so my benjamin 397 fell of the gun rack and snapped the tip of of the front sight. now it shoots way high. does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? i still have the missing piece but i don't think soldering it back on would work very good.
IF all else fails, make a new front sight. Can be a fix for a broken front sight, or a way to put on a taller front sight (often needed for peep sight use).
Ground down the busted stump of the front sight to a level base.
Slotted the base (be careful NOT to slot too deep).
Cleaned up the slot with needle files.
Filed out a sight blank from brass stock.
Fitted it to the slot.
Low temp soldered it in place.
#1. Most of use have a bunch of old keys in a drawer someplace....keys we've kept for years with no idea what they fit. Many of them are made from brass and many have a large enough flat are on the head to cut out a sight.
#2. the tighter the fit of the sight to the slot, the better the solder bond will be.
#3. Best to wrap the gun in wet rags, just leaving the sight base exposed...use low temp solder...and work fast to keep from cooking the paint finish on today's 39X's too badly. For this use, Tix solder really does work best (mostly because of its low 275F melting point.)
http://www.micromark.com/tix-solder-pkg ... ,6707.html
#4. Best way to solder would be to color everything around the slot you cut with pencil (which is graphite...and any solder over flow ill just bead up and is easy to clean off). tin the base of the sight and the inside of the slot. Once tinned, fit them as well as you can...quickly heat until the solder melts and the sight slips into the slot.