Armorers Saxophone/Sight Wire tool for the AR

Armorers Saxophone/Sight Wire tool for the AR

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    Armorers Saxophone/Sight Wire tool for the AR

    I am working on my own AR build and am slowly getting the pieces and tools together. One of my references is the “Gunsmithing the AR-15, How to Maintain, Repair, Accessorize” It provides a small paragraph on how to build a tool to adjust front sights. It reads:

    “The best way to adjust the front sight is with a sight wire, or “armorers saxophone.” This is perhaps the first tool you’ll make yourself for your AR work. To make one, take a section of coat hanger wire six to eight inches long. File the sight end flat and square. Bend the flat-end end of it into a small loop: it need have no more than half an inch clearance in the loop, and half an inch downwards stem. Then bend the other end in a large loop: three inches length straight down, and then a loop for your fingers.”
    I can’t really picture how this tool is built/shaped. Has anyone built one, or has a picture of one?
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    I use one of these, works great. I store in grip.

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    4/5-Prong Dual Front Sight Tool
    Amazon.com: UTG Model 4/15 4-Prong Dual Front Sight Tool: Sports & Outdoors

    See also:
    Gunsmithing - The AR-15 - Patrick Sweeney - Google Books
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    We always just used the tip of a bullet to push the detent down and get the turn started - this was on the range while sighting in with service rifles.

    Any small punch would work as well.

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    why recreate the wheel..... except in extreme need . The tool for it is very inexpensive.
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    I buy a box of 20 front sight adjustment tools at a time, costs about 7 bucks, and they double as bullets.

    Really, IMHO, there is no need. You only adjust the front sight posts once, and then leave it alone.
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    Pair of small tweezers work well to. Universal for all makes and models.
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    Thanks, I believe he makes reference for other uses for this "tool" for other purposes, but it was described on how to make it in sights section. He references this technique in that some front sights have notches that are too small to use some bullets tips in. Hence the easy to make wire tool, without the wait of on online order.
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    It's been a long time but I think in the army we just used a construction nail!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowman View Post
    That is indeed the part of the book I was quoting from. FYI - it is an excellent book.
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