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Old 04-05-2012, 13:43   #1
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Sight replacement...send to Glock?

I'd like to replace the factory sights on my G19. Ive dropped my pistol a couple times and noticed yesterday that the rear sight is off to the left. Both front and rear sights are a little beat anyway. Is it best to send the pistol to Glock to have new sights installed?
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Old 04-05-2012, 13:48   #2
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It's actually pretty easy to do yourself. Good opportunity to replace the crap Glock plastic sights with real ones.
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Old 04-05-2012, 13:53   #3
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It's actually pretty easy to do yourself. Good opportunity to replace the crap Glock plastic sights with real ones.
Doesn't Glock test fire the pistol and make sure its lined up good and all though?
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Doesn't Glock test fire the pistol and make sure its lined up good and all though?
You can do the same thing. The front sight bolts in, so there is no adjustment there. Just eyeball the rear and test it. Its easy to drift the rear either way if its not right. Also some local ranges have a gunsmith on site and it might be easier then shipping it off to Glock and waiting who knows how long just for sights.
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Old 04-05-2012, 14:02   #5
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I'd like to replace the factory sights on my G19. Ive dropped my pistol a couple times and noticed yesterday that the rear sight is off to the left. Both front and rear sights are a little beat anyway. Is it best to send the pistol to Glock to have new sights installed?
Don't send to Glock. Waste of time. If you want to replace with stock sights just order them online for dirt cheap and find a local gunsmith or do it yourself. I got mine online from glockmeister.com and had a local sheriff deputy hook me up with one of their guys who is a certified Glock armorer to swap them out.

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It's actually pretty easy to do yourself. Good opportunity to replace the crap Glock plastic sights with real ones.
Very true, but even the most high-tech sights can be crap if the shooter himself/herself isn't any good.
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Old 04-05-2012, 14:19   #6
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Thanks guys. I'll just order online then and luckily I know someone who is an armorer and will help me out.

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Old 04-05-2012, 20:13   #7
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Old 04-05-2012, 20:26   #8
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Send it to Glock and get some night sights installed
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The Dawson sights aren't typical of most Glock sights. His need to be "fitted" while others do not.
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Old 04-06-2012, 00:37   #10
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Send it to Glock and get some night sights installed
Nah i'll probably just get the stock steel ones. I plan on getting a Gen4 G26 which ill use for my EDC. Will get night sights on that one. But i may change my mind yet(about this one)...
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Old 04-06-2012, 00:48   #11
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Meprolight night sights from Optics Planet $84 shipped.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:17   #12
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I used the same method as in the Dawson video linked above, except I used blue 242 loctite on the front sight screw after degreasing the front sight and screw with rubbing alcohol and letting them air dry. I let the loctite set for 48 hours(overly cautious) before applying oil anywhere near the sight or shooting the gun.

I taped some cardboard from a cereal box to the teeth of the vice, and layered the cardboard in such a fashion that it was thickest toward the top of the teeth so that the vice wouldn't put any pressure on the slide rails. I was also careful to only put the rear part of the slide into the teeth of the vice, so that the vice was not gripping around the ejection port or any part of the slide forward of the ejection port.

The rear sight I installed was a Glock steel sight with no tritium vials so I didn't have to worry about rupturing a vial. I used a delrin punch made by DPMS for AR-15's to tap the rear sight in with a drop of oil placed into the dovetail.

If I were going to get night sights, I'd get a sight tool so I wouldn't have to worry about rupturing one of the tritium vials.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:10   #13
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Easy install, no need to send it to the factory...
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:19   #14
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Voyager4520.........How easy was it to tap in the new steel sights?

When I had my Glock 19 in to Glock for warranty work I asked them to install the steel sights on my G19.

Now I also have a G26 and I want to upgrade it to the steel sights as well. If they tap in easy enough, I'll do it myself.

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Old 04-16-2012, 04:01   #15
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I have changed sights on Glocks with a brass punch and hammer before I purchased my sight tools. It's not hard to do at all with a hammer and punch. Just be careful and make sure you use a brass punch and get solid hits.

Stay low on the sights with the punch (close to the dovetail as possible.) You will at the least need the small nut driver tool for the front sight. My advice would be to get the front sight nut driver and a proper rear sight pusher.

While you can change sights all day long with a hammer and punch, it's much easier with less risk of damaging your sights if you use the proper tools.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:46   #16
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Thanks NEOH212,

When I had my G19 in to Glock for warranty work I had them install steel front and rear sights on it.

I just ordered and received the front and rear steel sights for my G26.

Using your advice, I think I'll use a hammer and punch to install them myself. I ran across a post somewhere here or on another forum that suggested putting the rear sight in the freezer for a while to get it nice and cold. Then use a small hammer and wood or nylon dowel to drive it in. The theory being, the cold will shrink the rear steel sight (very , very minimally) causing it to be driven in easier. We'll see I guess!!

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:03   #17
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I just bought a set of Ameriglo Operators for my G26 from a guy in Wisconsin on eBay. I'm shipping my slide to him to install them free of charge. They were $89.95 plus shipping.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:13   #18
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I installed mine with a thick wood dowel because I didn't have a brass punch. The wood worked fine. After seeing what shops want to put em on I would never pay someone. It's easy to do if youre careful.
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