— 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.
Wheeler Engineering Gunsmith Punch Set ($30 - Amazon)
Flat 6" File ($8 - Home Depot)
Nylon Vice Jaws ($12 - Amazon)
Pliers* — This tool is only needed if the front sight is pinned or if you are removing old night sights that have already been installed with Loctite.
Q-tips or Paper Towel*
70% Isopropyl Alcohol* — Any alcohol solution will work (gun scrubber and brake cleaner are common options)
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.
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!
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