I'm a small woman and have recently purchased a Springfield XD-9 (4"). I had tendonitis when I bought it and didn't realize how hard it would be to cock it back. I was told that it would "loosen up". I don't think it's going to.
Does anyone know if I can replace the recoil spring with a lighter one and if this would help my problem? Someone at a range recommended that to me. If anyone knows where I can get one that I can replace myself, I'd appreciate the info.
Yes, I'm having buyer's remorse. Live and learn. :banghead:
Thanks for your help.
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June 25, 2008, 01:08 AM
Wolff is the best source for springs. But they don't appear to have any reduced recoil spring in stock for the XD9.
How are you trying to cock it? Pulling the slide back with your left hand (if shooting right handed)? Try holding the rear of the slide with your left hand and PUSHING the frame forward with your right hand. Most people with weak hands/wrists find pushing the gun forward to be an easier way to cock a semi-auto than pulling the slide back. Of course, make sure your trigger finger is off the trigger and outside the trigger guard when doing this.
Take a look at this webpage on racking a slide --
June 25, 2008, 01:28 AM
i think you need to get a revolver your comfortable with in the caliber you want .try it at the store before you buy or rent one at the nearest range. good luck.
June 25, 2008, 01:30 AM
You can do it, but you have to buy a one-piece guide rod for it. Then it will take 1911 springs.
June 25, 2008, 02:44 AM
Something else you want to keep in mind is that going to a lighter spring will batter the spring and slide, shortening the life of the pistol. You'll need to use lighter handloads, or keep the factory spring weight if you want the gun to last.
The other option is to go to an all steel gun, or one with a longer slide/barrel. Either of those two will have lighter recoil springs and be easier to operate.
June 25, 2008, 06:44 AM
My wife has a similar problem. She found out that if she overhand racks the slide she can handle any of my autos.
The process is to hold the gun in your right hand. Place the palm of the left hand over the top, center of the slide. Use the power of the right hand to push against the power of the left hand pushing the opposite direction.
Practice with a gun you know is unloaded.
Not only does it work well, it is the reason high-end guns have front cocking serrations. It is also the proper way to rack the slide. It not only cocks and reloads the gun, it will clear a stovepipe jam.
June 25, 2008, 09:09 AM
Not only does it work well, it is the reason high-end guns have front cocking serrations. It is also the proper way to rack the slide.
That may be true...However, many of us that use the over-hand method are grabbing the rear serrations....:)