GUN can i change my own sights?

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  1. texchef

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    I wat to put a fiber or trijicon front sight on my XD but don't really want to pay smith prices around here nor buy the $95 sight install tool for ONE job.

    Anyone do this on their own? How did you do it and still stay aligned?
     
  2. Slick26

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    You'll need a sight pusher. I wouldn't do it, but some people like doing their own.

    I just take mine to Gander and pay them $15 to do it.
     
  3. texchef

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    There is a Gander here.....about 2 hours away. My local said they stopped doing pistol sights in general and another one charges $40 regardless if it is front or both.
     
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    Damn.
     
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    Is that a standard price for all Gander Mountains?
     
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    No idea, but that's what they've charged me twice now. :dunno:
     
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    XD's can be a major pain in the ass to change. The friendly gun makers in Croatia use a hydraulic press to install them so they don't like to just come out.
     
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    Yep, I had to cut mine out with a dremel cutting wheel, then file down the dovetails to get the new ones in.
    It's worth the money to have them swapped out by a gunsmith so that if he fucks them up, he should replace them for free.
     
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    I was looking around for a set for my brothers XD and saw most of the places install them for free if you buy them from them. I was going off xdtalk.com or whatever the website is. hs2000.com maybe..?
     
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    Yeah, that is what I was going to recommend. You have to pay ship your slide both ways, but that is maybe $10 or $15 which isn't bad in the scheme of things.

    I've heard the XD sights are a motherfucker too. The smith that installed my Glock sights has that big badass $600 sight pusher from Meprolight and says that doesn't even budge them.
     
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    Gunsmith. I say buy the sights from them and have em put em in. Most will do ti for free.
     
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    Because a lot of the sights aren't adjustable, I'm assuming they throw the slide onto a gun they have to properly sight them in (ish)?
     
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    The hard part is getting them out, putting new ones in is not big deal as they are not going to be pressed in there. Most gunsmiths only charge 25-30 bucks to do a removal/install and on the XD it is usually worth it. The new ones will not be so tight in there where you can't drift them a little for adjustment if needed.
     
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    I've been kicking around teh idea of some Triji's for my xd. I'm worried about changing the "zero" point though and having to learn to reaim that shit.
     
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    i changed mine on my g23, but i have no idea about an xd. good luck.
     
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    ^yeah the glock is a piece of cake compared to the XD I heard.
     
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    :werd:

    There's a video on youtube about replacing Glock sights with XS Big Dots...Looks pretty easy
     
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    Yep glocks are usually simple, especially if you don't care about trying to save the factory sights. That vid is up on our website along with a few others, sometime soon we should have a "universal" pistol install video up using one with dovetailed front and rears.
     

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