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Old 11-28-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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New front sight for my Kimber Tactical Pro...

I have many of my semi autos set up with plain black rear and fiber optic front sights. The fiber optic is great for older eyes and fast target acquisition. Just received my Dawson Precision fiber optic front sight for the Tactical Pro. It did take some fitting but I eventually got it installed. I can't tell you how nervous I was putting the slide into a vise and beating on a $1000. gun with a hammer and sight tool. Looking forward to a range day and to see how I did.
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by jonh1373 View Post
I have many of my semi autos set up with plain black rear and fiber optic front sights. The fiber optic is great for older eyes and fast target acquisition. Just received my Dawson Precision fiber optic front sight for the Tactical Pro. It did take some fitting but I eventually got it installed. I can't tell you how nervous I was putting the slide into a vise and beating on a $1000. gun with a hammer and sight tool. Looking forward to a range day and to see how I did.
Would love to see it and you have more cojones than I do....

My gunsmith has the tool and I would pay to have it done.....
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:17 PM   #3
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I agree with Marshall, I wouldn't do that either.
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Kimber sights are known to be extremely tight at times and I've heard of gunsmiths giving up trying to get them out and suggesting then gun be sent back to the factory. Remember if you ever have to take a file to anything always attack the cheaper piece.
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Kimber sights are known to be extremely tight at times and I've heard of gunsmiths giving up trying to get them out and suggesting then gun be sent back to the factory. Remember if you ever have to take a file to anything always attack the cheaper piece.
Remember when I took my PCII 45 to a guy awhile back and he stripped the screw to the rear sight ??

Well I took the gun to our gunsmith today to get Cerakoted and he thinks he can remove it but no promises...

I leave that stuff to the boyz with the right toyz...
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:58 PM   #6
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Sometimes you get one from a guy that tightened the rear sight by peening the dovetail with a steel punch....
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...and you get to do this to remove the sight before massaging out the damage.
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:38 PM   #8
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...and you get to do this to remove the sight before massaging out the damage.
Holy sh*t Mike that is UGLY. I have a sight pusher tool for my Glocks and have done dozens, very simple. I did have to really pound the old sight out and I admit I was sweating but knew the worse I could do was ruin the sight. Last year I watched an experienced smith as he fitted a new front sight for my Sig 1911 so that made me a little more comfortable that I wouldn't do anything he didn't. I did have to file more than expected on the new sight but all is well that ends well. I have found that if I don't try I will never learn. I have learned as said earlier, only file on the sight, not the slide. I will post some photos tomorrow.
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Yes the Glocks are easy. With what was done to this (by a former Marine armorer) using a sight pusher meant I would roll out his staking/peening job one side. That may have cause the staking to crack and leave greater damage that would need welding to make look right.

I chose to cut it out to avoid the damage then treat the damage to the dovetail.
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This is the sight screw that I was referring to last night that was all jacked up by a guy that was going to replace my sights..

Now it's at our range gunsmith's shop getting a Cerakote and he thinks that he can remove it to do the job...
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