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The front sight on my 44 S&W model 629 (ported barrel) is too sharp in the blade shape that it gets hung up trying to pull it out of a holster. Should I take it to a gunsmith to have it replaced with an angled/colored front sight? Or it is designed specifically for that gun and cannot be changed?
 

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aj, yes the 629 sights are interchangable, my 44 629 hung up the same way yours does. there is a simple roll pin in the sight base. mine required a little fitting. which the dealer / smith scarred up. i need to find a local smith who knows what is going on! oh, and i touched up the sight myself.
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Halfbreed, you just addressed my fear. Taking it to an unknown gunsmith and having him put it in a vise and smack the **** out of the barrel to remove the front sight pin. I wonder if I could take a fine oil stone and bevel the sharp corner of the sight that gets hung up? I'll wait for more suggestions. Thanks
 

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aj, the front sight is easy enough to remove with the correct punch. as you can see it is very small. it does not need to be put in a vise, and a very light few taps will remove it.
i think any body who could remove the sight could easily grind the front of the sight down to a 30-45 %slant then lightly file down the burr.
i bought my 629 new in this shop, about a month before. so i stupidly figured this smith would not charge me for re-placing the sight. WWWRONG.
if you were careful, you would not even have to take the sight out of the barrel, just wrap several layers of good duck tape around the barrel, and grind it slowly. i would have done this myself if i had known this bum was going to charge me like he did. and he supposedly had a good name in the local trade.
just go slow, and check it often. halfbreed
 

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aj, i meant to say the BACK of the front sight, also if you grind the sight on the barrel, you may want to leave a 1/8" flat vertical spot on the sight before you start grinding your angle. this way you will be sure not to touch the sight base. i do not know if you are very good with a grinder.
hence take it slow and easy. halfbreed
 

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Another nice idea halfbreed. I've got a hand-held Dremel grinder. I'll bet with light touching on the front of the sight I could file down the sharp edge. Then use the honing stone to remove any small burring. I know where I bought my gun the in-house gunsmith charges to mount and bore sight a rifle scope ($17.00). You can bet he'll charge to remove the sight. Plus, I'm like a lot of gun owners, I don't like anyone messing with my gun.
 
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