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Old 03-04-2004, 06:55 PM
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I recently purchased a SS Bearcat - neat little pistol but the sights are so narrow/shallow that it's difficult for me to shoot accurately (The shiny front sight doesn't help much either). I know I could buy a 4 5/8 SSS but this little guy is just perfect for the use I have in mind - if the sights were better. Has anyone out there ever fitted adj rear / ramp front to a Bearcat? Milled out the rear sight notch? Made any other alterations that would help?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:32 PM
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As a quick fix you might try some red nail polish on the front sight. You might contact Alpha precision near Atlanta, Georgia and see if they have any suggestions.They have a very informative web site.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:37 PM
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you can get a mini file set and file some groves in the front sight to cut down on glar and spray paint with some low gloss paint top with clear cot. rear same file set open the rear sight up a little.
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Old 03-05-2004, 04:31 AM
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Hi larry in Bend,

I have been toying with this same problem for a few years
better or AS for the Bearcat. I have an idea that might work.
Not getting of the subject, but I have had a SS single six vaquero
redone with adjustable sights.
the single six now sports a Smith and Wesson J frame rear sight
with a front sight from a 4" ruger super single six soldered on the
stainless barrel. the set up is just great. back in the mid 70's
that was the rage for 1911 45s.

Getting back to the Bearcat the top strap of the bearcat is not very thick when it comes to milling it not that it would matter much
the frame should be plenty strong for .22 pressures. If memory serves Colt had a few commemoratives made up in .22 that were scaled down open top 1860s.

I am looking at a shot gun rib soldered to the barrel, only extending over the reciever free floated that way the reciever would not be affected in any way. the J frame rear sight needs a small groove milled into the rib to hold it in place. a single 3-56
screw holds it to the rib. the front sight could be attached in several different ways. screwed , soldererd, or lengthwise dovetailed it could be made for different height sights etc.

give me some feed back?

S/SP
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Old 03-05-2004, 11:01 AM
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Appreciate the responses

all of which may help.
SSPaw, I think the rib would be fine ( I've got a S&W 34 and the sights on it are excellent) with a proviso - I have ordered a holster from El Paso Saddlery and the end product must fit in it. If you remember the 70s, maybe you remember Skeeter Skelton having a MMC adj rear sight put on a .22 cal PPK. It was so compact that the original front sight still worked. That's more or less the path I'm thinking of. Maybe I'll try a search for MMC - haven't heard anything about them in a long time. Thanks for getting me to thinking!
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Old 03-05-2004, 11:32 AM
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I did find the MMC sight

Brownell's has them for $75.00. They are adj and appear pretty compact but as SSPaw points out - milling the mortise in the Bearcat frame may require more milling than there is frame.

I wish I could find a gunsmith/machinist that has done this alteration. I don't find MMC on the web but I'll try to find a number for them and contact them directly.
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Old 03-05-2004, 11:59 PM
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Larry in bend,

MMC ( Miniature machine company ) moved a few years ago to
outside of Dallas texas. I purchased one of the last micro sights for a Browning HP from them. that was just before the move. Yes I
Remember Skeeter Skelton and the sight on the Walther .
Alpha precision Has done mods on the rugers by welding the
top strap and milling the sight channel. That might be an option .

Any way here is MMC www.mmcsights.com

S/SP
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Old 03-06-2004, 12:11 AM
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Larry in Bend.

The leather will stretch I make all my holsters and a the best way
to stretch leather is to mix one part alcohol to one part water
put in a spray bottle and apply to leather take revolver put in plastic bag insert in holster. mould front and rear sight area with
a piece of deer antler or smooth plastic let dry at room temp.

Voila holster to fit


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