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123Bang
11-03-2012, 09:56
I recently bought a 3rd gen G23. I notice there is nothing holding the front sight to the slide. No nut, no threaded post. There is a bathtub-shaped raised area surrounding the interior side of slide slot. Looking into the slot I can see a shallow untreaded hole in what is probably the bottom of the sight blade. I see no stake marks. It's like the sight (tritium night sight) has been glued in place. Appreciate any information. Thanks.

SJ 40
11-03-2012, 10:23
Sounds as if you are describing the Glock staked on sight. Their were,are three methods used by Glock over time.

The first was the pinned front sight, a shaft that is split down the middle with a pin forced into the center to force the split apart,thus holding the front sight in place.

The second method Glock used was the staked on sight,mush as you described.

The third and current is a screw in the center post.

I have a great picture of the three methods Glock uses ,I think it was posted by GT member Butch, maybe he will see this and repost it.
SJ 40

123Bang
11-03-2012, 11:12
Thanks for the quick response! :supergrin:

OK...now I think I know what I'm looking at. The "bathtub" rim is the mashed rivet affect of a formed-stake installation. Much appreciated :)

SCC
11-03-2012, 11:16
http://i37.tinypic.com/11uyudg.jpg thank butch for the pic...

SJ 40
11-03-2012, 11:28
http://i37.tinypic.com/11uyudg.jpg thank butch for the pic...SCC
That's the picture,now they should add that as a sticky over in Sights,Optics and Lasers,a great resource. Thanks to Butch.
SJ 40

125K9
11-03-2012, 11:35
Just curious, but a gen. 3 SHOULD be screwed on, shouldn't it? OP, have you fired your new pistol yet? If so, is the sight staying tight?

SJ 40
11-03-2012, 11:44
Just curious, but a gen. 3 SHOULD be screwed on, shouldn't it? OP, have you fired your new pistol yet? If so, is the sight staying tight?I have three Gen 3's between the three I have originally example of all three methods of attachment.

1999-G 19-Pinned
2002-G 22-Staked
2006-G22- Screw SJ 40

123Bang
11-03-2012, 14:23
According to my serial number, this Gen 3 is November 2004. Here's something interesting...
my sight looks like the middle photo labeled staked, but hasn't a mark on it. No staking at all. Looks like it should have been staked and never was. It is tight though.
Maybe an armorer had a tool for spreading that rim neatly?

RonS
11-03-2012, 14:52
I've been lucky, had a pinned G22 and now a screw post G26, never had to deal with the staked sight.

SJ 40
11-03-2012, 15:12
According to my serial number, this Gen 3 is November 2004. Here's something interesting...
my sight looks like the middle photo labeled staked, but hasn't a mark on it. No staking at all. Looks like it should have been staked and never was. It is tight though.
Maybe an armorer had a tool for spreading that rim neatly?The staking tool did that neat of a job. Once staked the sight is very secure. SJ 40

gregw
11-03-2012, 16:14
Is there a way to remove a pinned sight without breaking it?

SJ 40
11-03-2012, 16:25
Is there a way to remove a pinned sight without breaking it?Take the pin out from between the split and remove front sight,I've never had one break while removing it.

I used the hooked end of a dental pick to snag the pin and out it came,not a big deal to remove. SJ 40