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Springfield Armory XD sight adjustment

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Post by troystaten Fri 17 Nov 2017, 3:17 pm

I have a Springfield Armory XD in 45acp, it is one of the older ones and has a fixed front and rear sight.  For me the gun shoots about 3-4 inches to the left.  I have tried to move the rear sight to the right but have not been able to get the sight to budge.  I have tried clamping the slide to a heavy bench and using a brass punch and a steel hammer have not gotten it to budge.  I also tried making a jig to hold the slide in my vise and use the vise as a press with the brass punch.  Would one of those fancy sight pushers from Brownells do the trick?  

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Post by Multiracer Fri 17 Nov 2017, 3:52 pm

Fixed front and rear sight... is just that ?

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Post by troystaten Fri 17 Nov 2017, 4:00 pm

Hey Multiracer both the front and rear sights are in sliding dovetails so they should move.

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Post by Bullseye_Stan Fri 17 Nov 2017, 4:04 pm

I keep a product called Kroil around for just such situations.  It sounds like there is a thread-locker or adhesive that is holding the rear site.  Penetration oil (such as Kroil) and/or heat will allow loosening the adhesive.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK Fri 17 Nov 2017, 6:31 pm

When I put adjustable sight on my XD Tactical it took custom jaws for my bench vise & a LARGE hammer to budge them.
I'm thinking they were installed with a hydraulic press initially & they don't want us moving them.
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Post by troystaten Fri 17 Nov 2017, 6:46 pm

Thanks Steve that certainly seems to be the case with mine.  Very annoying as it seems like a decent pistol, especially since I had the trigger replaced.

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Post by SmokinNJokin Fri 17 Nov 2017, 7:05 pm

Springfield armory uses a cryo process to install the sights, it is an absolute bear to move them without destroying. Unless you have a 'sight pusher tool' (and even then its a bitch) OR intend to replace the rear sight with something else, I recommend leaving it as is.

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Post by troystaten Fri 17 Nov 2017, 8:23 pm

Thank you Andrew, the cryo process sounds about right, I understand the desire to have a rugged sight but that process seems a bit excessive.

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Post by LenV Sat 18 Nov 2017, 3:17 am

Front sight on XDM was easy to remove. Why not just adjust the front sight?
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK Sat 18 Nov 2017, 11:37 am

It may be a range of tolerance...on my XD both front & rear sights took serious effort to move.
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Post by Magload Sat 18 Nov 2017, 11:38 am

Every time I correct the sights on a new gun that groups to the left I find that I get use to the trigger and grip and start shooting it to the right.  I have went to just moving to my finger on the trigger till I have used it a while and it starts shooting to the right.  Don
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Post by troystaten Sat 18 Nov 2017, 1:58 pm

Thank you Magload, I will give that a try.  I don't shoot this pistol that often so it could very well be me.  I really don't like shooting this pistol compared to my tuned up 1911.

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Post by Magload Sat 18 Nov 2017, 3:04 pm

troystaten wrote:Thank you Magload, I will give that a try.  I don't shoot this pistol that often so it could very well be me.  I really don't like shooting this pistol compared to my tuned up 1911.
Your welcome it happens to me with nearly every gun I buy.  Don
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Post by troystaten Sat 18 Nov 2017, 10:51 pm

I guess the question I would have Magload is do I use less finger on the trigger or more to move the point of aim to the right (I am shooting right handed).  Thanks

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Post by Magload Sat 18 Nov 2017, 11:22 pm

More the first joint back from the tip.  It is said that the trigger against the bone is better then the meaty part of the finger.  I believe that is from Zinn.  Don
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Post by troystaten Fri 24 Nov 2017, 10:30 pm

Hey Don, I shot the pistol some more and as I got used to it the point of impact  improved, I think I was flinching a bit. This pistol has a bit more recoil especially with factory ball ammo compared to my 1911 that has a red dot and is set up to shoot with mild wad cutter ammo.

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Post by Magload Fri 24 Nov 2017, 11:06 pm

Glad to hear that.  Shooting a new gun to the left and left and low is a common problem for a lot of people myself being one of them.  Not so much now that I been shooting BE for a year and understand what is happening.  Some sights are so hard to move it is a shame to start off moving them then have to move them back later. Don
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