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Old 04-24-2012, 05:54   #1
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Twisted off screw

Mornin guys!

First post here, GREAT informantion i have been reading for a couple weeks!!

I have a set of "big dot" sites and mistakenly twisted off the tiny front site screw. IIRC the manufacturer is Trijicon.

I think it was lock tited, generally I would just heat and remove screw.

My question is two fold;

Will I hurt anything with capsule by heating. (Or can I just return to Trijicon?)

Where can I get replacement screws?

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:59   #2
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You should bring it to your local gun store. I'm sure they can fix it and or supply a new screw
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:26   #3
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Dont heat Nuclear materiel as a general rule.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:38   #4
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Dont heat Nuclear materiel as a general rule.
Ha true that.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:52   #5
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Dont heat Nuclear materiel as a general rule.
That's only if he has a 10mm. The other Glocks are stable, or so I hear.
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Old 04-24-2012, 15:24   #6
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Your question is not clear.

If the head of the screw is twisted off, with the threaded shaft inside, then you are screwed-- you are limited to pulling it off with a pair of pliers and buying a new front sight.

I would not heat sights with capsules- the amount of heat needed to loosen the loc-tite will pop the capsule.

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Old 04-24-2012, 18:39   #7
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Your question is not clear.

If the head of the screw is twisted off, with the threaded shaft inside, then you are screwed-- you are limited to pulling it off with a pair of pliers and buying a new front sight.

I would not heat sights with capsules- the amount of heat needed to loosen the loc-tite will pop the capsule.
Thanks guys!!


Cciman, YES, The site was on the slide, the screw screwed in completely and was twisted off, shank of screw remains in the front site....

This confirms what I was worried about. Guess I need a new front site.

I was removing them as I lost allot of accuracy with the big dot sites. Yes the acquisition was faster, but when I needed to put a shot on target it was iffy. With conventional sites I can hit exactly where I want yet only loose a tiny bit with site acquisition...

SO, where can I get a new big dot, (OR smaller equivalent height) front site alone? A smaller dia front site may bring back some accuracy...

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Old 04-24-2012, 19:02   #8
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Don't know if you can just get the front. may have to buy a set. Here is a link to the XS big dot sights. There are 2 different sizes.

http://www.xssights.com/index.php?nI...ts&sID=handgun
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That's only if he has a 10mm. The other Glocks are stable, or so I hear.
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Old 04-24-2012, 19:13   #10
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I was removing them as I lost allot of accuracy with the big dot sites. CW
Why don't you give the big dots a little more time.
It takes a bit of shooting to get used to them.
I can get what I consider distance accuracy with my big dots after I shot them for a while.
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Ah, too bad... I just came from a similar situation.

It is possible to buy a front sight of another brand for about $40, or go with just stock Glock sights for cheap, TruGlo's are cheap.

Try calling the company, see if they will sympathize with your SOB story and send you another, or sell you just the fronts.
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That's only if he has a 10mm. The other Glocks are stable, or so I hear.
If it is a 10mm, he only needs to fire 2-3 rounds. This will generate enough heat to melt the loctite, pop the vial in his front site, and probably pop the vials in the sites of anyone standing within 6ft of him shooting. The pressure waves should also work the screw out, causing his front site to fall off.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:41   #13
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Thats a good thought... I have seen a couple front sites of other makes offered. I need to measure the height and go I guess...

I have had a email into Trijicon for a couple weeks... no answer.

LOL on the "if its a 10MM" comments... It WAS on a 23, BUT was considering it for my 20....

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:25   #14
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Don't know if you can just get the front. may have to buy a set. Here is a link to the XS big dot sights. There are 2 different sizes.

http://www.xssights.com/index.php?nI...ts&sID=handgun
I had to replace just a front sight (that I broke) on a Sig P228 and I called XS and they sent just the front sight. (although it was not free of course)
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:07   #15
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I sent a second email to XS ( thank you for link!) this AM. Hopefully they will have solution! Not opposed to paying as I broke it!

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:12   #16
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I sent a second email to XS ( thank you for link!) this AM. Hopefully they will have solution! Not opposed to paying as I broke it!

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I ran into this a few years back.....contacted XS. Asked them if they
could fix the front sight, they had me return the sight. I sent in
the set,.......they replaced them with a brand new set.

Great CS!
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Old 04-26-2012, 17:51   #17
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I ran into this a few years back.....contacted XS. Asked them if they
could fix the front sight, they had me return the sight. I sent in
the set,.......they replaced them with a brand new set.

Great CS!
IF I get a response, I hope they can at least SELL me a replacement!

I'm still waiting for a response...

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Old 05-05-2012, 14:43   #18
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UPDATE;
I got a reply from trijicon the other day! A guy named Bo.
I sent him pics and am waiting on his reply.

Hoping they will work with me!!

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Old 05-05-2012, 22:01   #19
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I would not heat sights with capsules- the amount of heat needed to loosen the loc-tite will pop the capsule.

This makes complete sense...

But my gun shop guys say they can do this with a soldering iron—just move quickly, so as not to heat the whole sight up excessively. Weaken the Loctite on the nut/screw and "crack it".

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:58   #20
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Thanks Ray!

Yes I completely agree a soldering iron is excellent for removing lock tited gun screws!! It applies hear directly where needed without damaging delicate finishs!

Had I known/remembered it was lock tited I would have done that!

In his email he mirrored previous comments here about NOT heating the site as it would damage the capsul. He wanted pictures and my personal information.

I assume he will send a $$ and once I pay I'll get new site.

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