Kimber forward sight removal

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  1. Helldorado

    Helldorado New Member

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    Curious how to remove the forward sight on the nose of the gun. I see no screws or anything holding it in so im at a road block for now. please help!
  2. Bruce FLinch

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    Probably a pressed fit into the dovetail. Takes a neat little tool to remove it & install the new one, without scratching the slide.:)
  3. Country101

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    I believe bruce is right. It's just a tight fit into the dovetail. How to get it in and out without the tool and not messing up your slide, is beyond me.
  4. Helldorado

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    yeah thats what i was worried about. oh well....thanx alot for the info guys.
  5. inplanotx

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    First question you should answer is is the front sight sitting in a dove tail? If not, then it is staked in from the inside of the slide. If it is in a dove tail, then you can drift it out easy enough with a plastic hammer and a brass punch.

    It would be very helpful if we knew what model of Kimber you are speaking of here. Having half the information leads to half-a$$'d answers.
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  6. Helldorado

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    Opps....just the basic ole full size Custom II
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    It appears to be dove tailed, but it is hard to see. So the question to you is ......Is the front sight dove tailed?

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  8. Shooter45

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    The front sight on your Kimber is dovetailed and a press fit. I can't recall if it comes out from the left or right side but it's very tight.

    My question is, why do you need to remove the front sight ??
  9. Helldorado

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    Well it started with the slide release. Shortly after I had it i noticed the black oxide finish wearing off from my thumb rubbing. So after a while I decided to go ahead and polish the finish off of the whole part. I like the look it gives it and since then the sight has shown sign the finish is wearing off it as well.

    So basically Im just slowly doing a master gunsmithing custom job on the gun :D
  10. southernshooter

    southernshooter New Member

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    What do you use to polish it Helldorado
  11. Helldorado

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    oh just an old light scourin pad. gotta be pretty gentle with it or will leave streaks though. any better ideas?
  12. Helldorado

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    I cant really polish it very well with it still attached. plus Ill end up rubbing off some of the finish on the slide....which i dont want to do.
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  13. southernshooter

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    Does it leave you nice and shiny?
  14. inplanotx

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    Shiney sights outdoors are always fun to see and align! Why do you think they paint them black to begin with? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  15. Shooter45

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    I was wondering the same thing. :eek:
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