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Removing Sights

PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:01 am
by jackoctober
I know this has been mentioned a few times on the forum; the sights on the Jericho are apparently a horrifying endeavor to work on, but I basically have no choice but to do the work myself and I'm needing to refinish the gun here in a couple of weeks (or wait until summer, who knows yet) and I really don't want to just start hitting the gun with a hammer. Upon close inspection my blades actually have tap marks where you can tell someone has chipped them and painted over them...and that just isn't acceptable for me unless its absolutely impossible to avoid. So! If anyone has any great tips/tricks for doing this post it up so everyone knows.

Cause knowledge is power.
The more you know (the more smug you can sound to your friends).

Re: Removing Sights

PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:37 am
by PapaCap
Better late than never?

I just replaced the sights on my full size steel 9mm. I own a B&J Machine P500 sight press tool but could not use it on the Jericho. The sights were too damn tight. This thing works great...but not on the Jericho.
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I have a large vice on my workbench and have sheet metal covers for the jaws so the clamping is smooth and not "toothy". I then place a bit of cardboard between the sheetmetal and the slide. The Jericho sights appear to be installed with a powerful press. I used a brass punch and hammer to remove the original sights and it was not easy. I put the safety/decocker in the down position so the slide could be further placed into the jaws of the vice. Being careful, I probably hit the punch 25 times to remove the rear slide and slightly less for the front. My only concern was damaging the slide as I removed the sights. Once out I installed the new Trijicon Bright and Tough Night Sights I got from Optics Planet via Ebay for $110 with free shipping.
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I had to use the brass punch and hammer to install them as well. On a 1-10 scale with 10 being the toughest gun job I'd say this is a 3 or 4 mainly because you are swinging a hammer at your "baby".