I've scoured the internet looking about this....My G-23 has factory installed Trijicon Night Sights, which I want to replace with a pair of XS Big Dots. The Trijicons are leaving and the Big Dots are going on...that's not the issue. The issue is that since the sights were installed at the factory they were pressed / staked on. I'm not concerned about re-using the sights, they are 11 years old. They do not have a screw, the front is pressed / staked as well.
There are 3 methods I've found for people that have removed them:
A: Take a pair a pliers and twist pull until something gives, my least favorite option since I run the risk of marring the slide or otherwise causing damage.
B: Use some sort of punch pin to drive out the sight from the bottom, seems the best way to go but I've not read / seen of anyone being successful in doing it since it was put in with a hydraulic press I doubt a small hammer and a pin punch are gonna cut it.
C: Take said gun with said new sights to gunsmithery and ogle the goods while he takes it in the back and makes it happen.
I feel confident in putting on the XS sights but am just worried about getting off the old ones.
What say you?
And if the answer is "C", Who do you suggest in the Raleigh, NC area?