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Old 07-21-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default free range spring question (captive vs. non-captive)

I have a "tactical"/5" barrel XD45 with a "non-captive" recoil spring. I haven't seen the privates of a non 5"/tactical XD to know the difference between "captive" and "non-captive" springs. I would like some lil XD newds, please. Please educate me on the difference in spring types.

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The "captive" spring is only captive in the sense that it's encased in a two piece kit that doesn't come apart for cleaning or maintenance.

I would presume that your non-captive can be taken apart. This can be both good and bad.

Anyone with a "captive" spring that can a picture for Orangello?

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Non captive springs are not restrained by anything & are free to decompress when released while captive springs are usually in an assembly that restrains them.

In other words,non captive springs will fly out on you if you're not careful.

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In other words,non captive springs will fly out on you if you're not careful.
That is why i asked; it looked like a rubber band on a thumb, ready to fly free. I cleaned around it and felt limited by it, cleaning-wise. Maybe i'll use some kind of padded clamp on it, carefully.

At least the plastic parts won't rust.

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That is why i asked; it looked like a rubber band on a thumb, ready to fly free. I cleaned around it and felt limited by it, cleaning-wise. Maybe i'll use some kind of padded clamp on it, carefully.

At least the plastic parts won't rust.

Thanks guys.

My S&W Sigma (1st generation) has a captive spring, but the sh*tty part is the guide rod is plastic. I was cleaning it one night watching tv and didn't pay attention to which way i put it back in and when I racked the slide back it hung. Broke the damn guide rod! Still haven't got a replacement for it cause I love my XD's so much.


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