Drive rifle front sight: drive it out right to left?

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  1. 1KPerDay

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    Or left to right? What’s the convention?
     
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    From the left to the right most times
     
  3. BBBBill

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    For all the talk of tapered dovetails in 50+ years of messing with guns I've never found a single one. I'm sure they must exist..... somewhere.
     
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    I've been a gunsmith for 35 years and have never seen a tapered dovetail either.
     
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    Larry said, at end of video- Sights should always be drifted in from the RIGHT SIDE?

    The hand fitting may open the right side , sort of like a bevel, making it easier to start the sight into the dove tail.
     
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    Thank you. I remembered it backwards.
     
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    Same for me, but I always try driving out from the left, in from the right, first. Sometimes I end up reversing that, but even then the dovetail wasn't tapered. They just came out easier that way.
     
  8. Steve762us

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    What about the other half?
     
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    Understood. However regardless of whether the actual dovetail is tapered or not, the actual sight is often hand-fitted/filed and may have some taper on it as a result, so if the convention is driving out to the right and in from the right I'm going to try that first, and fit the new sight that way as well. Thanks all!
     
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    I think people tend to say left to right just to offer reassurance that said drifting won't bugger stuff up. At some point sight adjustment is going to require a tap in either direction - so there's your answer. Once a dovetail sight is out you'll appreciate it's symmetrical and doesn't matter.
     
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    Sig pistols are backwards regarding their sight / pin installations, right to left, contrary to most.
     
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    Oh come on. Turn sight upside down and you can tell it's made to install one way. A magnifying glass shows it was installed one way. No one has filed a taper to a female dovetail. For the first timer it comes out the same way your reading this. Shame on the rest for making such a big deal
     
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    Tapering a dovetail would defeat its main purpose. I think maybe the OP is thinking of pin driving convention? He didn't say. OK, dummy, read the rest of the thread. I got it now. Never mind.
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    The few times I've dealt with sight dovetails, the dovetail cut in the barrel didn't seem to have a taper. But, the actual sight's dovetails did have tapers and were installed from the right, tapping them to go to the left.
     
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    Yep, that's been my experience as well. I got the front sight replaced. Thanks all!
     
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    I've seen the corners of a few sights and/or dovetails beveled very slightly, but never tapered. The bevel was usually only about .005" by .010"long. Just enough to get the sight started in the dovetail.
     
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    Pretty much it is push it out the same side it was pushed in to. Not because the dovetail is tapered but things may have opened up a titch mechanically on the installation side.
    If you didn’t install it look closely for witness marks.
    Some sights have the corners of the wedge rounded a bit on one side for easier starting.
     
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