New XD40

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by Blackwaterkatz, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    My dealer finally got my new XD40 sub compact in today. I gave it a quick clean and fired 20 rounds or so of several brands and weights through it, and I think it's a keeper. It didn't seem to be too picky, and it seems to be at least as accurate as I am :D but shoots just a little left, about 2 inches at 17 yards. I'll adjust the sights later; kinda wish it had something besides the dovetail sight adjustment, but then I knew that when I bought it. I'm looking forward to getting some more range time in. I also want to get a better holster, if anyone has suggestions, for inside waistband.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    You have a winner there that will eat anything you want to feed it!

    DO NOT try to adjust the sights. The sights are fixed and should not need adjusting. You probably need to adjust your shooting, look here for help.

    Correction Target

    I would get a crossbreed supertuck. I just ordered one for my new kimber.

    :)
     

  3. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    Thanks for the link, and the advice on the sights. They appear to be in a dovetail, and thought I could adjust them, but I'll try the tip from the chart: says my trigger hold is wrong. That's a real possibility; I've never considered myself to be a crack shot with a pistol. I need to practice a lot more, no doubt.
     
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  4. Jpyle

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    20 or so rounds is not even close to being enough to judge the accuracy of the pistol or your ability to shoot it. Put a couple hundred through then reassess the need to adjust the sights. Also check your finger position on the trigger. If you have big hands or long fingers the smaller frame of the subcompact may require you to adjust your finger position to avoid pushing right to left as you fire each shot.
     
  5. canebrake

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    Twenty rounds downrange and you want to adjust the sights??

    Maybe you should get to know the gun before you go making changes.

    Hand's down, the xbreed super tuck!

    Crossbreed Holsters
     
  6. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    XD SC is a great gun. You'll love it.
     
  7. NGIB

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    I'd practice at 5-10 yards with this subcompact pistol as 17 yards is a long range with a short sight radius...
     
  8. Blackwaterkatz

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    All advice is much appreciated. I will do some more shooting with the pistol. I don't do nearly enough, I know. Most of my shooting is with long guns.
     
  9. kmc_xd40

    kmc_xd40 New Member

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    after 3000+ rounds through my XD I've only had 3 jam and all three were from the same crap box of reloads I bought from a "shaddy" range. I also agree that more time with more rounds don range would be something to do before messing with the sights.
     
  10. Blackwaterkatz

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    I've now put about 300+ rounds through the pistol, of different brands and weights. I have to say it isn't picky at all about ammo so far, and I'm getting much more accurate with it, but it still shoots a little to the left. Maybe just my hold or something. I'm going to get one or two of my buddies to shoot it and see what it does for them. It's more than accurate enough for self defense.
    I added a lasergrip to it, but really haven't practiced much at all with it; I want to be comfortable with the open sights first. Thanks again for all the feedback.
     
  11. diggsbakes

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    You also might get you some snap caps and practice your trigger pull while you're sitting on the easy boy. Righty's (which I'm assuming you are) have a tendency to shoot left and low at times. An easy way to tell if it's the gun is to rest it at ~7 yards and see what it prints. I know it's a pain to rest with the SC, but you'll figure something out. My XD began to relax for the second time around 1800-2000 rounds and it just gets better. Have fun! :)
     
  12. Blackwaterkatz

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    I fired a few rounds today. Two handed grip consistently low and left, but one handed put them at poi. Can't figure out what, but I'm doing something wrong for sure. I'll keep working on it, though.
     
  13. ajb

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    I would guess that with the 2 handed hold you are pulling back to hard with your support hand. This may cause you to shoot low left, especially if you pull a little harder just as you break the shot.
     
  14. gorknoids

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    Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT crapping on lasers, but I've watched dozens of people center the sparkle and then shoot 12" away from the X.
    Aiming is certainly important, but getting the shot off without any of the 100 different causes that result in a miss is the name of the game. I've been shooting roughly 75% weak handed lately (Had shoulder surgery last year and just fell out of the practice) and found myself contracting all of my fingers on trigger press, sending everything uniformly to the right. With a few adjustments and a couple hundred rounds, I managed to scoot everything to the left and into the black at 7 yards. Of course there are fliers, but I would have them if I had the gun in a vise and a 21' barrel, because it has been ordained that my prescribed level of "suck" shall not be infringed. This is one more reason why I consider golf and handgunning parallel Hells. You fix one microscopic flaw and initiate 7 new ones! :D
     
  15. Blackwaterkatz

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    Thanks, all. I do need to work on my grip and figure out what's going on. I have the lasergrips and I do ok with that, but then, they're adjusted for my poi. I have been concentrating lately on using open sights only. I think I will get someone to watch what I'm doing and see what we can come up with.
     
  16. tacticaljim

    tacticaljim New Member

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    have you tried different wights of ammo or shooting stance
     
  17. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    What exactly does this help with? (it won't pull of on my computer, so I haven't seen it yet.)
     
  18. NGIB

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    It's a target that visually shows where your rounds will land if you suffer from one of the common problems like flinching, gripping to tightly, etc. For example, shooting low and left usually means you're jerking the trigger or tightening your grip as you pull the trigger (for a right-handed shooter)...
     
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  20. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    All of the info posted has helped and is appreciated. I have modified the way I hold the weapon and that has helped a lot. The sight picture links and problem troubleshooting has put me on the right path. I was never far off, but now I'm on target much more often; still have some practicing to do. I think the trigger finger position was my biggest problem; using the ball of the finger was causing me to pull off. Thanks for all the help.