removing front sight from XDm pistol !!!

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  1. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

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    Is it really this hard to remove a front sight from a Springfield Armory XD(m) pistol ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEY1r9E7so

    In this video it takes this guy 20 strikes with what amounts to a jack hammer to get it out of the slide. With the noise that that thing was making, I don't see how he kept from tearing & bending the slide all to pieces !!! If it took him 20 strikes with that tool to do that, is it possible to remove one of these sights with a normal old hammer and a good punch ?

    Thanks.
  2. StoneChimney

    StoneChimney New Member

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    XD sights can be a bear. We Kroil the hell of them and use a specific sight-pushing tool. There are DIY-ers who end up using a Dremel and cutting the front sight in half and knocking the pieces out with a punch.
  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    Yep XD sights are a bitch. Springfield will tell you themselves you just have to beat them out.

    I have a hand built Sight pusher than can move them if its securely clamped in a vice.
  4. wpage

    wpage Active Member

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    Chisel any help?
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    Clamp it hard in a vice and use a 15 oz ball peen and a steel punch, polished on the punch end.. And dont love it. Whack it like it just insulted your mother.
  6. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR New Member

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    I removed a rear sight on a XD today that I have no idea how they even got it in. I have to heat it with a micro oxy torch and beat it like it killed the family dog. When it finally slid out it flew across the shop at about 1300 fps.
  7. ShawnDow

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    Some thing tells me I'll be keeping the original sights on my .40 XDM....
  8. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR New Member

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    Or just get them replaced by someone that knows how to deal with em. They all aren't that bad. Its really inconsistent.
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