From what I can see there is one trainer who quoted 20 failures of Springfield’s, not just xds and not just trigger issues. Many forum posts dedicated to reciting this when someone has a problem, but it is not like the internet is filled with stories of the same trigger problem. Also, most of the xds issues I see appear to be with the 45, mine are 9’s.Having said this, it still shakes my faith in my xds‘ s and has me contemplating trading in towards glock single stacks. Wish HK made a single stack, P7 is bulky and my P2000SK is nice, but I prefer a single stack with T-shirt and jeans.
There have been over the last 5 or so years many more than just that one trainer that I’ve seen on various forms of social media. I kept ignoring it until I saw a post from a trainer who kept detailed logs of all catastrophic failures with guns and XD/XDS were at the top of the list with close to 35-40 over a 4-5 year period. I tried finding that post, but this was a over year ago. The one thing to keep in mind is when these guns fail in a class, you’re shooting 2k+ rounds.
If you’re anything like the average Joe, you may not put 2k+ rounds through the gun, ever, let alone over a single weekend. I think I’ve owned my XDS since 2014 and I believe I’m just over the 2k mark with no malfunctions. But this is 100 rounds here and there with cleanings after every trip, not dedicated high round count practice in a class scenario.
My quality gauge is how will a gun that I’m potentially going to need to save my life one day stand up to extreme punishment. If it can survive a high round count weekend class without any malfunctions or catastrophic failures, or significant wear, then that’s the gun I want to carry. I did a fair amount of research on what my next carry gun would be, and my buddy had a VP9 that he was tuning up for a customer so I went by to check it out. As soon as I gripped it, I could tell that I’d shoot it well, but the VP9 is a bit longer than I can conceal appendix. When I took at look at the SK, I started watching torture tests on YouTube and wound up buying one. First thing I did was have Trijicon nite sights installed because the ones that came with it weren’t steel sights that you could rack off of your belt. The very first time I shot it was at a PPC match. I shot 473 out of 480. It immediately went into my carry rotation. It’s not as thin as I’d like, but I have no issues appendix carrying it and it’s very well concealed.
You have to admit though, if just had one single trainer that saw 20 failures of the XD/XDS pistols, that's a pretty great indication of a much larger problem. How many others took a dump and never said anything?
I've seen many people shooting XDM's and XD tactical's in USPSA and 3 gun, and I even shot one for a season and a half and never had an issue despite putting 7K through mine in a single season, but most of the parts that are reported to fail, were all aftermarket parts. My buddy probably has 200K rounds through an XD tactical, and only had a slight chip in the slide that Springfield replaced for him. But, that gun is far from stock with the majority of the fire control parts being replaced with aftermarket. It's the same with my XDM 5.25. With the exception of the barrel, slide, frame, and mag release, everything else is aftermarket. Would the factory parts have lasted without breaking? Maybe, maybe not, but my money would be on them breaking since that seems to be the pattern that gets reported by people online.
In any case, I'll stick with the VP9 SK. It's the only carry type gun where I can switch over to weak hand, and the gun is right on target without me needing to adjust my aim or grip. It's very ergonomic and well thought out, unlike other guns where it seems they created the grip based on a midgets hands, or Shaq's hands.
Edited by DD123, 09 October 2019 - 08:37 AM.
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