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Old 11-02-2015, 05:11 PM
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Just recently purchased a 5906 with the blade type rear sight. The sight is banged up and was thinking about replacing it with the novak rear sight fron brownells. Will this sight fit? Thanks
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No, the rear of the slide will need to be machined for the Novak sight to fit - it will not just drop in.

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The sight blade can be replaced just like a revolver sight. Pretty cheap and easy.
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I'm wit epj. I've got Novak front and rear on my 5906. Just be certain to purchase something a sales rep will confirm is the proper base size.
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Welcome aboard slogan,

You can put Novak backsight on there but it will take a little bit of work.

You're gonna need to have this area shaved down by about 0.070" or so as I recall:


Afterwards the Novak will fit just fine... This was an old 669 here:


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Now, I need to get a couple of Novak sights for my early 5906 and 6906.

I guess I should use my clamp set to clamp it directly to the table of my mill, instead of clamping it in the mill vise.
I'd hate to squeeze the slide.
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I doubt you'll close up the slide any. I've done plenty of slide milling and just clamp 'em in the vise. I use a little brown paper over the flats to prevent any marring unless I'm gonna blast afterwards. I use a little Wilton 2" precision vise for this small stuff and I crank it down pretty darn tight, never had a problem.

I imagine though applying Godzilla torque on a 8" Kurt vise might squish things a little Just tight enough to hold it rigid is plenty no need to go nutz. If there's a vise already trammed to the mill table with the jaws indicated parallel to the x (or y for that matter) I see no reason not to use it. Just clamp it up and make the cut.

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I doubt you'll close up the slide any. I've done plenty of slide milling and just clamp 'em in the vise. I use a little brown paper over the flats to prevent any marring unless I'm gonna blast afterwards. I use a little Wilton 2" precision vise for this small stuff and I crank it down pretty darn tight, never had a problem.

I imagine though applying Godzilla torque on a 8" Kurt vise might squish things a little Just tight enough to hold it rigid is plenty no need to go nutz. If there's a vise already trammed to the mill table with the jaws indicated parallel to the x (or y for that matter) I see no reason not to use it. Just clamp it up and make the cut.

PS: Don't forget to measure twice

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