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    Front Iron Sight Removal

    Extracted from the tacked thread above to make it's own thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by hueywrench View Post
    New to this site, so forgive for an ignorant question, but i'm a machinist and am helping a friend take his Olympic Arms AR-15 aftermarket fore-end hand grip/ tac rail ass'y off. It is one piece and requires removal of the front sight and barrel. I have a heavyduty barrel nut wrench, but want an opinion of what i need to take the rest of it off. I'm getting a tech manual, but the gas tube concerns me. i am going to get a front sight block for guiding me on drifting out the pins on the sight, but i want a little more knowledge on helpful details/hints. Also any comments on a good hidden float tube for my Bushmaster that will fit under or comes with original looking A2 style handguards. Both guns have removeable flash suppressors, btw.


    Get the orange brownells front sight base block.
    Then get a good 1/4" to 5/16" punch with a good hardened face.
    This will pop taper pins loose.
    Then you drive them out with a 1/8" or 3/32" punch.

    Olympic MAY have straight pins which can be driven from either side.
    Measure the diameter of the pin on each end to be sure you are hitting the small end of a tapered pin if that's what you find.

    Use a manly hammer.
    Get on them hard and fast.
    You want to pop them loose right away.
    If you keep tapping on them, you can sometimes peen the head of the pin and really cause yourself problems.

    Get on them hard and fast with an appropriate weight hammer.

    If all else fails, I have this:



    That will remove ANY pin, even ones that have been peened over by previous failed attempts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shihan View Post
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    Agreed! Thanks for sharing your expertise, Randall. Now I need to locate my BFH...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canonshooter View Post
    Agreed! Thanks for sharing your expertise, Randall. Now I need to locate my BFH...
    BFH? Did you lose your best friends ho?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shihan View Post
    BFH? Did you lose your best friends ho?
    No, gave up lookin' for her long ago. It's my Big Freakin' Hammer that's gone missing now...

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    Randall, that front sight block from Brownells is the bomb! It certainly makes removing those stubborn front sight taper pins so much easier. Could you tell me though what manufacture installs their taper pins opposite of the Colts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K9-Bob View Post
    Randall, that front sight block from Brownells is the bomb! It certainly makes removing those stubborn front sight taper pins so much easier. Could you tell me though what manufacture installs their taper pins opposite of the Colts?
    Stag installs them backwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AR15barrels View Post
    Extracted from the tacked thread above to make it's own thread:





    Get the orange brownells front sight base block.
    Then get a good 1/4" to 5/16" punch with a good hardened face.
    This will pop taper pins loose.
    Then you drive them out with a 1/8" or 3/32" punch.

    Olympic MAY have straight pins which can be driven from either side.
    Measure the diameter of the pin on each end to be sure you are hitting the small end of a tapered pin if that's what you find.

    Use a manly hammer.
    Get on them hard and fast.
    You want to pop them loose right away.
    If you keep tapping on them, you can sometimes peen the head of the pin and really cause yourself problems.

    Get on them hard and fast with an appropriate weight hammer.

    If all else fails, I have this:



    That will remove ANY pin, even ones that have been peened over by previous failed attempts.
    Sorry for the necro-post.


    What kind of tool is that at the bottom and where can I get one?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmuther View Post
    Sorry for the necro-post.


    What kind of tool is that at the bottom and where can I get one?

    Thanks.
    That looks like a fixture he made using a milling vice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epete View Post
    That looks like a fixture he made using a milling vice.
    Correct.

    Anyone with a milling vise and a lathe could make what I use.
    Randall Rausch
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    When re-installing the front sight base, will you typically need new taper pins, or will the existing pins survive extraction well enough to be reused?

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    Same pins should be reused.

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