How to Remove the Front Sight on Mosin Nagants

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How to Remove the Front Sight on Mosin Nagants
Mosin Nagant rifles have front sights similar to the one on this rifle. (rifle image by petar Ishmeriev from

Mosin Nagant rifles are powerful, in addition to being important parts of Soviet and world history. Caring for a Mosin Nagant sometimes requires you to disassemble the gun. Perhaps the easiest component of a Mosin Nagant to remove is the front sight, provided it is still the original sight. Because of wear and tear, some Mosin Nagants required their sights to be soldered onto the barrel of the gun, in which case it is inadvisable to attempt to remove it, as it would likely compromise the integrity of the barrel. Provided the front sight of your Mosin Nagant hasn't been foolishly soldered onto the barrel, removing it is a snap.

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Things you need

  • Protective mat
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Tape
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Locate the centre hair of your front sight. The centre hair doubles as a peg, pinning the sight in place.

  2. 2

    Pull the centre hair out of its peg hole with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Too much pressure can damage the hair, so considering wrapping it with some tape to protect it from the pressure of the pliers.

  3. 3

    Slide the top part of the sight perpendicular to the barrel so that it disengages from its mount.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the small screw that connects the ends of the ring mount together on the barrel. As you loosen this screw, the ring mount's ends will spread apart from each other and the mount itself will become loose on the barrel. When it is loose enough, remove it.

Tips and warnings

  • Before you begin, clear off a work space and lay down a protective mat on the space. It is important to leave plenty of room around the mat so as to avoid unnecessary bumping or crashing with the gun as you work the site off the barrel. A rubber mat will add good protection to the wood stock and barrel as you work with the sight.
  • Original sights on Mosin Nagants are precisely positioned up the barrel and on top of the barrel to provide you with the most accurate targeting mechanism possible. Removing the sight could jeopardise this accuracy.

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