I've recently been considering changing out the recoil spring on my XD-45 Tactical. The recoil doesn't really bother me, but I've heard that placing a heavier recoil spring in it can reduce felt recoil which can aid in follow up shots, etc. I've heard that this does slow down the action a bit, and it makes it harder to rack the slide for the first shot? I'm a very strong fellow, so I'm not worried about it, but I was curious if anyone had any experience with it, or their XD had trouble cycling. I've heard the factory spring is about 18#, and was considering replacing it with a 22# spring. I contacted springfield on this issue and they told me they had no information on it. They said that on the tactical model the recoil spring is never fully compressed and should never need replacing. I then asked if they did any of it in the custom shop and talked to a lady there. She told me that in the future, springfield would eventually offer XD's with different recoil spring weights, but they didn't even have the springs in, so they could not tell me about how they would perform. Any information on this issue would be much appreciated.