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Old 03-10-2018, 01:14 PM
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Would you drill and tap a Govt Target model to use a red dot?



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I bought two Mk II's last summer. One was a Govt Target model with VQ grips and the other was a 6 7/8 blued target model (I think I have that right -- it has a skinny, rather than bull, barrel). I was going to have my smith d&t the Govt. Target model for a rail so I could use it with an Ultra Dot. He just got the rail in . . . and my feet suddenly got cold.

I am a shooter, not a collector, of these pistols. But am I trashing the Government Target model beyond resale if I have the smith alter it? Both pistols shoot well with VQ hammers and sears installed and do not appear to have been shot much in their "first" lives. Not surprisingly, I do a little better with the Government Target than with the 6 7/8 at my club's range which is an oddball 12.5 yards.

My instinct is to stick with the original plan and d&t the GT. But what say you all? If RFC is horrified at the prospect. . . let me hear it! If the sky would fall and the earth rip asunder, it would be good to know that upfront.
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:17 PM
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I've drilled and tapped one of my MKII's, some day I'll do the target model. Resale value is for my heirs. I'm not that worried about them as they are doing fine at taking care of themselves so far.
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I would if I sent it to Ruger to do it. I have sent a regular target to Ruger for drill/tap and by calling and requesting a shipping label (paying 30.00) it only cost 30 to ship. Free return to my home address when completed. Think they charge around 60 bucks or so to drill/tap.
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Volquartsen Custom will also D&T the receiver.
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Isn't there a mount that doesn't require D&T?
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:57 PM
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Isn't there a mount that doesn't require D&T?
Nope. Top of the receiver is smooth. Just sights.

Edit: Hmm. . . I think I misunderstood what you were asking. I have not investigated whether there is a non-invasive way of attaching a red dot.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:17 PM
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Is the one you want to D&T also 6 7/8? You refer to one as the govt tgt and the other as 6 7/8, which is why I ask.

And my GT is a blued 6 7/8 bull (original serial matched box); I've thought about putting a red dot on there. Honestly the resale value of them is not all that much, unless is was 99% in which case only a collector would really care. If you d&t and decide to sell later, you'll probably break even in today's market.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:19 PM
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Try to find a set of “Slo-Low” scope rings that clamp onto the upper receiver. That’d work for 1” tube type sights. Hard to find but you’d get the idea.
For the micro sights, there are numerous dovetail mounts that go into the rear sight slot.

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Old 03-10-2018, 04:28 PM
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I wouldn't think twice twice about doing it if I was going to shoot it.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:38 PM
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Nope. Top of the receiver is smooth. Just sights.

Edit: Hmm. . . I think I misunderstood what you were asking. I have not investigated whether there is a non-invasive way of attaching a red dot.
I was thinking there was a mount made that went into rear mt. dovetail then clamped around front of receiver? Maybe I was dreaming again?
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Hereís one Iíve used . Kirby
http://www.jackweigand.com/rm2fd.html
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Does the Weigland have any chance of maring the blued finish on the receiver?
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:36 PM
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I almost had my MKII GTM tapped so I could use a red dot mount but chickened out at the last minute.
I went with a dovetail type mount and it worked out great.
I'm glad I didn't have it drilled and tapped, I've had this one for 20 years and don't want to make any permanent changes.
If you want a tube type optic the mount Kirby posted looks like a good no drill option, I considered it.

It's your baby so it's up to you but I would not drill a GTM.


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I'm no doubt in the minority here but I loath optics on handguns (unless they're a Thompson Center or some other such already bulky single-shot pistol that is intended for hunting). For me, handguns should be "handy", not "rifled" up. Stick with irons, I say.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:01 PM
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Hereís one Iíve used . Kirby
http://www.jackweigand.com/rm2fd.html

Thanks for posting! I'd sure go this route before T&D a Govt. model!
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