Having been a diehard Glock owner for the past 5 years I am EXTREMELY eager to get into the XD scene. All my glocks are 40 S&W hence my wife "decided" to get me an XD40 for Christmas I've been a "guest" at this forum for a month now and almost every post makes me green with envy. Don't know what it is about the XD, but I can hardly wait to take it out to the range and use it at our summer steel action shoots. She opted for a bi-tone service model and I plan to put a dawson front optic sight on it with (possibly) a Novak low profile fixed rear. I've got that combination on my Glock 23 and target acquisition is superb. My question is rather simple and straightforward...is it easy to remove the existing front and rear sights to self-install aftermarket sights? On my Glocks I have to use a special rear sight tool (mounts on the slide and pushes the rear sight out of the slide's dovetail) to remove the rear sight (front sight, as many of you know, comes off with a simple twist using a pair of needle nose pliers). Thanks for your input and advice and Merry Christmas to you all.