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How to remove factory Glock front crimp on night sight?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by kraigster414, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. kraigster414

    kraigster414

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    Easy enough to remove the plastic OEM front sight and a hex nut front sight but how do you remove a metal Glock factory crimp-on front night sight? Looks like it is made either by Trijicon or Meprolight but it doesn't matter. I just want to get the thing off so I can install new sights. It's on a G23 by the way and they were on the gun when I purchased it new.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    I could be wrong, but this type of a sight has a flared metal portion that is opened up to make it grip the slide.

    The only thing I can think of is to pull it off with pliers, or punch it out from beneath (which sounds better now that I think about it).
     

  3. kraigster414

    kraigster414

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    Thanks Steve. It may actually be what they call staked-on vs. crimped on. I don't care if I ruin it (the front sight) in the process. I just want to get it off.
     
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    YOu can grind off any stacked or riveted front sight stem on the underside of the slide.
    Demerl is your friend here.
     
  5. KTGlock

    KTGlock G27

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    Demerl's brother is Dremel :) He works good too.
     
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    No Dremel - definately not recommended in this case. Yank the sight off with pliers. This was confirmed by Glock Customer Service. And, it worked.
     
  7. T. Harless

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    Pliers and twist and shout.
     
  8. gary newport

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    On this topic (sort of), I'd like to ask a Certified Glock Armorer about the Glock CRIMPED steel front sightl; can the Glock crimping tool be used to remove as well as install them?

    (I'm not planning to switch from screw-on fronts, Todd, but I recall reading in the Glock annual that the tool does both duties.)
     
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    Hell I don't know Gary. Certified or not, remember I gave the twist and shout advice. I do know who to email and I'll get back to you.
     
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    Thanks, Todd. As Glock moves to crimped steel front sights, you KNOW the question is going to come up on GlockTalk. We may as well be prepared!
     
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    This is cut and pasted from an email I just got from the Glock instructor that taught the class I was just in.





    Hello Todd,

    The front sight tool is a crimping tool for installation only. To
    remove the sight, I use a small diameter punch to punch out the crimp
    from the inside of the slide, and then pull off with plyers. Be careful
    not to drive the punch too deep into the front sight hole in the slide.
    The front sight will usually be destroyed and not re-usable.


    GLOCK Professional, Inc.
     
  12. gary newport

    gary newport

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    Screw-on sights forever!
     
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    I concur but there's your answer.
     
  14. gary newport

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    Yep, and thanks! I was venting because the crimp-on front sight is a sad move away from the famous easy-to-work-on Glock philosophy -- not only does it require a VERY special tool (one not available at Sears) for installation, it requires an annoying and possibly error-prone process for removal.