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fins59 12-28-2011 08:25 PM

XD rear sight adjustment ???
Can the rear sight on an XD be adjusted with ordinary tools such as a brass punch & hammer? Or do I need something more specialized? Or send it off?
I only mention punch & hammer cause that's what a local shop says they're gonna use. Not so sure I like the sound of that.
Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks.

orangello 12-28-2011 09:00 PM

I have no firsthand experience with hammer adjusting my rear sights on my XD45, but i have read that the sights are set pretty tightly on the XD's. IIRC, there was some tool that was better than the hammerinpunch; i'm thinking it was something like the adjustment tool for my SKS front sight, but i am not certain.

pagj17 12-28-2011 09:15 PM

Op... I wouldn't frquent them for gunsmiting services! Yikes.:)

partdeux 12-29-2011 12:04 AM

My XDM9 sights were so tight, I couldn't move them with a reasonably hard hit with the hammer/punch.

JonM 12-29-2011 01:41 AM

a proper sight pusher runs about 140$ for the xd/m and most other semi autos.

unless your doing it for a living or are going to be doing it a lot on a fleet of xd/m's its best to find a qualified xd/m gunsmith or send it to springfield custom shop for zeroing.

personally i wouldnt use the drift method with a punch on a xdm the sights are set very very tight.

fins59 12-29-2011 08:21 PM

Guess I'll keep shooting to make absolutely sure it ain't me (which it could be). Then if it is the sights I'll have to send it off or buy a tool. Can't seem to locate anyone local yet.

orangello 12-29-2011 08:30 PM

I would try resting on a sand bag or something to steady me up & get consistent groupings to identify the problem. There is a chart in that link that shows what small problems can do to your shot placement.

If the sights are a bit off, they should stay a bit off. Also, did yousee the bit in the manual about a "six o'clock" sight picture (for consistently low/high shots at a given distance)? It is on page 40 of the manual (also available online Springfield Armory

Blackwaterkatz 12-31-2011 12:57 AM

My XD40 shot slightly left when I first got it; tried to move the rear sight, but didn't have much luck, and did not want to hit it too hard and potentially cause some damage. I'm glad I waited, because I eventually discovered that it was my trigger pull that was doing it; one hand shots were good, two hand would go left. I still have to concentrate a little more when shooting, but I'm doing pretty well now. The weapon is more accurate than I am. :)

fins59 12-31-2011 01:34 AM

That's what I'm gettin. It's probably me, not the weapon. It's just funny, I can shoot others more accurate.
Still gonna work with it more before I commit to tweaking anything. As well as get some others to shoot mine, see how it goes for them.

JohnJak 12-31-2011 04:33 AM

Last thing I would want is some local yocal gunsmith beating my gun with a hammer and punch.

If he can't afford a sight pusher he is a backyard smith.

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