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Old January 17, 2013, 03:11 AM   #1
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Ideas for dirty stock sights on XD .40

I was talking to the range supervisor at Bass pro today while the Local 11 news were outside on the main floor filming the ammo shelves.
He told me Bass Pro had zero custom sights for my XD or any real good advice on how to clean and brighten my stock sights.
He told me that doing anything to the XD sights would cancel the warranty. I bought my XD in 05 so I could get a job with an armored truck company that did not allow double action (I had a Sig P229 at the time that I now dearly miss). I don't even know if I have a valid warranty on the XD any more because I am too busy with work, kids, dogs, cats, wife and school to check.
ANYWAY he said the sights were wedged in there so good it is recommended that I send it to Springfield for a sight job without invalidating the warranty that I don't know if I even have.
With all the crap going on regarding politics and guns this Bass Pro range supervisor told me that I could go to Hobby Lobby and purchase a neon marker that has a very fine tip and that you shake, and very carefully dot the sights and get a pretty decent low light set of quasi custom sights out of my stock ones.
What do you guys think of this?
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Old January 17, 2013, 08:46 AM   #2
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Call Springfield Armory.

They'll clear you up, on a number of points.
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Old January 17, 2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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^+1 on the call to SA. I experienced great CS on a issue with the finish on my slide.

To go the cheap route/easy, tell the wife what you need and she can go get two different colors of BRIGHT nail polish (she will know the best place to go). One color for the back sights and one color for the front. Scrape out old stuff and repaint. They probably even have a clear coat you can get to make the paint stay on longer...

At least that's what I would do...
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Old January 17, 2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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I have freshened up a few white dots with paint and had really good results. Glow-on, Bright Sites, or just a decent enamel will work.

What I did was dip a straight pin in the paint so it just picked up a small drop on the tip. Hold the slide vertically muzzle down and touch the drop into the hole. Let the drop settle down in the bottom of the hole by gravity. If your drop was too small to cover the entire hole, just dip the pin again and repeat.

You'll want to clean the hole out first anyway, so try that and see if it solves your problem. Try lighter fluid, it's pretty mild and won't hurt the factory paint. If it doesn't get it, paint.

Another option is find someone with an ultrasonic cleaner and give that a try.

If you do call SA, ask if you can just send the slide. It's not a firearm so you would save (maybe a lot) on the shipping costs.
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