You're not an idiot (except for trying to work on XD sights in the first place). You need AJames. Do you have a Bat Signal type light with the XD Logo that you can shine on a nearby cloud?
As I remember from right to left, so that is not your problem. A drill press vice may be a bit small and have too much flex. You definately need a solid vice so that there is no energy lost when you are hammering.Hangfire said:Edit: I just caught something another poster put up. Is that correct? When looking down the sights from the rear of the XD, they come off from left to right? If so...er. I found my problem.
hobocircus said:My rear sight loosened up while shooting a few months ago. It wasn't enough to drop off and get lost, but I discovered it in time to catch it.
If looking from the rear of the pistol the sights will go off from left to right. I could tell this because of some light wear marks from the factory when they were first staked on. Actually in my case the rear sight was so loose it would have come off in either direction.
I don't have any experience with the front sight coming loose on either of my XDs so I don't have a comment on that subject.
Since you have already tried several methods and spent some money on this manuever, I would find a good gunsmith on monday and have them use a sight pusher. Shouldn't cost much if the gunsmith is fair.