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Old 11-26-2006, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default How to remove rear sight leaf and spring?

What is the correct technique for removing an AK rear sight leaf and spring from the sight block? I'm probably missing the obvious, but can't figure out how its done. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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I'm not sure there is a correct way, but i remove rear sight with a 4 to 6 in. seat clamp and a 1/2 in. long 5/16 flat headed bolt. Flip sight foward, place bolt on upper part of spring, screw down the clamp with bolt in place. This takes the tension off of sight, pull back on sight to remove. The spring has a small dent at center rear edge, use a center punch and drive foward. Remove spring. Reverse to reinstall. Be sure to protect rifle with a shop towel. Paul
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:52 PM   #3
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I just lift the sight till its about 45 degrees then with a flat head screw driver press the little bit of spring that is showing in front of it down till I can just pull the sight out. The sight removes easiest at about a 45 degree angle. Takes some force.
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
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I use a small 2" C clamp. I ground the head of the pusher bolt to a point. Insert the bottom of the clamp into the front of the site block where the gas tube fits. Screw the pusher bolt down so the point fits into the gap between the site leaf and the front of the mount. As you screw the bolt in, it pushes the site leaf down and back. Eventually, it comes loose.
I am planning on machining a tip for the C clamp to keep it from dinging the finish
Installation is harder. I clamp the site block in a padded vise and wrap a rag around the site leaf to cushion it against my hand. (Too many sharp edges!) Oil the slots and spring top in the site block. Line the site leaf up in place, take a deep breath and PUSH in and down. Make sure it's lined up properly before you push so you don't slip off and tear up your hand. Also, make sure the spring is in place before you install the site leaf!
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:14 AM   #5
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I lift the sight and put a small drill bit backwards in a drill press and use it to press the front of the spring(in front of the sight) so I can work the sight out of the sight block.
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Ive also done the drill bit backwards in the press. I can usually do it by hand with a screw driver but sometimes I need alittle assistance.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:32 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. The great thing about this web site is that a lot of knowledgeable people are more than willing to share their knowledge with others. I really appreciate your responses. Thanks again.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:11 PM   #8
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Allesennogwat, Thanks for the quick tip using the drill press and reversed drill bit. It worked out great. Got tired of fighting with the screw driver method/not that it doesn't work, (the trick is 45* angle on sight leaf while pressing tip of spring) cause it does by all means, but, since I am not as strong as I used to be, like in my prime, I look for the easiest of ways to do these tasks at hand. Creator0203 is probably one of them guys that can bench press 350 for warm ups. lol's T.C. Ken
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:02 AM   #9
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LOL not quite.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:02 AM   #10
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Hey Creator0203, you are probably the only guy on your block with one arm bigger than the other, cause of all that pressing of the ram arm that you do all night(that didn't sound right,did it?) just cranking receiver after receiver out. No wonder when you go over and open one of your basement closet doors up you get mugged by a 1000 Tapco receivers (the Romies are waiting) falling straight at ya. LMAO..... *Keep up the most excellent work, bud.......Ken from Pa.and having some fun tonight. ( your #1 PA.screw builder that's ready to come out of the closet with my bolt-cutter riveter and rear trunnion jig) LOLS
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:36 AM   #11
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Haha! Sounds good AKBuilder, get those rivet tools warmed up.
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