Therapy and practicality…..

I went to the club the other day as I had gotten off work early and the weather was beautiful! I took my continually evolving Federal Ordnance 1911 to zero both the laser and the fixed iron sights.

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Previously, the pistol had a similar slide with a prototype Springer Speed Sight in the rear dovetail. I swapped it for another USGI slide with a vintage Millett MkII fixed rear sight. Initial firing showed that the bullets were impacting almost 10″ low on the target. The front sight on the slide measured .250″ high, which I knew would have to be lowered. Using a fine flat jeweler’s file, I went to work drawing down the top surface of the front sight. File marks are faintly visible from above.

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After about ten minutes of “file, shoot, and repeat”, the group steadily rose towards the point of aim. I was aiming 6 o’clock at the bottom of the bull and the center of this last group is about 1.5″ low. This is fine for its intended purpose as a house gun. Perhaps in the spring when PPC season starts, I will take the slide to my buddy Dale Annis. He can mill the top surface of the front sight perfectly square and remove any of my remaining file marks.

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