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I just received the Trijicon night sights I ordered for my M&P and was throwing around the idea of installing them myself.

Does anyone have any experience with changing the sights on an M&P or know of a place I can find some information on it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Most gunsmiths will do it for a small price.
Sometimes you have to do some file work.
If not done correctly it can mess up the sight alignment.
 

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I've installed numerous sights on 1911's. It's a job that requires patience and careful filing with the correct file.
Sometimes driving out the old sight requires quite a bit of muscle and a hammer and punch of course. Do all the work in a padded vise.
Installing the new sights can be tricky. With night sights, they have to fit snug enough so that they stay in, but loose enough that you don't have to pound hell out of them during installation. The tritiun vials can rupture easily.
If the front sight is also dovetailed it would install the same way. On 1911's a special tool is needed up front.
Brownells sells the tools you'll need, ask them for the correct file for the M&P.
 

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I'm pretty sure I won't need a file. The pistol has white dot Novaks on it right now, and the Trijicon sights look identical, except they're night sights. I've been reading that the stock sights are in really tight.
 

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.....Installing the new sights can be tricky. With night sights, they have to fit snug enough so that they stay in, but loose enough that you don't have to pound hell out of them during installation. The tritiun vials can rupture easily........
Yes, and for that reason using a hammer and punch is probably a bad idea. A sight pusher is the right tool and will get the job done with little force and no damage. Yes, they are expensive, but so is your gun and the sights. If you don't have a pusher I suggest going to a gunsmith... you'll be glad you did.

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Thanks for the advice, I think I will go to a gunsmith. I don't want to damage my new sights by rupturing the ampules. I just need to find one in the Denver Metro area. Can they usually do it same day? I can't imagine it takes them a long time.
 

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Yes, and for that reason using a hammer and punch is probably a bad idea. A sight pusher is the right tool and will get the job done with little force and no damage. Yes, they are expensive, but so is your gun and the sights. If you don't have a pusher I suggest going to a gunsmith... you'll be glad you did.

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I use a steel or brass punch for removal and a small section of wood dowel for installation. Nary a problem yet........
 

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Thanks for the advice, I think I will go to a gunsmith. I don't want to damage my new sights by rupturing the ampules. I just need to find one in the Denver Metro area. Can they usually do it same day? I can't imagine it takes them a long time.
It's a 5-10 minute job for someone who's set up for it. You don't need a full fledged gunsmith for this. I had it done on a Glock at my local gun store by one of the guys who's a Glock armorer. He did it while I waited. He does many and has the right tool which makes it quick and easy.
 

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Use a sight pusher and be aware that there is a small spring under the rear sight.
 
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