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Old March 1, 2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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How do you stake a rear sight?

My M1 Carbine rear sight has become very loose. I took it off and see that it was originally staked to the receiver. What tool do you use and how does one go about re-staking the sight? I don't want to screw it up yet I don't want to take it to anyone.

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Old March 1, 2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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Old March 1, 2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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Good point. I guess the word is "staked".
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Old March 1, 2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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The windage adjustable sights were staked.* Re-staking only requires a center punch; set it on the receiver next to the sight slot and whack it, putting a little dent in the metal that will hold the sight in place and keep it from moving sideways.

*FWIW, the original flip sights were just driven into the slot but not staked. So that is a way to tell if a carbine has been "restored" by removing the later signt and installing a (real or repro) flip sight to make it "original".. If there are stake marks, the gun had had a windage adjustable sight installed.

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Old March 2, 2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Thanks James, I was hoping that it was as simple as that. Google let me to a variety of devices and I was not sure about it. I'll give it a try. It is a WWII Winchester that has a windage sight that has two stake marks, perhaps from CMP or an armorer somewhere.
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