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Xds light strikes

This is a discussion on Xds light strikes within the XD-S Discussion Room forums, part of the XD Talk category; I don't have one yet, but have an idea. The barrel tilts slightly as the slide is pulled back. So if the gun doesn't return ...


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Old 07-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #41
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I don't have one yet, but have an idea.

The barrel tilts slightly as the slide is pulled back. So if the gun doesn't return to battery, then the chamber is sitting slightly lower, and could be causing these off center strikes.

Next time you are shooting, after each shot, give the slide a quick push from the rear to be sure it is not hanging up slightly and is fully returned to battery.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #42
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Uga...Since we may have seem to gotten XDS's close in serial # let me know if you pull out the striker assembly and see any damage where my pics show.
Saluki, I took a look at my pin and I have something similar going on at the sme spot. Mine is not as bad as yours but it has only had 55 rounds or so. Serial number 505xxx.....we have something bad going on I believe.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:05 PM   #43
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I don't have one yet, but have an idea.

The barrel tilts slightly as the slide is pulled back. So if the gun doesn't return to battery, then the chamber is sitting slightly lower, and could be causing these off center strikes.

Next time you are shooting, after each shot, give the slide a quick push from the rear to be sure it is not hanging up slightly and is fully returned to battery.
Thanks for the idea. I did check if the rounds went fully into battery after each shot. They did. Slide was tight in battery. The firing pin on the XDS is oval/rectangular with the long side East to West, or left to right. All my light strikes are centered East to West (left to right) on center of the primer, and off center (high?). If the round was shallow due to not being fully in battery, I would guess that the primer strike could be centered, but high. The damage to the firing pin is opposite to the high side strike. Still makes me think it is pushing the firing pin up to the high strike position.

One thing I have learned over the years...the root cause of the problem is rarely ever singular, but rather a combination of causes.

Good input. I will mention this as well to SA in the morning.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #44
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Saluki, I took a look at my pin and I have something similar going on at the sme spot. Mine is not as bad as yours but it has only had 55 rounds or so. Serial number 505xxx.....we have something bad going on I believe.
I am calling SA in the morning and emailing w/pics. Please do the same if you can/have the time and post what SA says. I will be posting what I find out as well.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #45
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Talked with SA this morning...

Spoke with Vicky (very nice lady) at SA. Explained the issues I (and other XDS owners) am having with the light strikes and firing pin damage. Vicky wanted to speak with a tech (Brad) prior to sending a FedEx return label.

Brad told Vicky (I was not given the opportunity to speak directly with him) that the light strikes seem like the gun is not going into full battery, but had no comment about the firing pin damage. I told Vicky I had pictures of the above and the off center primer strikes and would be glad to email them so that Brad can get a look at what I was describing. Vicky said that sending SA the pics wouldn't be necessary and that SA would rather have me send in the gun w/ a letter explaining my issues. No problem there, I will just cut 'n paste my postings...along w/ the pics.

I also let Vicky know of the FTF reports on the forum and that we are now tracking them by FTF and S/N if that would be helpful to SA. She replied "Hmmm...interesting." One other note. When Vicky asked me for the XDS's S/N...she said "XS? (starts with), I haven't heard of one of those yet."

So the XDS goes back to the mother ship. Hopefully, I can get it to FedEx this afternoon if my schedule allows. I will post updates as I get feedback from SA.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #46
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Serial XS501xxx. 10-15 failures to fire out of 250 rounds. I have fired 250 rounds with 4 different ammo types on two different days. Ammunition type does not seem to matter, I still have FTFs. I just wanted to add to the stats being gathered. I was disappointed to get back from the range and find that SA was already closed for the day, as I really need to get this fixed. Never had a problem like this before. Thanks for the very information packed thread. I hope I was able to contribute at least a little.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #47
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Serial XS501xxx. 10-15 failures to fire out of 250 rounds. I have fired 250 rounds with 4 different ammo types on two different days. Ammunition type does not seem to matter, I still have FTFs. I just wanted to add to the stats being gathered. I was disappointed to get back from the range and find that SA was already closed for the day, as I really need to get this fixed. Never had a problem like this before. Thanks for the very information packed thread. I hope I was able to contribute at least a little.
Please post your FTF experience in this thread so that I will can get you included in the data. Thanks for the input!
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Spoke with Vicky (very nice lady) at SA. Explained the issues I (and other XDS owners) am having with the light strikes and firing pin damage. Vicky wanted to speak with a tech (Brad) prior to sending a FedEx return label.

Brad told Vicky (I was not given the opportunity to speak directly with him) that the light strikes seem like the gun is not going into full battery, but had no comment about the firing pin damage. I told Vicky I had pictures of the above and the off center primer strikes and would be glad to email them so that Brad can get a look at what I was describing. Vicky said that sending SA the pics wouldn't be necessary and that SA would rather have me send in the gun w/ a letter explaining my issues. No problem there, I will just cut 'n paste my postings...along w/ the pics.

I also let Vicky know of the FTF reports on the forum and that we are now tracking them by FTF and S/N if that would be helpful to SA. She replied "Hmmm...interesting." One other note. When Vicky asked me for the XDS's S/N...she said "XS? (starts with), I haven't heard of one of those yet."

So the XDS goes back to the mother ship. Hopefully, I can get it to FedEx this afternoon if my schedule allows. I will post updates as I get feedback from SA.
haha. I spoke with Vicky for a short period of time, I was tired of dealing with customer service and asked to speak with Dave Williams, one of the main techs on the XDS. She of course was on the line with us and I gave her my Serial Number as well. If I am not wrong, all of the XDS pistols start with XS. So she must not remember the one I called in about the other day.
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Posted! Thanks for gathering this information. It will probably prove quite useful for many.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #50
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Well...crap! This is not good. I had a range date (no rounds fired through gun yet), but am going to wait until an explanation/fix/recall about this dangerous issue surfaces from SA.

I really don't feel safe firing this weapon by myself, or in the presence of others, until the issue is identified and resolved. A defensive weapon that doesn't fire when called upon is nothing more than a rock you could throw at your assailant.

Am I alone in this thinking?

While I appreciate all the brave souls getting to the bottom of these off-center strikes, I hope everyone stays safe!

Here's hoping for a swift evaluation and fix from SA!

Slide too light? Spring too heavy? What do you professional gurus make of this?
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