The XD-40 Tactical: A Gun Apart

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  1. dleong

    dleong XDTalk Member

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    Literally:

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    I had my Tactical completely apart for a thorough cleaning, and decided to snap this image of it while it was disassembled. Yes, I know my digital photography "skills" suck, especially with regard to adequate lighting conditions...

    The Tactical in the image was acquired new in July of 2002 and currently has approximately 16,000 handloaded rounds through it. It seems to be holding up extremely well, from what I can see.

    DL

     
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    [TASF]Overkill XDTalk 2K Member

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    Looks more gun-porn-ish than mine did.

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    Yeah, but your image has better focus than mine. :D

    DL
     
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    I think it looks fine, how easy did you find the process?
     
  5. dleong

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    Extremely straightforward, logical and simple. Taking apart an XD in this manner makes one really appreciate the quality that went into the design, engineering and construction of the pistol.

    The durability of the pistol is also quite remarkable: as far as I can tell, there does not appear to be any visible metal wear (peeing, gouging, galling, etc.) to account for the approximately 16,000 rounds discharged.

    DL
     
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    image looks fine to me
     
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    don't know why you think teh image looks bad! In fact, I saved it. great photo, thanks!
     
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    I think that pic's good enough for wallpaper. It's my new desktop background. Thank you very much.
     
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    Agreed... this is the best disassembly pic ive seen=)
     
  10. Captain Ray

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    That is a GREAT picture! I saved it... and have a question.

    I wish this site would let me upload an image.. but I will have to save it on my server.. hold on.....

    ok.. thanx for waiting....

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    The part that I have highlighted, number 15 in the XD Frame Parts List, is the grip safety.

    I would like to remove the bluing from this part, and shine it up to match the exposed portion of the barrel that I have already polished. I am a little timid about tackling this project though, because it involves taking the thing apart. I am not particularly mechanically inclined, so it makes me nervous taking this apart.

    What steps would you suggest to remove just the grip safety so that I can polish it, and put it back together without damaging the gun.

    Thanks!

    Raymond
     
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    Raymond,

    Removing the Grip Safety (#15) is a relatively simple process, and can be accomplished thusly:

    1. Wrap a rubber band around the grip to depress the Grip Safety (#15).

    2. Use a 3/32" pin punch to drift the Sear Pin (#11) out of the frame towards the left. Remove the Firing Pin Safety Lever (#25), Sear (#10) and Sear Spring (#13).

    3. Use a small flat-bladed screwdriver to push the Ejector Pin (#12) out of the frame towards the left. Remove the Ejector (#14).

    4. Use a 3/32" pin punch to drift the Grip Safety Pin (#16) out of the frame towards the right. Remove the Grip Safety and Grip Safety Spring (#17).

    To reassemble, just reverse the preceding steps, with the following caveats:

    1. Note the orientation of the Grip Safety Spring: the entire spring nestles in the depression at the rear of the Grip Safety, with the short, straight end of the spring pressing against the Grip Safety and the long, curved end pressing against the inside of the frame.

    2. The off-center groove around the shaft of the Grip Safety Pin should be positioned towards the left of the frame, to properly engage the Grip Safety Spring. After installing this pin, it might be necessary to adjust it slightly left or right to ensure the Grip Safety operates freely, without binding.

    Hope that helps!


    DL
     
  12. Captain Ray

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    well ****!


    Yes, your instructions are helpful, and No, it aint working as well as I had hoped! Dissasembly went exactly as planned.. putting it back together is not going very smoothly! The GD springs are not sitting where ever the hell they are supposed to be sitting... and I am getting pretty frustrated!!! I am only going to work on this for another 1 or 2 hours.. then I am going to take this MF'r to the nearest gun-smith and have them put it back together for me... sum beach!!! I should have known better!! Taking this GD thing apart was a bad idea... If it weren't f***ing Christmas I would be cursing at the top of my lungs!!! But since it's Christmas... well.. ****!!!

    Raymond
     
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    [​IMG]

    Also I have the detail disassembly instructions online at
    http://www.xd-hs2000.com/disassembly/disassembly.html

    Or call me and as I have done many times I will talk you through the reassembly...Pm me you number and a good time to call. A local smith wont help if he dont know how to put the pistol back together.
     
  14. Captain Ray

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    I am taking you up on your offer AJames! This is really bugging me.. I probably should not have taken the thing apart.. but I figured that with all the instructions, and pictures, I could do it.

    Unfortunately, I am about as mechanically inclined as a Galapagos turtle.. while I love doing this stuff... I am not very good at it.. I need help...

    If you can help me out of this jam, I will.. well hell, I don't know what I will do.. but something nice...

    Raymond
     
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    let me know the final result, and post a pic. I too have been thinking about doing this, but I have been afraid of taking apart the frame, and how removing the blueing would effect teh grip safety (rust). I did it to my clipdraw and barrel though, and have been thinking about doing the grip to match.

     

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