Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

An Idiotic Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by MikeNice, Jul 21, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. MikeNice

    MikeNice Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,001
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I was reading the manual for my P-07. In the manual it says the rear sights are drift adjustable. What does that mean? I've heard of fixed, adjustable for windage, and adjustable for elevation. All of those usually involve turning a screw.

    I have never heard of drift adjustable and I see no obvious screw. Somebody help a poor idiot understand. :eek:

    (It sort of looks like a screw in the top of the sights. If that is a screw it has the most shallow space for a screw driver ever.)
     
  2. Geckgo

    Geckgo Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Messages:
    784
    Location:
    Southern Louisiana
    I'm half guessing here, but I assume it means that you can drift the rearsight with a punch or a pusher. I would suggest springing for the pusher, punches can have messy results.

    It doesn't say anything else in the manual about the adjustment?
     
  3. RevDerb

    RevDerb Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Messages:
    642
    Location:
    Near the heart of Michigan's Thumb
    From the manual:
    Hmmmm ... Not real helpful is it?
     
  4. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10,086
    Location:
    Georgia
    You use a brass punch and place it on the side of the sight. Tap it lightly with a hammer to move the sight slightly in the dovetail. A little harder to adjust, but once set it is also harder to knock out of alignment. They should be centered at the factory, but sometimes they are not. Plus sometimes the way folks hold the gun may be different.

    You need to loosen the screw at the top of the sights. It locks the sight in place. After re-adjusting, tighten it back up to assure the sights don't move during recoil. Some sights are a very tight fit and you may need a gunsmith to do this. If it has a set screw then they are likely not that tight and may well be able to be moved by hand once the set screw is loose.
     
  5. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Messages:
    1,355
    Location:
    Alaska
    If reading the instructions in the manual don't give you a clear picture of what you need to do, you probably need to have someone more qualified perform the work if the sights do need adjusted. To someone with the proper tools an skillset, those instructions are fairly straightforward.
     
  6. MikeNice

    MikeNice Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,001
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I'm not going to actually touch the sights. I just wanted to know what in the world I was reading. I don't claim to be a gun smith or a pistolero. I'm just a guy that likes to understand what I own. Besides, the gun is more accurate than I am.

    My wife shoots the thing pretty well. She hit a 2.5" 3 shot group at 12 yards the other day. Not bad for a person that has shot less than 100 rounds in their life.
     
  7. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Messages:
    7,388
    Location:
    Alabama
    As stated by others,the rear sight is "drifted" (moved sideways)in the dovetail using a flat faced drift punch(usually brass)or sight pushing tool. Once adjusted it is "staked" in position(the indentation) with the point of a center punch.
     
  8. Remllez

    Remllez Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    980
    How's it hit for you? If it shoots to either side of the bullseye get yourself a 4 inch piece of hardwood dowel 1/4-5/16 and use it instead of a punch, tap the dowel with a screwdriver handle the direction you want the POI to move. Most time you don't need to stake it (dimple) to get it to stay, the sight is usually pretty snug in the base.

    I use a dowel rod instead of a punch because every so often I slip off the sight and scratch my gun! Hope this helps
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  9. MikeNice

    MikeNice Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,001
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I've been off with everything I shoot lately. It isn't the gun. Trust me if it was the gun it would be gone and something else would be coming home.

    I was shooting 3.5" spreads with a .22mag Heritage Rough Rider at nine yards. I keep tightening my grip as I pull the trigger and pushing my shoulders forward. I don't know how or why I developed such habits.

    At 8 or 10 yards my spread is about 4" with the CZ. I know it isn't the gun's fault. As the stages disappeared in the DA trigger pull I stopped jerking the trigger. So the bad shooting drifted from one side of the target to the other.
     
  10. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    5,420
    Location:
    NW Florida
    Drift adjustable and windage adjustable are the same, just using different terms.
     
  11. Effigy

    Effigy Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2011
    Messages:
    420
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    The sights aren't really "adjustable" in the way you can adjust windage or elevation on a rifle, based on changing environmental factors. Basically with dovetail pistol sights, you can push the rear sight to one side or another if you find your shots are always off center due to mechanical factors, your shooting style, or eyesight quirks.
     
  12. BCRider

    BCRider Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    7,737
    Location:
    Pacific North"Wet" Coast of Canada
    The explanation in the manual is fine. But it does assume that the owner knows the terms used and by knowing that is likely capable of doing any adjustments in a manner which won't damage the gun.

    The suggestion by the user to take it to a smith if the terms don't make sense is not a bad option. If you've never run across those terms it's most likely because you've never adjusted anything using a brass punch and a hammer.

    Sights were the manual calls for drifting them will generally not have a set screw. A set screw implies that the sight is easily hand adjusted or at worst requires a light tap from a block of wood.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page