I have the work order and everything ready to send the XD off to Springfield Armory’s Custom Shop – when I get back from Tennessee this weekend, I’ll box her up and send her out.
I’m going to have the factory sights knocked off and replaced with a set of non-adjustable target sights, so I can get that “black-on-black” sight picture that I crave. I’ve never liked three dot sights for competition, I feel like it creates too much clutter in the sight picture. I’m also going to have the slide/frame/barrel fit tightened up to improve the mechanical accuracy of the gun – I don’t think I’ll need to put a “match-grade” barrel in there to get the kind of accuracy I’m going to be shooting for.
The one thing I’m not going to mess with is the trigger pull – the factory trigger on this gun is fine, and beyond that it’s going to change as the round count piles up for this gun. There really isn’t a whole lot of sense in me modifying a trigger pull that hasn’t yet completely broken in; especially since all the reports I’ve seen on this gun indicate that the more BBs I shoot out of it, the better the trigger will be.
There are a lot of pretty radical modifications available from the Springfield Custom Shop as well – but I’m actually quite happy with the stock configuration of the gun, with the noted exception of the sights. I guess I just expect better than generic 3-dot post sights on a “Tactical” model.