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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeardslee View Post
    Springfield Armory just came out with the Range Officer in 9mm. And it's got a bomar cut in the slide with adjustable sights. It's all tuned up and ready to go, out of the box.

    That's nice..... looks like it's about $800. The loaded stainless is around $1,000.
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    Something they used to do years ago, but you rarely see anymore, is a 1911 with a Smith and Wesson adjustable revolver sight installed. It takes a gunsmith to make it happen, but you wind up with a really nice low mounted adjustable sight solution. It's the way Jeff Cooper used to do it at Gunsight, back in the day. JAT

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    I can certainly understand wanting stainless steel.
    Absolutely flawless operation and far more accurate than me.
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    You may also check out the sti Spartan. its made by armscor for sti, using sti internal parts fiber front adj rear here is mine its in 9mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    That's nice..... looks like it's about $800. The loaded stainless is around $1,000.
    To a certain extent, you get what you pay for. The springfield has a match grade barrel with a fully supported ramp, forged steel frame, 4.5-5 pound trigger, Cocobolo grips, checkered steel mainspring housing and aluminum trigger shoe - unlike the polymer that's become so prevalent in those locations. And just the bomar cut and the adjustable rear bomar-style rear sight is enough to add $200 to the price a 1911, so there's that to consider. Not to mention the fit and finish you get with a Springfield Armory 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeardslee View Post
    Something they used to do years ago, but you rarely see anymore, is a 1911 with a Smith and Wesson adjustable revolver sight installed. It takes a gunsmith to make it happen, but you wind up with a really nice low mounted adjustable sight solution. It's the way Jeff Cooper used to do it at Gunsight, back in the day. JAT
    Actually, the late Armand Swenson, 1911 Gunsmith at large, made that happen. http://www.coolgunsite.com/comm_pist...on/swenson.htm

    Many of his customized 1911's appeared at Gunsite and other places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeardslee View Post
    Something they used to do years ago, but you rarely see anymore, is a 1911 with a Smith and Wesson adjustable revolver sight installed.
    Nice, but I think I'd rather have the larger rear sight blade ala the Bomar. I even swap the factory S&W out on my revolvers with Smith Wesson Rear Sight Blade K L N
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwc007 View Post
    Actually, the late Armand Swenson, 1911 Gunsmith at large, made that happen. http://www.coolgunsite.com/comm_pist...on/swenson.htm

    Many of his customized 1911's appeared at Gunsite and other places.
    Here's a quote lifted from the article - "Swenson guns incorporated the basic modifications necessary on a fighting pistol that were well summed up by Jeff Cooper." I dunno who did the work for Gunsite, but back in the 70's and early 80's they were always putting them together with the S&W sights. You could send a gun to them for modification, or they sold complete guns. And mostly what they did was job the trigger and install those sights. Always wanted one - never had the cash at the right time.

    But like I said, if you want one on your 1911 today, it's a job for a gunsmith. A good gunsmith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    Nice, but I think I'd rather have the larger rear sight blade ala the Bomar. I even swap the factory S&W out with Smith Wesson Rear Sight Blade K L N
    Bomar used to be THE low mount adjustable sight solution, and it does give you a huge flat sighting surface. They're extremely functional. But the S&W solution has a certain elegance to it - even if it doesn't work quite as well. Although I never had a big problem aligning the sights on their revolvers. Probably more personal preference than anything as far as which is better.
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    the STI Spartan V ( V= barrel length 5 inches) they also make a 3 and a 4!
    hven't seen a stainless however!
    several of the top priced springfields come with adjustable sights, not many in 9MM however?
    I have a Range Officer thats very nice and at about the same price point as the STI ---800 bucks or so.
    Kimber of course as you mention.
    RIA target model comes in 9MM and is loaded, the Tactical II is a jewel but only in basic black, I have the 10 MM and love it, its a steal at 600 bucks.
    My number one choice if price isn't a big factor would be a Dan Wesson full size or the Wilson Combat, but thats just me.
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