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Posted: 4/18/2013 4:28:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2013 3:13:25 PM EDT by 870Fan]
To make a long story short, I have screwed up and done the following:

1) drifted out 1 stock rear sight with a mallet and brass punch.
2) attempted to install 1 warren rear sight (no tritium) with said punch and hammer
3) the sight is now stuck in the dovetail about 1/4" off of center and I can't move it either direction with said hammer and punch

Any ideas? I have home depot close but no immediate access to a sight pusher.
Link Posted: 4/18/2013 4:43:33 PM EDT
I ain't no expert, but I believe they make a tool that presses the sight into place without having to beat it with a hammer.
Link Posted: 4/18/2013 4:45:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dennis2313:
I ain't no expert, but I believe they make a tool that presses the sight into place without having to beat it with a hammer.


Yeah.... I started watching videos on you tube and it looked so easy with a hammer and punch.
Link Posted: 4/18/2013 5:00:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2013 5:09:17 PM EDT by bco175]
Warren sights need to be fitted. Borrow a sight pusher to get it out. if you beat on it too hard you can break the tritium vial. Before you reinstall you need to pass the bottom of the sight over a file or stone. Once you remove enough metal to get it about 1/2 way in with light taps of your punch, use the pusher to move it the rest of the way.

But you tapped it in, so you can tap it out. You need a steel punch. and a bigger hammer The most important thing is to secure the slide in a solid vice. If the slide is moving it is much harder to tap out.
Link Posted: 4/18/2013 5:11:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bco175:
Warren sights need to be fitted. Borrow a sight pusher to get it out. if you beat on it too hard you can break the tritium vial. Before you reinstall you need to pass the bottom of the sight over a file or stone. Once you remove enough metal to get it about 1/2 way in with light taps of your punch, use the pusher to move it the rest of the way.

But you tapped it in, so you can tap it out. You need a steel punch. and a bigger hammer The most important thing is to secure the slide in a solid vice. If the slide is moving it is much harder to tap out.


Ahhh...... I hope I can get it out!

Thanks for the advice. Does anybody rent sight pushers?
Link Posted: 4/19/2013 6:02:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 870Fan:
Originally Posted By Dennis2313:
I ain't no expert, but I believe they make a tool that presses the sight into place without having to beat it with a hammer.


Yeah.... I started watching videos on you tube and it looked so easy with a hammer and punch.




haha I do the same thing! however, sight pusher is the way to go. Although, I must admit, I have considered using a hammer and punch many times before. I'm glad some form of ADD or simple forgetfulness prevented me from trying. or maybe it's because I don't own a vise. :) I would mess up so many guns if I had a vice!
Link Posted: 4/19/2013 7:08:54 AM EDT
I have a sight pusher on order and the G17 slide cooling down in the freezer. Hopefully, I can dislodge the stuck warren sight one wway or the other.
Link Posted: 4/20/2013 6:33:05 AM EDT
Pics!
Link Posted: 4/20/2013 7:39:36 AM EDT
I would definitely try to remove it  and not push it in further without fitting it .

It usually does take much work with a small file.
Link Posted: 4/20/2013 9:34:54 AM EDT
Don't be cheap.  Buy a sight tool from Brownells.
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 3:12:18 PM EDT
Current status of bubba'd glock:



I have a sightmaster pusher headed my way and I should get it tomorrow. I'm hoping it will dislodge the stuck sight. When I ordered the sight from Midway
I missed the fine print and ASSumed that I would be able to drift it in.

I have never filed anything to fit before, does anybody have any suggestions on technique as well as file type to use?

Link Posted: 4/23/2013 4:05:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bco175:
Warren sights need to be fitted. Borrow a sight pusher to get it out. if you beat on it too hard you can break the tritium vial. Before you reinstall you need to pass the bottom of the sight over a file or stone. Once you remove enough metal to get it about 1/2 way in with light taps of your punch, use the pusher to move it the rest of the way.

But you tapped it in, so you can tap it out. You need a steel punch. and a bigger hammer The most important thing is to secure the slide in a solid vice. If the slide is moving it is much harder to tap out.



This. you need a solid vise.


since those sights have a set screw to hold them, just file to fit and install them. no need for a sight pusher. a sight pusher is needed for those sights that are friction fit, and with out a set screw
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 6:06:31 PM EDT
OP,

Where are you in CO?  If you're close to the metro area, I might be able to help you.  I have the factory sight pusher you need to fix this unless the sights are just completely buggered up inside the dovetail.
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 6:08:48 PM EDT
*IM also sent to OP.
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