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New Sights

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ZMP_CTR, May 24, 2008.

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  1. ZMP_CTR

    ZMP_CTR Member

    May 15, 2007
    Installing sights. I've asked before, but I can't find the post. Should I attempt to put on my new sights by myself or fork out the $$ and have a pro do it? Is it hard to do? What is the typical price for having sights installed on an XD40? Thanks for the input!
  2. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Member

    Jan 23, 2003
    It all depends on how handy you are and whether you have (or are willing to buy) the proper tools for the job.

    Even "No Gunsmithing" parts often need either some careful final fitting and/or a special tool of some sort to get the job done right.

    With patience and careful attention to the written instructions many installations are a relatively simple DIY. It's when somebody gets in a hurry or tries to substitute something he has on-hand for the proper tool that bad things generally happen.

    IME. it is always much more expensive to pay someone to fix a mistake than it is pay them to have it done right the first time.

    If you read carefully and follow the instructions, have or buy the proper tools for the job and take each step slowly and carefully you should have no trouble installing them. But if you run into a problem or something that's not covered in the instructions, STOP RIGHT THERE and consult with the company or a local pro. You wallet will thank you.
  3. RogersPrecision

    RogersPrecision Member

    Nov 22, 2003
    n az
    The XD series is notorious for having extremely tight sight installs. I certainly woulg not choose one for an early attempt.
    Several weeks ago I was visiting with another smiff who was busy milling out the front sight of an XD as he was not able to remove it by conventional means.
  4. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    Now that is tight. How did the factory get them in there? :confused:

    I've also read similar remarks about Kahrs.
  5. possum

    possum Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Concord, N.C.
    for some reason xd's are hard to change sights on the sights are in there tight. i had a set of trijicons put on my xd service model, sa did that for me, and sights and instilation was $90

    my xdsc i had a smith put xs 24/7 sights on. on a glock sights are easy on pretty much everything else i get the factory to do it, or a smith that i trust.
  6. tokonoma

    tokonoma Member

    May 25, 2008
    Mint Hill, NC
    Share The Info

    If you get an installation price on the XD40, please share the information. I just pre-ordered the Sure Sights Tritium version and, when they arrive in mid-June, I will need to have them installed (hopefully locally here in Charlotte, NC).

    BTW do you like your XD40 as much as I do mine?
  7. wig

    wig Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Oh man oh man, I tried to move the XD9C sight 1MM, beat the crap out of it, almost broke my sight tool.

    Talk about a crappy experience! Eventually took a different sight tool to move it. Oddly enough it came from the factory 1mm off in the rear.

    If XD RUN away from doing it yourself.
  8. Baneblade

    Baneblade Member

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    I would not attempt the XD sights without the proper tool. Let me rephrase that, I did attempt it, and it didn't go to well. I stopped before damaging the gun, but concluded that I could not remove the sight without the proper tools.

    In other words, a vise, proper liner, brass drift, and gunsmith hammer didn't cut it.
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