Legal Concerns Re: Modifications
I came into a few hundred bucks that I am considering spending on some upgrades to my XD9SC (my primary carry weapon). I have read some authors suggesting that a permit-holder never make any non-factory (i.e. upgrades done by someone other than the manufacturer) upgrades, only because an attorney can twist the information to make an upstanding citizen look like a hotshot with a race gun.
Of course, most jurors have no idea what a "heavy trigger" is or know the difference between night sights and a nightstand, but my concern is that the attorney would take a legitimate improvement by a non-factory gunsmith and make it appear to an uneducated jury that a defensive shooter acted rashly with a "souped up" gun.
Assuming that what I have written is semi-accurate, the logic is that you should only have the manufacturer do upgrades, saving receipts, etc. so you can show you were careful to stay well within the bounds of what is suggested by the actual gun maker.
The reason I am even debating SA vs. everybody else is because SA is so much more expensive than everybody else. I am interested in some hard chroming, night sights, etc. and it seems that there are a number of fine gunsmiths out there willing to do the work for about half of what SA charges.
What do you guys think?