Any gunsmiths that can repair a J Frame sight?

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Soooo...had a little accident this weekend. I went to re-holster my 642 and missed the holster and it hit the floor. Now I have a good size gouge in my front sight. I could call S&W to deal with this, but figured there may be someone in the area who can repair it. Then I came across this Midway video on YouTube. This wouldn't be a bad option - but I wouldn't attempt it myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RZvGFHZxeE


Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!
 
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Agreed, but that won't fix the gouge. If it's filed down enough for the insert, that will get rid of the gouge.
 
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So your carry gun lost its virginity… I suppose new scratches will hurt a lot less after this.

You could drop it in the driveway and kick it through the gravel just to get it over with.
 

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Soooo...had a little accident this weekend. I went to re-holster my 642 and missed the holster and it hit the floor. Now I have a good size gouge in my front sight. I could call S&W to deal with this, but figured there may be someone in the area who can repair it. Then I came across this Midway video on YouTube. This wouldn't be a bad option - but I wouldn't attempt it myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RZvGFHZxeE


Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!

Over the years, I have done a lot of sight inserts. I did one on a J frame and it was the most difficult I ever did. The blade is too narrow and you have to drill 2 indents into the dove tail after it is cut to hold the sight. even then, it lasted a year before I had to re do it.
 

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Its a 642. Its not a safe queen. Unless the sight fell off/broke I'm having a hard time seeing what needs to be fixed.
 
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Its a 642. Its not a safe queen. Unless the sight fell off/broke I'm having a hard time seeing what needs to be fixed.

Ha, I know - I know! Damn thing was practically brand new. I'm sure it's going to get more banged up over the years.
 

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Its a 642. Its not a safe queen. Unless the sight fell off/broke I'm having a hard time seeing what needs to be fixed.

you mean the "front sight" [laugh]


In all seriousness, I'm with Mike on this one. J-Frames are not target guns. They're belly guns. Sand down any sharp edges, and if its a carbon steel gun, make sure there's either bluing or paint on any newly bare metal.
 
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Over the years, I have done a lot of sight inserts. I did one on a J frame and it was the most difficult I ever did. The blade is too narrow and you have to drill 2 indents into the dove tail after it is cut to hold the sight. even then, it lasted a year before I had to re do it.

That's what I figured! I'm going sand down the sharp edges and then uses some redish paint.

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you mean the "front sight" [laugh]


In all seriousness, I'm with Mike on this one. J-Frames are not target guns. They're belly guns. Sand down any sharp edges, and if its a carbon steel gun, make sure there's either bluing or paint on any newly bare metal.

Roger that! Yeah, this is my dime a dozen 642. I'm just going sand down the sharp edges.
 
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