Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Fresh Hell Is This?

I dunno if Mrs. Parker was a shooter, but if she shot a 10mm pistol and it came back from the range looking like this ...

... she might have been a trifle peeved. After 75 rds of 180-gr, 1200-fps torture, the rear sight has given up the ghost. Specifically the big adjustment screw fractured right down the center.

You can see it a little better here. The screw is an interesting piece of work: the underside of the head has eight tiny, shallow depressions drilled into it to act as "click-stops".

So it's off to the gunsmith for the poor Witness.


Roberta X said...

Aw, rats! Sorry about that. Still under warranty?

(Captcha: "cadohinc," which almost makes sense).

Turk Turon said...

I doubt that the sight is under warranty since the sight did not come with the original gun. However, for the cost of shipping it to the EAA offices in Florida by UPS Next Day Air (close to $100) and back (another $20) I can have a new Bomar-type sight installed; a Google search found that the standard price for this (to the extent that there is a standard) is about $130. Odd thing on this gun though: the way they milled the slots for the sight exposes the spring for the firing-pin safety. Very odd. I would've thought they would mill around that area, even if it meant that the end of the sight extended a couple of millimeters beyond the end of the slide.