How to Sight-in an XDM 40


The Springfield XD(M) is a popular polymer semi-automatic pistol, available in a wide range of calibers and varieties. Designed with military and law enforcement applications in mind, they have become increasingly popular in the civilian sector as well. XD(M)'s are equipped with standard dovetail-style sights. XD(M)'s are designed to shoot point of aim from the factory, but where this is not the case, the sights can be adjusted in the same way as any set of dovetail sights.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper target
  • Padded gun vise
  • Brass punch
  • Small mallet
  • Old towel
  • Post the target downrange at a distance no greater than 10 yards. The optimal range for sighting in a pistol of this variety is usually considered 7 yards.

  • Spread the old towel down on the shooting table or other flat surface. This will keep you from damaging the gun when adjusting the sights.

  • Place the gun in the padded vise and adjust the position of it until the sights are centered just below the bull's-eye of the target

  • Fire the first shot. Take note of where the shot hits. Adjust your sights until they are on the location of your last shot, and then reposition the entire gun so that it is centered on the target again.

  • Fire your second shot. Your shot should be on-target. Continue to repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed until the sights of the pistol are zeroed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Remember that when adjusting the rear sight, you should move it in the direction you want the bullet to go. When adjusting the front sight, you should move it in the opposite direction.
  • All firearms are deadly weapons. Consult your operator's manual for safety guidelines before use.

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