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    Junior Member mattwhitlock is on a distinguished road

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    Colt 1903 Pocket Pistol .32 Front Sight

    I have a Colt 1903 pocket pistol .32 and it is missing the front sight. It was handed down to me from my grandfather, so I do not know when it fell off. I have checked online at many places and the only place I can find that sells it is http://www.marstar.ca/c32s.htm (CPP-003), but they are sold out and have been forever and it does not sound like they are getting it in any time soon.

    I just got back from a gunsmith today, and he was unable to find anywhere to order the sight from as well, and says that it is staked in just like the 1911's.

    Any advice? I have been trying to find this dang sight forever...

    This is a picture of what the missing front sight looks like (not my pistol but somebody else had the same problem as me):



    Thanks in advance!

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    Your best bet may be finding a beater slide and using the front sight from that. I see them for sale from time to time at gun shows and on Gunbroker.

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    Supporting Member JudgeColt will become famous soon enough JudgeColt will become famous soon enough
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    Take an appropriate piece of steel and start whittling with a rotary tool until you have an acceptable sight blade. With some patience, you will have an acceptable substitute to hold you until you can find a junker slide or replacement.

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    I lost the front sight on one of my 1903s. Tried and tried and tried to find one with no luck. Finally broke down and had a gunsmith make one and install it for me. He did prettty much what The Judge is advising. If you do it yourself you will save some money. Good luck!

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    Senior Member Doc Nonverbal is on a distinguished road

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    I agree with JudgeColt and Colt75 - having a gunsmith make one would probably be the best bet. My advice is to get some really good close-up photos of a front sight for reference. That will increase the probability that your gunsmith will get it right on the first try.

    ...or you might end up with some kind of fiber-optic monstrosity.

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    You can also try Sam Lisker at www.coltautos.com. He sells parts and may be able to help. If he doesn't have one he could probably point you in the right direction.

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    I suggested making it yourself. It will be a relatively simple job if you start with the right thickness of stock.

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    Senior Member Doc Nonverbal is on a distinguished road

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeColt View Post
    I suggested making it yourself. It will be a relatively simple job if you start with the right thickness of stock.
    I stand corrected. I agree - it's not rocket science to shape a part like a front sight.

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    Colt 1903 Pocket Pistol .32 Front sight

    You might give this guy a call.
    I picked up his card at a gun show near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    He does not have a web site but his card reads:
    "Antique and Obsolete Gun Sights"
    His name is Scott A. Swamer
    1232 Fatima St.
    Menasha, WI. 54952
    Home phone: 1-920-722-7353

    Who knows maybe he has one. No guarentee, but all it would cost you is the price of a phone call.

    Good Luck...

    BTW.. I think that is my pistol in the photo at the top of the page.
    I had the same problem.
    jim....aka.....hognfrog

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    Senior Member Doc Nonverbal is on a distinguished road

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    Now there's a niche business! Thanks for posting that - I'm saving it for reference.


 

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