This is a classic case of outsmarting myself. Here’s how it happened in pretty simple order:
- The MGW sight pusher is designed to have the back of the sight go through the pushing aperture.
- The LPA sight is too wide at the rear to fit, but the front fits.
- Reversing the insert allowed me to get the slide on so the pusher aperture could contact the front of the sight.
- New sight goes on and everything is fine and dandy.
- Even with the pusher backed all the way to the left or right, it now doesn’t have enough clearance to get the sight off.
- In my effort to move the pusher, I stripped the threads, jamming it place.
- Break out the sawzall.
I thought that “hey, instead of giving my slide to a local gunsmith, I’ll just do it myself.” In the words of Top Gear: “How hard could it be?” Honestly, it wasn’t hard, I just didn’t think it all the way through. Protip: don’t use sight pushers in a way they’re not designed to be used. Next time I’m giving the gun to a grownup.