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Tired of having to take my guns to a gunsmith every time I want to install or replace sights, so I'm finally going to invest in a vise and some rubber/plastic jaws to hold the slide. Not interested in a sight pusher since they don't always work on every gun.

Only issue is that I don't have a surface on which I can bolt it down. I'm going to just set it atop a rubber drawer mat, but need something heavy enough that won't move as I'm tapping sights on and off.
 

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I've got one of these from Harbor Freight that clamps to a bench but I don't know if that would work for you.
https://www.harborfreight.com/2-1-2-half-inch-table-swivel-vise-97160.html

I also have one of the vacuum base type but don't think it would be strong enough to remove really tight sights.
https://www.harborfreight.com/2-3-4-quarter-inch-articulated-vacuum-vise-3311.html

There are quite a few universal sight pushers available one line that wouldn't require bolting down. You might want to look a some of them. Maybe some of the members here can give info if they have any of them.

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I mis read that I thought you wanted us to suggest a VICE !


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I like my Shop Fox vise. You have a lot of flexibility on how you position the head. Also get the magnetic jaw pads (they stay put)

https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-D31...&qid=1501857552&sr=8-1&keywords=shop+fox+vise

A vise, like a reloading press needs to be firmly mounted. Not sure a clamp on vise will give you the grip and control you want.

Drifting night sites is why I moved to a sight pusher. It's just too easy to break the tritium vials by tapping on the sights. A vise that isn't properly secured will need stronger taps. Brass drifts work well; but you might look at some of the polymer/nylon drifts as well.
 

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I got this drift from Brownells. It has different size nylon, brass and aluminum tips available. I filed the brass down to fit a sight dovetail and give it more surface area to work with. I still wouldn't use it on night sights. Others may have the experience and skill, but I don't.


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Drifting night sites is why I moved to a sight pusher. It's just too easy to break the tritium vials by tapping on the sights. A vise that isn't properly secured will need stronger taps. Brass drifts work well; but you might look at some of the polymer/nylon drifts as well.
I've been reading about broken vials using the punch and vise method. For what it costs to buy a good quality vise and set of soft jaws, for $30-35 more I can get an MGW sight pusher. I think I'm just going to go that route.
 

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I've been reading about broken vials using the punch and vise method. For what it costs to buy a good quality vise and set of soft jaws, for $30-35 more I can get an MGW sight pusher. I think I'm just going to go that route.
I think that's a wise choice. If you're doing a specify type of gun (Glock or 1911), then MGW makes some type specific gear that works well. If you're looking for a more universal pusher, then this one looks interesting.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/3...ng-armorers-front-and-rear-handgun-sight-tool

I would avoid the Glock tool (the threads are appear to be too coarse for fine adjustment).
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/113142/glock-rear-sight-mounting-tool-all-models
 

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I think that's a wise choice. If you're doing a specify type of gun (Glock or 1911), then MGW makes some type specific gear that works well. If you're looking for a more universal pusher, then this one looks interesting.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/3...ng-armorers-front-and-rear-handgun-sight-tool

I would avoid the Glock tool (the threads are appear to be too coarse for fine adjustment).
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/113142/glock-rear-sight-mounting-tool-all-models
The Wheeler Engineering tool looks very promising, especially since it can be used with multiple firearms. It also has some pretty stellar reviews. I own mostly Glocks and Berettas, so this tool just might be the ticket for me. I also agree with avoiding the Glock branded pusher. I've read far more negative than positive reviews regarding that tool.
 

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The Wheeler Engineering tool looks very promising, especially since it can be used with multiple firearms. It also has some pretty stellar reviews. I own mostly Glocks and Berettas, so this tool just might be the ticket for me. I also agree with avoiding the Glock branded pusher. I've read far more negative than positive reviews regarding that tool.
Plus the Wheeler also does fronts (where applicable) as well. Heard many good things. It's my next pusher.
 
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