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Hi All,
I ordered the stuff to install a fiber op rod in my factory front sight. Drills, extra op rod. I'm going to notch it and open the middle and drill it for the optic rod.
I shot my FNP last year in the local bowling pin matches and it has been a great gun but I'd like a little better front sight.
This should not be a big deal and I'll keep you all posted on how it turns out and what I used to do it if anyone else is interested. My only concern is it is going to be a little on the short side but it should be an improvment over the factory white dot.
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Mike
 

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Fiber op worked out pretty good

Hi all,
Here are some pictures to show how the fiber op job went.
I have no idea what order they will post in but I'll try to give a brief description.
I ordered the fiber optic rods from Brownell's along with the proper drill bit. The part numbers are in the picture.
I drifted the sight out and placed it in a vice and filed a notch in it from the top. All of this was done with hand tools other than the drilling of the hole.
You can see in the picture with the drill bit about how I filed the notch.
I cleaned the remainder of the white dot out of the hole on the face of the sight and drilled my hole for the fiber op rod. I drilled through both the front and back uprights of the at both ends of the filed notch. I inserted the fiber op rod from the front and over extended it through the face. I lit the fiber op rod that extended through the face while holding it down as if aiming at the ground and then pulled and twisted the rod forward while the blob of op rod was still molten and let it seat in the recess where the white dot used to be.
I then trimmed the front of the rod fairly close to the sight and heated it up to molten and gently pushed the blob towards the sight. I filed a little of the excess on the front and cleaned it up some and reinstalled the sight on the gun.
If it does not blow out. (I dont think it will) I am very happy with it and it works as good as any I have or have seen.
About the only caution I have for you is that it is very easy to let the rod burn too long. also if you get your hole in the face centered and the hole in the front is off a little (Mine is) it does not matter as you can only see the glow from the area in the face of the sight.
Good luck all and here are some pictures





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Fiber op sight

Hi Shootemup,
This laid around for a long time with no interest and I dumped the pictures.
They were taken when I was doing the work.
Basicly,I split the sight with a file from the top to the sight base. Then I drilled it through the white dot across the split and trough the front of the sight and inserted a fiber op rod and melted it on the end towards the rear sight. I pulled the ball of molten rod into the sight and trimmed the front and burn it untill soft and pushed it into a ball ahaed of the frontsight.
It works great. It picks up a lot of light and I went from a gun I had cursed as hard to shoot well to winning 9mm class at the local gunclub with it this year.
Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] and I'll get you a pictrure of the finished product.
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an old thread but interesting.....

What did you use for a sight pusher? How did you get the front sight off the slide? I think I can get the rest, but I am afraid of pushign it myself, and I haven't found a smith who works on FNPs.....

yet....

Shootemup
 
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