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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?
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.
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