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Old 08-10-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Bought some night sights for my XDM. I have a B&J Machine P500 sight tool and have used it successfully on other handguns. When trying to use it on the XDM, the tip of the push rod shattered and the sight stayed put. Also tried a brass punch and hammer but the punch bent long before the sight moved. What next? Ideas?

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Old 08-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Every 'smith I know says XD's are among the hardest of all sights to remove/replace. Take it an experienced 'smith, it is worth the cost to keep from damaging the, the sights or both.

^ That is what I did.

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Resorted to grinding an old steel punch to just fit into the dovetail and put the slide into a bench vise with wood to protect it. After a few test hits with the hammer, I got brave enough to give it a good whack and the sight finally moved. The rear sight was much easier and the B&J tool worked fine for installing the new sights. One tiny ding on the front dovetail but otherwise perfect. Like others have said, XD sights are a bitch to remove but it can be done.

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As a gunsmith, I have replaced several sights on XD/XDM's. They are the most difficult to change. I always recommend buying the sights you want on your Xd/XDM from Springfield already installed on the slide. There are two ways to remove the factory sighsts.

1. Drift them out with a heavy hammer and a steel punch. You'll break a brass punch if you try it with one because you have to knock the **** out of them to get them to move.
2. Find some TnT and blow them to Kingdom Come because that's how you'll feel after trying to remove the sights using any other conventional method.

You can't use a sight mover tool for the front sights and don't even think about reusing the sights after removing them. They're more than likely toast after using a steel punch or the TnT.

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Every 'smith I know says XD's are among the hardest of all sights to remove/replace. Take it an experienced 'smith, it is worth the cost to keep from damaging the, the sights or both.

^ That is what I did.
This is what I was told to do as well, one `Smith he won't touch them.

Gator if you don't mine me asking what did you pay, the one `Smith who said he would change out the sites said only if I buy a certain kind all total was about 250.00
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Hey all , I have several xd,xdm,xds 45 and have changed sights effortlessly ! Maryland sight tool for xd . It works on all of them if you watch what your doing , very nice very accurate . Don't understand all the fuss ! It cost about $120 think I got it from midwayusa.com I'm not a smith, don't get ripped !

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Hey all , I have several xd,xdm,xds 45 and have changed sights effortlessly ! Maryland sight tool for xd . It works on all of them if you watch what your doing , very nice very accurate . Don't understand all the fuss ! It cost about $120 think I got it from midwayusa.com I'm not a smith, don't get ripped !
This^^.
The XD family requires a specific sight pusher.
http://www.lancotactical.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MGW317
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The XD family requires a specific sight pusher.
http://www.lancotactical.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MGW317
Ha ha ! Duh !
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Midwayusa.com
Product# 520237
MGW317
$120

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Midwayusa.com
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*Not to be used to remove factory sights.

It can be used with caution but it's not recommended.
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