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how to change out sights on a handgun

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by raven11, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. raven11

    raven11

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    i have a couple of handguns i want to install night sights on, and finding a gunsmith here is becoming a pain

    what tools do you use to change out sights on handguns? i know you need a sight pusher, but do GT'ers use any brands in particular?
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010
  2. steve1911

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    I use P500 universal sight tool, it works great for 1911's. and different handguns with dove tails.


    1911club#410
     


  3. VN350X10

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    Raven, where are you at here in the Peoples Republik of IL ?
    Might be able to help.

    uncle albert
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2010
  4. VN350X10

    VN350X10

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    I'll check my sources, mabye I can find you somebody.
    A lot of the IPSC shooters are also 'smiths.

    uncle albert
     
  5. raven11

    raven11

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    thanks for the assistance, :wavey:
    heck i would love for someone to show me how its done also, I'm still a learner when it comes to installing parts on a handgun, and no matter how many youtube videos I watch I still have a feeling i might break something
     
  6. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    Whatever happened to the old fashioned brass drift and a hammer? Done both my G22 and 27 this way. No problem.
     
  7. skanless

    skanless IPA ISLAND

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  8. pangloss9

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    I've gotten sights off before, but I wasn't able to get the new ones back on. Had to take the pistol in for a visit with the gunsmith. I recently removed the sights from my new G17 and haven't worked up the courage to try putting sights on again yet. I have shot the gun some without sights, and found out that out to about 5 yards, I can shoot almost as well without them. Anyway, I'm torn between trying to drift the on by hand and ordering a sight pusher. I should probably just order the sight pusher since there are at least two more Glocks after this that I want to put new sights on. Sigh. Anyway, here is a link to the pusher I would buy. Please note that this is for sights with vertical sides (like Warren Tacticals).