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My Front Sight

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by RicInOR, May 15, 2016.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    (As opposed to the shooting academy)

    Had my daily carry out today. Shooting left. Consistently left.

    I see that my front sight has drifted right - the dovetail base is fully at the edge of the dust cover and away from the left edge. I didn't have a punch with me, so I just stuck it out.

    My sight is an XS Big Dot - hadn't heard of these having an issue with staying in place. Has anyone ?
    What can I do to keep it centered?

    Smith Shield is the pistol.



    TIA
     
  2. old11bravo

    old11bravo Everett, Washington Well-Known Member

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    No issues with mine. How many rounds through yours? Any bumps or drops that you recall?

    EDIT: I guess I should add that I still have the stock sights.
     
  3. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    Place it back where it was then hit it with some red loctite to keep it secure. Of course this is all assuming the dovetail fit is still tight.
     
  4. SevenSicksTwo

    SevenSicksTwo PDX, OR New Member

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    Another option besides locktite is to remove the sight completely, flip it over and hit the bottom of the dovetail in a couple spots with a punch. This will raise some metal around where the punch struck and increase friction as you drive the sight back into place. I've found it works better than adhesive, particularly if you're getting that part of the gun hot.
     
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  5. jim97701

    jim97701 Bend Well-Known Member

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    If you use loctite I would use the blue, just in case you ever need to remove your sight in the future.
     
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  6. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    That's right.

    Same way you keep a bearing on a slightly worn or undersized shaft. ;)
    And it doesn't take much. So start light and check the fit.
     
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  7. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Odd, I shoot consistently left no matter where my sights are. Low too :D
     
  8. BDA.45

    BDA.45 oregon Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Pm inbound....
     
  9. Nocaster

    Nocaster Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I can confirm from personal experience that this method works very well, although in my case it was the rear sight. If you choose to do this, make sure you support the sides and have the dot part nor resting on anything. I don't know how much of a whack it can take. I didn't have a proper punch on hand, so I used one of those automatic center punches. Worked great. It will seem that the punch displaces very little metal, but it is enough.
     
  10. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for the suggestions
     
  11. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Don't be afraid of moving your sights. And yes use some BLUE loctite if you want to move them again. Don't ask how I know that. LOL With all due apologies to the creators of targets that can correct all the ills of your pistol shooting, they don't work for everybody. Since age 18ish I have consistently printed a pistol to the left of center. Elevation is good but always left. My opinion is only my own but now as an old guy I am convinced more than ever that the "machine" must be tailored to the individual person. Every pistol/brand of pistol I have ever owned needed some sight adjustment so it would track on target for me. That adjustment may not work for the next guy but it hits the bull for me. Why put up with a firearm that makes you shoot bad when a sight adjust will cure the problem? Each of us are unique in the way we will hold a pistol even using the same method. Muscle tension,shoulder strength, etc will vary with the individual. Repeating the same mistakes over and over again with more intensity just frustrate learning. Adjust your sights so they work for YOU. That's my approach. You get in the 10 ring with every shot who cares that your sights were adjusted for your shooting style? Perhaps that's why they are made adjustable! Rave off. This is just my opinion you don't have to agree with it. Probably better if you don't. ;-) Cheers.
     
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  12. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Just put some new Trijicons on a pistol of mine. Asked the 'smith to position the rear sight just a smidge to the right of barrel center. He didn't. I shot it. Shot good left groups through 3 boxes of ammo. Took it back to my 'smith and he drifted the rear sights to the right [when looking down the barrel]. Now I will go shoot it again. Bet it's better now. May need a smidge more drifting to get it "on".