Any gunsmiths or shops out there that have an XDM sight press? Really don’t want to cut out the original sights with a dremel or knock out with a drift scaring up the slide. Just bought some Dawson Precision sights I want to upgrade to.
If you have any squeeze-clamps in your tools, just vice the slide, put something like a brass cleaning jag or wooden dowel between one side of the sight and the clamp jaw, then squeeze the clamp to drift out the sight. It works well and is very controllable.
XDM sights are kinda tough, the rear isn't a big issue, but the front is really tight, and the peice in the dovetail is kinda thin. Normally don't want to push on the sight blade at all, but my sight press was starting to deform the base pushing the old one out, and the slide shape makes it tough to sit flat. I cut a block of wood to support the slide, clamed it to a shop press, and used a square end punch to push the old one out, and the new one in. I have a couple cheaper pushers, but machine/auto shop tools. should have just bought a MGW pusher years ago.