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Post by aub1957 3/25/2021, 6:23 am

Due to a nagging elbow injury, I am thinking that I want to quit trying to shoot 45. At least for a while.

I have a new(er) Colt 38 Super (series 80, unfortunately) and I was kicking around trying to get it into some kind of basic form for shooting CMP EIC matches as economically as possible. My first issue is what to do about the sights. I want to take the path of least resistance here, but I am going to need something adjustable as I have 3-dots in a government cut with a staked front sight. I like the look and functionality of the Kensight adjustable sights and was thinking about getting a set of these to have a gunsmith install. I am not sure which model I would need. Are there any other sights I should consider? Also, can one ship just the slide off to a gunsmith and have it milled for the adjustable sights? Any recommendations here for someone that does this quickly and affordably?

Next question: barrel. I have a Kart Xact fit barrel on hand that I suppose I could install into this pistol. Is that a decent route to go, or should I fit a bushing to the current barrel or go a different route?

I just wanted to get some thoughts/input from someone that might have barked up this tree before. Thank you.

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Post by chiz1180 3/25/2021, 6:28 am

Before I would do any barrel/bushing work, I would see how it shoots in its current state (sandbag or ransom rest), then move forward with that knowledge. Sights are more of a preference thing, so long as it fits the dovetail you should be good.

You didn’t mention it but I would prioritize good trigger work before any barrel work. Not all 4lb triggers are equal.

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Post by Jon Eulette 3/25/2021, 6:36 am

In my experience those pistols ALWAYS benefited from having new barrel installed. Will give you the lockup you need on the slidestop pin. Of course that will need a match bushing. Kensight has the rear sight you need. You need to figure out if going low mounted (modern) or old school using existing dovetail. Will need a taller front sight (old school height is 0.250) that has become an availability issue. Only tall front sight available is Kensight Shark blade. They need some modifying to get install right.
Trigger job with original parts should be fine.
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Post by aub1957 3/25/2021, 8:59 am

Jon, by shark blade, I assume you mean this one?

https://stores.kensight.com/staked-serrated-ramp-front-sight-fits-colt-m1911-a1-series-80-0-125-tenon/

Thanks for the info. Yes, the barrel definitely will have to be changed. I made some handloads and initial results from the original barrel were just not where I needed to be.

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Post by Jon Eulette 3/25/2021, 9:05 am

That’s correct sight. Make sure you get correct tenon width; 0.060 or 0.125.
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Post by aub1957 3/25/2021, 9:55 am

Thanks, Jon.

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Post by Lance Light 3/25/2021, 11:41 am

Harrison Design makes a nice stake on front sight also

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