View Full Version : play normal in s&w revolver adjustable rear sight?

07-29-2009, 2:40 PM
i have the factory adjustable rear sight on an s&w 500. it has some fore and aft play that is maybe 0.5mm at the top of the rear sight. is this normal for their sights? up until now, i have only had fixed sight handguns.


07-29-2009, 3:02 PM
Not in the S&W revolvers I have owned - 686, 19. I've also fired many others - 15, 67, 66, 586, 29, 629 and did not see this issue. Contact S&W to see if this is normal.

07-29-2009, 3:08 PM
it looks to be the same sights as on their other revolvers. i'll give them a call. thx

07-29-2009, 9:21 PM
I have a new Performance Center 629 with a "loose" blade in the adjustable rear sight. It drives me nuts and pisses me off on a $1k+ gun. Please do call S&W and get back to us with what they say!

B Strong
07-30-2009, 7:00 AM
My .500 did the same thing after the first range session. I had the rear sight "shimmed", problem solved.

07-30-2009, 9:26 AM
My 686 does the same thing! When I touch it with my finger I am able to wiggle it around a little bit.

07-30-2009, 10:25 AM
What was involved in the shimming? Any pics? Did you do it or send it off to get done?

07-30-2009, 11:30 AM
here's my email transmission with s&w:

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That is normal for the rear sight on that model.



-----Original Message-----
From: ******************
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:57 PM
To: Smith & Wesson Support
Subject: S&W 500 rear sight fore and aft play

Hello S&W,

I recently purchased a new S&W 500 with the front Hi-Viz sight and the factory adjustable rear sight. I noticed a little fore and aft play at the rear sight upright. It measures about 0.5 mm at the top of the upright. Is this normal? Or should that rear sight be slop-free? If it is not normal, how may I remove that play?


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btw, i'd also like to know what you guys used to shim the blade.


B Strong
07-30-2009, 12:28 PM
What was involved in the shimming? Any pics? Did you do it or send it off to get done?

I gave it to my 'smith. He removed the rear sight blade and put a "shim" on the bottom to take out the wobble - I don't know what he used, but I've had no trouble since firing about 200 rounds of a mix of light loaded stuff up to heavy hard cast lead 500 grain loads.