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Is there a special sight pusher tool to adjust the dovetail sights? I've been using a punch and hammer and am concered about buggering them up with repeated adjustment.



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You can get a universal sight pusher from Brownells but they are fairly pricey for the occasional adjustment. Most people can get away with the brass rod/punch.

I would just make sure that the front sight is centered in the dovetail and only make adjustments with the rear, if you sights are so far off you need to adjust both something is wrong either with the gun or the shooter.



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Thanks Dan,



I changed the front to a fiber optic. I did the trigger job which requires removing the rear sight to get to the drop safety. i've been doing slight adjustments, testing then doing more. Rear sight has had to come on and off more than a few times because of this.
 

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Dan Burwell said:
I would just make sure that the front sight is centered in the dovetail and only make adjustments with the rear,



Dan




My front sight is clearly not centered in the slide. It is off to the right and it shoots right. I tried a plastic punch and it didn't move. Can you give me some idea(s) on what to do?





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Dan Burwell said:
My front sight is clearly not centered in the slide. It is off to the right and it shoots right. I tried a plastic punch and it didn't move. Can you give me some idea(s) on what to do?





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TS


Try a brass punch and a little more hammer, it will move.
 

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TS,

Are you sure your sight is to the right?

Usually you need to move the front sight opposite direction you need the group to move and the rear the same direction you need to group to move.



To move the front sight you need a good sturdy vise, a brass rod (nylon will not work), and a good sized hammer. I would just take it the whole way out clean out the dovetail (degrease) and use some red locktitie before reinstalling the sight to the center of the slide. I have yet to see a M&P that didn't hit center with both the front and the rear centered in the slide.



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Dan Burwell said:
TS,

Are you sure your sight is to the right?

Usually you need to move the front sight opposite direction you need the group to move and the rear the same direction you need to group to move.
That's what I mean. The rear sight is centered in relation to the centerline of the slide. The front sight is to the right in relation to the slide and the pistol is shooting to the right, so to move the point of impact I need to move the front sight to the right to move the point of impact to Like windage for an AK. I think. I'm dead tired now.



To move the front sight you need a good sturdy vise, a brass rod (nylon will not work), and a good sized hammer. I would just take it the whole way out clean out the dovetail (degrease) and use some red locktitie before reinstalling the sight to the center of the slide. I have yet to see a M&P that didn't hit center with both the front and the rear centered in the slide.



Dan


It's my luck. I have the worst luck in the world, especially in regard to guns. I know I can fix the front sight but I didn't want to put in a vise and hit it with a brass punch, but I will. Other than that to me the M&P is the polymer frame pistol for me.



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My M&P 9 had the front sight off to the right also, drove me nuts! It shot WAY left! I used my Sig sight pusher (classic series) to center it. I tried to beat it, but it was TIGHT! To use the pusher I had to remove the pieces that the slide rides on. (thumb knob, etc.) It was too thick for the grooves on the M&P slide. The rear if the M&P wouldn't fit, but the front fit snug. I placed the pusher on the counter, placed the slide in it, and while applying downward pressure on the slide I worked the pusher. Took about a turn to center it. Hopefully it will shoot straight now...
 

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MY M&P 9mm also had the front sight off to the right and I was shooting way left. I didn't notice the problem until I cleaned it for the first time. I think S&W needs to get the guy who installs the sights some eye-glasses, and Quality Control (?) needs to start paying attention to their products.
 

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Agreed. At first when I tried to use the pusher, it was really tough. Thought I was gonna break it by pushing it further in. (been there done that on Sigs...) I actually removed the sight and looked at it. To the naked eye it seemed really thick. I didn't want to damage the dovetails, so I ran it across a file a few times before I put it bact in. It centered much easier then. (done this for many night sights, none have ever come loose...) I think Smith may have over compensated for the first batch of sights that were comming loose...
 

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HHMMMM !!!!!



Read this post and looked at my new (got it 4 days ago) 9C and the front sight is well off to the right. Apparently they still haven't bought those glasses for the "dipstick".



Haven't shot it yet but it looks like I'll be taking a brass punch and a hammer with me this Saturday.



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My full size M&P front sight was slightly off center to the right causing my point of impact to be left. I corrected that with the drift and hammer technique described in many threads on this forum. My compact front sight came from the factory slightly off to the left. Curiously, at a local gun show at Bill's Guns and Shooting range in the Twin Cities last weekend, I stopped at the S&W booth and mentioned this to one of the reps. He picked up one of the M & P's on display and sure enough, the front sight was off center.



Not complaining because I like my M&P's. Just makes you wonder...
 
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