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I bought the gun used about 5 months ago from a dealer who assured me that, that replacing the broken sights would be a simple as calling Rossi and asking for a set of replacements, but I can't seem to get help from anyone, Rossi, which is technically owned by Taurus now said they don't carry parts to send out like that. The dealer (which has lost the chance to sell me 2 other guns since he cheated me) told me basically tough luck, he just sells them. After pressing him about feeling ripped off, he asked me if the gun shot, I said yes, and he followed by saying then what's problem? I don't know of any gun smiths, but in this area I'm sure I could find one. I don't want to get ripped off or end up with some junky looking sights, if I'm going to spend the money I want the new sights to look nice. What are my options here as for replacements? Is their a specific brand that would be better then the others that I could order and have installed? I would like a nice pair of sights. Besides can you fixes these sights? What should I ask the gunsmith to do, or tell him a certain set I would like him to use? Like I said if I'm going to have to spend money on this, I might as well get them to look in manner that would add to the look of the gun as well as it accuracy. The advice on what I should do, what to ask for, or anything specific I should have done, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.

In the photos of the front sight, I high lighted around the crack in blue. As a temporary fix so it just didn't fall off I first tried gluing the pieces together, and once that didn't hold, I heated both sides and melted them together and smoothed it out. Just so the I would have some type of front sight on the gun.

In the picture of the back sight, I did nothing to repair it, you can see it looks broken and smashed down, as if someone used it as a hammer.

Again, Thank You for any help.







 

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Rossi sights don't interchange with S&W but a S&W rear sight blade might be modified to work.
It's possible some Taurus parts might fit.

You can ask Gun Parts about this:

Numrich Gun Parts Corp. - The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Parts and Accessories

You'll need a new front sight and a new rear sight blade. Unless the entire rear sight is damaged, the blade is all you need.

Any competent gunsmith can make an new front sight, and probably modify a different brand leaf or even make a new one.
Making new front sights is fairly easy.

For new parts: check these people:

Jack First Gunshop - First in Gun Parts - Rapid City, South Dakota
(You have to call).

Last, just find a good gunsmith and show him what you need. He'll either find the parts, modify other parts to fit, or make them.
 

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Thanks a lot, this is something that has needed to be done but. I just didn't know how to go about it. I love guns, but have no clue about what to do about fixing some of this stuff. I'm in my 20's, and never had a dad around, just a couple of drunk uncles I don't know or talk to. So I'm trying to be a man, and learn this stuff in life, with out anyone to ask for advise, or to learn examples from. Trying to be a man without a role models and no one to turn to but your self for advise, is a little harder as you get older, this type of stuff is a little more of a challenge then teaching your self to shave. So I appreciate the advise. Sorry for getting into my life story, I wanted to get across that I'm not stupid, I just never had anyone to count on but me.
 

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No problem. Thats what we are here for. Some of us know a lot more than others. Me, well, I will try but more or less point you to those with more knowledge. Anytime you need something, info, talk, feel free. PM me if you want. Its what I do anyway.
 

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Sarge is right on, as usual. Saiga, you sound like a fine young man. IMHO, your father lost out on an opportunity to have a wonderful relationship with a great kid. That being said, NEVER be afraid to ask any kind of question here. Most of us have had a wealth of life experience. Many of us are combat veterans or LEOs. Some of us are expert gunsmiths and bladesmiths. None of us would hesitate to help you out if we could. So welcome to the Forum. I hope that you feel at home and hang around. BTW, those are great pics you posted. Few of us old pistoleros know how to manipulate these new fangled cameras so well......
 

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You're a man of many talents, dfariswheel......
 

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Just out of curiosity dfariswheel, what is the correct sight picture when utilizing the sight in your excellent pic. If it is the traditional flat tops of the square notched rear sight held on the same horizontal plane with the flat top of the front blade, what purpose does the white oval in the middle of the front blade serve ? ? Rapid acquisition of the front blade in a combat situation perhaps ? ?
 

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That revolver is a rare S&W Model 66 Combat Magnum with a 3" inch barrel.
The original insert was the standard red.
Red doesn't show up nearly as well in bad light, so I like white dot sights for combat use.

I removed it and made a new black insert from a handy solvent-proof screwdriver handle. (Today I'd cast in a black insert using epoxy glue and black model paint mixed together).
I then put in a very shallow oval shaped hole and filled it with Gloss White paint.

When looking through the sights, the white oval on the slanted sight blade appears to be a round dot.
I use the dot just like the three dots of most automatics.
I center the dot in the rear sight notch.
In bad light I use the dot, in good light I use the actual front sight.

What's needed with these dot sights is that the dots align the sights to the same point of impact as the actual steel sights do.
In other words, you don't want the aligned dots to be shooting one place and the iron sights shooting another because the dots were mis-placed.
You see this a lot even today with factory guns.

I intended to put a white bar on the rear sight blade to have a Von Stavenhagen type sight set up, but it works so well as-is that i just left it with the front dot.

I also did my standard 2 1/2" Model 66:

 

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You are THE MAN, dfariswheel ! ! Those are two beautiiful revolvers. I use the Pachmayr Compacs on my 2 1/2" 686 no dash 7 shooter also. I don't like the finger grooves either That's quite a sight you have there. What attention to detail---the white OVAL on the slant, that appears as a round DOT. You certainly did your homework. That's quite an accomplishment, to get the dots and the blades shooting to the same POI. Thanks for sharing this with me. Have a great Christmas, and a happy,healthy and prosperous New Year.
 

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Hey guys,
I have a rossi m791 in the shop, and i can't find sights for it. can anyone suggest a place for front sights? I'm looking for something with a dot or other enhancement - not just stock

And if anyone can get me in touch with dfariswheel, i'd like to ask him about his revolvers pictured there
 
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