1911 Night Sights

History: I’ve always loved the 1911 platform and wanted one, but couldn’t afford a really good brand.

I ended up buying a Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911 (I got the tactical mainly for the Ambidextrous safety).

I’d heard good things about RIA, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much. Something I could take to the range and shoot.

I was very pleasantly surprised. I posted about it at the time, but one of the shortcomings to my mind were the sights.

Well, here it is 9 years later, and I finally fixed the sights issue.

I purchased Meprolight tritium night sights through Amazon.

The rear sight fit perfectly out of the box. No problems with it. The front sight required some fitting. The base was a bit too wide to get started. I also had to clean up the cuts on the slide a little bit. I don’t think the original was peened, but the edges of the cut were a bit rough and kept snagging when I tried to press the new front sight into the dovetail. A little work with my jewelers files fixed it right up.

The new sights stand just slightly taller than the originals. Not enough to interfere with holster fit or anything, and not really even noticeable without putting them right up next to each other.

As far as performance. I’m extremely happy. Here’s the sight picture under full light:

And here’s under low light:

They aren’t adjustable for elevation so I was a little concerned about that, but I took it to the range yesterday and point of impact was perfect for a center hold at 25 yards using my standard 230gr JHP at 850fps.

I couldn’t possibly be happier.

On another note, after having owned my RIA 1911 for 9 years and having fired thousands of rounds through it, I also couldn’t be happier with the gun. I am increasingly impressed with how it’s held up over time. At this stage in my life, I could afford to buy a “better” 1911 for a lot more money, but I have to say I feel no inclination to. I’m perfectly happy with my $425 RIA. It has proven itself to be reliable, accurate and a solid performer, and with the new sights, I’m even more confident in it.

4 thoughts on “1911 Night Sights

    • Depends on the gun. Meprolight makes adjustable night sights for some guns…just not mine…fixed only.

      If you’re looking specifically for 1911 night sights and even more specifically the RIA 1911, there is a company I’ve never heard of that makes adjustable rear sights for 1911 with a Novak cut.

      I’m not sure they’d work with the RIA though. I don’t think the RIA sight cuts are truly Novak. I believe the dimensions are slightly different. It’s possible they could be made to work with fitting.

      I went with the Meprolight because they make a specific set designed for the RIA dovetail cuts…but not adjustable.

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