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Old 09-13-2011, 08:11 PM
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Default M&P Pistol sight removal

I recently bought a set of aftermarket sights, front and rear for my M&P 45. I've done a number of Glock installs over the years using the Glock sight tool and never had a problem. I do not presently have a sight tool for the M&P. I tried to remove the rear sight with a drift after unscrewing the set screw, but the thing would not budge. I just had the slide clamped between two pieces of pine in a bench vice, and because of that I decided not to beat on it further.

Can anyone familar with changing sights on the M&Ps tell me if a sight tool would be my better option, or should I just take it to a gunsmith and have it done? That rear sight seems to be set pretty tight.
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:23 PM
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The M&P sights are in a tapered dovetail and are usually tight. Looking from the rear, drift to the right (ejection port side). I have had them so tight I was afraid to hit them any harder. A sight pusher finally moved them, but I think it was close to breaking the pusher. I think Apex makes a custom drift for the rear, you could check with them.
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The local armorer has a $600 sight tool that does the job.
I wouldn't try to drive out the sights on several of the current guns, like M&P and Kimber. They are usually t-i-g-h-t!
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Thank you. I ended up dropping it off at a gunsmith this morning. I hope its an easy job for him.
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The MGW sight tool is one of the best for the M&P, we rent these for $25 if you want to do it yourself, speedshooterspecialties.com. The only drawback is they won't work on the front sight of the 5" M&P's.
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Will the MGW work on a regular M&P front sight? I should just break down and acquire one.

I broke down and took my pistol to a gun smith earlier this week. Got it back, but the install was $65. I had a set of 10-8 Performance with a fiber optic front installed. Theirs looked pretty rugged. I think I like it so far. Really draws my almost 50-year old eyes to the front sight. I'll know how they shoot next week.
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