Quantcast

Remove Broken Front Sight

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Styx, May 22, 2019.

  1. Styx

    Styx Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2014
    Messages:
    535
    gKNNuGH.jpg

    Title and picture says it all? Any suggestions? Should also be noted that seems as the manufacturer uses red loctite as well to help secure the sight... Been banging on it, but she aint budging thus far.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  2. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    4,952
    Location:
    Piney Woods of East Texas
    Take a soldering gun or micro torch to apply heat till it smokes to break the loctite down. Then remove. Note, some sights go in and out only 1 way. Need to find out the correct direction for your gun. A sight pusher may be better than a punch on apply load. I've done them both way.
     
  3. Rotnguns

    Rotnguns Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Location:
    Idaho
    I suggest checking the other side of the slide below the sight to make sure there is no set screw before trying to drift the sight.
     
  4. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2014
    Messages:
    716
    Location:
    Texas
    Good advice above. I offer encouragement: it'll come out, it wasn't born there!
     
  5. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2005
    Messages:
    12,706
    I’ll 2nd, what’s the inside below the dovetail look like?

    Measure both sides of the dovetail with the blades on a caliper. It’s not uncommon for one side to be wider than the other, you want to push it to the loose side vs wedge it tighter, if that’s the case.
     
  6. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,707
    Location:
    Northern Idaho
    What is the brand of the gun? If its an XD, good luck. They are tighter than (can't say on a clean forum). You will need a sight pusher for that one. I recommend this one: https://www.glockstore.com/Sight-Master-Sight-Pusher-Tool. Make sure you pad the sides of the slide really good with 3x5 index cards and electrical tape on the slide itself. If you don't want to mess with buying any tools, take it to a gunsmith. The may have to mill it out if its bad enough.
     
  7. edwardware

    edwardware Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,500
    If it's that bad, check for a cross-screw, secure it in your bench vise and carefully cut a slot down the center of the sight base. Just before you touch the slide, the sight will collapse on itself and drop out.
     
    gunsmither and 755 like this.
  8. Jimfern

    Jimfern Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    490
    Location:
    North Texas
    That slide looks just like the one on my Kahr K9. I just replaced the night sights on my K9 made in 2003. I took my solder iron, cranked it up to 700 degrees and then heated up the front and rear sights for about 4 minutes. I didn't see any smoke appear, but the sights got really hot. Then I used this sight pusher from Amazon "HJP Products Sight Pusher Universal Adjustment Tool" for about $35 to slowly move the old sights from left to right and then I installed replacement sights going from left to right. I did notice that Kahr used some type of glue to secure them from the factory.
     
  9. beag_nut

    beag_nut Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2011
    Messages:
    930
    Location:
    Seymour, CT
    When holding the pistol as if sighting on the target, the sight will push out from the left to the right. And in the opposite direction to install. Common industry practice.
     
    ACES&8S likes this.
  10. SGW Gunsmith

    SGW Gunsmith Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2018
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Northwestern Wisconsin
    I'd set the slide up in my milling machine and "zero" off the bottom of the dovetail in the slide. Using a 1/8 inch end mill, I'd mill a slot until there was around 0.0050 of metal left and then knock it out.
    If you don't have access to a milling machine, some judicious use of a square, smooth cut file, taking your time and checking often, will get you down close to where the metal in the middle of what's left, will give up.
     
    gunsmither likes this.
  11. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2014
    Messages:
    716
    Location:
    Texas
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice