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Hey there.

This is my first post, after much deliberation about which pistol to replace my PPK/S with I decided on the XD9SC. When I first saw one I was very impressed! I finally got mine last week and I'm starting to become a bit disapointed.

I've got about 400 rounds through it so far (115gr winchester ball) and it seems to have extraction problems. Accuracy is good but at least every 10-15 rounds it will eject a case right at my head! That really agravated me because my other springfield pistol (1911 mill-spec) does the same thing! I've also had 2 failures to eject resulting in a jam. Also had one wierd failure to feed: the fired round ejected and the gun cycled but it never loaded the next round from the magazine. I racked the slide and everything was fine after that. I've never seen that happen before on any pistol.

Anyway, that's about is for now. I was just wondering if you guys think I should some more rounds through it and see happens, or is it time to call springfield and send it in? I really really really want to like this pistol but its just not behaving itself.

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the empty casings hitting you in the head is more than likely your grip and stance.... not the gun.



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lol.. donlap, we posted at the same time. :)
 

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I'm pretty sure it's not my grip. I'm not a novice and never had this trouble with any other pistol (except for my other springfield 1911 and that was definately screwed up).
 

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Try a different brand of ammo and see if the problem persists.

Also I recall one user saying they needed to clean their magazine of oil to get rid of an effect like this. There are lots of threads on this I believe.
 

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Break down the gun and clean the extractor?
 

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I still think it is a user problem not the gun. The gun may be too small for the user effecting his grip. I have seen cases where this leads to FTF and FTE. As far as brass ejecting into his forehead, get used to it. I have yet to see a gun that did not do that occasionally, no matter what grip or ammo you use. Wear a hat and safety glasses. If this is a carry gun and you have to use it, the ejected brass will be the least of your problems.
 

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Hey guys, thanks for the responses. I have small hands and am used to shooting small guns. I use the same grip I always use that seems to work fine. What could be wrong with my grip to cause that problem? I would be pleased to learn that it was just me and not the gun. But I still think it may be the gun. Just looking for suggestions for ways to tell the difference.

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i just got my sc and i to have noticed the grip change does work to avoid brass off the head, i just have to hold a bit tighter but not so tight i pull the shot down its got a smaller sweet spot so to say then larger guns.
 

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If it is not you then why are you messing around ???Call springfield and send it back for a look. Yeah I know it sucks to be without, but it sounds like you have more than 1 pistol anyhow. There is someone out there that has a direct e-mail to a great cust service rep at springfield. I will see if I can track it down for you. here it is I think.

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What could be wrong with my grip to cause that problem?
The symptoms you are describing are common with pistols that are sensetive to what is referred to as" limp wristing". This simply means that the shooter is not using a firm enough grip allowing the gun to move more during recoil. it is also common with shooters using auto/s who dont lock or tense thier arms when shooting.

Try a firmer grip and a different stance. like placing your left foot forward and leaning slightly forward ( as if you were shooting a shotgun) the shoulders forward of the pelvis gives you better recoil control as the upper body mass slightly forward naturally brings the gun back on target during recoil.
 

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I get clocked in the head with brass quite often, mainly because I'm just plinking and not using the best grip. When I do go for accuracy, I'm using a good grip and I never get hit in the head with brass.

I've got probably 800-1000 rounds through my XD9 service and haven't had any failures yet. Kind of surprised that your 9mm is having failures considering its extremely rare that the 9mm have a failure at all. I'm not saying that this is a constant problem with the .40S&W but the people that do have failures seem to be shooting the 40 more than not.
 

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Well, I'll make sure the gun is nice and clean and take it out again tomorrow. I'll make sure I pay close attention to my grip and see what happens. I just got my new tucker "the answer" IWB holster. Gotta try that out before the next match. Like I said before, I really want to like this XD.
 

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I have found that when shooting WWB that I get irregular ejection (No thinking up dirty puns fella's) My carry round is Federal, 147 gr. JHP... and not only do those rounds hit the target more consistently, I have never had a spent shell fly up and over my head like the wwb.

To be honest though, I don't know if my grip is better, or my accuracy improves because I am shooting a more expensive round. Usually, when I practice with the Federal rounds, I am really focusing on shooting consistently.

You might try shooting a 20 round box of higher quality rounds to see if it helps any.

As for the FTF.. that would make me nervous too. I have just over 5,000 rounds through my XD9, and never a single FTE/FTF.

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I've been using the service model mags with the xd-gear sleeve on them so that's not the problem. But I do agree that having that extra bit to hold on to makes a difference. I was hoping to get out to the range today but I think by the time the opportunity presents itself it'll be raining. Damn!
 

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I'd recommend changing you're stance, as the rest have said. I went shooting w/ my girl this past weekend and the same thing kept happening to her. Always getting brass shot back at hear forehead--so I told her to change her stance and the "problem" went away instantly. Hope this helps.
 

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Hey everybody,

I have a XD-9 SC with the two magazines that came with it. The first magazine has a Pearce extension on the end and the other is still factory. I have pushed about 1500-2000 rounds through it so far and had several FTE's, and no FTF's. I have never had any problems with the Pearce extended magazine to date; all have been with the standard magazine. I recommend getting some Pearce extensions for your magazine's and see if that makes a difference. The direct link is http://www.pearcegrip.com/springxd.htm. They are just under $10, but well worth it. You get full control over your SC and no more dangling pinkies!

Let me know if this helps.

- Joshua
 

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I'm pretty sure it's not my grip. I'm not a novice and never had this trouble with any other pistol (except for my other springfield 1911 and that was definately screwed up).
I was using a Glock compact yesterday at the range, and it was consistently spitting cases onto the top of my head. Probably not your grip, but I would consider perhaps the size of your hands relative to the gun. I've got pretty large hands, and the G19 didn't really fit right for me - I suspect there's something in there that was causing the problem, but I couldn't tell you what without spending a long time analyzing it.

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