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Author Topic: So I bought these new sights ...  (Read 913 times)

Spitfireguy

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So I bought these new sights ...
« on: March 07, 2019, 05:12:04 PM »
Tritium sights, to be precise, from Trijicon.  They look very nice and preserve the general contours of the R51 factory irons.  Interestingly, they lack the set screws of the factory sights (alright, this is totally understandable where the front sight is concerned - obviously you can't put a screw through the tritium lamp - but there still seems to be room on the rear sight!).  But I digress.

    After watching a few online video reviews where the reviewer commented on being able to move the sights on the gun by hand from straight out of the box, I thought:  'This should be no problem, simply loosen the set screws and remove the old sights; then insert the new ones.'  So I loosened the set screws and began to push on the sights ... - nothing!  So I removed the set screws altogether and pushed on the sights ... - still nothing.  So I took a small jewelers hammer and tapped on the sights (tapping onto a wooden stick to transfer the energy so as not to damage the sight) ... - still nothing.  So I took a larger hammer and ... - still nothing!  I could not get those buggers to budge at all!  Like Dean Martin sang:  "Ain't that a hole in the boat!"

    Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated, otherwise I'll be off to a gunsmith to have the new sights installed; though I'm left to wonder what means he'll use to get the old ones off!

   I guess I'm basically floored that some reviewers were making such a big deal about how easy it was to move the factory sights by hand straight out of the box, and I can't get mine to budge in the slightest; even with some taps from a hammer.   :o

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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 08:11:36 PM »
A sight pusher is used from my research. Google it or go search youtube.
Sight pushers are kind of expensive, I saw a cheap press from Harbor Freight used on one youtube video.
I got a set of fire sights a while back and haven't done anything with them at this point for fear of damaging my gun with the punch routine. Thought about getting a plastic/nylon or brass punch from Brownells but haven't yet.
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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 09:53:36 PM »
You might want to apply some heat from a heat gun or hair dryer.  Sometimes a little heat will make the sights move easier.  Just a suggestion.
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FlatEarther

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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2019, 01:54:34 AM »
Search sight-tool.com, $64.99 on ebay
This worked great on another pistol for me. Have not used on R51.
Can be used to remove/install/adjust.
You can pay more or less for sight tools but this seems to me to be good quality for the money.
I'll never use a punch and hammer again for sights. Too much potential for damage.
Let us know what happens - Joe
« Last Edit: March 08, 2019, 02:09:08 AM by FlatEarther »

Swschu

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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2019, 05:00:44 AM »
I would not attempt removal nor installation without a sight tool. I bought mine from ebay and used it for my r51 and my berettas. I like night sights. Use it once and it pays for itself.

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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2019, 07:22:27 AM »
My R51 front sight was also un-movable. I actually carefully sawed it in half, removed it, and very finely filed the angled cuts. (Don't try this at home, folks!). I then installed a new R51 front sight that I bought on-line, and it's fine. The factory installation was so tight, it was like a welded joint. Fortunately for me, the detail work came out OK, no damage to the slide. Yes, I tried a brass hammer and brass rod with the slide in a padded vice. No dice! Thanks for all of your comments.

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Re: So I bought these new sights ...
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2019, 01:58:34 AM »
My front sight was tight to. It took a sight pusher, penetrating oil, heat and a tap with a punch while using the pusher.

 

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