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Old 12-10-2008, 03:32 AM   #1
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How tricky of a job is this? Is it buy the proper tool and buy the new sights and bingo?
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:10 PM   #2
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Different makers use different dovetail configurations. Insure you get a replacement sight that is cut for that particular dovetail.

When fitting a rear sight, if filing has to be done, it should be the bottom of the sight that is filed never the sides.

Filing is a last resort and best left to a qualified gunsmith.
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Originally Posted by bgeddes View Post
How tricky of a job is this? Is it buy the proper tool and buy the new sights and bingo?
A sight swap from a gunsmith will run you $100 and up.
I opted for the tool and do it myself. (and friends)
The best tool I found is the B & J Machine PI Model 500 Universal Front and Rear Sight Tool.

It works great and paid for itself with the first use.


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You can do this easily yourself IF you make damn SURE the exact dovetail cut in frame-not only the width, but also the degree of the dovetail. If you get the correct size dovetail for rear site, it's drop-in. Just be aware there's several different sizes so again-make sure to get right 1.
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