is already gone.

If there is enough of the old sight remaining, and it's silver, maybe a good TIG welder could add to it without damaging the barrel.

Also, a good jewelry maker can perform miracles with a gas torch and pieces of silver.
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OK. I should have added this. There is no front sight it was broken off. So a replacement is needed.
Then no matter what you do, the "collector value" WILL be diminished, so you should ask the customer if we plans to actually USE the revolver, or is it a "safe Queen?"

A replacement front sight resembling an original can be fabricated and installed, the barrel unscrewed from the frame and that only being refinished, and the patina can be closely approximated to match the rest of the gun. Skillfully done it will fool all but serious collectors, but doing so correctly is labor intensive and not inexpensive.

A sturdy, serviceable replacement front sight for field use is EASY, if not "cheap" when done right. About a $100 job.
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