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#642942 02/22/24 01:30 PM
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I need to remove the front sight from my Henry SXS. There is a notch across the base in front if the blade which I assume is for tapping out the sight but I tried a couple times and it won't budge. I haven't hit hard as I don't want to mess something g up and don't really have anything other than a small screwdriver to engage the notch. Hopefully it is not soldered in place. Any suggestions how to engage the notch to drive the sight out?.

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It would be helpful if you post a photo. A general protocol is dovetailed items enter from right to left and are removed from left to right. This is not a law, so check first, if you can. Also check for a screw, pin, or spring loaded plunger.
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If your front site dovetail is in line with the bores, then it is a friction fit. Some have a screw on the end of the muzzle to keep the front site from coming out upon recoil.

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Originally Posted by Der Ami
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It would be helpful if you post a photo.
Mike
Sorry, I assumed that all double rifles from this era would be similar. This is what I am working with. There is a cross-notch just in front of the blade that assume it for driving the sight out.
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If you apply pressure to the small piece behind the "cross notch" and if it moves, as if under spring pressure, it may be a device to keep the front sight in place. In either case, you remove the sight by driving it toward the muzzle with a non marring punch in the "cross notch". If piece behind the sight does move, hold it down while driving the sight out (at least until it starts moving). Good luck.
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That one will drive straight forward towards the muzzle. You may drip a little penetrating oil on it for a day or two first.
I filed up quite a few of those caterpillar front sights in my time at the bench.
Absolutely cannot stand those commercially available ones. They simply do not look correct on a fine antique rifle.

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