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"Sight Pusher?"

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I've always used a small hammer and bass drift to remove/install dovetailed sights.

 

Any experience or recommendations on the "Sight Pusher" devices?  Are they worth the $$?  

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I've never used a sight pusher, but I have used similar things for other purposes.  
Think of it as using a micrometer to adjust the sight.  Say it had a thread pitch of 80.  One full turn will move what it is pushing against .012".  A quarter turn will move it .003".  How much do you move something with each tap of the hammer?

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I've never used a sight pusher, but for moving the cross pin on a gearshift socket

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I've used a small C-clamp. Worked fine.

 

Seems like a sight pusher would work as well.

 

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I had one similar to this one until I broke it. 
it worked well but one must remember to back off the anchor screw for some rear sights...or it may break your adjustment tool. :rolleyes:

https://www.amazon.com/ATG-NcSTAR-Universal-Pistol-Dovetailed/dp/B07GM3LRFF

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I used one to replace the sights on a Sig.  Definitely had to use one as a hammer and drift would not have worked.  The frame of the pistol was not squared, so it took a bit of adjusting to move the rear sight, but it worked and was easier to use than hammering the sight base.  How often you use one is another matter. 

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I've got a couple.  Below is a picture of the one i get the most use out of...it's made for Glocks, but will work on other guns as well.  

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or it may break your adjustment tool.

 

 

You only know that because it says so in the owners manual.  :D

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The big benefit is for guys installing night sights that contain a capsule for the glow stuff (love tech terms)   They can break if you try to tap them in.  And the ability nudge the sight slightly.        GW

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Some are good, some are bad and some only work on certain brands of firearms.  After trying one similar (or the same) in Lawman Mark's post, I think I'd rather spend the money and have a gun store/gun smith replace the sights.

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I ordered one Friday night.

https://www.amazon.com/Pusher-Master-Install-Handguns-Yourself/dp/B00BD65Y4C/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2891PP66GTR2C&dchild=1&keywords=sight+press&qid=1575867527&sprefix=sight+%2Caps%2C201&sr=8-6

 

For a couple of projects spinning around, once you added the shipping prices are the same.

Let see how it behave with me.

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I've used this one on many firearms. Fantastic quality and easy to use.

Sight-Tool

 

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Just wondering. would this tool work on octagon barrels like a Sharps or HiWall?  Or most of are cowboy rifles?      GW

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I've never used a sight pusher, but I have used similar things for other purposes.  
Think of it as using a micrometer to adjust the sight.  Say it had a thread pitch of 80.  One full turn will move what it is pushing against .012".  A quarter turn will move it .003".  How much do you move something with each tap of the hammer?

 

I mark the sight and bb/slide with a pencil so I have a reference. 

OLG 

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I mark the sight and bb/slide with a pencil so I have a reference. 

OLG 

 

Even with a pusher I would do that. But I know that with a thread pitch of X I will get so much movement per turn (or half turn).  Tapping with a hammer doesn't give you the same precision. One tap may move it 0.0004" and the next tap may move it 0.002".

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I use an MGW Sight Pro 1000.  Expensive, but does a fabulous job even on those almost impossible to move Springfield pistol sights.  Doesn't break tritium tubes, etc.

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Even with a pusher I would do that. But I know that with a thread pitch of X I will get so much movement per turn (or half turn).  Tapping with a hammer doesn't give you the same precision. One tap may move it 0.0004" and the next tap may move it 0.002".

 

I go by what the target shows me ^_^

Many yrs ago I made a 'pusher' that uses a dial indicator.

That removed all guesswork. 

OLG 

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