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Dovetail sight adjustment

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by mountaindrew, May 17, 2004.

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  1. mountaindrew

    mountaindrew Member

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    My new-used Daiwoo dp 51 shoots groups about 6in right at 25 yd. The rear sight is fixed, dovetailed in the standard manner and I would like to drift it but I have never done such a thing and don,t want to screw up the finish. Should I get a brass drift? Also how do you control how much you move it, or should I just get all the equipment and take it to the range to adjust, check ect.. Thanks, DREW
    P.S. Please, no "send it to a gunsmith", thanks
     
  2. Walt Sherrill

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    If you haven't shot it from a rest yet, be sure to do THAT before you adjust the sight.

    With a new gun its real common to shoot different, left, right etc., until you and the gun learn to get together. As as you've no doubt noticed, the DaeWoo trigger is different.

    If you get the same results with "rested" shots, shot slowly, then...

    A brass punch will work, as will a good hardwood dowel (which might break or splinter, but cause no harm.) And a good, relatively heavy hammer. Take it all with you to the range, and adjust through trial and error. You won't have to move the sight far, at that distance, to see a big change in point of impact.

    Move the rear sight in the direction you want the point of impact to move to...
     
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    I use a piece of hardwood because it doesn't mark the slide. Also use a sharp pencil and mark the slide so you can see how much the sight moves from you wacking on it. You will need to hold the gun firmly when you are hitting the sight over so a piece of carpet and a friend to hold it will help alot. Mark
     
  4. Sunray

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    This is one time that sending it to a smithy won't help. Use the brass punch and the rest is trial and error. You could also make a sight mover with a bit of channel steel, some thin leather and a big screw. Brownell's sell one for the .45. Have a look at it and maybe you can make one for your Daewoo. It'd give you much more control than a punch and a hammer.
     
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