My striker retaining pin broke?

Discussion in 'General SA-XD/XD(M) Talk' started by Globeguy, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Globeguy

    Globeguy XDTalk Member

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    A day or two ago, I posted about my striker retaining pin coming up above the slide on its on. I ordered spare pins and the roll pin from p-gear.

    Today I was dry firing and the slide locked up. When I look through the hole where the striker retaining pin is located, I see an obstruction (hopefully a part of broken pin). I'm pretty sure it was clear before.

    Is what I'm describing consistent with symptoms associated with broken striker retaining pin?
     
  2. Old School

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    Usually when they break, it cuts into three parts. The best thing to do it remove the striker and pins to see what is up. Always good to have some spare pins around.

    OS
     
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    So I can't just punch the broken parts out w/ the roll pin when I get it? I gotta do further disassembly??
     
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    You can drive out the pin. The issue is, you may have parts in the channel and you need to make sure it is clear. You also need to make sure the striker is burr free. It is easy and takes about 20 seconds.

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  5. Globeguy

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    Oh, okay thanks Old School.
     
  6. pballman19

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    Is this a common problem with the XD
     
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    Yes it seems to be. But I've had well over 1500 rounds through my XD45 service model and it hasn't broken the original striker retaining pin. Still, better to be safe than sorry and they are very cheap from p-gear.
     
  8. Globeguy

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    I am not sure, I have 4000 rounds through my XD and who knows how many dry fires.
     
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    I had my roll pin sheer during an IDPA match but there was enough left to hold the striker for that day. I think I had about 2-3k rounds through my XD9 at that point.

    I put in a replacement pin without completely disasembling the slide and I was fine for about 4 months.

    One day at the range I started to get inconsistent primer hits.

    I took everything apart and sure enough there was a peice of the original roll pin in there causing light strikes.

    It's easy to take it all apart with the following website:

    Springfield Armory XD and HS2000.com
     
  10. WyoXD

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    7k+ rounds through my XD9 and thousands of dry fires and have had one pin break while cleaning the day before a match. I now keep spares in my bag.
     
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    As far as concealed carry goes, what if you have to defend yourself and this happens. You wont be around to fix the pin.
     
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    If you use snap caps the striker stops before it hits the pin, same as when firing ammo. If someone has broken a pin without excessive dry firing tell us, but I would bet it is those that practice dry firing a lot are just about the sole users with the problem. If you CCW, then use snap caps or replace the pin often if you want to dry fire.
     
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    Its always been pounded into my head since i was a kid that you NEVER dry fire a gun or a bow.

    Why do you guys dry fire your XD's
     
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    Dry firing is a very, very valuable form of practice! I contacted Springfield directly and they assured me that dry firing the XD is an acceptable practice--also impossible to dissassemble without dry firing.

    I believe my roll pin failure was due more to repeated dissassembly and re-assembly for cleaning rather than dry firing. Compress and decompress a roll pin enough and it will break.
     
  15. Breadfan

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    I dry fire only when I disassemble the gun and that's it. If I want to practice, I use snap caps.
     
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    BREAD FAN: HOW LONG do your snap caps last? My 45C chews up the shoulders mighty fast.
     
  17. pballman19

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    so it doesnt hurt the weapon at all
     
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    The general consensus is that it will not hurt, but snap caps are a good idea "just in case." I personally feel that MANY thousands of dry fires can results in some wear and tear, but with a snap cap you will be fine. SA approves of it, and it is part of the take down procedure - it can't be that bad if that is the case.
     

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