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Old October 1st, 2013, 07:06 PM   #1
 
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10/22 Front Sight Removal

I want to install a Tech Sight on my new 10/22 carbine but the front sight will not budge. I'm trying to drift it out from left to right with a brass punch. Does anybody have any tips? Thanks.



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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:26 PM   #2
 
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I want to install a Tech Sight on my new 10/22 carbine but the front sight will not budge. I'm trying to drift it out from left to right with a brass punch. Does anybody have any tips? Thanks.
I had the same question july 2013 here-
Did anyone else have to cut their front sight off?

I have removed front sights on my three takedowns.

The rear is easy, the front, is another puppy all together.

go to the link above and, be careful not to cut your barrel while doing this.
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I have a Dremel and I considered that. I think a sight pusher is the correct tool for the job but for less than what they cost, I can probably have a gunsmith do it. I'll explore that today.
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The LSG that I bought my 10/22TD put the Williams Fire sights on it. He talked like the front was really tough. He finally got it to drift off.
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The local gunsmith had no sight pusher that would work. He advised to get a bigger hammer and have a firm base to support the barrel. I used some penetrating oil and chilled the sight with compressed air. Five or six whacks with a 20 oz. hammer and it drifted out. I did not have to resort to the Dremel. The Tech Sight is installed and tomorrow I go to the range!
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I did it...it takes good aim and plenty of patience...is I moving at all?
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I did it recently. Keep at it. After a couple half arse attempts, I got serious. That time it drifted out after the first hit or 2. Hit the sight with Breakfree a couple times the days prior. Supported it with some wood blocks. Got a bigger hammer. No grinding or the like needed.
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I did it recently. Keep at it. After a couple half arse attempts, I got serious. That time it drifted out after the first hit or 2. Hit the sight with Breakfree a couple times the days prior. Supported it with some wood blocks. Got a bigger hammer. No grinding or the like needed.
I found the same thing.

With one exception, I used WD-40.

It was the lubricant that helped it to move.
THEN be sure you wipe it down with Hoppe's number 9 more than once.
After that, piece of cake.
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+1 on the wood block and a bigger hammer. Shouldn't have to go any bigger than a regular claw hammer. The wood block will help prevent bending the barrel. I used a steel punch. Brass may be too soft. Just be sure to place the steel punch carefully before whacking it.
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I had to warm cool warm kool my 2296 and then lube and get the pefect punch bit & really sharp tap hit it just right ,,,, the weeine brass bead fell off amazin i found it on the floor
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I'm late to the dance with my reply here but I had to say that when I tried to remove my front sight I did EVERYTHING imaginable to move it. Didn't. Budge.

I took it to a gunsmith and I can only assume he blow-torched it off and put a new one on.
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Yea I thought of using a hammer but didnt want to risk damaging barrel.

Didnt have to resort to a sledge hammer , or a bigger hammer that way.

With the dremel it was zip, and they fell off , no damage , and no wood needed.
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