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642 front sightoff center

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CarlJ, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. CarlJ

    CarlJ New Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Sitting here dry firing aiming into the computer screen I now noticed the front sight is off center of the ramp about 1/16". It seems the barrel needs to be rotated just slightly to correct this. Is this something a smith can do?
  2. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Dec 27, 2002
    northern california
    With the alloy frame, you'd likely be better off sending it back to the factory for the work
  3. owlhoot

    owlhoot Active Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    If the gun shoots to point of aim, leave it alone and be happy. Fixed sight revolvers are sighted in by turning the barrels. It is not uncommon to find old model 10's with the sight off center for this reason. However, snubs are seldom sighted in this way. With a snub the procedure is to whack the barrel at the frame/yoke area with a heavy, soft lead rod and bend the frame a bit. I know that sounds extreme, but that's how it is done.

    Shoot your revolver from a rest. If you aren't an expert shot, find someone who is and have him shoot it from a rest. If the gun shoots to point of aim, be glad. If it doesn't, have a reputable smith turn the barrel so the sight lines up properly or send the gun back to the factory.

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