Rear sight removal tips/tricks & ???s

Discussion in 'XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance' started by NavyGuy, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Feb 24, 2012 #1
    NavyGuy

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    Hi im the FNG, little about me im active duty Navy. I own a XD-40 subcompact. Im 29 and live in Virgina Beach.

    Ok so I just picked up the Laserlyte rear laser for my XD-40, I have taken it to two gunsmiths and they have told me that they refuse to work on them due to the sights being heat pressed in.... :???: I want to try and install the sight my self but if two smiths say its hard, I'm kinda afraid to try it. Dose anyone have any tricks/tip on removing the rear sight. I was going to get a removal tool but cant justify spending $150+ for something that I will use maybe 3 times.

    Thank you,
    NavyGuy

     
  2. Feb 24, 2012 #2
    Peelthis

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    Hi and Welcome,
    I grew up in Va Beach! Miss it sometimes...lol. Have you tried Bob's gun range, in Norfolk, they usually do good work. Well they did its been a few years since I've visited that place. As long as your careful, you can use a punch tool to get the rear sight out but that's at your own risk. Not sure about the tool it says on the website that most of the tools are not to be used on factory sights. Hope some of this helps, take care and good luck.
     
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    Bill in San Jose

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    Contact SA custom shop. They'll press old sight out free, minimal cost to install new. You don't need FFL to ship only the slide. Best way.

    The problem is installing the new sight without pounding it in and ruining it.
     
  4. Feb 24, 2012 #4
    Falcon31

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    there is a way to do it. but it takes a steady hand and some tools. i would highly recommend finding a gunsmith to do it for you. might cost you a couple of bucks but better that then risk damaging your firearm.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2012 #5
    XDM bitone 40

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    Read my posted...I just replace mine... Yea the factory sights are well Scrap.
    :cool:
     
  6. Feb 28, 2012 #6
    ajamesp51

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    Well

    Springfield Charges 65.00 and has a two week turnaround.

    XDM bitone 40: used an air chisel to pound out his sights, if you don`t have an air chisel or don't want to take the chance messing your slide up. Props to XDM for having the skill to take out his sights. Before you attempt it your self ask your self what is your skill level and do you want to take the chance check out my page on mishaps from people that thought they had the skill:
    DIY Gone Wrong

    This is just a small example of what can go wrong:
    [​IMG]

    If you don't want to try it your self and don't trust your smith. I will change them for you for 20.00 and that includes the return shipping with a 24 hr turnaround. Plus I warrant my work so if I break your sights I replace them, if I damage your slide I fix it. You just spent 100.00 on a new sight why chance having it messed up. Oh you can not use the air chisel to install the laser.
     
  7. Feb 29, 2012 #7
    NavyGuy

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    ajamesp51

    Thanks for the reply, after looking and your DIY page im scared s*%tless to try this myself. I called a smith and he said that he could do it for me. I am going to try him, if for some reason he cant do it. you will be getting my slide. :)
     
  8. Feb 29, 2012 #8
    ajamesp51

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    Thats a good Idea, I have at least 25 more pages that I am working on for the mess up area to show examples of people who were over their head. You just have to know your skill level and be able to accept what could be damaged if you try it your self.
     
  9. Feb 29, 2012 #9
    Nacho Man

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    my favorite is the epoxied sights pics. i remember seeing those pics a while back when first visiting the website. im no gunsmith but i can see some straight up negligence on sight swap. if those were my guns id be pissed.
     
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    rabies

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    iv seen a video of a guy using an airhamer 0.0

    i used a dremmel and cut my factory ones off
    and filed to size my xs 24/7 sights and pressed them on with locktite

    jus dont use a screwdriver/drywall hammer/ghetto things
    youl damage/mar/gouge the gun real easy with one slip.

    i hear that james guy does it correctly and at a good price too
     

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