It can be easy to forget that there’s a lot more to invest in than powerful firearms and the common accessories we attach to them. You can throw down an entire paycheck on the best sights and optics, but they’re no good if they aren’t properly installed. If you’ve purchased the best Glock sights, you’ll also need to purchase a good front sight tool and a sight pusher tool.
Installing Glock sights, especially the rear sights, requires a lot of force. You’ll need to find a sight tool that will stay firmly mounted on a surface, and the cranks and knobs need to be easily turned without slipping. Any falter can result in your Glock or the sights being permanently damaged. Don’t worry, though, we’ve compiled the best of the best for you.
|Heavy Duty Mountable Sight Tool|| ||$74 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|Trijicon GL02 Night Sight Installation Kit|| ||$125 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|Sight-Tool Universal Handgun Sight Pusher Tool|| ||$79 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|Truglo Glock Front Sight Installation Tool|| ||$9 Shop NowClick to read my review|
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Why do I need a sight tool?
The factory-installed sights on your Glock are OK, but there are so much better ones out there. You can install your new sights with a hammer or something else that allows you to apply force. However, this method can easily lead to damaged sights, slide, or both. The Glock sight tool gives you the precision and force you need to install the new sights without causing any damage. It also makes the job a lot easier.
What is a glock sight tool?
The sight tool is essentially a clamp and a “pusher” that slides your rear sight into place without damaging it. It holds the Glock slider in place while it pushes the sight onto it with force and precision.
What to look for when buying a sight tool?
Loof for a sight tool that is sturdy and well built. It is preferable to get one you can clamp to your workbench. Also, make sure you can use a wrench on it if you need help applying force to the pusher. Ideally, it will include a suitable hex screwdriver as you will need this as well to get the job done.
How to use a glock sight tool?
Using a sight tool is pretty easy. First, remove the slider from the gun. Then clamp it in the sight tool. Rotate the “pusher” to gently slide the old sight off the slider. Now you are ready to add the new sight. Start by aligning the new sight on the slider, then clamp the slider and sight down in the sight tool. Finally turn the screw on the “pusher” and move the sight into place.
4 Best Glock Sight Tools
Now we’ve understood what a Glock sight tool is let us look at the best Glock sight tools.
Heavy Duty Mountable Universal Pistol Rear Sight Tool
Materials: This Universal Pistol Rear Sight Tool is designed for removal, installation, and adjusting rear sights for most semi-auto pistol slides. It works well with full, compact, subcompact, and pocket-sized semi-auto pistols. To get your slide and rear sights at the proper height for the rear sight pusher, the base platform is adjustable. It also includes one bottom spacer for some pocket pistol slides for height alignment. This kit comes in red, blue, and black and includes a carrying bag as well.
Performance: It has a firm and strong construction that makes us sure it would last a lifetime. It is easy to use and holds the slider securely. The rear sight pusher would work with 90 degrees and 30 degrees rear sight profiles. The sides have openings where you can verify proper tool and rear sight alignment. The entire frame can be bolted or clamped onto your work surface. The only little negative is the lack of rubber feet for table protection.
What we say: This is one of the best sight tools that you could purchase without breaking the bank.
- Firm and strong construction
- Adjustable base platform
- Made for semi-auto pistol slides
- No rubber feet
Trijicon GL02 Night Sight Installation Tool Kit for Glock Models
Materials: The Trijicon GL02 Night Sight Installation Tool Kit for Glock Models is a sight pusher made specifically for Glocks. So, you won’t have to worry about a proper fit. This kit comes with both the Glock rear sight pusher as well as the front sight hex screw set. The hex screw set has a screwdriver on one end and the hex wrench on the other. The middle section has a textured surface for keeping your grip while using it. The design is incredibly simple, so anyone can use it, and it comes in all black.
Performance: For the Glocks and sights that this installation tool kit fits, it works very well. That being said, there are a lot of limitations on this one. While there are no questions on which handguns will work with this sight pusher, it only fits Glocks. It won’t fit any 42 or 43 models. It also only works with two sight sets: the Trijicon Bright and Tough set and the HD Night Sight set. At the same time, if you own a Glock and want any of these sights, then this is for you.
What we say: The hex screw tool for front sights is a handy little addition. The Trijicon GL02 Night Sight Installation Tool Kit for Glock Models is more expensive than other sight tools we’ve found. But you’re getting the Trijicon brand name with known professional craftsmanship.
- Specifically made for Glocks and Trijicon sight sets
- Includes double sided screwdriver
- Simple design and easy to use
- One of the most expensive option
- Not universal
Sight-Tool Universal Handgun Sight Pusher Tool
Materials: The Sight-Tool Universal Handgun Sight Pusher Tool is made up of a billet aluminum body with a steel pusher. This company is all about “made in America”. So, you can count on every manufactured piece being produced in the United States. This Glock sight pusher is used for both front and rear sights. This model is also universal. A downside is that it’s bigger than the average sight pusher and slightly heavy.
Performance: The Sight-Tool.com Universal Handgun Sight Pusher Tool grips the slide very firmly. Nothing will budge a single fraction of a millimeter during installation. Aligning and clamping everything down is easy. Applying force is also easy to do. In short, it gets the job done.
What we say: For a lot of our readers, having a product that is entirely made in America is very important. If that is important to you, then you won’t have to bat an eye while purchasing this product. The Sight-Tool.com Universal Handgun Sight Pusher Tool may take up a bit more space and weight. But this tool is a wonderful investment to make.
- Made in America
- Grips four sides of slide instead of two
- Easiest to apply force
- Larger and heavier than other sight pushers
Truglo Glock Front Sight Installation Tool
Some of the kits come with this, and you might already have a tool that does the job. However, if you want a fancy version or just prefer something really well built, then the Trueglo hex screwdriver is the one for you.
On the side of the tool has the Truglo name stamped on it. It weighs less than two ounces. Just be sure to keep it in a safe place for storage, or else you’ll lose this handy tool.
- Cheap and necessary
- Gripping handle
- Solid build
- You might already have a similar one
Our Favorite Glock Sight Tool
These sight tools are all good picks. That said, our top pick for the best Glock sight tool definitely goes to the Gun Gear Depot Heavy Duty Mountable Sight Tool. There is little to complain about this product at this price. It provides the stability, precision, and the force you need to get your sights changed. It is also my preferred design for sight tools.