Those of you who follow 13C Gun Reviews know I had quite a bit of experience with the XDS 45 prior to buying my XDS in 9mm. I had a chance to evaluate a few T&E guns as well as those friends and colleagues purchased themselves.
While I wasn’t in a rush for a new EDC (every day carry), or backup EDC to be precise, I did want an XDS in my collection. So rather than buy when they first came out, I waited until prices settled a bit and picked one up… about a week and a half before the recall.
The first weekend I picked it up I did quite a bit of dry practice with it and I had one solid range day of live fire with it before shipping it back. While it wasn’t the most stellar piece I definitely preferred it to some other options like the Ruger LC9 and I placed it just sightly ahead of the M&P Shield.
When it first came back my gut reaction was to trade it in on a Shield as fast as I could get to my LGS. Right out of the box the trigger was abysmal. The trigger pull hadn’t just increased but worse than that, it was gritty and little spongy.
Other people had described the trigger on a repaired XDS being referred to as almost “two stage” and the amount of travel is remarkable in and of itself but I’m not talking about that, I’m specifically speaking about the press itself once you take up the slack. Right out of the box it’s horrible.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to receive leading up to getting my XDS back. I knew I was probably in for a heavier trigger but beyond that reports have been all over the place from “crisp and constant” and “clean break” to the issues I’m having with my mine. Some had indicated the trigger gets better when it is “broken in”… Broken in? I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I bought another Keltec P11.
If it needs to be broken in, then there are problems that haven’t been properly addressed at the factory which result in to poor workmanship and quality control that then manifest themselves into fit and finish problems, or worse.
As to being broken in, prior to shooting it I dry pressed the trigger a few hundred times the good news was, it did improve. Personally I’m shocked SA would allow something with a trigger that bad out the door. It appears to have been test fired before it left the factory, was the person who did the repair actually satisfied with the trigger?
I understand Springfield had a daunting task for this recall. Over 200,000 handguns, in both 9mm and .45, had to be repaired and returned to their owners. It took just over three and a half months for my XDS to be repaired and returned to me. Considering the volume of the repairs being done, that’s pretty good in my opinion. I am also of the opinion if you are going to do something, you should do it right.
I decided I need to team up with my good friend Tim from the Military Arms Channel in order to get not just a second opinion, but also so I could compare it side by side with his XDS that hadn’t been repaired yet.
Tim and I made it out to the MAC range over the weekend and we were able to compare them first hand and talk about our experiences. Tim also related to me his experiences at his LGS and having the opportunity to see a few other post-recall samples. The triggers of those samples were similar to mine when it was first unboxed.
Trigger pull weight on the repaired XDS, after about 400 dry presses and live firing, is now closer to the weight of the unmodified XDS. About 7 1/2 pounds as compared to 6 3/4 pounds. Springfield lists the spec weight range at 5.5-7.5 pounds.
Live fire testing was positive and no malfunctions were encountered. Testing was preformed using both factory ammunition and my own reloaded ammunition. So far my XDS has had zero malfunctions since I purchased it, both pre and post repair.
The good news is, if you got your XDS back and the trigger is similar to what we’ve encounter there is hope. By the end of our range day the XDS trigger had improved some more and is definitely in the acceptable range at this point. I’m still thinking I should have bought a Shield at this point but I no longer feel the overwhelming urge to sell it. I’m going to continue to work with my XDS and see where it leads.
We’ll keep you updated.