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Do everything you can to shoot it first. Lots of malfunctioning guns are traded in or sold.
 

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1. Field strip it. -
- Look down the barrel for rust, dirt, debris or worn rifling. It should be shiny, and have clear sharp rifling.
- Look at the face of the bolt/slide, It should be flat, and not have pits or burrs in it. Pits or burrs may indicate using +P+ rounds, or corrosive ammo.
- Look at the feed ramp, has any "polishing" or other modifications been made. Its possible the previous owner did a "home" gunsmithing job and dorked it up and was trying to get rid of it. OR...it might have been sent off to springfield or a proper gunsmith...use your judgement.
- Look at the ejector, make sure its not broken, chipped or missing.
Move the firing pin/striker to its extended position. Make sure its not broken, malformed, or overextending.
- Look at the underside of the slide. Are there any file marks on the striker or the sear which might indicate a "home" trigger job.

2. Bring snap caps -
Load the snap caps, and then rack the slide/action a few times to make sure it makes positive ejection of the rounds. If it just kinda dumps them off to the side....pass. Ideally you want to see it kick them out with authority, and the XD's will kick them out even with a decent pull on the slide if they are working right.

3. Put a empty magazine in it, and lightly tap on the mag release. Is it solid, or does it rattle? Hit the mag release, the mag should drop freely from the grip.

4. Check the function of the gun. EMPTY GUN!!!
- Pull the slide back 1/8" of an inch, and pull the trigger. The striker MUST NOT drop.
- Pull the trigger, without engaging the grip safety. The striker MUST NOT drop.
- Engage the grip safety, and pull the trigger back without activating the trigger safety. The striker MUST NOT drop.

5. Close the slide, and put a empty magazine in it. Shake the gun...do you hear any rattles or noise? If so, try to identify what is making the noise. Is it the magazine, the slide, barrel, internals? A new XD wont make any noise. If its the magazine...might not be a big deal. If its the slide...it's probably been shot...A LOT. If its the barrel,(EMPTY GUN!!!) close the slide, stick your pinky in the end of the barrel and wiggle it. If the barrel is wobbling all over the place....PASS!!! If its the internals...PASS

This should keep you from buying anyone elses lemon. Of course, with any used gun, you've really got to take it to the range to find out what issues it may or may not have. Make sure you find out the store's return policy FIRST.
 

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I bought a used XDc45 back in July. I looked at the overall gun but the barrel and breach face looked to be hardly used. I've put about 500 rounds through it and had 1 FTF but that was right after putting in a new recoil spring. These guns should be good for thousands of rounds, if they were working properly initially. But yeah, I've gotten rid of two malfunctioning guns so you never know.
 

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1. Field strip it.
--blah blah blah--Make sure you find out the store's return policy FIRST.
IF YOU CAN, compare a new one with the one you want to buy side by side.
What you really want to look for is modifications, Springfield will fix everything else for free. The SA lifetime warranty goes with the gun whether you are the first owner or the fifth.
 

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IF YOU CAN, compare a new one with the one you want to buy side by side.
What you really want to look for is modifications, Springfield will fix everything else for free. The SA lifetime warranty goes with the gun whether you are the first owner or the fifth.


Then why does the warranty statement say:
Springfield, Inc. warrants to the initial retail purchaser that Springfield products will be free of defects in workmanship or material for the lifetime of the initial retail purchaser. If the initial retail purchaser gives prompt written notice to Springfield of a defect, along with proof of purchase, Springfield shall have the option to repair any defective parts or replace the products, F.O.B. factory {snip}
 

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1. Field strip it. -
- Look down the barrel for rust, dirt, debris or worn rifling. It should be shiny, and have clear sharp rifling.
- Look at the face of the bolt/slide, It should be flat, and not have pits or burrs in it. Pits or burrs may indicate using +P+ rounds, or corrosive ammo.
- Look at the feed ramp, has any "polishing" or other modifications been made. Its possible the previous owner did a "home" gunsmithing job and dorked it up and was trying to get rid of it. OR...it might have been sent off to springfield or a proper gunsmith...use your judgement.
- Look at the ejector, make sure its not broken, chipped or missing.
Move the firing pin/striker to its extended position. Make sure its not broken, malformed, or overextending.
- Look at the underside of the slide. Are there any file marks on the striker or the sear which might indicate a "home" trigger job.

2. Bring snap caps -
Load the snap caps, and then rack the slide/action a few times to make sure it makes positive ejection of the rounds. If it just kinda dumps them off to the side....pass. Ideally you want to see it kick them out with authority, and the XD's will kick them out even with a decent pull on the slide if they are working right.

3. Put a empty magazine in it, and lightly tap on the mag release. Is it solid, or does it rattle? Hit the mag release, the mag should drop freely from the grip.

4. Check the function of the gun. EMPTY GUN!!!
- Pull the slide back 1/8" of an inch, and pull the trigger. The striker MUST NOT drop.
- Pull the trigger, without engaging the grip safety. The striker MUST NOT drop.
- Engage the grip safety, and pull the trigger back without activating the trigger safety. The striker MUST NOT drop.

5. Close the slide, and put a empty magazine in it. Shake the gun...do you hear any rattles or noise? If so, try to identify what is making the noise. Is it the magazine, the slide, barrel, internals? A new XD wont make any noise. If its the magazine...might not be a big deal. If its the slide...it's probably been shot...A LOT. If its the barrel,(EMPTY GUN!!!) close the slide, stick your pinky in the end of the barrel and wiggle it. If the barrel is wobbling all over the place....PASS!!! If its the internals...PASS

This should keep you from buying anyone elses lemon. Of course, with any used gun, you've really got to take it to the range to find out what issues it may or may not have. Make sure you find out the store's return policy FIRST.

Awesome write up. I have never bought a used gun but have been looking at some and this answers all the questions I had.
 

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Awesome write up. I have never bought a used gun but have been looking at some and this answers all the questions I had.
Have to agree, very good write up. I was lucky to get a barely used gun it seems...it was 4 years old as well.
 

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Then why does the warranty statement say:
Because it gives them a legal "out" if they so desire. The instances of SA denying service to any XD owner new or otherwise are few and far between, one of the major reasons we have jumped on the XD platform.
 
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