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Smith and wesson N frame front sight
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:26:28 pm »
Long story short, I snagged my TRR8 front sight on a holster and it perfectly disengaged itself from the firearm. I have never messed with a smith and wesson revolvers front sight before and am at a complete miss of what to do  :(. BTW I have already tried strings of swearing, it does not seem to help the problem.

Any help, preferably ASAP would be most appreciated.
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Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 07:28:29 pm »
    Here is a pic, if that helps.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013, 10:04:25 pm »
      Look down in the channel where the sight slides in. You should see a roll pin at the front portion. Leave it be, that's what the front portion of the front sight base is retained by... Now, down in the channel it's self...is there a little stainless pin w/ a small spring behind it?
      If so just take a small nail, push in through the hole in the front of the barrel/sight rib and push it ( the spring loaded pin) way back and out of the way. Holding it back and out of the way, you should be able to slide the sight back into the channel...somewhat similar to what you would do in changing out the front sight on a Ruger GP100 or Redhawk. It's a bit fiddly and will make you cuss but after a couple of F-ups you should get it!
      At least that's the way you change out the front sight on the 686SSR. The TRR8 & M&P R8 should be pretty much the same. Several of the PC & Pro series revolvers have this same type front sight set-up.
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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 10:35:36 pm »
      Look down in the channel where the sight slides in. You should see a roll pin at the front portion. Leave it be, that's what the front portion of the front sight base is retained by... Now, down in the channel it's self...is there a little stainless pin w/ a small spring behind it?
      If so just take a small nail, push in through the hole in the front of the barrel/sight rib and push it ( the spring loaded pin) way back and out of the way. Holding it back and out of the way, you should be able to slide the sight back into the channel...somewhat similar to what you would do in changing out the front sight on a Ruger GP100 or Redhawk. It's a bit fiddly and will make you cuss but after a couple of F-ups you should get it!
      At least that's the way you change out the front sight on the 686SSR. The TRR8 & M&P R8 should be pretty much the same. Several of the PC & Pro series revolvers have this same type front sight set-up.

    Your a diamond, strange!  :thumbup2

    It took me like two seconds once I knew what to do. For a second there I was worried, this being my most expensive firearm and my dearest revolver at that.

    Btw is that an 327 in your profile pic?
    Texas
    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 10:38:29 pm »
     :D :D :D
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    « Reply #5 on: October 19, 2013, 11:21:39 pm »
    Your a diamond, strange!  :thumbup2

    It took me like two seconds once I knew what to do. For a second there I was worried, this being my most expensive firearm and my dearest revolver at that.

    Btw is that an 327 in your profile pic?
      No sir, it's a 386 Night Guard, 7shot Scandium L-frame, my off-duty carry. The magnums are a bit much in it, so it's loaded with Winchester 110gr JHP .38 Spl +P+.  I'd like to find a 327 Night Guard 8 shot!
      I'm glad you got your TRR8 back in service!!
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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 03:13:09 pm »
    Cool gun glad you got it back together.  I have one on my wish list.  I think that 5" barrels are fantastic on revolvers. 
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    « Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 03:43:25 pm »
    Thank you! I was very fortunate, that I could cross it off my list so soon. I wish it had more variation in barrel length other than 2 inch or 5 inch.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 05:15:08 pm »
    I think that my 5" N frame carries easier than my 6" N frame.  They shoot equally well.  To my mind, for my uses the 5" barrel is the ideal length.  I don't have a need for a 2" barrel N frame.  If I can hide the grip I can hide a longer barrel, and any thing that needs a N frame I want a little bit more weight to the gun.  I shoot most of my guns much more than I carry them.  So that is the way that I compromise on my gun choices.   For competition use it might be nice to have a 4" option, though.
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    « Reply #9 on: October 20, 2013, 05:56:36 pm »
    I would love to conceal carry my 5inch TRR8.It is my best shooter and I have been kicking around the idea, but I have not found a holster for it yet that I like.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    Re: Smith and wesson N frame front sight
    « Reply #10 on: October 20, 2013, 08:34:59 pm »
      I like the Scandium framed revolvers and would like to see S&W come out with a 4", 7-shot, L-frame version of the TRR8, only with Cylinder & Slide's "Hard Duty" fixed rear sight like on the Night Guard series.
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    « Reply #11 on: October 20, 2013, 11:47:46 pm »
      I like the Scandium framed revolvers and would like to see S&W come out with a 4", 7-shot, L-frame version of the TRR8, only with Cylinder & Slide's "Hard Duty" fixed rear sight like on the Night Guard series.
    That would be awesome.  I love the 7 and 8 shot .357s I do not have one yet...I have bought most of my revolvers used.  Trying to decide between the TRR8, and the Scandium framed bobtailed commander 1911.  One of those two will be my next pistol purchase.
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    « Reply #12 on: October 21, 2013, 12:07:04 am »
      I like the Scandium framed revolvers and would like to see S&W come out with a 4", 7-shot, L-frame version of the TRR8, only with Cylinder & Slide's "Hard Duty" fixed rear sight like on the Night Guard series.

    That would be cool, but I don't know if I would spring for one due to already having my 686+. I do love being able to CCW 7 rounds of .357 magnum though  ;).
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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