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XD .45 Problems!!!!!!! Help, please

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by defjon, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. defjon

    defjon Well-Known Member

    Well, I just spent twenty dollars under five hundred big ones for this pistol that has been getting such rave reviews all over the place. Imagine my incredible anger in the fact that I believe this brand new pistol has problems.

    Now, I haven't shot it yet as I just picked it up today at two, but believe me I will very shortly.

    I own several other pistols. Just as a general test and to get a feel for the slide and such, I usually load up a magazine and chamber a round, eject, chamber, etc until the mag is empty and the slide locks back.

    My NEW XD-45 is unable to feed and chamber bullets to any degree of reliability. Is this a broken extractor or something?? I'll be pulling the slide back again and again and the bullet will just be sitting there in the chamber! Then eventually it will eject the shell---- only, two bullets come spitting out instead of one!!

    I don't know what to say...right now I'm hugely disappointed. I am still going to try taking it out and shooting it first but it if it can't feed and chamber just from the mag does that mean it'll have problems on the range??
  2. Don Lu

    Don Lu Well-Known Member

    I was just concidering making that my next purchase, Ill have to see what comes up in here....:confused:
  3. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Compact or standard?

    Have you field stripped the weapon yet? Find any broken edges?

    Does the magazine properly seat?
    Does the slide stop work properly?
    Is the extractor firm or does it wiggle?
    What kind of ammo are you using?
    Have you tried to see if FMJ will even work?
  4. waumo

    waumo Well-Known Member

    If I thought it had a serious problem, I would NOT fire it and instead return
    it for a replacement.

    You could always field strip it and look for an obvious problem.

    I have an XD45 and have not experienced any such problem.

    Mine will NOT function with 200 Gr SWC bullets but I didn't expect it to, it is
    not a target pistol.
  5. defjon

    defjon Well-Known Member

    Okay, it came with two magazines and I bought a third :mad:

    The problems persist with EVERY mag.

    Tried WWB FMJ and also WWB HPs...problems persist.

    I am TRYING to disassemble it. The disassembly lever will rotate to 12o'clock as per the instruction book, but the slide release lever doesn't "push up" ...is it supposed to? On no other semi auto I've ever shot does it push up, so I don't know. I just can't get the damn thing apart...I can't believe it!
  6. defjon

    defjon Well-Known Member

    Oh, its standard model
  7. Texfire

    Texfire Well-Known Member

    If you have tried all this then it's possible that your XD has issues. After all, no gun is perfect or immune to issues. The possibility that your XD might be one of the rare ones is little solace, however don't give up yet. It does sound like you have a chamber or extractor problem given your description. Try cleaning the chamber and extractor, making sure that nothing is lodged in either that might impair function. Worse case senario, you might have to send your gun back to Springfield, but they have a very good reputation for customer service.

    I don't have the gun right in front of me, but IIRC for diassembly you lock back the slide, drop the mag, visually check the chamber to make sure it's empty, and rotate the takedown lever up 90 degrees. Next you pull back the slide to release the slide lock and let it go back into battery. When the slide is approximately in battery, it won't be exact, you pull the trigger to release the striker, hence the need for the visual check and mag drop. After you have released the striker the slide should slide off the front of the frame without trouble. Remove the recoil spring and you can remove the barrel, this is field stripped.

    My XD45 Compact has been entirely trouble-free, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. You might also try the XD talk forums to see if anyone there has any ideas.

  8. History Prof

    History Prof Well-Known Member

    Once you have the release lever at 12, push down on the slide release. The pistol will go into battery. Then pull the trigger to release the slide from the frame.

    ETA: With the problem you describe, I also would not take it to the range. Take it to the gunshop where you bought it.

    Don Lu - 99.9% of XD owners would tell you to go ahead and buy. Every product has a lemon or two, but SA is really good with repairing the problem children....
  9. gudel

    gudel Well-Known Member

    Send It Back!

    If I can't chamber a round reliably, I'd send it back. Hell you'll have this problem chambering at the range! Obviously you can't shoot it if you can't even chamber one.
  10. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    Wait, I think i see whats going on here.

    When you release the slide, how hard are you letting it go forward?

    It seems to me that from what you describe you arent letting extractor get enough force to get a grip on the case rim.

    When you pull it back the round stays put so you fiddle with the slide and bring the next round up out of the mag by accident.

    The second round pops out with the first when you turn it over and give it a shake to get the first round out.

    Close? Correct?
  11. defjon

    defjon Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I thought I might be doing that at first too. So I pulled the slide back quickly and firmly, and as far as it would go rearward, and then just let the whole slide release itself, full force.

    The issues STILL persisted. I agree with the above poster...from what I've seen of semi-autos, if it won't chamber a round now it sure as hell won't chamber one when shot. AND, the thing will NOT disassemble...

    I read the description for disassembly above and that is exactly what I'm doing :banghead:

    I guess I'll have to take it back to Farm King and see what they can do...
  12. SolaScriptura139

    SolaScriptura139 Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry that you are having a problem with your XD. I agree with the others on how to proceed. I of yet have had zero problems with my XD-9, but have only put 300 rounds through it. I would always recommend an XD to anyone, as long as it fits their hand.
  13. Kruzr

    Kruzr Well-Known Member

    Why not try shooting it to see if it's got a problem or not. Sometimes hand cycling doesn't duplicate the action of the pistol under real firing conditions.

    Use ball ammo, many XD's don't like SWC's.
  14. defjon

    defjon Well-Known Member

    I'm a little concerned about shooting it if there are some real internal problems...but other than that, the thing won't field strip :banghead:
  15. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    After you pull the trigger you have to use a little force to get the slide off the front end, it won't just fall off. At least on my XD9 Tactical.
  16. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    Send it back or take it back. Don't dilly dally with it. Mine functioned right out of the box and it's still 100% reliable.
  17. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    Drop the magazine, rack and latch the slide. Push up the front end of the disassembly lever until it rotates up 90 degrees, til it's pointing up. Lower the slide release, ease the slide forward to it's normal rest position. Pull the trigger (needless to say, you've already checked that the gun is unloaded) to release the sear. Release the trigger. You should now be able to pull the slide forward off the frame.

    And call Springfield.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2007
  18. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Send it back.
  19. XDKingslayer

    XDKingslayer member

    You said the first round isn't extracting. How did you feed that first round? Did you feed it from the magazine or did you set it in the chamber by hand, then drop the slide on it?
  20. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen that written up, but I'm guessing that's a no-no with the XD's extractor?

    Kinda wonder what's going on with this, too.

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