Armorer's Handgun Sight Tool from Wheeler Engineering

If you’ve read my “Quick Shot” report on S&W’s new M&P M2.0 Compact pistol in this issue, then you know I’m not a fan of its three-dot sight system. As three-dot sights go, the M&P M2.0 Compact’s are well made, but I just don’t care for three-dot sights. I much prefer a two-dot or, even, a one-dot setup. Hence, my other “Quick Shot” in this issue is on XS Sights’s F8 night sights. This brief report is on the Wheeler Engineering Armorer’s Handgun Sight Tool that I used to switch out the S&W factory sights with the XS F8 sights.


I’ve been replacing pistol sights for years by driving the old sights out of their dovetails with a hammer and punch and then sliding in the new sights, also with the hammer and punch. I’ve been successful with that procedure, but I freely admit that occasionally I dinged a new sight and it ended up looking like some unskilled hack did the job instead of a knowledgeable, experienced gunsmith. Well, I finally broke down and bought a sight pusher: the Wheeler Engineering Armorer’s Handgun Sight Tool. I bought mine from Brownells, but you can order it directly from Wheeler Engineering.

This tool makes removing, installing, or adjusting dovetail pistol sights a breeze. It has four independent positioning clamps that secure and support the slide, protecting it from bending, and an additional top clamp provides added security. In addition, a large, four-post drive knob easily pushes the sight. The tool has reference marks for precise adjustments. The sight pusher works on all semiauto pistols, and the sight prong assembly is reversible to accommodate Glock slides.


I followed the directions that came with the tool, and it worked like a charm. Just to be safe, I used masking tape on the side of the pistol’s slide, and I made sure the slide was placed exactly straight in the tool.


MSRP: $192.99, btibrands.com

Recommended for You

How-To

Accuracy: It's All Relative

Terry Wieland - May 09, 2019

Like situational ethics, standards of accuracy vary according to circumstances.

Optics

Review: Bushnell FORGE 4.5-27X 50mm

Sam Wolfenberger - May 01, 2019

The new Bushnell FORGE riflescope is “the only choice for long-range hunting enthusiasts.”

Ammo

Introducing the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Joseph von Benedikt - April 12, 2012

  Smith & Wesson has just announced its new Shield handgun. It's an addition to the

See More Recommendations

Trending Stories

How-To

The Key to Shooting Far: Improving Ballistics

Rick Jamison - April 17, 2019

Improved ballistic coefficients lead to greater performance downrange without upping blast and...

Handguns

Review: Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic Revolver

Joel J. Hutchcroft - March 08, 2019

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 is back in production after being on ice for almost two decades.

Handguns

Revolver vs. Semiautomatic Pistol: A Ballistic Oddity

Allan Jones - May 15, 2019

How can a shorter-barreled revolver have higher velocities than a longer-barreled...

See More Stories

More Optics

Optics

Burris Veracity RFP Riflescopes

Jake Edmondson - June 04, 2019

Burris has expanded its top-of-the-line Veracity hunting riflescope line with new 2-10X 42mm...

Optics

Introducing the Trijicon Nickel Boron ACOG and Trijicon Suppressor Night Sights

Shooting Times News - January 22, 2013

Trijicon introduced two new sights during the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas—the Trijicon...

Optics

Nikon P-Tactical SPUR Reflex Sight

Joel J. Hutchcroft - November 28, 2018

The new SPUR is Nikon's first reflex sight and is built for use on handguns, rifles, and...

See More Optics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

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

×