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Punch size?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by gb6491, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. gb6491

    gb6491 Member

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    Greetings,
    What size cupped punch do I need to remove the front sight pin on a S&W Model 60-9?
    Is there any particular direction to drive it out?
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    Regards,
    Greg
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Probably a 1/16" pin punch.
    You might want to start it out with a cup-head nail-set to prevent flattening the rounded head.

    Always drive sights & pins:
    Out from the left to right.
    In from right to left.

    It may not matter on that sight pin, but it is a good rule to always follow, just in case.

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    Sorry to be getting back so late on this; thanks for the input rcmodel.

    I found that the pin is .050 inch. Brownells has the punch I need.

    Regards,
    Greg
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Well there you go then.
    Brownell's to the rescue again!

    Funny my 1/16" (.0625") punch fits the older ones I have used them on.

    They (S&W) must have down-sized lately!

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  5. Onmilo

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    Brownells also has cup tip punches specifically made for S&W through pins.
    Ask for Tech Support if you can't find them in the catalog.
     
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    To update; I finally got around to putting an XS sight on my Model 60-9.
    S&W customer service (should have called Brownells tech support as Onmilo suggested) said that the front sight pin was .050" and that's the size punch I ordered from Brownells. The punch worked fine, but the pin turned out to be .055". It requires a #54 drill bit to install. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:
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    If anyone is interested, I put together a little "how I did it" (YMMV) here:
    http://gbrannon.bizhat.com/xs.html
    Regards,
    Greg
     
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