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Old May 9th, 2017, 07:14 AM   #1
 
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Rear sight adjustment for the .22 Standard Model

I have not yet attempted to do any sighting-in with my Standard model (without an adjustable rear sight), only function firing. But I will be testing it further at the range next week. In the event I need to make some windage adjustment, can the rear sight be moved laterally, and if so, what is the best method to do that?



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Old May 9th, 2017, 08:09 AM   #2
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Yes, have drifted the rear sight right or left on a number of Standards over the years by using a brass punch and hammer. It's designed for that.

If you're having an elevation issue, you can file down the front sight for a gun that is shooting too low. Easy fix, but I'd suggest shooting the gun for awhile with your preferred ammo to make sure it is a gun issue and not a shooter issue. Once you file something off, you can't put it back.

A gun that shoots high is more of a problem, but you can file a little off the rear sight in a pinch. Keep in mind, though, that removing too much of the rear sight will affect your sight picture visibility. The other option for a high shooting gun is having a gunsmith replace your front sight with a higher front sight.

Most of the time, though, for a Standard that is shooting just a bit high or low, I leave things, as is, and just use holdover or hold under as needed. Very rarely have I encountered a Standard that is way off on elevation. In fact, out of over a dozen Standards I've owned, very few even needed a windage adjustment. Most have been good to go out of the box.

Great shooters. Enjoy.

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I have adjusted many dovetailed rear sights over the years, but never on the Standard Model pistol. My usual method to adjust windage on a dovetail sight is to use a fired brass cartridge case rim (.30-'06, .308, .270, whatever is handy) as a "punch," and a small hammer and a sandbag to lay the gun on while pounding. That's what I was going to try, assuming that the Ruger's rear sight is not mashed in too tightly to move. I have occasionally encountered guns that I just couldn't get the dovetail sights to budge. Apparently that's not the case with the Ruger. Hopefully, my sights won't need any adjustment.
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Gotta watch out for hidden setscrews holding "drift adjustable" sights in place. One such application that comes to mind is on the Ruger "Lightweight" Single-Sixes, which have a little setscrew accessible from under the top strap after you remove the cylinder. Many Lightweights have been damaged by folks not aware of this.
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"Gotta watch out for hidden setscrews holding "drift adjustable" sights in place."
The only time I have encountered that is on Hi-Standards with adjustable target sights mounted on slide dovetails. I have seen some held in place with pins, and some with setscrews.
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