XS Big Dot Tritium Sight Installation on Remington 870 Tip

Great tip from MStarmer from Remington 870 Forum:

XS Big Dot Tritium Sight Installation Tip
XS Big Dot Tritium Sight Installation Tip

I’ve used a few of the XS bead over post big dots on guns and suggested them lots to friends. One thing I have seen on some of the videos on YouTube and other forums is that people say they don’t have a good way to clamp them. In my previous career we had to come up with “unique” ways to apply specific amounts of pressure / clamping force etc… So anyway you don’t need a lot of force but something to help the sight from moving and keeping it from floating from hydraulics of the adhesive when you put it together. Just a couple of plain old rubber bands should suffice.

A few tips for adhesive prep on these is to clean with isopropyl alcohol or acetone. Wipe it wet and immediately again with a clean cloth to catch any residue that is floating while it is wet, do this both to the surface and the sight. I do it at least twice.

Also it wouldn’t hurt to rough the bead lightly with some course sandpaper just to give it a bit of “bite” for mechanical adhesion.

When using JB weld or other two part adhesive it’s always advisable to make a test batch and make sure it cures before you use it.

Also when mixing put equal amounts onto your mixing surface (I use paper plates) and mix with the end of plastic fork or knife. Mix very very thoroughly and apply with a toothpick, never apply with the mixing item as you risk getting uncured adhesive on your part.

Lastly always coat both surfaces lightly, it’s easier to get 100% coverage when both parts are coated lightly than one heavily dripping all over. Then scrape whatever minimal squeeze out you have with subsequent toothpicks or other square or round edged item of your choice. If you choose to clean with a solvent saturated q-tip or other be very brief as you don’t want to compromise your bond with the solvent. I rarely clean around anything bonded with solvent, either tape it off or be more careful.

This is based on many years working in composite tooling, composite repair and per aircraft spec, or at least it was at the time… been awhile.

Recommended Product:
XS Sight Systems Shotgun Big Dot Tritium Front Sight Review
XS Sight Systems Shotgun Big Dot Tritium Front Sight Review
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Vitaly Pedchenko

My name is Vitaly Pedchenko, I started this blog and forum to share information, tips, photos, and advice about the Remington 870 shotgun, accessories, and upgrades. Now I also own AR-15 rifle and MP5 pistol caliber carbine. I am firearms instructor, competitive shooter and IPSC Range Officer. I participate in practical shooting and 3-Gun competitions because they are the best way for me to test equipment and upgrades under stress. I am member of the PRACTICA shooting club. I also participate in REAGO, which provides Tactical Combat Casualty Care training. The main purpose of the Rem870.com blog and forum is to have a compilation of information about the Remington 870 shotgun in one organized, accessible place.

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