Any properly loaded ammo should work
I never use "range ammo" nor accept reloads from anyone I don't know and trust. Get a box of Federal American Eagle target ammo. See how it runs. I also like Speer Lawman training ammo. I have never had any problems with either of these manufacturers.I'm a casual shooter, need some help/advice from the experts here.
I just bought a 3" XD subcompact in 9mm and encountered an odd stoppage when I took it to the range for the first time. Every few rounds, I'd get a round that chambered correctly but the striker indicator was not locked back. Sure enough, when I pulled the trigger nothing happened. I put 50 rounds through it and ran into the same thing a few more times before I figured I'd got a lemon and cut my trip short.
I have a 5" XD in 45ACP and never once had a stoppage, even after a couple of thousand rounds. So I was stumped. This is stock gun, fresh out of the box.
Looking back, I'm wondering if the problem with the new gun might have been the ammo. The range guy selected it, and I didn't think anything of it, but it wasn't a brand I recognized. I was thinking maybe the pressure was enough to chamber the next round but sporadically not enough to cock the weapon. Is that possible?
If it is the ammo, are there any specific brands or grains I should stick to to avoid this?
He said it was new out of the box. Last ones I got had plenty of lube.Lubed it enough before range time?
No No No Nnnooooo! XD's don't need to be lubed. I have proven this with a Service 9,40 Sub-Compact 9,40 & Tactical 40 - Even cleaning I have consistently gone over 2k rounds between cleanings.Lubed it enough before range time?
In your cleaning and lube, did you clean out the striker channel? Also make sure no lube got into the striker channel. It it to be completely dry at all times. Good luck at the range.Thanks for all the feedback here. I just did a field strip to clean and add some light lube. I can confirm that in dry fire testing, the striker resets well before the breech is open enough to eject a case. In dry firing I can't recreate the issue. I'm going to the range today and will try some different ammo, will report back on how that goes.
I usually just place it on the parts where metal touches metal. I didn't do anything with the striker channel, it's not something I usually mess with and I'd need to see a video on that before attempting it.In your cleaning and lube, did you clean out the striker channel? Also make sure no lube got into the striker channel. It it to be completely dry at all times. Good luck at the range.
If you were having light primer strikes, cleaning out the striker channel is a must. It is one of the biggest causes of the problem. You can do it. It's easy. YouTube is your friend. All you need is some Q-tips and alcohol. Take the back of the slide off. Watch out for the plungers under pressure. Then slide out the striker assembly. Clean the assembly, then chamber with the q-tips and alcohol. Put it back together. All of 10mins. I'll try to find a video to help.I usually just place it on the parts where metal touches metal. I didn't do anything with the striker channel, it's not something I usually mess with and I'd need to see a video on that before attempting it. At the range I used Winchester and Fiochi ammo brands and put about 100 rounds through it with no stoppages, so maybe it was just needing a cleaning. It's still odd to me. The 45 was good straight out of the box and I probably went way too long before giving it its first cleaning. In any case, I'm glad the issue seems to be resolved. Will do a few more range trips just to be sure.