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    pilotboy is offline Junior Member
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    "stiff" new gun

    howdy all! I just bought my first handgun. Springfield XD .40... and man is it stiff...I can pull the slide back but it is very hard to do and then releasing it is something I have to do with my other hand...really hard to press down the release button. Is this normal or do I need to return it? Thanks for the posts. learning lots.

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    It should loosen up as time goes by.

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    Is the Mag loaded? Either way, shoot a couple hundred rounds and it will loosen up no problem. My XD didn't seem tight to me, but when I got my glocks new they were pretty tight. You should be fine.

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    My new M&P is a LOT tighter than my broken in XD... Loading the mag is tough, the trigger seems heavier, and not as smooth... As you shoot a new gun, all the metal parts eventually work against each other a few hundred times, and they settle in, smooth out, and loosen up.

    This is a good thing...

    Unlike Kahrs, who admit that the gun isn't RELIABLE until it has 400-500 through it, your XD should be 100% out of the box... and if you're a new shooter, it's also new motions and actions for your muscles... You might be strong opening a stuck jar, but weak working a mag release...

    Time for thumb push-ups!!!

    Enjoy the new XD...

    JW

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    thanks!!

    I'll take this rascal to the range this weekend and see If it will loosen up. thanks for the replies guys. BTW, I bought it at a gun show in Ft. Worth yesterday and although I was there an hour and a half early, there were 200 guys and gals ahead of me! One dealer I talked to said in two hours they had seen as many folks as they usually did in a weekend...guess I'm not the only one that has "that feelin"that something is in the air...

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    yeh, my xd9 is the same way. the slide lock has to be pushed up manually, and it is also a little stiff when pushing it back down. but besides that, its not too bad.

    has your gotten any better?

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