Push it to the Limit with Real Avid’s Master Sight Pusher

Real Avid Sight Pusher
The Real Avid Sight Pusher makes adjusting dovetailed sights a breeze. IMG Real Avid

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In Jim’s younger days, if you wanted to adjust or change the press-fit sights on a pistol you got out a small hammer and punch and tapped away. More than one sight base has been ruined by hitting the punch hard, not to mention the frequent marring of the slide or barrel of the pistol. But, that was the only way that even professional gunsmiths had to adjust or install new sights.

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Fast forward to the 21st century. The designers at Real Avid figured out how to build a “sight pusher” for press-fit sights. The key to this tool working on so many different pistols is the Universal Press Block. The Press Block features multiple contact surfaces for almost any size and style of press-fit dovetail slots and sight profiles.

This tool is a heavy-duty piece of equipment and it works with just about every pistol on the market. The reason that the tool is so easy to use is that the oversize handle partners with extra fine drive threads to provide maximum torque with minimal effort. And, to ensure that the pistol slides are not damaged in the process, they installed adjustable non-marring surfaces on the clamps.

The diagram illustrates the features of the Sight-Pusher. And yes, the base has a functional vise attachment ridge. IMG Real AVID

1. Ergonomic Grip Control
2. Spring Loaded Vertical Adjustment Knobs
3. Easy Torque Handle
4. 3/8” Rachet Receiver
5. Side Clamp Adjustment Knobs
6. Safe Lock Anti-Torsion Frame
7. Slide Clamp
8. Universal Press Block
9. Slide Cradle
10. Bench Vise Attachment Ridge
11. Magnum Push Rod

With an MSRP of $149.00, this tool is not for everyone. However, if you are an avid pistol shooter, with multiple handguns, you might want to consider it. It makes adjusting and/or changing sights relatively easy. AND, it does not damage either the sights or pistol slides… that makes this tool a winner in our book.

The Clarys:
Jim is a retired USAF Scientist and a combat veteran from the Vietnam era. Mary is a retired NICU nurse who shot F-Class competition before injuring her back. Between them, they have over 100 years of experience in hunting and shooting. They have published over 800 articles and reviews, many of which can be read on AmmoLand News.

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It seems like ages since i saw the 1st multi-platfom sight pusher. Some country boy, no doubt locked in by winter, came up w/ one and was selling it at gun shows. It looked sort of like this but of course wasn’t as finished. Having said that, it worked on everything we threw at it but that was just about the time Glocks were introduced. We did 1911s, Hi-Powers, pretty much anything we could fit in the channel. If you’re like most of the people I know, a cross-platform tool makes sense as we have more than make/model hand gun… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Gotta say from reading this I was expecting msrp to be more than $149. Looks like a good tool.

k larry

I would like to use it on a Springfield XDM. That would be the test. The fine threads on the sight pusher is a great idea but is it equivalent to grade eight? If it isn’t there is no way it would do multiple XDM’s if it can even do one.