Hey guys, long time no see. I havn't been on in a long time due to moving from Arizona, to Illinois, to Virginia, to California in less than a year (yay Navy!) but somewhere during that time period I bought my XD9! I got the stainless version for about $440 from some big sports store in AZ. Anyway, I'm now in California, so I had to order some "special" mags, but I'm pretty much good to go. I've shot approximately 800 rounds of WWB through it now, with a couple cleanings in between, and on about round 797 I had a FTE. It was no big deal, just had to lock the slide back, pop the mag out, and the spent brass fell out. Now, I could have limp wristed it, because I just shot my friend's S&W 500 (that gun is a BEAST) and after that the XD felt like shooting a water pistol, but ever since I got my XD I've noticed that it doesn't throw brass very far at all. I throws it right next to my right shoulder, so about 1' out and 1' back. I was thinking of getting Don's guide rod, and a #22 spring for it, but I always thought a weaker spring threw brass farther, and a stronger spring threw it closer. Any suggestions?