D & L Sports, Inc offers a high profile front and rear sight replacement for J-frame snubs with pin-on-front sights such as Smith and Wesson Model 340 and 342. The D & L front sight is an oversized pin-on replacement item that mounts high above the usual height of J-frame front sights. Once pinned in place the sight can be custom machined to adjust for both windage and elevation in order to hit to point of aim.
The rear sight is a one piece unit, and is machined from solid bar stock that also sits well above the usual rear sight grove height. Approximately ¼-inch of the snub’s original rear sight material is machined away to accept the D & L rear sight, which is then attached to the notched-out area at the rear of the snub, and solidly mounted in place via a set of three screws drilled and tapped into the snub’s top strap. Completed, the whole unit is solid, snag free, and offers a substantial advancement in sight picture. The sight is available for nearly all the Smith & Wesson J-frames with the notable exception of the various Model 38 style Bodyguards.
For truly dedicated snub owners, the D & L sights can also be procured with set of tritium inserts in front, rear or both sights. The recommended procedure is to have D & L Sports fit your snub with a set of sights. Then confirm that the sights are shooting point of aim – point of impact with your preferred ammunition. Then after confirming that the gun and sights are shooting correctly to forward the gun to Trijicon who will install the night sight inserts.
It should be noted that the cost for machining a set of sights and the addition of night sight inserts is commensurate with the value of the lives you are expecting to protect, i.e. yours and you family. Is the cost high? No, not when you consider the cost of losing a fight against an armed attacker. I have preached repeatedly that no one in the middle of a gunfight every praised himself for the savings he had achieved through the buying of a cheap gun, inexpensive ammo, a substandard holster and a complete lack of after market shooting aids.
Of special note is the news that D & L Sports have started to offer these exceptional sights for the Smith and Wesson K-, L-, N-, and X-frame revolvers though don’t expect to see that many X-frame snubs. Unlike the J-frame sights that will be milled into the frame of the fixed sighted J-frames, these new sights are designed to replace the adjustable sights on the Smith and Wesson K-, L-, N-, and X-frame guns. The rear sight is a drop in piece and will replace the rear sight without any machining. As a result the factory front sight does not need to be removed or replaced.
I have been working on wearing down my local gunsmith as regards a trade on a used Smith and Wesson adjustable sighted Model 15. With the introduction of D & L Sports K-frame sight I may not have the will power to continue to haggle. I expect as soon as I put my hands on the Model 15 I will contact D & L Sports for a set of their rear sights followed by a trip to Trijicon. I can see it becoming my newest favorite self-defense revolvers.
For some time now I have been working on wearing down my local gunsmith as regards a trade on a used Smith and Wesson adjustable sighted Model 15. With the introduction of D & L Sports K-frame sight I may not have the will power to continue to haggle. I expect as soon as I put my hands on the Model 15 I will contact D & L Sports for a set of their rear sights followed by a trip to Trijicon. I can see it becoming one of my favorite range training and match revolvers.