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How does one get the XD-9 sights to move? I have tried brass punches and a vise, I even have a Universal sight pusher but because of the the unusual shape of the XD slide it will not lock into the jig. Do I just need a bigger hammer and more muscles or should I give up and pay a Gunsmith for a 2 minute job? It needs about 1/16" o the left. Any suggestions would be appreciated. :?: Are all XD sights installed this tight?

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"Are all XD sights installed this tight?"

Seems to be so.........

It's good that you have a bench vise, would buy a length of machinable quality brass rod {it's harder} from a local metalworking supply store as large or a bit larger than the dovetail and file it down on all 4 sides, including the angle to match the sights sides, so you can direct as straight a blow as possible with a heavy 1 lb. hand-sledge hammer.

Also use oil like Kroil or something thin enough to get between the sight and slide dovetail.
Frankly would beat the thing out of slide completely and either replace it with aftermarket and fit it with a file so it will move more easily the next time.
 

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I don't use a vice or anything. I lay the slide on the carpeted floor and make repeated medium-strength taps with a brass punch and small brass hammer. Maybe every 5-8 taps I take a measure with calipers. It moves.
 

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I used my Universal sight pusher to move the rear sight on my bitone xd-9 service. I torqued the knob as much as I could, then tapped it with a hammer.

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HELP!
How does one get the XD-9 sights to move? I have tried brass punches and a vise, I even have a Universal sight pusher but because of the the unusual shape of the XD slide it will not lock into the jig. Do I just need a bigger hammer and more muscles or should I give up and pay a Gunsmith for a 2 minute job? It needs about 1/16" o the left. Any suggestions would be appreciated. :?: Are all XD sights installed this tight?

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Man, I used a small wood dowel and 3# mini sledge and STILL couldn't get the sucker to move.

Maybe I'll try using my bench vise or something.
 

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This is how my rear sight came off just the other day.

http://www.hs2000talk.com/viewtopic.php?t=17634

My sight could be pushed both right and left just using my fingers. It looks like the sight is best removed by tapping out from the right side and out to the left. I did notice that there was some lube in the dovetail on the slide and it probably is from a bit too much oil used to wipe down the finish. (Not sure how this happened though, I don't usually use that much oil to protect my finish).
You might try soaking your rear sight overnight with some penetrating oil and then some light taps. Make sure the dovetail slot is all cleaned out after you get the sight removed. Canned gun scrubber should do the trick. Good luck with it.
 

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Ther are several threads on this topic, it seems the croats who SA imports from have decided to have the sights in extremely tight you can strip the slide, put it in the freezer for several hours then lock it in a vice and use a punch to knock it where you need to, remember these are combat sights and must be able to hold up under the worst possible conditions.
Or you could do what I did, let the crappy finish wear off and slide to to rust send it back to SA under warranty and have them put Armory-Kote on it and leave the sights out (wonderful refinish job) for $8 s/h and when you get it back put a set of replacement sights on from (Old School or Ajames)
 

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i just used a universal sight pusher and it was tough getting it to move but got it done. The amount of pressure I applied I hope I did not bend the slide
 
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