Will the Springfield XD-45 malfunction or Jam?

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by Wonder Dog, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Wonder Dog

    Wonder Dog New Member

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    Attn. Springfield XD-45 shooters:

    Will the XD-45 malfunction or jam if your arms are not locked in a shooting position? I ask this because the XD-45 is being considered to protect my home. I realize that some home defense situations you may encounter you may not have enough time to lock your arms in a shooting position if threatened by lethal force.

    Thank you for your opinions
     
  2. genie

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    XD Jam?

    I have fired mine every which way but loose. It always does what is expected of it. Have not been able to duplicate the famous "limp-wrist" jam everybody claims Glocks do.
     

  3. Dillinger

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    Here's the deal Wonder Dog - Any semi automatic pistol that is essentially "powered" by harnessing the recoil/gas pressure of the spent round to cycle the slide, eject the spent shell and chamber a new one HAS THE ABILITY to be "Limp Wristed" and not work correctly.

    Now, in the real world is this common? No, the only time I have ever personally seen it happen was on a Walther PPK in .380 being shot by a rather diminutive female who was scared to death of the weapon. The .380 is not a real powerful round, the Walther is a heavy(er) style weapon and she was scared of it, so it didn't cycle.

    I have heard hundreds of stories that say it happens with certain models of auto pistols, but it's not real common and I have never seen someone be able to intentionally make it happen.

    I would be MORE CONCERNED with the trigger pull on the XD being as long as it is in a nervous situation and causing you to miss your target because of that as opposed to it not cycle the weapon after the first round.

    JD
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I've honestly never seen an XD malfunction. I'm sure it happens but like unicorns, fairies, and liberal gun lovers, heard about more than actually seen.:D The worst cases I've seen of limp wristing have happened with 3"-3 1/2" .45s where the spring/recoil system is required to do the same job in 1/2 the amount of space.
     
  5. miarifc

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    I was able to "limp-wrist" jam a rental xd-45 twice in 50 rounds. The gun likely needed a cleaning, and the ammunition was reloads. I held the gun in a normal grip then relaxed my elbow and wrist joints. Both jams were failure to feed, once with the cartridge pointed straight up and once with the cartridge still in the magazine with the slide resting open on the round.
     
  6. lonyaeger

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    I'm glad you mentioned that, Dillinger. I took my XD45 to the range for the first time today. I'm a 1911 guy, and most of them have adjustable triggers, so I was surprised at how long the trigger pull on the XD is (but, once I actually got the trigger pulled, I thought it shot really well and was very accurate).

    Anyway, can a gunsmith adjust the trigger? The reason I ask is because I didn't think a trigger job can be done on Glocks and the XD is very similar.
     
  7. stalkingbear

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    There's gunsmith fit adjustable connectors on the market for both XD & glock. It's a simple matter to reduce the takeup & overtravel on XDs. The 1s for glock just affect the weight of pull and not travel distance.
     
  8. lonyaeger

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  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I'm sure it is possible, but my XD45 hasn't failed yet. I even let a young lady with minimal handgun experience try it, no problem (not a full mag ;) ). Mine does have the 5" barrel, if that matters.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Any handgun CAN malfunction. It's more likely with cheaper firearms imo, but some require a break in as well.
     
  11. NGIB

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    The kit for XDs is the Powder River trigger kit. I've shot a couple with this installed and it's a huge improvement over the stock trigger.

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  12. probasco

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    i own a lot of pistols and the xd is my favorite for a carry piece. without bragging, because i am a bad shot, the pistol places bullets in a 5 gal bucket off hand at 115 yrds. i have trouble doing that with a lot of my rifles (parkinsons) so that says a lot about the pistol.
     
  13. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    :eek:

    Uh.

    Do you have some pictures of this occurring? A video would be great.

    Because that is some serious OFF HAND shooting...

    JD
     
  14. lonyaeger

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    Yeah, that's incredible shooting, I'd love to see a video, too, if you are able.
     
  15. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Was that a typo? 115 yds? Offhand? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and call B.S.
     
  16. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I love my XD and will agree it is very accurate but 115yds?? I'm waving the flag too.

    As far as malfunctioning, I have put thousands of rounds thru my XD45 and not had so much as a single malfunction. As JD mentioned limp wristing is possible with any semi auto but I don't think you'll have any problems if you select the XD has your home defense weapon. The trigger does have some take up, but I have had no problems shooting accurately with a stock trigger. I do plan on installing the trigger kit mentioned in an earlier post in the near future.
     
  17. lonyaeger

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    uhhhh......yeah.
     
  18. stalkingbear

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    It's not real hard to shoot gallon milk jugs filled with water at 100 yards from a rested position with a .44 magnum-can hit them at least 1/2 the time, but a .45acp @ 115 yards OFFHAND?? You're a MUCH better shot than I am. A 5 gallon bucket is a big target however I can't shoot anywhere that good offhand. That's awesome shooting.
     
  19. Gojubrian

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    I missed a squirrel offhand with my remington 597 this weekend at 15yards............ I did hit three others at much greater distances though, go figure.

    115yards consistently with a .45acpp offhand.........let's see!
     
  20. lonyaeger

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    LOL! Maybe and extra "1" in that "115?"