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Old 01-27-2016, 01:01 PM   #1
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Question Dovetail Brass punch

Has anyone used/purchased the dovetail brass punch set 080-001-164 from Brownells http://www.brownells.com/items/brass...ch-accessories

I'm looking for a punch set that won't bugger up my Novak sights on my 1911's.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-27-2016, 01:55 PM   #2
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I use a sight pusher these days. Brass has a bad habit of leaving brass on the sight. Look for a set of Delrin punches, or see if you can find a piece of PVC that's good and solid.

The old trick is to put a thin piece of leather over your steel punch and hammer away.
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I was looking for a set of delrin punches recently, and found that they're hard to find and rather expensive.

Delrin rod, however, is not:

http://www.amazon.com/Acetal-Copolym.../dp/B00CPRALDW
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Thank You, I've never used delrin, guess I'll need to do some more research.
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I've got both and delrin is good for most jobs, but a really tough set responds better to brass. Pushers are great but expensive unless you do a lot of sights..
Fine steel wool wet with solvent usually gets rid of the brass marks
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Ugh, Delrin... HATE that stuff from my model railroading days. Great for locomotive drive components, SUCKED when some manufacturers insisted on making handrails out of it because it was difficult to install, impossible to repair if broken, and even more impossible to get paint/decals to adhere to.
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Ugh, Delrin... HATE that stuff from my model railroading days.
But excellent if you need to make components for apparatus that regulates flammable \ explosive gases.
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Of particular concern is the Tritium front sight of the S&W 1911 E Series (Novak Dovetail) as I've read several accounts of breakage even with sight pushers.
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But excellent if you need to make components for apparatus that regulates flammable \ explosive gases.
What's the best way to cut and shape those rods Walt?
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What's the best way to cut and shape those rods Walt?
Anytime I've ever worked with Delrin I have machined it just like I would with metals. Machining of Delrin can easily be done with woodworking tools, or metal machine tools.
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