I bought this WW ll pistol from a member here and previously someone along the way had filed off the front sight and also removed the rear sight. They had also removed some of the original finish on the slide and frame, but managed to not destroy the markings. I had another member (Velzey) here that's a gunsmith in his spare time reparkerize the pistol after he replaced the sights with some NOS Remington Rand sights that I found online. I am really please with the results and since I want to shoot this fine old 1911 that more then likely was carried in the war and then returned back to the states in it's original build issue without going through an armory rebuild, I decided to have him tune up the trigger, so it would lose that heavy, mushy military pull weight. Those tiny sights will be a challenge, but since the late war Remington Rand's were the considered the best made 1911's to be produced durring the war, I expect it will do it's job if I do mine.