I wanted to see if anyone out there could help with changing sights on a Kimber. I have night sights on a Custom II and standard sights on a Pro Carry II. The back sight does appear to a problem remove the screw and it should come out but how do I go about changing the front sight?
Any help would be appreciated.
The front site is in a dovetail mount on that model is it not? if s there's a set screw to remove then you need to push it out while not tearing up the site..You might want it later. They sell site tools for a dovetail mount but I just usually use a small hammer and piece of wood and tap them out.
Kimber front sights are very, very tightly fitted, if your changing out a tritium front, you really should use a sight pusher as to not break the vial by pounding on it with anything.
Total time for a sight change is about half an hour if the the guy has the right tools.
Most of the time is making sure that they are centered correctly and you want the guy to take his time with that as you don't want to come back and have the front sight adjusted again and again if he misaligned the sight the first time.
You should be able to do the rear your self as those aren't that much of a PITA, but the front is always a bear, even with a sight pusher, you can buy your own sight pusher, but that would be more than what the guy at Gander is going to charge for the service, it's up to you but if you plan on doing this again I'd buy the tool and it myself to save me the travel time, wait time, and gunsmith fees.
I called the gunsmith at Gander and he told me $35-$60 for the set. For that I wouldn't mess with it. Only problem is the lead time is 3-4 weeks.
3-4 Weeks? They must be backed up something fierce...
The last time I had sights changed, I had a guy at a gun shop/range do them. Are there any shops/ranges in your area that might have a sight pusher and the willingness to change sights?
If I hadn't already bought a set of Trijion sights off ebay it would be a no brainer to just send my slide to Kimber. I guess I could still do that and then I can either just re-sale the Trijion's or put them on my other Kimber.
I found another local gunsmith that will install the sights for $20-$25. Two weeks lead time.
The local guy never panned out. I had sent out a couple of emails and got a response back for Franklin Gun Shop in Franklin, TN (just outside of Nashville) thats about 70 miles from my house. In the email they said it would take about a week, so I drove up Satuday and had planned on going back next Saturday to pick it up. When I arrived they weren't that busy and after talking to the gunsmith he said "just do some shopping and I'll throw them on". 20 minutes and $50, I was out the door.
About any handgun you would want to fondle, they've got it. Everything from the smallest .22 to a .50 Desert Eagle. One case for just Sigs, one for HK's and the list goes on. One case just for 1911's, lots of Kimbers, Springfields, Para's even had 4 different Wilson Combats in stock.
If you do not have the proper "sight pushing tools" to remove or install, contact "novaks guns" on the internet & let them take care of the chore for you. Guarantee you will be happy with the results.