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XD Question- Captive vs Standard Rod+Guide..differences?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by inSight-NEO, Nov 22, 2008.

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  1. inSight-NEO

    inSight-NEO Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    I have heard many references to the "captive" rods of the 3" and 4" XD's vs the usual rod and spring configuration used on the 5" models (I have the 4" Service model). Besides the obvious visual/construction differences, what are the mechanical differences and advantages/disadvantages with either system? Keep in mind, I realize that the rod and spring setup of the 5" models can be replaced and/or upgraded, while the captive system cannot (upgrade). But, other than this, why go with one vs the other? Is it not possible to use the same rod+spring setup, found on the 5" Tactical, for the 3" and 4" guns? If not, why? I aim this question mainly at Springfield Armory.

    Personally, I would have opted for the 5" Tactical XD had I known this stuff before. But, frankly, I think the 4" Service just "feels" better and more balanced than any of the other models I tried out. Its unfortunate that the only XD-45 that allows for any real options is the 5" Tactical model. Hopefully this will change in the very near future.

    Either way, its absolutely ridiculous that this is even an issue. It seems as if, for those of us who actually feel like upgrading our firearm(s), we are left with only ONE option...the Tactical XD. Its stupid......
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    A captured guide rod/spring really accomplishes little except to ensure that the parts are not separated and lost, or in some cases the spring installed backwards.


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