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XD .40 upgrade test (Dons guide rod, #22 wolf spring and Ghost Ring rear sight)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by axeman_g, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. axeman_g

    axeman_g Well-Known Member

    I posted this at HS2000 talk forum, but thought I would share it with you all also.

    Ok, I installed the Dons guide rod and spring lickety split. It took me days to get to the range, so monday after work I head out. I had also installed a ghost ring reart sight and kept the factory front on.

    I took some WinClean 180gr, some S&B 180 gr and some Speer Lawmen Gold Dot 155 gr.

    Since I had shot the Win 180gr before changing spring, I loaded them up again. Recoil was reduced approx 15% in my opinion. I have no hard testing measures other then feel. I am a bit of a wuss and am recoil sensitive, so take that for what its worth. One thing I did notice was that I was no longer hit in the head by flying brass, they just popped out to the right. I then loaded up the Speers and boy were they much hotter, crisper sound and sharper recoil. But they were more accurate after getting used to them.

    The Ghost ring rear was really nice, the front sight gets acquired very quickly and is a definite improvement over the very awkward standard sights which seemed to tall and thin.

    All in all, I give the rod/spring upgrade a 7. I dont think it is the end all, but it is a nice upgrade.

    The ghost ring sight is a no brainer if you dislike the standard sights. Cheap and effective.

  2. NevadaPistolero

    NevadaPistolero Well-Known Member


    I have the XD in 357sig. I put Dons Guide Rod in mine and went back out and shot another 100 rounds out of it. It did tame the 357sig round a bit. It helped. The gun did shoot better. I used the 22# wolf spring, I might try the 24# some where down the line but its not a priority. What # spring are you using.
  3. Kcustom45

    Kcustom45 Well-Known Member

    I have been thinking about doing some upgrades to a XD-40. Where did you guys get your stuff? Any help would be appreciated.
  4. mrt

    mrt Well-Known Member

    Kcustom - see the HS 2000/XD forum
    sometimes the add for Don's guide rod is posted at the top...he supports the web site with his invention. Or use the search engine there... after reading a few posts it should all be explained.

    Nevada - axeman said he was using a 22# spring (see the title)
  5. axeman_g

    axeman_g Well-Known Member

    stuff acquired

    hey guys,

    I got the guide rod from Don of the HS2000 talk website.

    I got the Wolf Spring direct from them. It is #22.

    The ghost sight is from Entrepise.

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