I went online last week to investigate further an ad about magnetic sights for semi-auto pistols. From the ad, it appeared as though the “sight” would simply sit on top of the factory iron sights, – or perhaps the original sights had to be removed? When I checked the Ariete website, this type of sight was not offered for 1911 type pistols, only for Glocks. What they offer for 1911’s are magnetic LASER sights, in red or green, that either just “stick” on a steel frame, or to a steel strip glued to a polymer or aluminum framed pistol. These will also fit on a rail on pistols so equipped, without securing screws. There are also magnetic rails that will attach to a pistol that does not have rails. At any rate, the laser – or light – attaches below the barrel in the manner of a common rail-mounted light. Still good stuff, but I had been looking for a way to get good quality night sights on my 1911 without having to “drift” the Novack sights out of the slide dovetails and fit the new sights in.
While on the Ariete website, I looked at their holsters, and found one I liked enough to give it a try. It is a sturdy canvas holster with a generous weather flap that Velcro’s snugly down. There are also two accessory straps that can be velcroed inside the holster and attached at the top by snaps to further secure the firearm in place. For those who carry a 1911 “cocked and locked”, this strap can also be used to block the hammer as a further, but almost redundant safety measure.
The belt loops on the back are wide enough for Mike Tyson to wear the holster on his championship belt – or for a wide webbing belt, but they will also provide a generous “adjustment” in the height and cant of the pistol. This holster was designed to hold a full-size 1911 with a light attached, but is cut for the lights Ariete sells, which are smaller than the one I currently use. My light fits, as there is an elastic strap with some “give” across the front of the holster, but it would not be easy to quick-draw.
All-in-all, a very practical holster. For $15 (plus shipping), this one will be hard to beat.