XD rear sight adjustment ???

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by fins59, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. fins59

    fins59 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    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.
     

  3. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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

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    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.
     
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  6. fins59

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    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.
     
  7. orangello

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    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/diagnosis-handgun-inaccuracy-53591/

    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
     
  8. Blackwaterkatz

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    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. :)
     
  9. fins59

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    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.
     
  10. JohnJak

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    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.
     
  11. crazycharlie2

    crazycharlie2 New Member

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    Orangello has the right idea. Use the chart he referenced in his post.
    I made copies of it for my friends at the range.
    I have the XD 45 Tactical and it is spot on.
     
  12. fins59

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    Thanks. I'm headin back to the range this weekend to try and figure out my problem. Hopefully the chart'll help. Thanks again.
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    If that doesn't work, you could always try moving the target. ;)
     
  14. fins59

    fins59 New Member

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    Lol. When it maters. It's probably gonna be movin anyway.
     
  15. JonM

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    when i suspect im having a sight issue or if im having a monkey holding the stick issue, i try and find a couple different other monkies to hold the stick for a bit...
     
  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I understand the simians are pretty good with their accuracy. ;)
     
  17. fins59

    fins59 New Member

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    Maybe I can resolve this without the monkeys. As I recall on "Planet of The Apes" monkeys with guns doesn't end to well for humans.