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    Exclamation Sight is stuck, hex key set screw stripped, what now?

    Ok, so I love my Taurus 1911, but It has a major problem. I wanted to replace my sights and so I had taken them off in order to check the size (before I found out that it's a proprietary specially cut size for the Taurus 1911 novak sight, and you can't get other novak style tritium sights to fit it, but I digress) so I put it all back together, and I thought I had it properly re-installed, but then I took her out to shoot this christmas and much to my surprise the rear sight was loose (the set screw was all the way down, but not tight, and the sight was slipping left and right),( the set screw was keeping it from slipping out of the "pocket" and the sight was obviously needing to be tightened).


    Anyway I went to find an allen key and cinch it down but the allen key must have been the wrong size and it stripped the inside of the set screw out so bad that even when I did find the correct size set screw it just finished striping it out. Then to compound problems I cannot find a small enough extractor to fit in there. Has anyone had this problem before? I'm contemplating just drilling the whole hole out with a larger dripp bit so I can re thread the hole with a larger set screw

    TLDR; how to fix a rear sight with a stripped out set screw?!?!?

    P.s. while I'm at it does anyone know of other tritium sights that would fit these novak proprietary sized cuts on the Taurus 1911? I'm also contemplating having a gunsmith re-cut the dovetails to fit a more common "standardized" dovetail cut so I can get sights for half the price of the novak's. (I know the math doesn't make sense (cost more to recut and buy cheaper ones than just cry once and get the novaks) , but it's the principle of painting someone into a corner so they can only buy your sights that pisses me off, I'd almost pay more just to thumb my nose at them.

    thanks for any and all help!
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    I was going to suggest an extractor aka 'Easy Out' but it seems you have already tried that. I would think somebody has to have one small enough to fit.

    Don't have anything to offer on the sight issue. Hope you get things figured out.
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    Anybody ever try using these on anything at all? not just gun parts. This is the closest thing I can find to the size of what I'm dealing with.

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    In the past when I've stripped an Allen head screw I usually can get them out by running a drill bit in reverse. If that doesn't work then I take the next size Allen wrench and tap it in the stripped hole with a hammer and remove it that way.
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    Novaks are not the only ones who made sights for the PT-1911. I have a set of Heinies that came on mine. Haven't looked in years, but there were Taurus cut sights that were advertised on the Internet. Have you tried to get a rear sight from Taurus?

    Probably too late now, but most of those setscrews have Locktite on them and won't move unless you heat them up.

    If decide to change them out, I would modify the sight, rather than the slide. Rule #2 of the 1911 is to cut, grind or file the cheaper part first. Better to screw up a sight, rather than a slide.

    If all else fails, I would put that rear sight in my drill press and drill out the hole and re-thread the hole for a larger set screw. Also, a little Locktite 242 in the dovetail will help your setscrew prevent it from moving around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sampson View Post
    Anybody ever try using these on anything at all? not just gun parts. This is the closest thing I can find to the size of what I'm dealing with.
    It's worth a try for that cost. Of course, the wait to get them could be problematic on the fingernails.

    I've only had this problem once, and it wasn't with a gun. I just applied lots of WD-40 and kept trying bigger Allen wrenches until I got it loose.

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    I would try a left hand drill bit I've had good luck with it through the years. I ran into this same problem with Taurus sights and RIA sights. I not understand why there isn't a universal dovetail cut that manufacturers to by. Fusion Firearms says three is a standard but not all companies use it. Fusion Firearms will cut the existing dovetail in your slide front and rear for $68.00 if memory is right. My first PT 1911 I put Novak fiber optic adjustable sights on it but I don't care much for them the front sight blade is too narrow for the rear sight cut out plus if you need to adjust the windage you need to loosen the sight and drift it into position. When I get the money saved up I'LL send it to fusion to be cut and install a set of their sights
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    I would probably try tapping a torx bit in there with a hammer first before drilling, you can always go to the drill as a last resort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    I would probably try tapping a torx bit in there with a hammer first before drilling, you can always go to the drill as a last resort.

    Yeah, I'm gonna go for this first, then as a secondary option I'm just gonna drill the hole out and re-tap it. I think if I do that I can pick myself a bolt from the hardware store and use the dremel to make my own set screw by cutting the bolt off, and then putting a flat slot into it. Should make a nice clean over-sized set screw

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWolf70 View Post
    Novaks are not the only ones who made sights for the PT-1911. I have a set of Heinies that came on mine. Haven't looked in years, but there were Taurus cut sights that were advertised on the Internet. Have you tried to get a rear sight from Taurus? .
    got any links on these, the novak sights ar ethe only ones I can find.

 

 
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