Hi Guys, I am looking for some advice.... I have a 1917 Enfield that someone slightly sporterized by cutting the stock down. I want to return the rifle to it's original configuration, so I purchased a used military stock for it, and another set of barrel bands, because the originals were gone.
I have everything I need now, and I started to assemble it when I realized that you cannot get the front barrel band over the front sight ears. I drove the front sight out of it's dovetail, thinking it was like a mauser (which has a little screw under the sight), but found no such thing. Then I noticed a little pin going through the sight, so I drove it out.
Now I'm trying to slide the ears off of the barrel, but they will not budge.
I've tried heating it slightly with a propane torch to no avail. I hitting a hammer against a wooden block, so as not to damage the sight, but not matter how hard I hit it, it will not budge
I now have it soaking in some G-96, maybe it will penetrate into it, but I doubt it.
Were these pressed on????
Anyone have any other ideas on how to get it off without damaging it??????????????