Installing dovetail sights; how hard is it?

Installing dovetail sights; how hard is it?

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    Installing dovetail sights; how hard is it?

    I'm wondering how hard it is to change sights that are in dove tails on a slide? I'm thinking of doing the job but haven't a clue how easy or hard this is? Obviously you have to tap out the old ones and tap in the new ones but is there a special tool? How to you go about lining them up and sighting them in? Is this better left to a gunsmith?

    Would love to hear your opinions and about any experiences you've had trying to do this. The sights in question are a dot over post to be replaced with night sights.

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    Some sights are also pinned in and they have to have the pin drilled out on some, and pushed through on others. A sight pusher for your gun helps. I wouldn't try a punch on night sights.
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    I changed out my standard sights on my SIG with TFOs using a SIG sight-pusher-tool. At first, it felt a little unnerving...but not as unnerving as putting the TFO sights on--hoping I wouldn't break the sights.

    Hint: Before removing the sights, mark the Left, Right, and Center of the sights on the slide with a pencil.

    After changing the sights--and if you are using a sightpusher, on your first trip to the range, bring your sightpusher with you. Less stress from having sights out of alignment.
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    What weapon, and what sights are you installing?

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    It's not bad. Try the fit and if it's HARD, file a little off the bottom of the sight, then round the corners. Be careful as .001" can mean a lot. Try it again--it should nudge in with medium pressure and a few taps from a brass punch/hammer or light pressure from a sight pusher.
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    It would be on a Kahr MK9. I'm not sure which replacement sights. I'm only thinking of doing this because I might be buying an MK9 which has regular sights and somewhere down the road I'd like to change to night sights but don't want to pay to ship it or have it gone. I could wait and save and buy/order an MK9 with night sights but it seems to add $100 or more....
    Just thinking how practical it would be.

    thanks for the inputs!
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    Find a friend with a sight too. It makes the precedure much easier. Remember to "break the edges of the new sight with a safe sided file and to take the whole thing slow. Once you remove metal, you can't put it back.
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    A Khar should be pretty easy. Matter of fact, XS sights, with the retaining screws might fit with no press/hammering. Otherwise, yes, a set of needle files and some patience will get you done.

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