Hey everyone, I have been reading a ton of great info on the site and it has motivated me on a lot of my upgrade choices for my new XDM 3.8 Compact. I think I only put 200 rounds through it before deciding to tackle some upgrades I read about on the site.
So far I have upgraded the trigger with a drop in competition trigger and done the laser cut X-Treme grips from PRP. I was able to accomplish those upgrades myself no problem but was a little scared to attempt the sights after reading how hard they were on XDM's. Well I had to order them from Dawson Precision and love the gun too much to be without it for 4 weeks while they install them so I figured I would try the install myself. If it got too hard or I felt I would do damage I would stop and send it to XD-HS2000 since I heard great things and quick turnaround. Anyways things went great and I got them done, although I have to admit they were hard to get out even with all the tricks I read like using Kroil and everything.
I wanted to take some good before and after pictures to help out anyone that was thinking about the sights since I felt I needed to give something back to the great forum since it has helped me so much in my research. I took some pictures that really get both the rear and front sight in focus so you can get a idea of sight picture and visible light between front sight width and rear sight notch. The DP rear sight is .115 notch and front sight is .100 wide with height of .205 as suggest by DP. Have not shot it yet but using bore laser the height appears to be spot on. You can see the difference in sight picture between the factory and DP. When I measured factory front sight I got a width of .144 and a rear notch of .128 so I did mix some things up to change my sight picture when ordering DP based on some reviews I read. What was interesting was my factory sights were installed so both front and rear sights were lined up their edge on the left mark in dovetail rather then centered between the two marks. I installed my new ones perfectly centered between the marks so we will see if that changes things. Factory sights shot dead on at all distances though.
Thanks for the help all and sorry for the long detailed post, had to make my first one, correction 10th one since I cant post pictures till 10, a good one