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I'm trying to remove the roll pin that holds the striker assembly in my XD9 Mod.2 Sub-Compact and it just won't come out. I am using a 3/32" roll pin punch, as prescribed everywhere I've read and been told. I have a set of new pins, so I don't care about breaking the factory pin, just concerned with damaging anything else. I can get the pin ~1/16" clear of the top of the slide and the punch feels like it forces its way into the center of the pin and gets stuck. I'm too hard headed to take it to a gunsmith, just extremely frustrated because every video shows the pin coming out just like every other pin in the XD.... Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Not a gunsmith either and was wondering if you put a drop or two of break Free or lubricating oil in the pin hole yet before trying the punch.
 

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I've run some gun cleaning solvent and gun lubricant through the hole. The pin moves very freely up until this point. It is also very easy to sink the pin back to its normal resting place.
 

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Sounds like it's mushroomed on the other end.

Bingo. There is a technique to starting this pin out. You have to angle the punch so as to stay on the end of the pin and not push the punch into the end of the pin. This keeps it from mushrooming.

It may be very difficult to remove now that it is mushroomed. May need to be drilled out. My suggestion is to tap it back to its home and leave it alone. More than likely, there was no good reason to remove that pin and it will last a long time before requiring replacement. If it ever breaks, which you probably won't notice anyway, deal with the replacement at that time.
 

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Bingo. There is a technique to starting this pin out. You have to angle the punch so as to stay on the end of the pin and not push the punch into the end of the pin. This keeps it from mushrooming.
100% correct, zero good reason. I will return it home and cross this bridge when it becomes necessary.
 
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