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PocketsRN 11-15-2012 04:40 PM

trouble removing M1 Garand rear sight
I picked up a garand at an auction last night. Looked to be in pretty good shape. The metal needs some cleaning up, but that was about It. Only when I started taking it apart today did I realize the top of the screw through the windage knob was broken off. I tried boring it with a small easy-out, but couldn't get it. Is there a way to remove the sight assembly without removing that screw? Or am I pretty much screwed? No pun intended.

danf_fl 11-15-2012 04:49 PM

Is it possible to drill and tap?

Pics would really help.

PocketsRN 11-15-2012 06:48 PM

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Hope this helps. I did try to tap it, but I can't get it to grip. Looks like somebody else had already tried and failed. You can see how it's depressed and the edge is gone on one side

Orlando 11-15-2012 08:19 PM

You have lock bar sights,there never was a screw it is staked in place.
It is possible to remove but I would leave it alone before you mess it up anymore.
The Bar actually unscrews of the post that you used a easy out on. It is open /hollow on the end and a secial punch flares it open so it doesnt walk off

Orlando 11-15-2012 08:48 PM

Here is the tool used for staking the bar

PocketsRN 11-15-2012 09:24 PM

Holy crap. Thanks

Orlando 11-15-2012 09:53 PM

I would be very interested to see what other early parts the rifle has.
Can you post some specifics on it?

PocketsRN 11-15-2012 10:11 PM

I'm not too familiar yet with the mechanical specs of the garand or its design evolution, so right now I wouldn't be able to distinguish anything on it. A couple things I did notice was that the rear sling mount is fixed, not hinged like on others I've seen, and the front sight is a simple block and post style, not the typical two prongs and a post type. When I have a chance I'll post a bunch of pics, maybe figure out a little history on it.

Orlando 11-15-2012 10:20 PM

All Garand rear swivels are fixed, they never came hinged or to actually swivel
The front sight may have had the wings cut off by Bubba?
If you can post pics I will help you as much as I can.
Also post any drawing numbers that are on the parts.
How many digets in the serial number?

PocketsRN 11-15-2012 10:51 PM

Lol, I do love Bubba customs... Especially on classics. One great thing about the Garand is it's impossible to sporterize

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