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Old 12-28-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Rear sight removal on an XD 45

Well, before I bring out the sledge hammer, does anyone have any tips for removing the rear sight on an XD45?

I found a tool, made for Springfields, that is marked right on the tool: "Not for removing extremely tight factory rear sights."

Any experience here?

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My XDM 45 shoots a little low and left I tried to tap it over a hair and quit as I was afraid of damaging the weapon. I to could use some advice.



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Old 12-28-2012, 02:15 AM   #3
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My XDM 45 shoots a little low and left I tried to tap it over a hair and quit as I was afraid of damaging the weapon. I to could use some advice.
The sights are probably okay. It's common to shoot in the 7-8 o'clock area of the target till you get more familiar with the trigger. I had some issues with both my G21, and XDM 4.5 .45. It didn't feel like I was pushing the trigger out sideways at the break, so I mounted a laser up, and dry fired it a few times. The little green dot don't lie, and confirmed that my trigger control needed some work, just as the trigger broke, the light would dip left/low. I just practiced dry firing, concentrating on a straight back pull, and my groups moved up & right after a few weeks. But until I got a better feel for the trigger, I did fudge a bit when shooting with friends, and shifted my point of aim high/right, just to put up a better target in mixed company. Using Kentucky windage to keep my pride intact worked okay till I got my trigger finger trained up.

Anytime I have a serious doubt about wether it's me or the pistol, I just find someone else to put a few rounds through it. Just don't tell them what it's doing before hand, so you can get a good read on how it performs for someone else.
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I have shot 1500 rounds or so and have realy consentrated on triger pull, however I will try the lazer. Sounds like a good method of training with out blasting through alot of ammo.

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My gunsmith dogs a machinist's vice into the tee-slots on his milling machine table. He clamps the pistol-slide into the vise and hand cranks the table to drive the slide and sight against a stationary piece of stock clamped in the tool head. He can easily move the sight (front or rear) a desired number of thousadths or drive it out entirely to replace it.

That's one expensive sight tool but it works if you have a Bridgeport in your garage.

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I decided I could send it to AP&W & have them remove the sights & hard chrome the slide & barrel for what a good sight pusher would cost me.

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Try this I just ordered one.

https://www.pistolgear.com/proddetail.php?prod=100-2526-B

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That's the most economical one I've seen!
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Thanks for the link.


I just ordered one so when it gets in I will let you all know how it works. I also ordered a green hiViz front sight just to try iy out,hahaha. I hope it works as good as expected. I have turned down many sight replacement jobs on XD's because I did not have the press for it.

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Got my vice in today. The thing is built like a brick sh*t house. Remember that the directions on the site say to soak your site in a penitraiting oil for 24 hrs. behor trying.



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