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Old 12-27-2012, 01:41 PM
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Question 1977 4 Inch K Frame with Red Translucent Sight insert? PIX of Sight Added

I don't know much about K frames and have a question. I have a very late 18-3 with 3 'Ts', with what looks to be a factory front sight as stated in the title. It's sort of pinkish red. When were these a factory option? I asume they were only available with the 3 Ts. Thanks for the help...

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There's a gunsmith in Central New York, still active, who for years installed his proprietary pinkish "Lumi-Sight" in S&Ws and Colts--I believe that as part of the job he drilled shallow holes in the bottom of the dovetail and inserted some sort of luminescent paint.

I have a Model 63 which looks like his work, although it might be factory.
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This is plastic and fits perfectly !
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S&W used a bright orange insert most of the time. I have seen yellow, not sure if it was factory installed or not. Many have come loose or fallen out they are easy to replace in any color you like.
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I'd bet it's not a factory job but if you like it that doesn't matter much. Those are readily replaced with the original type, I've seen insert material available at Brownells.
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Two part apoxy mixed with a little orange paint, waxed popsicle stick pieces on each side of the blade as a form. I've done a couple, they look factory and last indefinatley.
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I don't think that one is factory. It looks a little too large and usually the color was red.
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I used to have a Gunsmith in the mid 70's add an insert to a plain sight. He used toothbrush handles and many of them were a translucent pink or orange. You picked the toothbrush and he did the install.
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