All XD's in Melonite.

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  1. ARin

    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    Thank you for your interest in our XD line. We started shipping all XD’s with the melonite finish in May. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Have a great day!
    Dawn Oleson
    Dealer Assistance & Response Team
    Springfield, Inc.
    800-680-6866
    dawn@springfield-armory.com
     
  2. ARin

    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    Thank you for your interest in our XD line. We started shipping all XD’s with the melonite finish in May. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Have a great day!
    Dawn Oleson
    Dealer Assistance & Response Team
    Springfield, Inc.
    800-680-6866
    dawn@springfield-armory.com
     
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    MIKEV XDTalk Newbie

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    I bought my XD .40 in Aug. How can I tell if mine has the better finish or not?

    MikeV
     
  4. ARin

    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    Is it rusting? if it is, then its the older finish...Aside from that, i have no idea how to tell.

    Can someone please post a picture of the Melonite next to the brunuriurinal?
     
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    KeithM XDTalk 100 Member

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    Check the date on the envelope with the empty shell casing that came in your package. That should give you the date on which it was tested, which would be close to the manufacturing date.
     
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    Thats strange. This is the reply I got from SA in the middle of August:

    At this time Springfield Armory has not officially announced any plans to extend the melonite to models other than the XD .45 ACP. The number of pistols with a ‘rust issue’ is extremely small when compared to the number of pistols that have never had any rusting what so ever. As long as you properly maintain your XD, you shouldn’t see any rust. Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

    Thank you,


    John Moe
    Regional Dealer Representative
    Springfield Armory
    420 West Main St .
    Geneseo, IL 61254
    800-680-6866

    So, if they are all shipping with Melonite in May, why do these replies conflict? Was your post in regard only to the .45's?

    Odd, very odd.
     
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    jamestx10 XDTalk 100 Member Founding Member

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    Would be nice if we knew for sure. Is there any way to tell just by looking at the gun? I want to pick up a SC9mm at the next gun show.
     
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    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    well, the reply says that springfield had not "officially" anounced its conversion to Melonite. Doesnt mean that they hadnt already...

    I think at that time it was a CYA situation...until they (and their dealers) had depleted their supply of the standard coated parts and slides.
     
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    TN-popo XDTalk 100 Member

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    I'd like to know one way or the other.
    I'm about to buy an XD9 Service and I'd rather have an all black finish, but I don't want to deal with the rusting issues.

    ARin...could you forward Mr. Moe's response to Ms. Oleson and see what she says?
     
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    jmel XDTalk 100 Member

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    i'd say forward the one email to the other and vice versa, and cc yourself to see what they hash out.
     
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    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    I emailed Oleson requesting which serial #'s the new finish started on.

    Ill see if i get any info from that request.
     
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    Well, I emailed SA again. IT IS TRUE!! All XD's now have the Melonite finish!!

    It was April/May when the running change was completed. The official announcement wasn’t made until today though. Let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

    Thank you,


    John Moe
    Regional Dealer Representative
    Springfield Armory
    420 West Main St.
    Geneseo, IL 61254
    800-680-6866

    So, now I just have to find a dealer who can get a hold of the darn things. There so popular that no one can keep 'em in stock around here! (The subbies, that is)
     
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    ARin and smo...thank you, guys.
     
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    chupacabrachus XDTalk 5K Member

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    wuh-oh.... looks like the time is right to buy a XD9 :)
     
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    I just picked up a new XD9tac about a month ago and the finish has to be the melonite. It is much nicer than my old pistol.
     
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    I might have to trade in my guns. I've come to the realization that I'm not a big 40SW fan. A 9mm melonite XD service would be great.
     
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    manic mechanic XDTalk 1K Member

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    This truely is good news!!!
     
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    i actually just emailed them and they also told me that only the 45acp came in melonite.

    but with that said, all of my xd's from look exactly the same in color and finish. but if you can confirm the serial numbers, that would be great. One questions though. are the serial numbers sequential regardless of model? or does each line have its own string.
     
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    ARin XDTalk 500 Member

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    my contact at SA stated that they do not have any record regarding serial # and finish. Although i find that EXTREMELY hard to believe.

    Again, i think it is CYA on their part, because if word got out that certain serial #'s had a "defective" finish, it would be hard for dealers to liquidate remaining inventory, and also kill the second hand market, thereby driving down the overall "value" of all XD pistols in the potential consumers mind...

    its all economics 101
     
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    thomye XDTalk 500 Member

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    supply and demand and the equilibruim which is always somehow never equal. :)

    yeah, i told some guy in another thread that all XD's had melonite but everyone kept insisting it didn't. then when i got the email from SA saying only 45acp, well, i just put it to rest.

    I'm glad you posted this because my XD's all of them look exactly alike in finish. i see pictures of some of the older ones and they look almost grayish brown. All mine are pitch black and look like they have a teflon koting. Oh, here's a color example, my slides and frame match in color exactly where as i've seen other peoples XD's slide seem lighter than the frame. it could also be a bad picture too...

    I don't know, i don't care. i love my guns

    someone post a pic.
     

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