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This is another of those freebies I was given. I think this one can be restored to a serviceable shot gun. It is a Crescent Fire Arms Co., Norwich Conn. USA. 12 ga. double barrel. The front bead sight is damaged and I was wondering if replacing it is something I could do. Are they just screwed in or are they glued as well. Would I need a blind tap to chase the threads after the remnants of the existing sight are removed? Will I just screw the whole thing up if I try to screw the old sight out? How will I determine the thread size for a new sight? Is this something I should just give over to someone that knows what they are doing?
 

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It looks like that one is screwed in. You can get a replacement from Brownells, but it might be easier and even cheaper to take it to a local gunsmith who will have the sight in stock and the sight vise to install it. FWIW, some shotgun sights are just pressed in place; I don't recall seeing a factory sight that was glued in.

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Thanks Jim. I make no pretense of having the knowledge to anything more than maintain my fire arms. Your suggestion of taking it to someone that can do the work has been in the back of my mind so that is probably what I will do. I had looked at Brownells and right off I saw the different thread sizes available and that put me out of my element, ha.

I would just like to see at least one of those three freebies returned to service.
 

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Todd. just run a #37 drill thru the hole and hit it with a 5-44 plug tap. You dont need but about a 1/8" of threads in the hole and you can screw a replacement mossberg white bead on it. Looking at the pic it looks like it may already be 5-44.
 
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