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Title says it all - got a new Dawson fiber optic front sight and I can’t remove the stock one, the son of a gun is staked from the bottom. How do people remove these? I have a BFH and punches but it ain’t budging. I’d hate to send the slide out to someone like Allegheny Gun Works and have a pro do it.
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SB


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How are you going to install the new one if the slide isn't already dovetailed?

I have a 1911 with a staked front sight, and if I remove it, I would have to stake another one in its place. There isn't a dovetail for me to work with.

If there is a dovetail, I'd drill the staking from the inside, tap the old sight out, and install the new one.



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It’s dovetailed but also a nub (for lack of a better word) sticking out from the bottom of the sight sitting into a hole cut out in the slide. It’s a little redundant in my opinion. Frankly not sure how they got it in there.

I’m honestly thinking of grinding it down and drilling it out.

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Just send it in, unless you want to risk bubba-ing that beautiful pistol
 
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It isnt staked, just a tight dovetail, I have removed and changed sights on several 92A1's it is a pretty conventional operation.


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The FS on my 92A1 isn't staked. It's just sitting there in the mortise slot. Snug, but still just friction fitted.
 
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Ok I think you all have helped me better understand the situation-I agree staked isn’t the right word. So with a tight friction fit, I should be able to drive it out with a punch and large hammer, right? I’ve had some stubborn sights before but I whaled on this pretty good and it didn’t budge...all I did was nick up the front sight. I even heated it up with my heat gun and it didn’t budge. Any suggestions?

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SB


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Although I know nothing about the gun or sight you’re asking about, perhaps there’s something about yours that’s different from what others are familiar with. Posting a good clear photo of the “nub” at the bottom of the sight might be useful.




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Perhaps, too, a device like a sight adjustment tool would work better than a hammer and punch.
 
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This is exactly why I purchased a good sight pusher. The big MGW one. Get thevpusher blade as low as possible and break it loose.

It’s a good investment if you can’t find someone with one. You want the big sight pro model. Not the little specific model. The bigger one has a lot more horsepower due to the way it holds the slide in place.

BFH only goes so far before it gets dicey. Personally I find it’s not the hammer as much as it is the vice. You really really need a solid stable vice. Just don’t crimp the slide. Hence the sight pro.
 
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Originally posted by Sea Bass: I’d hate to send the slide out to someone like Allegheny Gun Works and have a pro do it.
Thanks,
SB


That's exactly what I had done with mine. Had my LGS try a few different pushers and nothing worked.
Took it to AGW and he got it off and put my new sights in.
You'd have to send it in though, I drove as he's a little over an hour away. Good luck, that front sight is a bitch sometimes.


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Success! Well my cheap workbench vise wasn’t securely holding the slide so I devised a new way to clamp it in there so it didn’t move. It was tight but the sight came out, pretty conventional as others have stated.
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It's also tapered and directional. Drive out right to left and install left to right
 
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You are exactly right with the directional thing...I’m sure at one point I was pushing it in tighter instead of out. I read online where it was directional.

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This is exactly why I purchased a good sight pusher. The big MGW one. Get thevpusher blade as low as possible and break it loose.

It’s a good investment if you can’t find someone with one. You want the big sight pro model. Not the little specific model. The bigger one has a lot more horsepower due to the way it holds the slide in place.

BFH only goes so far before it gets dicey. Personally I find it’s not the hammer as much as it is the vice. You really really need a solid stable vice. Just don’t crimp the slide. Hence the sight pro.


I have a Beretta PX4 compact that absolutely won't budge with an MGW sight pro. It is putting a tremendous amount of torque on there but it will not move.All the other pistols I have used it on slid off like they were buttered.


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Originally posted by pedropcola:
This is exactly why I purchased a good sight pusher. The big MGW one. Get thevpusher blade as low as possible and break it loose.

It’s a good investment if you can’t find someone with one. You want the big sight pro model. Not the little specific model. The bigger one has a lot more horsepower due to the way it holds the slide in place.

BFH only goes so far before it gets dicey. Personally I find it’s not the hammer as much as it is the vice. You really really need a solid stable vice. Just don’t crimp the slide. Hence the sight pro.


I have a Beretta PX4 compact that absolutely won't budge with an MGW sight pro. It is putting a tremendous amount of torque on there but it will not move.All the other pistols I have used it on slid off like they were buttered.


If you have non nite sights. Try putting the slide in the freezer for a few hours and then beating on the front sight.
 
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