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Posted: 12/8/2002 5:59:53 PM EDT

I was adjusting my elevation - after a couple
of clicks up - the post now just threads up
and down! NO CLICKS !

I shot it full of degreaser - oiled it ,
tapped it with my rubber hammer - no dice!

I even tried using needlenose pliers to loosen
the detent , but cant get a grip on it.

( I have a detachable front sight btw)

How do you free the damn thing! [>Q]
Link Posted: 12/8/2002 10:11:21 PM EDT
What brand of front sight?
Link Posted: 12/9/2002 8:03:39 AM EDT
The detent is just a plunger with a little button that engages the sight post flange and a spring to hold it up against the sight post. There are only a few things that could cause this: Sight is beyond the reach of the detent and spring; Detent plunger is stuck on something; Spring is crushed. Spin out the front sight and remove the detent and plunger. Check that the right spring is indeed what you have. Check that the spring is OK. Check that the plunger can move freely in hole it travels in. I have seen wrong springs (there is a bunch in a kit and some folks don't get the right springs in the right places), crushed springs, and various glues. Fingernail polish responds to acetone or lacquer thinner. Put it only exactly where you want it. Loctite and other glues require some heat - a heat gun is about perfect. Go slow (medium power settings) to avoid ruining any finish on it. If it is Parkerized, just rub it down with an oiled paper towel (the heat may drive off the oil). If it is painted, you may need to repaint it. I hope it was not glued.
Link Posted: 12/13/2002 3:43:59 AM EDT
Well I got it out- had to use a dental pick LOL. The detent and spring look fine. There were some metal flakes in the hole for the detent - just enough to cause it to bind I guess. I flushed it with degreaser This was a generic A2 detachable front sight mounted on my Armalite's gas block BTW.
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