- Oct 30, 2000
and it was also something even when done that nobody was able to fire off a round (without doing special things). Like i mentioned you should look into it. plenty of people other than Springfield tried to recreate the firing portion of it without success. It took a modified gun from both the original guy and Springfield to actually fire rounds. Was the being able to not reset the trigger an issue...yeah. Was it truly a major massive safety issue....no. Just like most recalls it was a cover our ass and at the same time fix an intermediate level issue.
What?? no, there are youtube videos of people showing the problem exactly. Hell Yankee Marshall does it in one of his videos with his own XDS. He shows if you rack the slide without depressing the grip safety, the trigger doesn't reset. If you put a loaded magazine in the gun and rack the slide again it WILL fire a round. It was a verifiable, easily testable, and easy to obtain result. It was a flaw in the design. They changed the firing pin to a new moon shaped pin to fix it. How it fixes it I don't know that much. I only know there was a significant flaw in the initial design of the gun.
Others have commented that only idiots would try to rack the slide without depressing the grip safety. Which has a certain validness to it. The problem where it can be potentially dangerous is in the hands of a new shooter. Someone new to shooting, with a weak grip, and using the firearm can be set up for disaster. They fire a round and their hand slips off the grip safety while firing. The slide is pushed back from the round being fired, but since their hand came off the grip safety because they were holding the gun in a piss poor grip, as the slide comes forward to rack a new round the firing pin isn't in a locked position since the trigger isn't reset. It WILL fire another round without a trigger pull in that case causing basically as slam fire. Don't say you haven't seen new shooters that are afraid of the gun not have a proper grip on a gun and allow it to jump out of their hands. If a new shooter that already lost partial grip has a slamfire from this occur, guess what that slamfire shot is going to do? More than likely make the gun come completely out of their grip. The gun will fall if they lose control of their grip. The gun will still fire again during the fall if not continue to auto fire as each shot will force the slide back to load a new round while the grip safety is not depressed. Each time the slide goes forward is the potential for that free floating striker to move forward and strike the newly chambered bullet and cause it to fire again.
Also, all it takes is a bit of grit to get under the grip safety during a cleaning to prevent it from depressing correctly when the gun is being properly held. It can cause the same scenario. The racking of the slide should always reset the trigger. That was the problem with the XDS design as rolled out and why there was a complete recall.
It had nothing to do with some modified gun problem.