Skip to main content

Confessions of a Tool Junkie: MGW Sight Movers

Confessions of a Tool Junkie: MGW Sight Movers
A selection of sight movers Norcross rounded up in his shop. The two Glock factory tools are on the left with three MGWs in the center and a Williams tool at top right. He prefers brand-specific tools.

One of the most common gunsmith tasks is sight installation. Many iron sights are simply pressed into dovetails in a pistol slide or on a rifle barrel ramp. Removing and installing them requires proper tooling if you don't want your customer to think you hired a drunken Wookiee to do it. Unsightly dents and dings on the sight and/or the slide are bad advertising and unhappy customers probably won't be back.

It is sometimes necessary to beat sights with a brass punch, but pressing rather than beating them in or out is less likely to damage parts. Sight tools are available for many modern pistols like Glock, SIG Sauer and Beretta, and I especially like those from MGW available through Brownells.

MGW sight movers are heavy duty tools designed for professional armorers and gunsmiths and can be used for sight installations or simply tweaking a rear sight for windage correction at the range. The downside to the MGW tools is cost — a hundred bucks or more — but if you work on a specific brand of pistol very often, the expense may be worth it.

I have tried "universal" tools with limited success, and many prefer brand-specific models when available. Glock sells its own factory sight movers in two sizes but keep in mind they are designed for the factory rear sights with angled sides and may not work with some aftermarket sights.


One of the handiest sight pushers I've ever used is the tool from Williams Gun Sight for the dovetailed front sights on rifle barrel ramps. This slick device makes swapping out front sights on your favorite Marlin or Winchester a snap. I've used it more than any other sight tool in my drawer.


I confess I have a weakness for nice tools, so it's easy for me to justify paying a hundred bucks for one of the beautiful MGW sight movers, but the average gun owner can simply have a local gunsmith do his sight installation for a fraction of the cost of buying the tool.

Gus' Collection

A selection of sight movers Norcross rounded up in his shop. The two Glock factory tools are on the left with three MGWs in the center and a Williams tool at top right. He prefers brand-specific tools.

Removing a Glock Sight

Removing a Glock factory rear sight. Clamp the tool on the slide and turn the handle in the appropriate direction. Using a dedicated sight pusher will give much better results than pounding with a punch.

Williams Sight Tool

The Williams sight tool installing the dovetailed front sight on a Marlin ramp. If you do a lot of work on iron-sighted hunting rifles, this tool will be well worth the expense, Norcross says.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Citadel Boss 25 Magazine Adapter

Citadel Boss 25 Magazine Adapter

Will Dabbs gives a rundown on how to limit the magazine capacity in your Citadel Boss 25 to stay in compliance with hunting laws.

Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Pistol

Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Pistol

The PPS-43 served Poland and the Russians during WWII. It is now available as a pistol for the US market.

3 Ring Silencers

3 Ring Silencers

Patrick Sweeney heads to the range to look at suppressors from 3 Ring Silencer Corporation.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

While Germany is the Edenic home of modern sniping, they were always one step behind the Soviets during World War II, despite fielding some excellent sniper rifles.German Sniper Rifles of World War I and II Rifles

German Sniper Rifles of World War I and II

David M. Fortier - August 13, 2020

While Germany is the Edenic home of modern sniping, they were always one step behind the...

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class Competition and USPSA Production/Carry Optics Classifications.WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA Handguns

WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA

Firearms News Staff - August 14, 2020

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class...

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong 2nd Amendment

Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong

Buckeye Firearms Association - August 24, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and allow gunmakers to be sued if their lawfully made products are used for criminal purposes.New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals 2nd Amendment

New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals

Mark Chesnut - August 19, 2020

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in...

See More Trending Articles

More Gunsmithing

This fixture holds Mauser receivers and barreled actions in a bench vise, drill press or millingBrownells Mauser Receiver Holding Fixture Gunsmithing

Brownells Mauser Receiver Holding Fixture

SGN Online Editors - August 12, 2014

This fixture holds Mauser receivers and barreled actions in a bench vise, drill press or...

This fully adjustable stock and comb for AR-15/M16/AR-Style .308 rifles readily adapts length ofBrownells AR-15/M16/AR308 PRS Buttstock Kit Gunsmithing

Brownells AR-15/M16/AR308 PRS Buttstock Kit

SGN Online Editors - September 15, 2014

This fully adjustable stock and comb for AR-15/M16/AR-Style .308 rifles readily adapts length...

 Hobby gunsmithing will help you develop a variety of mechanical skills in shaping parts, attachingBasic Gunsmithing Skills Gunsmithing

Basic Gunsmithing Skills

Steven Matthews - April 07, 2016

Hobby gunsmithing will help you develop a variety of mechanical skills in shaping parts,...

Manufactured by the famous Belgian gun works, Dumoulin, this action is a perfect platform for aSarco's Dumoulin Large Ring Commercial Action Gunsmithing

Sarco's Dumoulin Large Ring Commercial Action

SGN Online Editors - April 14, 2014

Manufactured by the famous Belgian gun works, Dumoulin, this action is a perfect platform for a

See More Gunsmithing

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now