Drift a sight?

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    Drift a sight?

    Ok, pretty elementary, but I've never done this. I did a search but didn't find anything. What's the proper procedure, tools for moving a rear hundgun sight. Right or left? Also, since I'm asking,is it hard to replace one? Dovetail type.

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    Use a nylon punch, just tap it on over. There are a few different types, there might be a set screw. Just dont force it.
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    My understanding is a brass punch and hammer will work on most. If you have night sights a sight pusher is a better way. (don't want to damage the capsules.
    You don't mention what gun, but XD's apparently are really tough to move.
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    Oh yeah, brass works well too. Its soft enough not to damage the sight.
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    Thanks, it's a Sigma. So replacing is the same procedure. Just carefully tap it out? I thought it was like this, but I have a way of complicating things.

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    Yes, removing is the same. A lot of sights go from left to right to take it out, but I'm not sure about the Sigma. It might be helpful if you use a rag between the sight and punch, it helps keep it from getting boogered up.
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    Thank you, very helpful.

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    The procedure is already given, I would offer laying the gun on a piece of leather or plastic mat to protect the gun. I use leather.

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    A better, actually the best, solution is to field strip the pistol and lock the slide in a padded bench vise. Pad the vise jaws with leather or some other non-marring material.


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    That's what I was going to do Captain Crunch. Thanks for all the help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    My understanding is a brass punch and hammer will work on most.
    Careful with brass on parkerized and blued finishes, it will leave material on the surface (though a little Sweets will get it off quickly).

    I use the Brownell's Nylon Drift Punch for most of my sight work. It has a steel core so it doesn't collapse with a few hits of the brass hammer.

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    Thanks for the link,

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    ...and maybe some masking tape around the area you are striking in case of a bit of a slip.
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