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    Removing AK74 front sight base

    OK, it has been a while since I've looked at it, but how difficult is it to remove the front sight base from an AK (74, if it matters)? Just a couple pins, right?
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    Usually not so simple. Once the pins are out, a BFH will probably be required to "persuade" the front sight base to come off. If it's really stubborn, you may have to cut it off. I ***-u-me you're replacing a neutered FSB with a threaded one?

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    Well, I was....lol
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    Almost every FSB I have come into contact with will not move even with the pins out.

    You might have to find a way to press, or remove by cutting a line along the bottom to get it off.

    Good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sporter View Post
    remove by cutting a line along the bottom to get it off.
    This is what my buddy and I had to do when we put a -74 FSB on my .223 Saiga build. Actually worked out pretty well.

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    I have had many that needed to be pressed off. I wound up cutting off a couple that I knew I was going to throw away. I have also had some, like the last Romak 2 I just did that all it took was hitting it from side to side (after soaking with CLP) to loosen it up, then slowly working it forward as I hit it from side to side. I block the barrel up on a 2x4 on the concrete floor of my garage. Trying to do it on a work bench makes it more difficult as the bench absorbs some of the impact that you want given 100% to the sight block.

    When I cut the ones off, I used a dremel with a cut-off wheel, and used light cuts to make sure I didn't get into the barrel. When I got close, I used a chizel to break the cut which spread the sight enough to slip it off. Only one cut is needed, then spreading the block loosens it enough to get it off.

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    Sucked it up and cut it off

    Actually slid off fairly easily once I got the pins cut through.

    Thanks Gents!
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