View Full Version : How do you remove M1 Carbine rear sight?

Fudgie Ghost
May 26, 2001, 03:59 PM
Got a scope mount for my M1 (IAI), but it requies removal of rear sight. Is there anything holding it in dovetail, or just friction, and I can tap it out? Would it be epoxyed in?

May 26, 2001, 05:45 PM
GI carbine sights are press fit AND staked in place. Be VERY careful in driving it out as the receiver CAN be broken by too much force. The military used a screw jack-like device to press it out.

To remove: brace the receiver against a solid surface, and use a brass or nylon drift against the bottom side of the sights dovetail. Drive it out LEFT to right, by TAPPING the base not hammering it like a nail. BE CAREFUL.

Fudgie Ghost
May 26, 2001, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the help. Sounds like it will require a delicate touch.

May 27, 2001, 12:20 AM
Don't want to make it sound worse than it is, it's just I've had a couple of these come in with broken receivers in the sight area.
"I just tried to take the sight off so I could mount a scope, can you weld it back on?"
"What did you use?"
"A claw hammer and a nice steel punch". "My buddy held it while I wacked it, and this cheap gun just broke."