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Baby Eagle Problem

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bmars, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. bmars

    bmars Well-Known Member

    My dad dropped off a Baby Desert Eagle last week and asked me to, "see if you can fix that front sight. It slides all over the place. Think somebody could glue that down for me?"

    I have no experience with this firearm. Never shot it. Never cleaned it. I took a peek at the sight. Sure enough, the front sight slides maybe 3/8" both ways past center. I managed to get the slide off, hoping there'd be some access to a set screw or something. I can't find anything.

    Anyone know if this is something I should be able to adjust, or did Old Dad get it right with the glue idea? :p
  2. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    You probably have to stake it into place with a punch. It seems like the front sight is not compatible with the recess in the slide, or perhaps it has wallowed it out. What might work would be to take a cold-chisel and gently burr the edges, front and rear, as well as the bottom. This could make it tight enough to tap in and then sight in. Then, you could stake it with a good center punch.

  3. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

  4. dleong

    dleong Well-Known Member

    If you can somehow remove the front sight completely from the dovetail, you can use a center punch and put a small divot in the middle of the dovetail's channel and then press the sight back on. The metal surrounding the divot should be raised enough to tighten the fit of the sight in the dovetail.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  5. SeanSw

    SeanSw Well-Known Member

    You could use a punch or hardened steel awl to strike a few dimples into the base of the sight rest. It will upset the metal and give the sight something to force itself against when it's pressed back in place.
  6. bmars

    bmars Well-Known Member

    Thanks to all for the replies. I really appreciate it.

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