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Looking for advice on what do first for a new XDM owner

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Old 09-09-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Looking for advice on what do first for a new XDM owner

I'm a newbie gun owner and I purchased a XDM 9mm (my first handgun). I'm going to be picking up it this weekend. I'm looking for advice from the experts here on what I should do first once I get the gun.

Can I shoot it right out of the box? Should I field strip it first and clean and lube it before shooting it?

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Old 09-09-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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It is ready to go out of the box! It isn't packed in cosmoline, so you don't have to worry about that. It never hurts though, to run a patch down the barrel. Make sure no crud somehow wound up there.

Take a 100 with you, post pics!

EDIT: Oh, and welcome to the club!
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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+1 out the box. Bring lots of ammo and break those mags in right away. Repeated pressure loosens the spring tension. Load, empty, reload, smile, repeat as necessary.
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Do a quick field strip and clean the crap out of the barrel and the rails. These are high production guns that sit in transit for some time. Instructions state to do a field strip and clean before the first outing.
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Some things to note, when its brand new, getting a full mag seated into the pistol is tough, but that's normal. Getting the mag full is tough too, you'll need to use the loader. Now, I can load 19rds by hand without the loader and seat the mag without having to slam it.

Otherwise, clean, enjoy, repeat!
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #6
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Some things to note, when its brand new, getting a full mag seated into the pistol is tough, but that's normal. Getting the mag full is tough too, you'll need to use the loader. Now, I can load 19rds by hand without the loader and seat the mag without having to slam it.

Otherwise, clean, enjoy, repeat!
I never had a problem with my XD9 Service seating the mag , but getting a full 16 rounds into the mag by had was hard to do. I bought the 'kit' without the loader, and mag and gun holsters, and I used some of the money saved to buy the UpLula mag loader, and it makes loading a full mag MUCH easier.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:07 PM   #7
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I never had a problem with my XD9 Service seating the mag.
I think this problem (and I hate calling it a problem) is unique to the XDm 19rd magazines since when they are new, there is no 'give' for the bullets when seating the magazine if its completely full. You don't have the problem if you only put in 18rds. Once the springs loosen up a little, it seats fine. This happens on all my new mags.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #8
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Field Strip it.

Spray the slide down with a spray can of Break Free CLP or Rem Oil or Ballistol, let it soak

Spray the barrel down outside and inside

take a clean rag and wipe down the internals

Get a 9mm bore snake and run it through the barrel starting at the BREECH END not the muzzle end.

wipe the excess off the slide and barrel

put a dab of oil on the metal locking block in the center

Reassemble

Put a smidgen of oil on top of the breech or chamber of the barrel that sticks out in the ejection port.

Put a smidgen of oil on the top muzzle end of the barrel where it makes contact with the hole through the end of the slide.

Go shoot that sucker.
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Field Strip it.



put a dab of oil on the metal locking block in the center

Reassemble

Put a smidgen of oil on top of the breech or chamber of the barrel that sticks out in the ejection port.

Put a smidgen of oil on the top muzzle end of the barrel where it makes contact with the hole through the end of the slide.

Go shoot that sucker.
I understand all of this expect, (newbie ignorance), what/where is the metal locking block?
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I understand all of this expect, (newbie ignorance), what/where is the metal locking block?
If you have the slide off and are looking down at the top of the pistol, it is the part opposite the mag well from the sear/hammer/trigger parts. The lever you flip up to field strip is attached to this part, basically.

(if I am correct...oh lord, I hope I am)
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