Xd9 upgrades

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  1. wcm250f

    wcm250f XDTalk Newbie

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    Looking to upgrade my full service 9. Wanting to change the sights to night sights but not sure which ones.

    I picked up a gen 4 Glock 23 and I like the reset on that trigger better then the xd but I like how weight if the xd better. So I have thought about changing out the trigger. Please any recommendations would be appreciated.

    If there is anything else I should look at upgrading please let me know. I have yet to change out the striker pin going through the slide.

    Appreciate any suggestions. I have a open mind.
     
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    JMO, don't change the trigger. Get some talon grips and some night sights. Thats all you need to change on a handgun. Can't help you on what kind of sights. If it's defensive shooting, i hear XS big dots and Trijicon HD are the best.
     
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    I plan on carrying the pistol which makes me worried to change the pistol. But I just can't help myself from trying to find a better reset.

    I have checked the talon grips out. But are they not the same thing as sand paper?

    I forgot to mention, I have shot about 5k plus through the handgun. So I feel comfortable with it.
     
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    Springer Precision :: The XD Specialists modified my XD9 for combat carry. Since then they have worked on several of my XD's, all to my satisfaction. I strongly recommend having the trigger modified.
     
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    I put the talon rubber grips and XS big dots on my XD. Also added a Inforce APL light. The sights make getting on target very quick. I don't find myself focusing so much on sight alignment anymore. The light seems to add just enough weight to balance it all out. Really happy with everything so far.
     
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    Disagree:
    Every penny I spent on my PRP trigger for my XD9 was worth it.

    I like the TruGlo fiber sights, but lots of folks say you should spring for the TFO's if you're going for a nightstand gun. I can pick up the white dots just fine after a touch-up with some Testors super-bright white enamel. No glow, just good white paint.

    As far as grips, I use black sand grip tape and it works great for me. Talon grips are fine, I just don't like the rubber as much as I do the grit of the skateboard-style tape. Really positive grip, easy to handle even when dripping wet.
     
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    I have not felt those talon grips yet. Are they sand paper or rubber?


    What's the difference in prp and springer?
    Surprised no comments on a better barrel?
     
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    I agree. I want one in my 45 now.
     
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    If you go with a different trigger, go Springer or PRP. I haven't decided which one I'm going to go with yet. All I've done with mine is a set of Hogue Grips and a weaponlight. Mine already had night sights on it, but they are kinda dim, so I'm probably going to go with a set of Trijicon's or TruGlo's.
     
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    Here is something to ponder: Do you think having a "trigger job"on his pistol would help or hurt George Zimmerman in his trial?

    I have both Trijicon and MetroGlo tritium night sights on my various XDs theMetros have a slightly larger diameter tritium rod making it larger andbrighter at night. The Metros are not the model with the optic fibers, just thetritium rods. I would recommend either. I got the Metros on Amazon for lessthan $80.

    Installation of these type sights should only be attempted with a propersight adjustment/installation tool. Banging them in and out with the ol' brasspunch and hammer is a no-no. It cracks the cement holding the rods and caneither break them outright or loosen them enough that when you start shooting,the rod goes flying and then you are looking at a little tiny black hole.
     
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    Triggers:
    The question of "will a trigger job hurt you in court" doesn't really bother me that much, because I can (personally) make the case that my PRP kit helps with the reliability and accuracy of my firearm. I'm quantifiably more accurate with the PRP kit than without, and the trigger pull is still sufficient to be deliberate. The ultra-safety split trigger (which is on both the stock and PRP triggers) does more to reduce the risk of ND/AD than more pull weight ever could. A finger simply slipping inside the trigger guard is not enough to make an XD fire, you need to get a full pad on the trigger and pull directly to the rear; that's the case with the PRP triggers as well, which makes me comfortable carrying them in my EDC as well as my match gun.

    The PRP kit cut my pull length in half, shortened the reset by about 40%, and reduced the weight by about 15%. I also took the time to very thoroughly clean the interaction between the sear and the striker when installing, as well as smoothing out the sear / ejector plate / striker safety lever interaction. The pulls are smooth, clean, and predictable, and the PRP kit also eliminates the super-lightweight takeup (so when you're pulling the PRP trigger, you only apply one level of force). Straight back, reset, repeat -- VERY worth the investment.

    Barrels:
    I have an SS match barrel on my XD9sc (came with it), and a standard black barrel on my XD9; both are very precise. My XDs is also extraordinarily accurate, owing in part to a 10% longer barrel than the XD9sc. All of my XD's are accurate enough that, shooting offhand at 30 feet, I'll never be more precise than the equipment I'm using.

    Sights:
    Frankly, I think a red / green FO sight up front is just fine for my purposes. My XDs stock fiber sight picks up plenty of ambient light even indoors and around dusk. Some people are very opinionated about wanting the ability to shoot in low- or no-light conditions. If the light is low enough that I can't see the sights, then the light is low enough that I can't positively identify my target, so I shouldn't be shooting -- period. In such cases, I'd opt for a basic super-bright handheld flashlight and hold it away from my body to illuminate dark areas, skip the $120 tritium / TFO sights, and put that money into practice ammo. But that's just me, YMMV.

    Grips:
    The sandpaper grips are definitely... coarse. But I've got coarse hands, and they don't bother me. HOWEVER, they will do a number on concealment garments (especially those with inner liners), and they do not feel very nice rubbing up against bare flesh if you're holding IWB. Basically, do what feels right for you -- just order some sand grips and rubber grips and try both. Hell, they're only about $8 / pop, so you can afford to switch them out if you find you don't like one :)
     
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    Can you tell any difference between the barrels.

    which prp is most people going with.
     
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    memo XDTalk 1K Member

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    I can't really tell a difference. The 4-inch standard barrel and 3-inch match barrel shoot pretty much the same. Any accuracy improvements are probably more a function of what I had to eat that morning rather than which gun I'm shooting.

    I installed the Ultimate Easy Fit XD Trigger Kit. Took about 3 hours for the first install, and about 1 hour for the second install.
     
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    Maybe I will still the upgrade on barrel and focus more on sights and trigger. Thanks for the feedback

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    You will like the reset from a trigger job. It is much quicker. The PRP trigger has an over travel stop that i just do not like. It keeps the XD trigger from breaking towards the back like it used too. The break was the best thing about the original trigger imo. Don't be fooled into thinking its a combat trigger though. Shorter pull and lighter weight is not for self defense.
     

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