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Post by Jsgottschalk Sun Jul 23, 2023 2:05 pm

I just bought a Rock standard FS 9mm 1911
Breaking into some centerfire action in Bullseye
I need some input on a rear adjustable sight for this gun

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Post by Jon Eulette Sun Jul 23, 2023 2:12 pm

Rock island or rock river arms?
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Post by Jsgottschalk Sun Jul 23, 2023 2:22 pm

Rock Island Armory

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Post by Jon Eulette Sun Jul 23, 2023 3:31 pm

Oh Lordy, that pistol will require an act of God to be a bullseye pistol. Have built one and won’t touch another one.
Good Luck!
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Post by shootingsight Sun Jul 23, 2023 3:48 pm

My recollection is that Rock Island got high praise because they were the closest to the WWII design you could get, which is great for collectors, but does not speak to accuracy.

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Post by Jsgottschalk Sun Jul 23, 2023 4:05 pm

Thanks for your help Jon
You always have something positive to say

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Post by Jon Eulette Sun Jul 23, 2023 4:20 pm

Jsgottschalk wrote:Thanks for your help Jon
You always have something positive to say
Ouch!
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Post by Wobbley Sun Jul 23, 2023 4:52 pm

Perhaps a solution to the problem is to get it “accu-railed and a barrel fitted along with a set of sights.  It may not be an ”all-up-romping’-stompin’l bullseye pistol, but it would be enough to get going.
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Post by james r chapman Sun Jul 23, 2023 6:17 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:
Jsgottschalk wrote:Thanks for your help Jon
You always have something positive to say
Ouch!
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Post by RoyDean Sun Jul 23, 2023 6:25 pm

Wobbly, I'm sure your advice is well intended, but, IMHO, for a Rock Island Armory (and, even worse, a 9mm), I would say that trying to upgrade it would just be throwing good money after bad!

Sorry.

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Post by JRV Sun Jul 23, 2023 8:00 pm

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This pistol started life as a basic Rock GI Standard .45.

I had a local smith cut a Novak front dovetail and install a Dawson Precision 0.330” patridge sight. The rear sight is a Kensight compact adjustable that fits in the GI dovetail. No drilling or tapping needed. I fit that myself.

If you have the “Standard” version with the Novak-like rear sight, not a GI sight, LPA makes an adjustable rear. I think it’s only sold with a fiber optic front sight in a bundle, but it could be used with the standard black front.

Most of the advice you’re getting here is correct. Upgrading a Rock Island to be “minimally capable” for bullseye is, at the very least, throwing another Rock Island’s worth of cash at the project (or more) to end up with a pistol that costs more than a used Range Officer. It’s fun for a project, but not a practical solution.

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Post by Jsgottschalk Sun Jul 23, 2023 9:33 pm

Maybe I need to simplify my question
Which adjustable rear sight can I put on this gun ?
Thx

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Post by JRV Sun Jul 23, 2023 9:36 pm

Jsgottschalk wrote:Maybe I need to simplify my question
Which adjustable rear sight can I put on this gun ?
Thx

Already answered.  

RIA makes two “standard” gun lines, one that’s a GI pattern and one that has a Novak-style rear sight.  

GI-pattern: the Kensight I mentioned.  You will need a taller front sight.  

Novak-style: the LPA I mentioned (sold in the black rear, fiber front set), using the factory front sight.

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Post by Jsgottschalk Sun Jul 23, 2023 9:40 pm

Thanks JRV

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Post by Cmysix Sat Jul 29, 2023 9:12 am

Wobbley wrote:Perhaps a solution to the problem is to get it “accu-railed and a barrel fitted along with a set of sights.  It may not be an ”all-up-romping’-stompin’l bullseye pistol, but it would be enough to get going.
I have had Doug Jones added to the FFL list at shipmygun.com when I had my S&W Series E railed, the slide to frame fit was just about as loose as you could get, now it's nice a tight! Amazing work for the $
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