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Old 11-11-2011, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default New Kahr night sights...DIY or 'smith?

I am wanting to switch out sights on 3 pistols (to night sights):

Kahr P380
Kahr CW45
SA XDM9

I am handy, but don't have a sight-changing tool. I have looked at the P500 Universal Sight Tool, but it is $130.

Should I get the sight tool and do my own sights? Or should I just have a smith do them?

How do I make sure they are centered? Do I take the tool to the range and make adjustments in response to point of impact?

I hear those Kahrs are bears. And the CW has kind of a funky front sight.

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Some night sights are better left for a smith to do. He breaks it, he get new. You break it, you have to buy new.

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I use my drill press. I put the slide in a drilling vise, making sure it won't get scratched by putting sections of leather from an old belt between the slide and the jaws. I use a drill bit reversed (cutting side up) in the chuck, and press the sights out. This has never failed or damaged a sight. I've done this on at lease 20 different pistols of many makes. Just find out which direction you have to push.

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...and buy a drill press
...and buy the proper vise
I love tools, but I'm looking for the cheapest way to be successful.

That said, I'm really glad you added that option to this thread so another reader might get a good idea!

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