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Old 05-15-2013, 15:11   #1
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Help with sight removal

I'm trying to remove a tritium front sight from my G19.

The nut that holds the sight is very tight, and I've managed to "bugger" the head of the nut so that the nut driver (AmeriGlo tool) can't grab the nut.

Any helpful suggestions?

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Old 05-15-2013, 15:38   #2
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I'm trying to remove a tritium front sight from my G19.

The nut that holds the sight is very tight, and I've managed to "bugger" the head of the nut so that the nut driver (AmeriGlo tool) can't grab the nut.

Any helpful suggestions?

TIA.
I assume you’re trying to loosen the nut (to the left), try going the other way (to the right) to snap the head off. Your goal should be to save the Slide from damage. Your Front sight is (or will be) toast.

Or

You could try to catch an edge of the Nut head with the sharp, stiff blade and loosen the nut.

Either way, good luck.
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Old 05-15-2013, 15:44   #3
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I assume you’re trying to loosen the nut (to the left), try going the other way (to the right) to snap the head off. Your goal should be to save the Slide from damage. Your Front sight is (or will be) toast.

Or

You could try to catch an edge of the Nut head with the sharp, stiff blade and loosen the nut.

Either way, good luck.
Unfortunately, the nut is rounded in both directions...

Could it be drilled out?
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Old 05-15-2013, 16:02   #4
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Unfortunately, the nut is rounded in both directions...

Could it be drilled out?

What you would need to drill it out is what’s called an “Easy Out” I’ve never seen one small enough for that you need. Small chisel is what you need to knock the head off.

Or, take it to your LGS Armorer.
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Old 05-15-2013, 17:00   #5
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Put the sight in a vice and twist the slide till the sight snaps. Sorry but your screwed on the sight.
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Old 05-15-2013, 21:07   #6
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Aha!

I searched my toolbox, and I found it!

It seems over the years that I have acquired not one but two easy-outs...and one looks just the right size...game on!

Thanks, markerbeacon!
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Old 05-15-2013, 21:12   #7
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Put the sight in a vice and twist the slide till the sight snaps. Sorry but your screwed on the sight.
That might work for the factory Glock sight, which is plastic.

But the sight that's installed too tight (by me...[dope slap]...) is an AmeriGlo tritium sight. According to AmeriGlo, "...sights are machined from US-made bar stock steels..."

If tried the vice-and-twist you suggest, I'm sure I'd f--- up the slide. And I really don't want to trash the sight.

I'm going to use an easy-out and drill the nut out...in theory, the slide and the sight should survive that.

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Old 05-15-2013, 21:47   #8
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You didn't say if you applied Loctite? If you used a thread locker, you first need to apply heat to the screw head to break the bond. A heavy duty soldering iron is probably hot enough to do the job.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:09   #9
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You didn't say if you applied Loctite? If you used a thread locker, you first need to apply heat to the screw head to break the bond. A heavy duty soldering iron is probably hot enough to do the job.
Hmmm....I used blue Loctite. I thought heat was required only for the red stuff...??

I do have a soldering iron I can use if I need to, but I was hoping that the Easy-Out would just back it out...might even be a little warming action from the drill friction.

Off to the workbench later today...will report back.

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:43   #10
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Bench report

Success!

The Easy-Out, while the right size, didn't seem to be working all that well.

So -- reverting to the "brute strength and ignorance" mode, I drilled a small pilot hole in the middle of the bolt head, then followed it up with a larger drill bit and essentially sheared off the bolt head. Then a gentle tap and the sight came free.

Blew out any metal chips...and the slide is perfect.

And the new sight (AmeriGlo FiberRod green) is awesome!

Only issue: the old sight has the shaft of the bolt still in it (with Loctite)...so it's probably shot.

Maybe I should buy another one and convert them to "night" earrings for the wife... (ever wonder what it would be like to be sleeping with a radioactive woman??)
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