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How to Remove an AR Front Sight

How to Remove an AR Front Sight

Sometimes an armorer may find it necessary to remove the front sight housing on an AR-15/M16 type rifle. Standard front sights are pinned to the barrel. Manufacturers such as Rock River and DPMS use straight pins, while others like Colt and Bushmaster employ tapered pins.

Moving these pins requires a strike from a hammer and punch, and the front sight must be solidly supported to prevent it from walking around on the bench. If the sight is allowed to move, you may end up with unprofessional looking dings in the steel around the pins where the punch slipped.

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