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FRONT SIGHT REMOVAL

Postby idaholonggunner » Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:35 am

What is the best way to remove a front sight on a Springfield 1911A1?
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Re: FRONT SIGHT REMOVAL

Postby wwb » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:01 pm

The best way is to take it to a good gunsmith...... it's not an easy job to do, and if he buggers up the slide, he owes you a new one. If you try it and mess up the slide, it'll cost you more than the smith would have.

You can do it by mail, so you don't need a local smith. Mailing the slide when it's off the frame is not a problem.
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Re: FRONT SIGHT REMOVAL

Postby killerb » Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:30 pm

I've been wondering that same thing. I have this new set of XS 24/7 Big Dot sights and a new Kimber 1911 pistol. As a true do it yourselfer, I have a very hard time taking anything to anyone else to work on. But I do not have the proper tools, nor do I want to invest in them. Nor do I want to bugger up my new pistol, they don't exactly give these Kimbers away you know. So I will be taking the pistol to a competent gunsmith whom I know does quality work. You can buy a tool to press the sights out of the dovetail from Brownell's or Midway. Just don't clamp your slide in a vise and whack at the front sight with a hammer and punch, nothing good will come of that.
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Re: FRONT SIGHT REMOVAL

Postby wwb » Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:22 am

killerb wrote:....... You can buy a tool to press the sights out of the dovetail from Brownell's or Midway. Just don't clamp your slide in a vise and whack at the front sight with a hammer and punch, nothing good will come of that.


A dovetailed front sight is a whole 'nuther matter, and is much easier to deal with. The front sight on a standard 1911 is staked in place, requiring specialized tools for removal and/or replacement.... also requires training and experience to do it right.
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