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13 February, 2010

How to remove the front sight from an AR2078, AR2078A or AR2079 air rifle

Many times we're asked how to remove the front sight from an AR2078, AR2078A or AR2079 air rifle. It looks as if it should be easy, but there's a simple "trick" to do it. Here we'll show the removal in photographs.

First, remove the small setscrew holding the barrel weight in place. (First photo).

Now, you can pull the barrel weight back off of the AR2078 barrel - don't scratch the finish! Our second photo shows the removed weight and setscrew.

Now remove the screw and slotted disks. This is obvious and it looks as if the front sight should now slide off. But it doesn't! The secret is that there's actually a spring steel roll pin holding the sight assembly tight to the barrel. You can see it if you look carefully at the next photo.

Take a 7/32-inch steel punch and knock out the roll pin from its' "pointed" side, as is shown in the fourth photo, below.

Once the roll pin is out, the front sight assembly will simply slide off of the barrel, leaving you with the result in photo 5.

Having removed the front sight, you are left with a flat in the underside of the AR 2078 barrel for the setscrew seating and an unpleasant semi-circular slot in the top for the roll pin. A muzzle brake will cover these if it is long enough. In practice, I find that the barrel weight removed in stage one can be epoxied back in place around the front of the barrel - this makes a nice, clean job and this is how I finish our AR2078A "Custom" air rifles.


Anonymous,  Saturday, 23 November, 2013  

Not sure if you read these, nor how old this blog entry is, but I was Googling this very issue with a 2079 I got from you some time back and came across it. Very helpful, thanks!

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