removing front sight from XDm pistol !!!

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by wpshooter, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

    325
    Jul 21, 2009
    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

    Nov 27, 2010
    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

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    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

    Aug 25, 2009
    Chisel any help?
     
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    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 Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    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

    ShawnDow Member

    493
    Jun 17, 2012
    Tawas City, Michigan
    Some thing tells me I'll be keeping the original sights on my .40 XDM....
     
  8. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    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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