I changed out my sights on my p6 slide using a universal sight tool. Long story short i tightened the slide and now it doesn't move freely on the frame. It goes on about halfway and gets stuck. Is there any way to open the slide ? Or is it ruined beyond repair?
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Posts: 117 | Location: L.A. CA | Registered: August 18, 2004
It's time to get creative. Years ago I did something similar with a 1911 grip frame.
First of all, you should know where the tool was positioned and caused the squeeze. And you can see where the slide starts to bind on the frame.
Go to the hardware store and get parts similar to the photo and you may be able to spread the slide open enough. For this photo I used two 1/4x20 bolts and a 1/4x20 T-nut which has longer threads than a regular nut. You will have to experiment to get the bolt lengths right. Place the parts between the slide rails and start unscrewing. Go slow with lots a trials. It should work. Good luck.
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Scary...I have used the same tool for about 6 pistols and never had this issue. Maybe, I just got lucky. If anyone has ever changed out M&P front sights, you know how tight they are. I has to use a lot of force to remove and add the front sight, but did not notice any issues after. Is there something in particular to look out for?
Originally posted by Nipper: Just curious. Did you clamp the slide in a vise before using the sight tool?
If so, was the slide tightened by the vise or the tool?
+1. I find it unlikely that a sight tool would cause this problem as it clamps the slide at a spot where it is quite strong and able to resist pressure. A vice is another matter entirely. If all else fails, you can disassemble slide and frame, add a little valve grinding compound to the rails and lap in the slide to frame fit.
Originally posted by fav567: will the lapping compound ruin the aluminum frame? I know you can lap stainless steel slides and frames. wasn't sure about the aluminum frame on a P6.
It might. Alluminum is really only as durable as the surface treatment. Anything you do to abrade it will shorten the lifespan of the part. Glad to see you fixed the issue without resorting to abrasives.
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