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What are the odds my sights are off?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by theflyguy, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    :confused:

    Went to the gun show this weekend at the Expo Center. Picked up a new Springfired XD-40....been wanting one for some time.

    Well I took it out yesterday to give it a try, took careful aim and yet everything was low/left (shooting from 30 & 48 yrds). Gave it to my friend, Washington County SO and he experienced nearly the same results.

    Is there a way to double check if the sights are off? Or do I just take it to a gunsmith to have the sights verified?

    Disappointing....:gun10:
     
  2. jaweber

    jaweber Yakima Member

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    i would do some dry fire practice and trigger control drills, as well as work on your grip since it is a new firearm to you and there is a lot to take into account such as grip angle and such. have you tried resting steady at a bench with the pistol? then again you are shooting at 48 yards ..lol :)
     
  3. Gunner69

    Gunner69 Hillsboro Member

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    Was it NIB or was it used, It's possible if used that somebody tried to do a bubba sight replacement and couldn't get the notoriously tight stock sights out, but did manage to drift them slightly. If its new I got nothin.

    However in either case next to the base of each sight machined into the slide there is a reference mark that should align with the edge of each sight. If you can't see both marks chances are the sights have been drifted.
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    How far low/left? 30+ yards requires some precision sight alignment
     
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  5. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    The gun was NIB....I never knew about the reference marks, I'll have to check it out when I get home.

    Regarding grip size/angle, I already have an XD-9 (my favorite carry guy). Size/angle are very similar on both guns....might just be my eye sight...not fun getting old.
     
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  6. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    At 30+ yrds most were hitting around the 7-8pm mark....about 2 in. left...don't get me wrong, these would all still be considered solid kill hits just not what I am accustom too when shooting similar distances with my 9mm.

    Then again....first time out with a new gun...and it's been 6 months since I had the opportunity to do some plinking...
     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    2 inches windage at 30 yards is not bad at all, easy to correct if it's the sights, and hitting low could mean you were shooting light weight/high velocity bullets/loads for the caliber or you were pulling the shots low
     
  8. levi333

    levi333 Albany, OR Active Member

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    Bring it in closer and see where you're grouping, 7-15yds. Get some more trigger time, make sure you're not doing anything wrong.
    That said, the sights could be off. A friends brand new XDM was off by a couple inches from the factory.
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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