Stupid mistake with my front site - can anyone help?

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Herman, May 24, 2008.

  1. Herman

    Herman Guest

    So, since I bought my ak47 about 6 months ago, the front site pin has always been drifted a little bit to the left. Maybe somebody was shooting long distances or in a lot of wind, or maybe they just put it together wrong...I'm not really sure. The other day, I was cleaning it and inspecting all of the parts, and I noticed that in the cleaning kit that comes with the gun, there was a tool that fit right over the front site pin (Not sure if I'm using the right name for it.) I started turning it, and low and behold, it was moving the pin! I, like the idiot I apparently am, thought that it was moving it from side to I kept turning. Before I knew it, I'd turned it as far as it could go, and actually broke the fragile tool that I was using to turn it. This is, of course, when I realized that it's not drifting the pin side to side, but moving it up and down (As I'm sure most of you already know.) So, I borrowed my friend's tool (the same one I broke,) and I can't seem to loosen the pin...I screwed it in so tightly that it can no longer be moved by the tool that you're supposed to use. I took it out shooting today, and the pin is so low that I literally have to aim feet below my target when I'm only about 30 yards away to hit anything. Does anybody know of a tool or anything like that that I can use to raise the pin? Would I maybe be better off just ordering a brand new front site? If so, where can I find a good one?

    Thanks guys,

  2. squirrelblaster

    squirrelblaster G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    well those tools ar eallover the internet cheap id firsttry tofind a more sturdy one and try and loosen it up. anyway im sure theres a fix here some where for you, i dont think it will com e to replaceing the whole sight.

  3. M14man

    M14man I don't take prisoners... Forum Contributor

    With a little ingenuity I am sure you could make a tool that would be strong enough to slip down and grab the shoulders of the pin so you could turn it. A dremel would be great to make a tool, or a grinder-cut-off tool to make a slot in a piece of rod. Just use pliars on the tool so you could develop some torque.
  4. Hahn

    Hahn Guest

    Sorry about your's things like that that rob me of my sleep.
    Anyway, if you buy a new sight adjusting tool be sure it's a good heavy steel one. I've heard some are made of aluminum or some kind of cheap material that can break easily. Though I've never seen one. You'l know a good one when you pick it's rather heavy for it's size.
  5. Herman

    Herman Guest

    Problem solved. I found a tool that will adjust for both wind and elevation.
    Thanks a lot of the help!
    Last edited: May 25, 2008