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Hello all,

After years of firing other people's weapons I have recently decided to buy my own. After what I thought was a lot of research I settled on the XD 40 and holster kit. Now, I find this forum and find things like the finish is wearing off in weeks, springs breaking, etc on a weapon I was told was immenently sturdy. I really want a tough weapon that'll go "bang" everytime I EVER need it to.
Did I mis-buy?

Dave of Spades

Should I have gone with the Glock?
 

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Not exactly the most un-biased of places to ask. You made a great choice. For all of the people that complain, there are plenty of other completely satisfied people. Any manufacturer is going to have the occasional problem. What sets Springfield apart from the rest is their great customer support and warranty. If you happen to have any problems (unlikely) you will be well taken care of. I bought my XD-40 used and have fed it mostly cheap ammo (wolf, ultramax, etc.) and have yet to have any problems. I did get a little surface rust that wiped off and has yet to reappear since getting a silicone rag and wiping down after use (the gun not myself). I have yet to get a Don's guide rod setup but that is the next purchase and comes highly recommended from most people on the board. It is an inexpensive fix to any spring problem that MIGHT occur and is a great upgrade (from what I've heard) :D
 

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First welcome to the board.

Well, I don't think you mis-bought.
I have had my .40 service model for about 2 years now, put thousands of rounds through it with the .40 and 9mm conversion barrel I bought, and nothing has gone wrong with it. The finish isn't the best and you can get it redone under warranty if you want, as well as anything else that might ever happen. I had mine refinished at Robar because I wanted to, not because it needed it.

I think that if you really wanted a Glock you would have boughten one instead. They are good pistols but remember they have had their fair share of problems as well(Kabooms in the .40 due to unsupported chambers and frame rail recalls).

Remember that in anything you buy there could be problems.
 

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If you don't have a problem, you don't have a problem.

Every gun on the market has its share of problems. Glock springs break, HK's have blown up, Steyr's have had problems, Kel-Tecs have problems. AR's have problems, AK's have their quirks.

If you don't want your XD anymore, I'm sure you can sell it pretty easily.
 

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Look for the thread about how many people HAVE NOT had problems, it is extremely large. I for one have not had one problem, not even the first time I took it out, and I fired over 500 rounds through it the first time out with it. Take good care of it and it will take good care of you.
 

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for me its how s/a handles any problems that you may have....i have never had better service and care from any manufacturer ever!!!! i had a small rust problem (i am anal) but with no questions it was fixed....
 

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Guns don't need finish to fire. Take care of it like a gun: clean, lube, protect, and it will be fine. Structurally, the XD is a fine weapon.
 

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My XD-9 Tactical has over 10,000 rounds fired in the last year and hasn't had one failure. The XD-9 subcompact I just sold had 4,000 rounds fired and never had a failure. Besides that Glocks are plain ugly compared to an XD

I can honestly say the XD series is the most reliable pistols I've ever had the pleasure of owning and I wouldn't sell my Tactical unless you offered me $100,000,000.00 or possibly a little less depending on my mood :wink:
 

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I just got my XD9 yesterday and The feel of it in my hands is the best of any weapon I have ever tried. I had a friend that I know who is a part of a local sheriff's department and they are armed with a Glock .40 and he allowed me to get a feel for it and it for me was not nearly what the XD was. The Glock did not conform to my hands like the XD did and target aquisition was not as quick with a Glock for me. I have to say I have fired several weapons and the XD by far is the most user friendly at least initially. Also I have read many reviews and have only heard superb ratings for the XD. I am excited about getting it to the range for more shooting and Idpsa matches!!! :D :D :D
 

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Just got my XD40 today and it indeed does feel very good and much better than a Glock. Went to a gun show and had the opportunity to compare a 17 with the XD side by side and the XD felt perfect. I really love how the little thumb groove feels.
 

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Have you ever seen the Glock posters that show their pistol next to a lady in her underwear, there's like three different ones. I guess they are trying to show how their pistol likens to the contours of a female body. Is this stupid or what? Who is their target audience? Whats the message, if you can 't get a woman get a glock? I'm sorry but if this is there marketing approach what the hell is going on in research and development? This really turned me away from glock, it's not the only thing, but come on..
Give me a company, springfield, that has a history of firearms development and practical application and really seems to understand what firearms are ment to be used for. Just my two cents
 

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you did NOT mis-buy. you simply have entered into the same world that ALL firearms owners have come to. just like cars...you occasionally get a lemon. doesn't mean the whole line is crap. just that one specimen. take care of your specimen to the best of your knowledge and ability and you should never be displeased. if you are...post that info for others so we can learn from your situation.

don't fret about the POSSIBLE negatives. i'm willing to bet that the ratio of displeased XD owner to pleased XD owner is 1:2 if not better for the pleased people.
 

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I picked up my XD 40 Friday night. Saturday I bought some WWB and trudged off to the old range... I LOVE this weapon!!! So far not even a smidge of a problem and the thing was darn near "point and shoot" accurate. I am extremely glad I got this piece.

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daveofspades,


Welcome to the world of XDs....the more you shoot the better you feel, so you'll probably start looking at your next piece...(maybe a XD9SC) :D


Rikoshey :twisted:
 

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PA1749 said:
Have you ever seen the Glock posters that show their pistol next to a lady in her underwear, there's like three different ones. I guess they are trying to show how their pistol likens to the contours of a female body. Is this stupid or what? Who is their target audience? Whats the message, if you can 't get a woman get a glock? I'm sorry but if this is there marketing approach what the hell is going on in research and development? This really turned me away from glock, it's not the only thing, but come on..
Give me a company, springfield, that has a history of firearms development and practical application and really seems to understand what firearms are ment to be used for. Just my two cents

Springfield has nothing to do with the design or build of the XD. They just import them.
 

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I now have over 2700 rounds through my XD-9 with only one FTE and that was a bad casing. I certainly have no complaints.
 

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The thing is that people are quicker to comment on the negative than the positive. Like someone else said, there is a very long thread in here regarding people who have had no problems with their XD's. No matter what you name there will always be people who like it and people who don't. There are probably people that you could give a suitcase full of gold, and instead of thanking their lucky stars all they would do is bitch about how heavy it is.

With normal use, just clean it properly and wipe it down with a silicone gun and reel cloth and you'll be good to go. If you shoot competition and holster/draw it regularly you will probably see some wear, but that happens to other guns too. I shoot IDPA and even my Glock shows the wear of the repeated holstering/drawing, but it certainly doesn't keep it from shooting. I've found that a bit of strategically placed mole skin on the holster helps, but If it concerns you alot, consider having it refinished; there are several threads on here about it.

As for the springs, you can always get a lemon and beyond that, any gun can wear to the point of faliure if it has a long hard life. However, those failures are the exceptions and not the rule.

Long and short you made a good decision and it sounds like you figured that out on your own after shooting it. With that said, congrats on your purchase and I'm sure it'll continue grow on you the more you shoot it.
 
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