Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by FIVETWOSEVEN, Jul 18, 2010.
It must be hanging off the slide about half-way!!!
If it's loose enough to move on it's own?
Take it off and clean all the old grease & oil off then put it back on, centered on the slide, with Blue Lock-Tight.
You can tighten it up further still if it is very loose by using a center-punch on the bottom of the sight to raise a bunch of divots. That will raise it in the dovetail and make it tighter.
Are you sure your shooting form is perfect?
No flinching, good grip, etc.?
The sight can be drifted. Probably should use a brass or nylon punch.
Put the slide in a vise with padding of the jaws. Whack the punch with a hammer. Move it as far as you think you need to.
If it moves easily then it is loose fitting and needs to be secured or tightened by the above methods.
More practically, leather. Thick leather would be nice but doubling up some thinner stuff would work too.
You punch the sight itself?
I punch the flat of the dovetail; more room to work and I find the slide is easier to brace than just a sight.
If the vice jaws have coarse teeth, start out with soft pine boards on each side of the slide..
Easier & cheaper to replace a sight then a Browning HP slide.
If you punch the slide dovetail, and later want to change to a new sight like night-sights or something?
What kind of mess you got to deal with when the dovetail in the slide has already been center punched for the loose old sight?
Thats why I always try to make the sight fit the dovetail, not the other way around.
If you stated the above quotes correctly, you've got more problems than a misaligned sight. Rear sight moves in the direction that you want the POI to move. Moving yours left to center will move your POI further to the left.
"...recommend for padding..." Anything that protects the finish. Some of us have assorted pieces of leather laying around. However, like rcmodel says, wood will do nicely.
"...Whack the punch with a hammer..." Tap with a plastic mallet not a steel hammer. And a 1/4" brass or Al rod. There are sight pushers, but they're not cheap. Brownell's sells 'em.
"...brain fart moment..." One of the first signs of geezerhood. snicker.
A Brass Punch usually works well.
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