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    Front sight on Carbine filing

    Okay, am I having a brain fart or just going nuts? I have a customer whose carbine is shooting high. He has been given advice from a retired gunsmith to file his front sight down to lower his point of impact.

    On any Garand I have ever worked on we buy tall front sights to lower the point of impact or we grind down the rear aperture to do the same. He is sending the rifle to the CMP to have this done and have it sighted in. I couldn't possibly care less about who's doing what but I feel like I'm going nuts and I'm only 48

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    If you shorten the front sight, you will raise the POI
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    Quote Originally Posted by seaninmich View Post
    If you shorten the front sight, you will raise the POI
    What Sean said.
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    Apparently you two must be wrong too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timshufflin View Post
    Apparently you two must be wrong too.

    I have been wrong EXACTLY TWO TIMES in the last 30 years. This is not one of those times
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    And I have never been wong.
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    You always move the front sight opposite of the direction you want the POI to move, and yes you are nuts Tim
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    Though it pains me to say it, these guys are indeed right. Think about it, if you file the front sight down, then you must move the muzzle up to center the front sight post in the rear aperture. The opposite is true (obviously) if you build it up.

    There are a lot of shoty gunsmiths out there, maybe there is a reason this guy is retired.

    Are we sure it hasn't been filed already and a New Sight post won't fix it?

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    Customer is always right. Guy says that sight needs to be shorter then so be it. CMP will hang a sight on the rifle, shoot it, get it on target, and send the guy an invoice. Customer will post how amazing the CMP Pro Shop is and know in his mind that it was correct to file his front sight down to lower his point of impact. And for the rest of eternity everyone else was wrong. Customer is always right unless he is wrong...but only good business to nod your head in agreement, take their money, and give them a decal or some such thing. And....he will be able to market his carbine as "being built by the CMP pro-shop". Win-Win for everyone.


    (Not against the CMP pro shop. It's all about perceived value and customer service)

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    I must agree with Tim & all. If you shorten the front sight you raise the POI.
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