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So what spring are you running in you XD-40 Tactical? We have had a recent thread on the Tactical recoil spring but it was more toward spring life not spring stiffness. Not to mention is sort of spun off topic, probably with a little help from myself. So I thought I would start a new thread to see what springs shooters were putting in their XD-40 Tactical.

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My guide rod has a tungsten insert, so it's not stock nor after market.
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RIIID,

Where did you get the Tungsten insert. The might be cool. I could add the weight for practice and take it out for IPSC.

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I recently added Dons rod w/ 22lb. spring and the Pachmeyer grip to my tac .40. Wow. Between the two, it was like a whole new gun.

In terms of recoil, I do think the stiffer spring took some of the "snap" out of the .40. On the other hand, comparing to my XD9 service, I know that the added weight of the tactical did more to compensate for recoil then the stiffer spring. Basically, between my service 9 w/20lb spring and my tac .40 w/22lb spring, I notice very very little difference. I also think the tac points a bit better, and is more accurate to boot.

Now, with the pachmeyer grip, I was also impressed. For the longest time, I thought an aftermarket grip on the XD was silly because the grip is so sweet to begin with. Got the pachmeyer and accidently put it on upside down..but it felt great! Put it on right side up (pachmeyer lettering right side up) and didnt like it nearly as much. Upside down pachmeyer works for me! The grip alone on the .40 makes my 9 and 40 more difficult to compare to each other...I am seriously concidering another pachmeyer for the xd9.

Long story short.. Dons rod looks better than the stock rod (for what thats worth) and the stiffer spring does help, but it doesnt reinvent the wheel. I had about 4k rounds on the stock spring so it was due to be replaced anyhow (maybe not). For a brand new gun, I wouldnt make it a priority.
 

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mcb said:
RIIID,

Where did you get the Tungsten insert. The might be cool. I could add the weight for practice and take it out for IPSC.

mcb
You get them from him. www.canyon-creek.com
 

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Shortly after I acquired my XD-40 Tactical in July of 2002, I replaced the factory recoil spring with a Wolff conventional 24 lb. recoil spring intended for the 1911 Government model, and kept the factory guide rod.

The Tactical is approaching 18,000 rounds, and the Wolff spring does not seem to have weakened appreciably (if at all). Just to be on the safe side, I shall probably replace the spring soon.

Recoil is extremely manageable, even pleasant, with the 24 lb. spring and my handloads. Spent brass falls about four feet away.

(By the way, it's guide rod, not guild rod. :lol: )


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I got Don's tungston GR and 22#. Im happy. Just be careful when using the 22# spring.
 

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NExd said:
I got Don's tungston GR and 22#. Im happy. Just be careful when using the 22# spring.
why? i have never heard that before.




i use a 24lb spring. i love it; however, i shot 2 identical .40's one with a 22lb spring and mine with the 24lb spring.... couldnt tell any difference at all between the two.
 

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Just placed the order today for a #24 spring and don's guide rod through pistol-gear.com , then ordered up a hogue grip and sweet XD hat through xd-hs2000.com . I'll be to the range shortly after they arrive.
 

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I'm finding the 24# spring to be a bit too much.

The gun functions OK but it can be a hassle to manipulate the slide for clearance drills and such, especially if your hands are the least bit sweaty or slick.

Next time I think I'll go for either the 20 or 22#.
 

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I figured some people like it and if nothing else for another $8 or whatever I can just move down the spring weight line til I find what works best for me.
 

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I started to test some new springs and realized that I prefer a 16# spring on my Tactical. I am still undecided on the Service model, however the 16# felt good on this one too.

I gave a 16# spring to BALTA1 too, to see what his thoughts are. The slide cycles faster and still manages recoil very well, however the slide does not slam forward as much, which helps me keep the muzzle up for the second+ shot. I need to thank Mr. Canyon Creek for this suggestion.

As a side note, I my second choice is the 22# spring, go figure. :lol:

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