I would also after reading your reply have taken a coil or two of the magazine springs. That was an issue with my XD, a bitch to load without using a speed loader, as the springs were tight and 2 coils off fixed the issue. Looking at your target that is an excellent group, well done. However if you are aiming at 6 O'clock, not good. So you are saying at 8 yards it is shooting 12 " high? The red fiber optic at times stops shooters from keeping the front sight in the middle of the rear sight, not to allow it to be level with the top of the rear sight. The black top above the front red fiber optic must be what is level with the top of the rear sight.