DIY Glock Sight Installation with Minimal Tools

XS Sights D.I.Y. Glock Sight Installation with Minimal Tools

Glock sights are among the easiest pistol sights to install and are one of the first upgrades folks make to their pistols. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need an expensive sight pusher tool or gunsmithing tools to install your own set of sights. Some specialty tools are nice to have if you plan to install sights regularly, but for this blog, we are focusing on the bare bone essentials.

We are going to walk you through two methods, first a benchtop vice install, and then our budget method without a vice. When totaling up the price of each method you’ll notice we didn't include the cost of some basic items that you most likely already have at home. Anything with an * isn't included in the cost. 

Like any D.I.Y. project, the trick is to go slow and pay attention to detail. You can always remove more material, but you can't add it back! Use moderate hammer strikes, be careful not to hit your slide or fingers. If you hit a snag, call us for help! And finally, remember you can never use too much Loctite!

Tools Included with Purchase of XS Sights:

  1. Glock front sight installation tool
  2. Loctite
  3. Allen Wrench (if applicable) 

Benchtop Method Installation

Required Tools – Benchtop Install Method with Basic Gunsmith Kit:
Estimated Cost: $40 to $60

— We went as cheap as possible you can see the exact tool list below.
— We purchased a gunsmith punch kit for the benchtop installation, as the punches are very convenient to have on hand. You can get away with a standard hammer and nylon spacer as seen in our budget install video.
— We didn't include the vice cost because to use a vice, you need a workbench. The cost adds up quickly.

Our bench mount video featured DXT2 Big Dot Night Sights. Our express sights for Glock pistols are designed for slip fit installation. The two set screws will hold the sight in place, while the Loctite cures to keep the sight in place permanently. The trick to installing a set of sights that will go 10,000+ rounds is to properly degrease the parts, use plenty of Loctite, and let them cure overnight before cleaning or oiling the gun.

Budget Method Installation
Our goal with the budget install method was to use as many everyday items as possible to reduce the need to buy a ton of one-time use specialty items.

Required Tools - Budget Method
Estimated Cost: $25 to $30

Our RAM sights were installed with the file to fit the method. This is our preferred method because for an experienced person, it is usually just as fast as using a pusher tool. Our biggest tip for this type of installation, especially with minimal tools, is to file material off slowly and make light, precise hammer strikes. RAM Night Sights are our most difficult set of sights to install. The dovetail is slightly over-sized for sight pusher tools, we chose to install this set using the budget method to show just how easy installing your own sights can really be. All it requires is time, patience, and a few hand tools! 


One of the most common questions our tech line receives is: How do you know if the sight is perfectly centered on the slide? There are three easy ways to ensure the sight is centered correctly. 

  1. Eyeball it 
  2. Mark the center of the slide and sight with a pencil 
  3. Use calipers to ensure the empty dovetail space is even on both sides of the sight 

To ensure proper centering on the slide, we recommend placing the slide on a table with the sight installed and take a few steps away from the table. After taking a step back it is easy to see if the sight is massively off-center. Think about hanging a picture frame on a wall; from a few feet away, it is reasonably easy to tell if the frame is level or not, but not so easy to see if you are standing directly under the frame.

We at XS, are shooters and tinkerers. We encourage everyone to try installing their sights if they have basic tool handling experience. It is a good skill to have and helps shooters learn more about their pistols. Our 10-Year No-Questions-Asked warranty policy backs all XS night sights. If you break the sight during the install, we will replace it. If you get stuck, call us and we will happily walk you through it.

For more information about installs or our sights, visit or call 888-744-4880 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and helpful customer service technicians today!

About the Author:
XS Sights is known for making the fastest sights in any light. For more than 20 years, the XS team has created some of the most innovative sights on the market today for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Whether used for personal defense or hunting, these sights are designed and built to be the absolute best for their specific purpose. American Made. Texas Proud. 2A Strong.


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