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June 22, 2008, 06:32 PM
No not that kind of stoned! The kind where they go over the moving parts of a hand gun. Is it worth doing, can it be done myself safely? I just purchased a SF- XD9 for carry. Should I, or is it best to leave stock since I will be carrying this hand gun? Thanks J2
June 22, 2008, 08:14 PM
Think you could get rid of the orange text? Serves no purpose other than to make your posts difficult to read...
June 22, 2008, 08:27 PM
Now as far as the stoning thing goes, maybe start with a copy of Jerry Miculek's CD "Trigger Job". Although it is done for S&W revolvers, I'd imagine the principles are the same....
June 22, 2008, 08:38 PM
What you got some thing against orange?
Old habbit from another forum, no biggy for it to be black, your ok with black aren't you?
And thanks for the tip also!
June 22, 2008, 08:40 PM
Stoning and smoothing of parts is often worthwhile, but if not done properly can ruin parts and be pretty expensive in the long run. Further, any work that results in the gun being unsafe could create a real problem.
Also, the so-called "trigger jobs" often include such work as weakening springs or installing reduced power springs, which can take away the extra margin makers build into their guns to deal with adverse conditions like dirt or cold.
June 23, 2008, 03:51 AM
I once talked to a old gunsmith asking about triggerjob for a S&W.
He took a lapping stone, put it 10 inches next to the gun and said:
"This is as near as possible a non gunsmith can bring a stone to a S&W. If you come nearer, unvariably you will take it to touch the contact surfaces of trigger and hammer, and yo will ruin the gun (trigger)"
Ofcourse there are very competent non gunsmiths, but I many guns were ruined by kitchentable tinkering.
I will take the 586 apart, clean it, smoothen the moving surfaces, change springs, but steer clear of trigger/hammer contact surfaces.
this is easy because the trigger is crisp.
Thanks for the nice orange color, it did not help our soccer team against the ruskies though.
June 23, 2008, 08:36 AM
There's not really a high need to "stone " an XD. If you want to make the thing "better" then try some drop-in parts first. Powder River Precision sells some effective, inexpensive and easy to install trigger parts that shorten the trigger, lighten the pull and reduce the overtravel. No stoning needed.
Springer Precion is another good source for parts and service.
Get familiar with your pistol on XDtalk.com and take your time.
June 23, 2008, 04:11 PM
Thanks for the tip, that makes the best since of all!
June 23, 2008, 05:33 PM
I did a "trigger job" on a RSBlackhawk...got a spring kit from Brownell's & used a dremel motor w/ a polishing bit and some #600 jeweler's rouge on the moving parts. Results were a much lighter and smoother trigger pull. Not quite a hair trigger, but maybe a 2 hair trig.:cool:
June 24, 2008, 03:31 AM
Oooh!:eek: Don't mention the "D" tool around here...:D
June 24, 2008, 08:56 AM
I did a "trigger job" on a RSBlackhawk...got a spring kit from Brownell's & used a dremel motor w/ a polishing bit and some #600 jeweler's rouge on the moving parts. Results were a much lighter and smoother trigger pull. Not quite a hair trigger, but maybe a 2 hair trig.
Stones (when correctly used) allow you to keep flat places flat and not round off angles.
Simply polishing (even with stones) without an understanding of the mechanism and the friction points rarely does very much good.
June 24, 2008, 11:45 PM
I defer to your judgment, but I still got a better trigger for the effort.
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