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    Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    The front patridge sight has some dings in it on the front of the blade. I want to clean it up with a mill and maybe add a slight back cut on the front. I removed the pin, but the sight won't move. It is tight. What is the best way to get this sight out. It likely has deposits from the factory bluing in the slot causing this. I guess I could use a file if I have to, to clean up the blade without removing it.

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    Re: Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    I finally got it out without maring anything, wow, what a battle! Cleaned up the blade with my mill, reblued and reinstalled. Looks perfect.

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    Re: Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    I use a plastic mallet so it moves, then a screwdriver to pry it out. A vise grip locking plyiers would work also, just make sure they are smooth, so they don't marr up the sight.
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    Re: Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    That's exactly what I wound up doing. Tapping it rearward with a plastic mallet from the front, until it cams itself up enough to pry it out. Thank you for your response!

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    Re: Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    I attempted to remove the front sight from a Model 17-3 that had rust seeping out of the recessed area where it is "keyed" to the barrel rib. The pin was removed but I never got the sight out. I feared I'd do more damage than the rust removal was worth. Are these front sights from this era ever silver soldered in place as well as being pinned (the pin was polished flat to the sides of the barrel rib before being blued) ?

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    Re: Removing pinned fromt sight from S&W revolver

    Should be just pinned. Maybe a little rusted in place or very tight fitting, but with extra care it can be removed.
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