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I got mine fixed. I sit down with the gun and worked it slowly with a dummy round in the chamber until I found the culprit. On the back of the gun, where the bottom of the slide meets the back rails, it is cut on a slight angle from the factory. Well, turns out mine wasnt cut enough, the slide was actually catching on the plastic occasionally, causing the failure to lock up completely.

So I sit down with some 320 grit sand paper, and worked a little more angle onto the plastic in two spots, then used 1000 to smooth it up. Now I cant get it to repeat the problem, 100 rounds through it and no problems (was doing it once or twice per mag), even working it extremly slow by hand won't cause it to do it. I took some pics to show you where I was sanding.

DISCLAIMER: Try this at your own risk, I take no responsibility if you decide to try it yourself.


Now I am one very happy XD owner....well, I do want the slide coated in something tougher....lol

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Also, forgot to mention, part of the problem was the magazines being so stiff. I will note, mine is there first one I have seen with the slide cutting the back of the frame.
 

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holy crap dude that so doesnt look right! that so should have been a factory job man....you prolly just blitzed your warranty
 

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That doesn't look like you did a bad thing. It seems odd that it fixed the problem, but without a before picture I won't pass judgement. Hell, the best judgement is that it worked. :D
 

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holy crap dude that so doesnt look right! that so should have been a factory job man....you prolly just blitzed your warranty
Warranty hell, mine had already been cut right there, quite crudely. I basically just smoothed it up, and I will tell them the same thing. As a metter of fact, I will probably call them later on and tell them about it, there was a loose piece of plastic hanging there, I didnt cut anything, just made what was already there smooth.
 

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That doesn't look like you did a bad thing. It seems odd that it fixed the problem, but without a before picture I won't pass judgement. Hell, the best judgement is that it worked. :D
Exactly, shipping and turn around time saved. I didnt waste the factory's time on something I had no problem seeing and fixing myself. I'll leave the warranty work to major malfunctions. Besides I've never been one to complain about every little thing and keep sending things back over and over, thats the #1 reason I didnt buy a Ruger 345.
 

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I also enjoy figuring it out and fixing the problem on my own. Though, I always wish there never to be a problem in the first place. I would let SA know what happened. Send them the pics. They have probably seen this before. I wonder if there was a slight angle to the rails or if it was just something with the polymer cast at the top of the backstrap?
Glad to hear it's working now.
 

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Why buy a gun if you are afraid to work on it?
That is the whole point of buying a mid priced gun is to modify and work on it until you get it to the point of your liking.
You can buy every peice of this gun cheaply I might add so what good is a waranty?
if you screw it up buy the part and fix it, a waranty if for people that have no need for the gun to start with.
 

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Good points. I do enjoy working on them myself. I was the same way when I was playing Paintball. If my gun had a problem, I fixed it myself. I dont plan on sending this thign back to SA now. Im going to get me some Trijicon Sights, and some type of grip, but I haven't decided wether to get the Pachmayr or the Decal grip. I've also been talking to the guy at Canyon Creek, mine is going out for some coating soon, black, gray or brown, havent made up my mind.
 
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