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Old 06-24-2019, 07:22 AM   #1
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Slide milled for reflex sight, much better!

Gun: Kimber 1911 45, Classic Stainless (Late '90s model) w/some extra work - trigger work, ambi safety, ambi mag release

Earlier this year I took my rear sight off and installed a dovetail mount along with a DeltaPoint Pro (1st picture). Also added the threaded barrel. I didn't really want to commit to milling at the time and hoped I could get use to the height of the reflex sight. No luck, it was just not good for me. And it looked like a big turd sitting up there.

So I sent the slide off to C&H Precision Weapons and had them mill the slide. Once they received my slide, it was determined the DeltaPoint Pro was going to overhang the back slightly making the hammer more difficult to manually cock with your thumb. They recommended I go to a Sig Romeo1 (smaller footprint and lower profile) and they worked out a swap for me. I also had them install a new suppressor height front night sight sized appropriately for the rear sight built into the Romeo1.

It's back (2nd picture), and it's GREAT! They did a phenomenal job! Still gotta get it to the range, but that will happen soon !
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:17 AM   #2
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Nice work, it looks great.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:16 AM   #3
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Nice.

The lower profile mounting looks MUCH better than jacked up using a rear sight mount. And of course having BUIS on a carry gun is the only way to go.
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Originally Posted by ChattanoogaPhil View Post
The lower profile mounting looks MUCH better than jacked up using a rear sight mount. And of course having BUIS on a carry gun is the only way to go.
100% agree... That 1st picture just looks like a big pig sitting on top up there. Not good. And I just couldn't get use to the sight height. Couldn't comfortably find the dot all the time because I didn't have an appropriately sized sight on the front. Just a bad approach all the way around.
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I'm digging it. I want to do the same thing except with 9mm and a Pro or Ultra size.
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Couldn't comfortably find the dot all the time because I didn't have an appropriately sized sight on the front. Just a bad approach all the way around.
Absolutely. Front sight reference will make all the difference in the world for acquiring the dot when presenting the gun. I use red dots on recreational handguns without irons and have got pretty good at acquiring the dot but it's still slower and easy to get lost during presentation. "Slower" and "lost" are two words that don't compliment a self defense situation.

If I carried a larger gun than an LCP I'd have a red dot.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:22 PM   #7
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Red dots (or green) are a lot of fun on the range. I love the Romeo 5 on my PCC and I've tried a couple of different ones on some handguns and rifles. A .22 auto rifle with a "dot" is a real gas. My shootin' bud has a Sig P320 RX with the Romeo 1, factory set up... It's cool but my 320 X5, with the factory Dawson open sights, will shoot rings around it.

On my EDC I don't want them. I want it to be as light, compact and efficient as possible. Just my 2 cents. Hey if we all liked the same things there wouldn't be much to talk about, huh....
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Any chance Kimber will begin offering milled slides from the factory on all their models? This does seem like the wave of the future and an acknowledgement to the customers demands.
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Originally Posted by daveh5 View Post
Any chance Kimber will begin offering milled slides from the factory on all their models? This does seem like the wave of the future and an acknowledgement to the customers demands.
Kimber does sell optic ready guns (already milled). If that's not your taste, milling was only $125... so not bad that route either.
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Much nicer!
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