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I purchased a new XD-40, I have yet to fire any rounds through it, but it seems that i have to pull the slide back every time i want to hit the release. Is this normal with a new XD pistol? I have owned Glocks previously, and the slide released with ease and little pressure on the release. Please help, or tell me that im just stupid! :lol:
 

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Aha!

That's why they call it a slide stop (not release)! :)

It is my belief that one should always "slingshot" the slide when chambering a round for three reasons.

1. The extra velocity can alleviate feeding failures sometimes
2. You are saving the catch and stop lever from increased wear and tear.
3. It just looks cooler!

For those that like to use the slide stop lever to release the slide, I've read in other threads that this symptom will improve with use as surfaces wear and mate to each other. You could also polish the surfaces lightly to help (or so I've read). Enjoy your new XD-40, and be safe!

-stunks
 

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The slide release on my XD-40 was pretty hard to work when I first got it but it got softer after I put a couple boxes of ammo through it, working the release some helps.
I think the contact surfaces are a bit rough.
 
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