do you really NEED a special tool to adjust front sight post on an SKS?


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bhhacker
January 2, 2013, 06:01 AM
I just bought a thinner post from tech-sights and realized i dont have a specialty tool. Is it really needed or can you use standard stuff to get the job done?

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Reloadron
January 2, 2013, 06:29 AM
Using a correct tool to remove and replace the front sight post is the best way to go. In some cases a small pair of needle nose pliers with the tip ground down to a duck bill may work. However, the correct tool is your best bet least you beat up the front sight post. Depending on what you have available you may be able to make a tool to get it done.

Just My Take
Ron

Jeff H
January 2, 2013, 01:34 PM
Using a correct tool to remove and replace the front sight post is the best way to go.

+1.

You can probably get it out without the tool, but the tool makes it sooo much easier. It is even going to be worse if you need to adjust the windage. Easy to do with the tool, but you'll need a big brass punch, hammer, and a lot of patience without the tool.

sixgunner455
January 2, 2013, 01:38 PM
It is if you want to actually adjust it, and not just smack it around hoping for the best.

Reloadron
January 2, 2013, 04:21 PM
As to SKS front sight tools. Yes, beating on the front sight to zero windage isn't a very good idea. While tools are available to drift the front sight most are just modified existing everyday off the shelf tools. Anyone can easily make their own. Let's take a look at a typical Cooper Manufacture C Type beam clamp 3/8". Scroll down a little on this page and note the Cooper Part Number B3036L-3/8. (http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/dam/public/bline/Resources/Library/catalogs/bolted_framing/strut_systems/bc-c-clamps.pdf)

Now take a look at the SKS Front Sight Drift tool:

http://bearblain.com/images/SKS%20Front%20Sight%20Drift.png

There are dozens of companies that make these and most hardware stores carry them. Remove the Jam Nut and replace it with a 3/8-16 1" long allen set screw also available from any hardware store. Then use a 7/16 drill to drill out one side. They sell for a few bucks. Beats the heck out of using a hammer on a front sight.

Here are a few examples of the front sight post tools:

http://bearblain.com/images/SKS%20Front%20Sight%20Post%201.png

http://bearblain.com/images/SKS%20Front%20Sight%20Post%202.png

Again, not much to them. I would venture the all metal key type was once a common key tool used for something else and modified. Incidentally the pretty red plastic ones are not that good as on a tight sight they tend to spin. Anyway, a tool like this for the front sight post could be fabricated easily with common hardware store stock. This beats the heck out of destroying a front sight post.

Ron

trueg50
January 2, 2013, 09:32 PM
I'd recommend the tool.

My SKS was made in 1983, and is in "very good" shape with no rust, yet my front sight was a pain to remove and insert the new Tech-sight post. Not only was in on pretty tight and took lots of effort with the tool (I thought I broke it when it finally broke loose), but getting the new one in required me to apply a bit of some force to get it started.

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