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...all i can say here is to be patient and not settle for any of the others...especially the Sig diopter...the Aurora sight set is worth waiting for...IMO...

...good luck !
 

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Yeah, I will wait. My 556 came with the factory diopter sight, and taking it off was the very first thing I did to my rifle when I got it home. My Milett DMS scope works well on the 556, but I really like the Aurora sights since i am trying to make my 556 look as much like a 551 (without changing the lower) as possible.
 

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Thanks. Someone posted it on ARFcom too and I snagged a set from top gun. I have gotten a few things from top gun and always had excellent customer service and super fast shipping. I look to Top Gun Supply now first when I need something.

I got the order confirmation e-mail in under 2 min from my online order in the morning. Later that afternoon I get the e-mail confirming that it shipped.

Hope it arrives today.
 

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I just got my Aurora sights in the mail today. A big thanks to Top Gun Supply!

So.... does anyone have any tips on how to install the front sight?
 

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I got mine in the mail today too. The front sight was pretty tight in the dovetail. Once I got it barely started I sprayed a little oil on the groove to help it along.Took a good amount of force to get it all the way in. The roll pin was pretty soft and kept wanting to bend when I tapped it in with my roll pin punch. Once I got it all together I went to adjust it to center it up but the screw broke off at the roll pin hole. Damn.
 

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Once I got it all together I went to adjust it to center it up but the screw broke off at the roll pin hole. Damn.
Man that sucks! Funny thing is, I just managed to do the same thing while I was removing my flip down sight.
My Aurora sights haven't come in yet, but I'd figure I should remove the Sig front sight now just to save some time on the installation.
All giddy in anticipation, I didn't think about what I was doing and managed to break the screw.:(
I hope you can find a replacement really quick!
 

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Update

OK, I emailed Aurora about the broken screw and asked about being able to get a replacement and what it would cost. Derek said:

This is why I include a warranty sheet with the front sight.

The front sights will need to be lapped, on most rifles.

Send me your shipping address and I will send out another
windage screw but you need to have the sight professionally
lapped and installed.

If you choose to do it yourself, there are some helpful videos online.

No charge this time.
Derek is right. I saw the card warning that the front sight needed to be professionally installed and that if I did it myself I void the warranty. I was prepared to have to pay for the screw. It was cool of him to send me one for free. I e-mailed him in the middle of a Saturday night and had a reply in my inbox by 6 am Sunday Morning. I appreciate that a lot too. It was also cool of him to give me some info on how to do it right. I guess he figured that I was pretty much hard headed on these things and like to do them myself.

Here is what I plan on doing now. The Front sight is still on my rifle and it is in very tight. I doubt it will move any and I don't plan on going to the range before the New year so I will leave it like it is. I tapped it over to center it in the dovetail and when the screw arrives I will just put it on and make no effort to adjust the windage with it. When the time comes that I can zero the sights, I will attempt to make the adjustment from the rear sight, but if it isn't possible to adjust from the rear sight alone then I will remove the front sight and lap it before reinstalling. I thought about polishing the surfaces before I installed it the first time but I was able to get it started in the dovetail without much trouble so I thought the was good. Once it started taking a good amount of force to get it all the way in I should have stopped and backed it out and lapped it. With as much force as it took me to get it all the way in there I should have known the screw wouldn't be able to move it by itself without breaking. That's what happens when you let your excitement get the better of you when you get a new toy in the mail.

Let me also state for the record that I do have a proper work bench in my "gun room" with a lot of specialized tools for working on my 18 (or so) guns. I have been working on my own guns for over 15 years now and like to think I know what I am doing pretty well. I have had friends that had me do minor work on their guns too, but I have never charged for my service and would not consider myself a professional gunsmith. I am a serious hobbyist gunsmith. I haven't had a "professional" gunsmith touch one of my guns since one put a huge scratch in the side of my Glock 17back in the early 90's while installing night sights. I know my limitations though and should have known better here and lapped the front sight first. Just wanted to let you guys know that also have Aurora Sights on the way. This one was my fault and I don't want anyone to come away with the impression that the Aurora Sights are anything but a high quality product. I see me buying another set in the near future when I do my 556 SBR project.
 

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I appreciate the heads up, but what is lapping?
 

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Sarge1998 said:
I appreciate the heads up, but what is lapping?
It's a form of fine polishing using a very mildly abrasive paste called lapping compound. This is done for finely fitted parts to make them just snug enough but still have just enough movement in them. Common places on firearms where lapping is done is on scope rings to make sure they are perfectly true, and fitting new bolts to receivers/locking lugs. I have even seen where some have used lapping compound in the bore of a new barrel to polish the rifling to remove any tool marks.
 

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Thanks, I think I'll seek a gunsmith for my installation. Fixing my Jeep on a trail only requires a come-along, torch or a mall...obviously my crude talents would be a gut buster if I tried the install.
 

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The Aurora sights sit lower than the factory sights. If you use teh Aurora rear you will have to use the Aurora front. The Factory sight will be too tall.

That too tall front sight was one of the main reasons I wanted to switch to the Aurora set.
 

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I got my front sight installed, but it took a little more work than lapping. The sight was cut too big for the dovetail on the rifle. I had to carefully file and shape the sight so that it would fit and still be snug. Now I just got to get that damned roll pin in and I will be done. I wish they would have used a set screw instead of the roll pin.
 

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I got my front sight installed, but it took a little more work than lapping. The sight was cut too big for the dovetail on the rifle. I had to carefully file and shape the sight so that it would fit and still be snug. Now I just got to get that damned roll pin in and I will be done. I wish they would have used a set screw instead of the roll pin.
Having read about that oversized roll pin, I used the roll pin and "donut" from my Sig front flip sight to mount my Aurora. It was a piece of cake.
 

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I also purchased the Aurora Front/Rear combo from TGS and decided to have it installed by a gunsmith. Dropped it off last Tuesday at Gander Mountain a town over and picked it up today, I know looks aren't everything, but it does look like a mini-me 556 now. The gunsmith said he had more filing to do than lapping, same as SF1911 in the previous post.

Wednesday when I return to work I'll try it at our indoor range for it's first feeding, I have copper jacketed Aguila rds and hope to get a 100 of more through it, I'll post a report Friday if lucky. I know pics will be nice, maybe I can get an ET to take a few for posterity sake.
 

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The Aurora web site says that the rears are out of stock but it allows you to order fronts. Does anybody know if they actually have the fronts in stock and how long it takes to get them?
 
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