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Changing the XDM backstraps

This is a discussion on Changing the XDM backstraps within the XD-M Discussion Room - XD(M) forums, part of the XD Talk category; Wow this pin is really in there. i've tried an allen wrench also a finishing nail and hammered the hell out of it and nothing, ...


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Old 02-11-2009, 05:48 PM   #21
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Wow this pin is really in there. i've tried an allen wrench also a finishing nail and hammered the hell out of it and nothing, didnt even budge. might have to get some kind of tool that you was mention. 1/8th punch out
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Can you get some pictures of the velcro?

I am wondering how well that will hold on a day at the range.

I oiled the pin and have been able to remove it quite easily.
ill see if i can get pics...holds up well...cause your hand wraps around it...can't fly off or come loose if your hand is on it
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:52 PM   #23
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Mike, put the gun on a solid surface, push the pin from the left side to right side. This is looking down the barrel. Hit it several times and it will come out. It took me several times and I too, was worried about hitting too hard. But then it came right out. I used a 3/32 allen wrench and a rubber mallet. Good luck!
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I'd be a little careful with the Allen wrenches. They are tough but they are also hardened. If you guys are having as tough a time as I read I would use a punch. I suggested the nail trick on another thread which really worked well for me and should be easy for everybody. Be sure to use the head or cut off the point. The pin is split so if you use the point of the nail the pin may flare just enough to make the removal that much more difficult. A 6d nail works fine.
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Many of us have and will use allen wrenches. There is not a problem in doing so. The A/W will fit through the hole and it fits over the edge of the pin to push it out.
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Many of us have and will use allen wrenches. There is not a problem in doing so. The A/W will fit through the hole and it fits over the edge of the pin to push it out.
I'm glad it works for you. Go for it!
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:24 PM   #27
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That backstrap is a real bitch. Changed them out and I can barely feel the difference, should have just left it as is.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:23 AM   #28
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I guess it's good that they aren't going to fall out on their own but they do take a pretty good whack the first time you remove the retainer pin.

I used a finishing nail after I took the point off with a Dremel tool. It worked well but need a good whack to get the pin started moving.

I put some Hoppe's gun oil on it before changing to the small backstrap. I decided to change back to the 'default' medium strap after a trip to the firing range with the small backstrap. Haven't shot it again since changing back but I pretty sure I'm going to like shooting it better since I shot better with it before switching to the small.
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You guys are inspirational! I haven't been really happy with my trigger on the XDM. When it gets a little more broke in if I still am not happy I will do a PRP to it. The back strap change literally changes the angle your finger tip makes with the trigger (to some small degree). Small one rotates finger tip up; large one rotates finger tip down. I followed great advice here and got a 6D finishing nail and using my Dremel cut off wheel I took off the point. Kept the edge sharp but made sure it was flat. Then in a really enjoyable moment I took my dad's old plastic faced hammer that he used many years (and years ago) on his guns to quickly drive out the pin on the backstrap. No issues and didn't require all that much force or many taps. I went to the small one and I am much happier with the trigger/finger tip lineup. Feels better too. When my Hogue sleeve gets in next week I will have the grip of this XDM about as nice as it will let me make it. I didn't lube the pin when I put it back in. Split pins, in my opinion only, do their job without lubrication.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:13 AM   #30
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finally sat down with the xdm the other day and was determined to get the back strap changed and i did. love the feel of the smallest back strap. its awesome, 20rds never fit so good in my hand. thanks for all your help guys.
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