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post #1 of 6 Old 12-31-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Changing sights... recommendations

For my birthday yesterday, my fiance got me a set of Tritium sights for my Kimber UC.

Wanting to see what you guys recommend since I've never done a sight install before.

Do y'all think I should buy a drifting/ installation tool or would you take it to a gunsmith? I really want to avoid the hammer/ punch route.

Also wondering if anyone actually has a drifting tool that they would loan out?

Thanks for your help.

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Hey Stu,

Just had my Springfield Armory XD broken down to have it Ceracoated in FDE to match my AR. The gunsmith who did it had to remove the original sites (they get dinged up when removing). So I ordered some new Trijicon sites with Tritium that sound about the same as yours.

I looked into the tools to install the sites correctly. But since this isn't something that I'll be doing often (maybe never again) it turned out to be cost effective to let the smith do the install. He did a great job and the thing shoots right on the money at 25 yards.

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I agree with TEXASKEV, if you do not have the tools on hand and do not plan on doing this often, have someone install them for you. In my experience, most shops that sell the sights will install them for free or for a minimal cost.

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Thank you guys. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

I think I may go ahead and pay to have it done. I really don't want to destroy the original sights and I definitely don't want to wind up marring the finish or worse... tweaking the slide.

I really like the drifting tool that I've seen but I hate paying upwards of $50 for something that I'm only going to use once.

I'll start checking around to see what a gunsmith will charge since she bought the sights online.

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I concur. If you wont use the sight pusher often then it is a waste. Around here, in AZ, sight install costs anywhere from $15 to $30.

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usually a smith will install them for 30 bucks or so. to me it's worth it.

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