Staking front sight on 1903 Hammerless - How I did it
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    Staking front sight on 1903 Hammerless - How I did it

    I recently staked a front sight onto my 1908 Colt .380 Hammerless. How I did it.

    I have a Strobel Front Sight Installation and Removal Tool 1911:
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1007347327?pid=172968

    I also have the Strobel Plunger Tube Staking Tool 1911:
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1007347274?pid=137021

    The 1911 Strobel sight tool is too big to use on the 1903, but I noticed that the 1911 Plunger Tube Staking Tool was similar to it and smaller. The bottom arm of the plunger tube tool was too wide to fit in the 1903 and was offset to one side. I ground down the side of plunger tube tool on my bench grinder (easy to do) so that it easily fit into the front end of my 1903 slide and centered the hardened tip with the sight tenon. I also used my Dremel tool to slightly widen the tenon sight hole inside the slide with a small ball cutter. I used the bar from the front sight tool to hold the sight in place with masking tape, and the staking was easy to do just like using the Front Sight Staking Tool. It crimps the hardened tip into the base of the tenon while simultaneously holding down the front sight with just a little twist on the bolt with w socket wrench. I then filed down some displaced metal with a needle file. I took it to the range and fired 50 rounds and the sight is as tight as can be.
    Last edited by chuck17; 11-06-2019 at 06:51 PM.
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    Some pictures.

    1911 Strobel Sight Tool next to Plunger Staking Tool:


    After grinding the Plunger staking tool to fit 1903 pistol:1 strobel tools.jpg
    2 after grinding to fit.jpg
    Plunger tool on slide to stake sight on 1903:
    The sight firmly staked and displaced metal filed off:3 mockup.jpg
    4 sight.jpg
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    Nice work around tool.
    Often when you can't find a "correct" tool you can improvise.
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