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Old 04-21-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
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How To Replace SigLite Night Sites On A P290

My P290 has inop sites. Since it's new, Sig has sent a replacement set. I was advised to use a vice grip and wooden mallet to remove and replace the sites. I don't have access to either and would like to ask for advice regarding other options. I appreciate your help.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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What you really need is a sight pusher tool made for removing and installing sights, or to find a local gunsmith or buddy that does.

If this is not an option, then this will work, but be slow and careful or you will damage the finish on your slide/sights/or both.

Lock the slide into a vise after wrapping both sides of the slide in a towel (leave the top of the slide exposed/unwrapped by towel) Then take a small piece of towel, 1in. sq, and lay it against the sight so that it covers the side of the sight and the edge of the slide. Then using a punch and hammer, slowly tap the sight off the slide. Go one tap at the time, checking the towel each time. The punch can punch through the towel. The towel is there to keep from marring up the slide, and the new sights.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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I just replaced the front sight on my wifes p290. I took it to a local gunsmith and he charged $15. I thought the price was rather high for 2min worth of work.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Since I don't have previous experience, I'll take it to a local gunsmith. I met a couple at a local gun show today and one quote was $20 for the rear and front sights. I agree that it's expensive and I figure it probably takes a couple of minutes for each swapout.
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From my experience, if you don't have a sight tool, IMHO $20 for installation is money well spent.
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A sight pusher is the way to go. I had a so called gunsmith at a semi local shop/gun range install my night sights that used the hammer and punch method and he ended up marring the slide right at the dovetail with his punch. But that is a different story. Make sure the smith has a sight pusher and if he doesn't have one find another smith who has one. You will be much happier with the outcome.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Since I don't have previous experience, I'll take it to a local gunsmith. I met a couple at a local gun show today and one quote was $20 for the rear and front sights. I agree that it's expensive and I figure it probably takes a couple of minutes for each swapout.
$20 is a fair price.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Since I don't have previous experience, I'll take it to a local gunsmith. I met a couple at a local gun show today and one quote was $20 for the rear and front sights. I agree that it's expensive and I figure it probably takes a couple of minutes for each swapout.


I would think that there is more than just "a couple minutes" involved in performing this task, especially to my satisfaction. Watch some of the pros on "You Tube" doing it and that becomes apparent. Then there is also the matter of having the right tools (which I don't) and, most importantly, the knowledge (which I don't) necessary to do the job well.
A $20 investment to have a $100 sight set installed on my $850 pistol is both fair and reasonable IMHO.
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I would think that there is more than just "a couple minutes" involved in performing this task, especially to my satisfaction. Watch some of the pros on "You Tube" doing it and that becomes apparent. Then there is also the matter of having the right tools (which I don't) and, most importantly, the knowledge (which I don't) necessary to do the job well.
A $20 investment to have a $100 sight set installed on my $850 pistol is both fair and reasonable IMHO.
I only had the front sight replaced on mine for $15 which I thought was over priced.
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$15 is a bargain to have something professionally installed with no damage.



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If you think $20 is too much to pay why don't you buy a tool and do it yourself. After you do a few you too can start charging for your service.... how much do you think its worth?

I don't see how anyone can whine about $15 or $20 to change sights. Yes it only takes a couple of minutes but if there is ANYTHING that goes wrong, like scratching the slide, bending the sight blade, not centering it perfectly etc, etc then the owner is going to be expecting it made right, which you can bet is gonna cost the installer money and time.

Besides, like a lot of things these days, it's not what its worth it what it costs.... been to a Dr.'s office or Car repair shop lately?

OK,rant off.

So, if you do it yourself and use a punch, use a brass one with a clean tip (no burrs). don't use a towel, use thin wood or leather vice jaw protectors. Put some tape on the sides of the slide and also in the dovetail. Use some Kroil penetrating oil the day before. Tap on the base not the blade.

My front sight went dead too and Sig is shipping me a new one so I will be doing this also in a couple of days. I'm thinking of putting TFO on the front instead- anyone do this yet?

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Good learning experience regarding the additional comments. Taking into consideration what can go wrong, I will gladly pay $20 for an expert to perform the job.
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I personally wouldn't take a hammer and punch to one of my pistols....again. I changed out the sights on my Glock 20 this way, but it was nerve wracking, and I'm surprised I didn't bust the Tritium vials in the rear sight. Twenty somolians will seem cheap when you bung up your slide or break the vials in the night sights.


....hey, it was only a Glock!

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Yes you are correct, these days the best way is to use a sight pusher. Using a hammer & punch is the old fashioned way which if someone tries to do it themselves, and is cheap enough not to pay $20 to have it done they probably, are not go buy an expensive pusher tool. Then you need to make sure the pusher you buy will fit the gun your trying to fix. Seems like there are a lot of choices out there and some of them can bung up your slide/sites just a easy as a hammer.

BTW, does anyone know... on the P290...
1. is the dovetail one-way? Do ther sights have to go in/out from one specific side and which side is that (or does it not matter).
2. Does Sig use any bonding agent (locktite etc) under the sights that has to be heated or otherwise delt with?

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Yes you are correct, these days the best way is to use a sight pusher. Using a hammer & punch is the old fashioned way which if someone tries to do it themselves, and is cheap enough not to pay $20 to have it done they probably, are not go buy an expensive pusher tool. Then you need to make sure the pusher you buy will fit the gun your trying to fix. Seems like there are a lot of choices out there and some of them can bung up your slide/sites just a easy as a hammer.

BTW, does anyone know... on the P290...
1. is the dovetail one-way? Do ther sights have to go in/out from one specific side and which side is that (or does it not matter).
2. Does Sig use any bonding agent (locktite etc) under the sights that has to be heated or otherwise delt with?

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Found this info on the SIG site under oprating instructions for the "universal sight pusher" which does NOT include the P290 in the list of models this tool handles (so it not quite UNIVERSAL).
TheSIGARMSTM SightAdjustmentToolisusedtoadjust,removeandinstall front and rear sights on SIG SauerTM Pistols. There are two variants - one for Classic Pistols (P220, P225, P226, P228, P229, P239, P245) and one for sigproTM Pistols (SP2340, SP2009). This card includes separate instructions for front & rear sights, as well as general information to assist you in sighting your pistol.
UNLOAD THE PISTOL BEFORE STARTING! General Information
1. You can adjust the position of the T-Handle by loosening the T-Handle Adjustment Hex Screw (use a 1/8 hex key) - do not overtighten. 2. Sights may be removed from either side of the slide. Sights should ALWAYS be installed from the left side of the slide, as viewed by the shooter when firing.

I would think it likely that this direction would apply to other models.
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