Gunsmithing  pistol sight pushing

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any one know of a better way then putting an aluminum rod in a mill head and using that rode to "drift" out front and rear sights ? i could also use derlin to do this as well but though some one would know of a better way to put them in and center them up
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

Well, which is cheaper, the tool or the damage that can be done to the slide and the sights by doing it the wrong way? I had a local "smith", if that's what you want to call him, damage a slide on a handgun trying to install night sights with a brass punch. While that method can be used quite successfully, he managed to break the punch and put a permanent ding in the slide.
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

I've always used a punch, but if you have the other tools, I'd use them before I'd spring for the sight tool.

When using the punch, I clamp the slide firmly. Never had any problems.
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

If you cannot use the dedicated tools, I have found a wooden dowel rod will work without marring the sights or slide. Start the replacements straight in the dovetail and go slow. It will work fine.
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

We've always used dowels. Woooden or Derlin, and soft aluminum. If we do use brass its only on slides chucked in vice jaws and we have leather we use to wrap the work and protect the metal and finish. Patience and attention is your friend.

Do you get any trigger time? You always seem to be working on, modifying, or troubleshooting all your HK stuff.
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

If you are going to do a few sight replacements, then get the tool.

If it's only a one off, then either have a 'smith do it or chance using a brass rod 3/16" in diameter.

I've found that aluminium leaves marks that are more difficult to remove that brass.
 

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Re: pistol sight pushing

Installed a set of Trijicons on my USP Compact using a Delrin rod and a brass hammer. No issues