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XDm 40 problems

This is a discussion on XDm 40 problems within the XD-M Discussion Room - XD(M) forums, part of the XD Talk category; Originally Posted by PSOH Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I had thought I may be jerking the trigger but thought I ruled it out by ...


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Old 02-21-2009, 12:52 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I had thought I may be jerking the trigger but thought I ruled it out by using a bench rest. I realize my S&W 9mm is different than my XDm 40 and it may take awhile getting use to. I've fired 500 rounds through it now and will keep trying. I did adjust the rear sight and it is now shooting straight, just a little low. I'll try the suggestions for vertical aiming.

Those of you that said I'm probably resting my strong thumb on the slide catch, you are absolutely right. I was using it as an anchor point when I draw and fire. I'll reposition it and see if that cures my slide not locking back issue.

As far as my magazine problem goes, I'll just contact SA and ask for a replacement. I don't think there's much I can do for the elevator getting stuck while firing.

Thanks again.
you can still jerk the trigger on a bench rest.
I would buy a set of snap caps and randomly put them in a clip. It is the only sure fire way to be sure that you are not jerking the trigger.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:23 PM   #12
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Update: I went back to my S&W and shot fine, my XDm 40 continued to shoot left so I drifted the rear sight to the right and it shoots left/right fine now. I tried to adjust my trigger pull multiple times with no help, only drifting the sight helped. I also contacted SA and they are going to replace my magazine at no charge, great customer service there. The slide not locking back was me using the release as an anchor point for my grip. After adjusting my grip position, I have not had any more slide issues. So I'm happy right now except for the fact it's getting harder and harder to find ammo at a decent price.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:18 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I had thought I may be jerking the trigger but thought I ruled it out by using a bench rest. I realize my S&W 9mm is different than my XDm 40 and it may take awhile getting use to. I've fired 500 rounds through it now and will keep trying. I did adjust the rear sight and it is now shooting straight, just a little low. I'll try the suggestions for vertical aiming.

Those of you that said I'm probably resting my strong thumb on the slide catch, you are absolutely right. I was using it as an anchor point when I draw and fire. I'll reposition it and see if that cures my slide not locking back issue.

As far as my magazine problem goes, I'll just contact SA and ask for a replacement. I don't think there's much I can do for the elevator getting stuck while firing.

Thanks again.
Do you make sure all of your rounds are seated properly in the magazine? Usually this is done by smacking the back of the magazine on the heal of your hand or some other firm surface to make sure all the rounds are positioned to the back of these magazine. This helps to avoid the nose of the bullet from dragging on the magazine which is more prevalent with double stack mags.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:49 PM   #14
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Yes, I tap the back of the magazine to seat the rounds, same as I do with my AR-15. I ran out of ideas so I sent my XDm back to SA for them to check out. I'm still waiting for it to be returned. It's been 4 weeks. SA said it may be another 2 due to weather and range conditions.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:21 PM   #15
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PSOH. I have the same problem with my slide. I have about 4000 rounds through my XDM40 and recently I used 185 JHP hand loaded with power pistol. it was a spicy load even through my SV, but I digest. The point is that my slide randomly started remaining in the forward position after my last round was fired. I had 4 people on the range trouble shoot it (no pun intended). We tried different mags thinking it may be the follower, and that did not solve the problem. We tried 4 different loads to rule out ammunition (including factory and hand loads), and that had no effect. I called SA and explained my problem and they sent me a new slide stop and spring free of charge. I figured that was the problem, but it wasn't a big issue considering I was shooting IPSC stock auto with it and it made for a great modification, but I did have to carry it to work the next day so I installed the new parts and it worked immediatly without a hitch.

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PSOH, Have you tried the different backstraps, My buddy was shooting my XDm40 and was shooting low and left, we changed the backstraps and he was hitting center at 25yds. Just something else you may want to try.
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Glad that you are seeing some of your problems clearing up. Gun caused problems are not normal with the XD or XDM series. The SA response of send it in and we'll fix it if there are any gun related problems is Normal. Enjoy.
I've had my newest XDM for nearly a month and haven't been able to get to a range to shoot it yet.
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Well I have the same XD M and everyone is raving about it so I baught it . I also have a sub compact xd 9mm and I'm a pro with that little gun. I had taken my new XDm 40 to the range and I hate it . It makes me mad and I'm not impressd and I love springfield Xd pistols . I thought it might be me with the trigger pull it is a little harder than my sub 9mm and a little longer pull . I cannot hit mt target ever and I'm wasteing a lot of money shooting it. I have 500 rounds threw it and I thought it may be because its not broken in . I have tried all the grips and I even compensate for the trigger pull and I cant even bring it to where I want it to hit. With my compact I can do a head shot at 30 yards! It has never jammed . When I pull the trigger I will pull it to max just before it fires to compensate for trigger pull and It still wont hit at all. Is there somewhere I can send this to get it fixed? I heard SA will fix it or may even give me a new gun!!!
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When I am holding my XDm40, first of all I point both thumbs down range. I am right handed so when I first grip the gun I grab it with my right hand and plant it snugly between my thumb and palm where the pad tip of my index finger barely fits on the trigger. I then take my left hand around my right and place the thumb of my left hand on the take down switch (pointing down range) and then place my right thumb on top of my left thumb. This method keeps your right thumb off the slide lock.
From my experience, if you are right handed, your right hand is used to squeeze the trigger and your left hand is used to control the handgun...
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When I am holding my XDm40, first of all I point both thumbs down range. I am right handed so when I first grip the gun I grab it with my right hand and plant it snugly between my thumb and palm where the pad tip of my index finger barely fits on the trigger. I then take my left hand around my right and place the thumb of my left hand on the take down switch (pointing down range) and then place my right thumb on top of my left thumb. This method keeps your right thumb off the slide lock.
From my experience, if you are right handed, your right hand is used to squeeze the trigger and your left hand is used to control the handgun...

Question Shaniac,

Thank you for your detailed grip process.

I am dry firing snap caps using your instructions. I am becoming comfortable with all of your post until here:

and then place my right thumb on top of my left thumb. This method keeps your right thumb off the slide lock.

By placing my right thumb on top of my left thumb I leave the indented groove that fits perfectly against my right thumb. Following your grip all the way, I find nothing wrong with the feel either, but I am not at the range firing to see any differences.

Do you think SA designed those thumb grooves solely for a one handed grip/fire sequence? Alternatively, have you simply found your method a personal preference?

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