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Old 05-23-2013, 18:09   #1
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Night sights install

My new Trijicon night sights arrived in the mail today!! Because I am too impatient to wait to have a gunsmith install them for me, I decided I would do it myself.

My Gen4 G21 is the first handgun I have ever owned. I have absolutely ZERO knowledge on how to work on guns, and I have ZERO tools required for such an install.

Call me ghetto, but I made it happen.


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Old 05-23-2013, 18:09   #2
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Old 05-23-2013, 18:15   #3
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Yeah, that is one way to suffer through this.
Glock is just great and if you read up on things, you can do anything with them.
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Old 05-23-2013, 19:28   #4
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Here's my sight pusher:

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Old 05-23-2013, 19:57   #5
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may be of interest for future sight installs. SJ 40
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Old 05-23-2013, 21:57   #6
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How hard was it to actually drive back in that way? Glad it worked out...you have more patience than me.

I don't see loctite on those front sight threads...did you add it before tightening it down? It will work loose if you don't, especially on the 45. Use blue so you can change if needed.

Anyone local just ask to use my sight tool...
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Old 05-23-2013, 22:09   #7
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Nice job but just for future reference since you are in portland Kieth's out in gresham sells the trijicons installed for the same price as you can get them for online.
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Old 05-23-2013, 22:19   #8
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How hard was it to actually drive back in that way? Glad it worked out...you have more patience than me.

I don't see loctite on those front sight threads...did you add it before tightening it down? It will work loose if you don't, especially on the 45. Use blue so you can change if needed.

Anyone local just ask to use my sight tool...
It wasn't too hard driving the rear site in. It took a while though because it was pretty tight, but that's a good thing.

And yes, I used loctite. The threads you see in the picture are from the stock sight.
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Old 05-23-2013, 22:21   #9
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Nice job but just for future reference since you are in portland Kieth's out in gresham sells the trijicons installed for the same price as you can get them for online.
Dang. That would have been nice to know.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:03   #10
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Those are the GL01's, aren't they? I have them on four of my Glocks. On my gen3 G17, I have the GL11 which has the Novak rear sight.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:39   #11
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Dang. That would have been nice to know.
Don't worry about it glocks beget more glocks, so there will be a next time.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:55   #12
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Those are the GL01's, aren't they? I have them on four of my Glocks. On my gen3 G17, I have the GL11 which has the Novak rear sight.
GL01s indeed.

Novak sights are pretty cool. I might get a set of those later down the road.
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Old 05-24-2013, 15:50   #13
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Good job! But right now i think it is tougher to find the sights than it is to install them. Everyone is backordered!
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Old 05-24-2013, 16:05   #14
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Good job! But right now i think it is tougher to find the sights than it is to install them. Everyone is backordered!
Check Amazon, that's where I got mine.
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Old 05-24-2013, 16:48   #15
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How much did they set you back?
I just got mine in the mail today as well.
I DO have a sight pusher though
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How much did they set you back?
I just got mine in the mail today as well.
I DO have a sight pusher though
$100 bucks. Shipped.
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GL01s indeed.

Novak sights are pretty cool. I might get a set of those later down the road.
No, I mentioned that I had the GL11's on one of my Glocks; my gen3 G17. The Trijicon GL11 is a night sight system that employs the Novak rear sight instead of their standard rear sight that you get with the GL01. I don't recommend the GL11 for Glocks in the 19 or 23 size range or smaller. It's okay for Glocks of the size of the 17 or 22. The reason is that the rear aperture of the Novak sight used is a little narrower and lets less light through from the front post. This is not good with the 19 or 23 but the 17 and 22 have a longer sight radius so you can get away with using in on them. I did install the GL01 on my new gen4 G22 and like it very much. That is my preferred night sight system.
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Try this if you are going to do it often.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/884...vc=subv1113142
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Is it possible or likely you would break the container holding the tritium if you "pounded in" rear sight rather than used a sight pusher?
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Is it possible or likely you would break the container holding the tritium if you "pounded in" rear sight rather than used a sight pusher?
It's possible, I've installed 5 sets Ameriglo, Mepro, Glock with a punch and not a break yet. Lucky I guess.
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Is it possible or likely you would break the container holding the tritium if you "pounded in" rear sight rather than used a sight pusher?
Ha, didn't even think about that Luckily they still work
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:55   #22
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Anyone local just ask to use my sight tool...
May just take you up on that offer!! What part of KY are you in?
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Is it possible or likely you would break the container holding the tritium if you "pounded in" rear sight rather than used a sight pusher?
The tritium lamps made by Trijicon, Inc. are enclosed in an aluminum sleeve and surrounded by a silicone rubber cushion for extra protection. It's possible to rupture the vial and release the tritium gas, but unlikely from a few measured blows of a punch during installation. Many sight makers use Trijicon tritium lamps in their products (AmeriGlo, Warren Tactical, etc.). That being said, I always prefer to use a sight pusher to avoid damaging the tritium lamps, body of the rear sight or slide. The MGW sight pusher mentioned by Boot Stomper above is one of the very best on the market.
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Old 05-27-2013, 16:03   #24
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I second the MGW sight pushers..... I have all that they make! They are the best tools Ive ever used.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:16   #25
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I recently installed a Glock Steel Rear Sight on my new G26 EDC, and having done this, I wouldn't hesitate to install most any rear sight myself.

I padded my vise and used a non-marring punch and a smaller tack hammer.

Using a small triangular file, I filed down the base of the rear sight a little at a time, until it could be pushed about half-way into the dovetail with my thumb.

Then I cleaned all contact points with alcohol, blew them dry with canned air, and put a small blob of blue Loctite in the dovetail...

I tapped the rear sight the rest of the way in with the hammer and the non-marring punch. I lucked out with the sight stopping at dead center on the first try.

This rear sight is not the "pyramid" the OEM plastic rear sight is... It overhangs the dovetail, but does not exceed the back of the slide. The white graphic is a white plastic insert--not paint.

For the front sight, I installed the AmeriGlo Steel White Dot Sight, which is an actual "blade" and not the "nub" the OEM plastic sight is.

I used a small, blue tape-covered crescent wrench to hold the front sight blade in place while I tightened the nut 1/4 turn past finger tight... It's important that the final adjustment be a tightening adjustment. Here too, all contact points were cleaned with alcohol and blown dry with caned air. Once again, I used blue Loctite and the sight has stayed put for over 1000-rounds.

I cleaned off any excess Loctite with Q-tips and a gun patch, and let everything sit till the next range trip...

The sights were dead-on! And they've stayed put for over a thousand rounds!

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