XD locking block cracks?

XD locking block cracks?

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    XD locking block cracks?

    While browsing hdtalk.com today, I noticed an issue regarding cracked locking blocks on some Springfield XDs. It appears that some blocks have shown stress cracks.

    http://www.modernhomesecurity.com/items/item96.htm

    I donít know how widespread this problem is, and it looks like inspecting the gun during a normal cleaning will reveal the problem long before it keeps the gun from malfunctioning.

    Anyone had experience with these?


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    Hmm, if they are saying some, thats an understatement. I had 4, XD's and all had the locking block crack, all 4 went back to springfield at one point or another, and 1 pistol was completely replaced.

    All were a 40, 1 was a sub, 1 was a tac. and 2 were service models.

    The sub and 1 service already had the "new" locking block.

    IMO the locking block was a bad design, and they just put a bandaid on it.

    BTW the sub had maybe 500 rounds and the tac maybe 1k. The services had around 5k each.
    Last edited by Jester; September 16th, 2006 at 06:15 PM. Reason: added info

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    I believe that the XD's comming from the factory now have the new and improved block. You might do a search on XDTalk.com for more info.

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    As far as I know, the problem is limited to the 40 S&W models. For some reason that model has seen its share of small issues. Older models had trouble with the round activating the slide stop as it was chambered, and some of the ported 40s are seeing slide cracks develop that go from one port to the next. All the XDs made after some time in 2004 or '05 have a new locking design that reduced the number of locking block fractures substantially.

    I have never heard of this crack causing malfunction or failures of any kind, and I frequent the XD board daily. That doesn't mean it hasn't happened though.

    Great thing is, they have a lifetime warranty. I have somewhere between 2000 and 3000 rounds through my 9mm and I love it.

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    I'm not sure what it is about the .40S&W, but it seems to be the cause of many problems in various guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElMonoDelMar View Post
    I'm not sure what it is about the .40S&W, but it seems to be the cause of many problems in various guns.
    Could it be that gun makers are taking their 9mm frame and slide and sticking a .40 S&W barrel in it? Not actually designing a new firearm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirlwind06 View Post
    Could it be that gun makers are taking their 9mm frame and slide and sticking a .40 S&W barrel in it? Not actually designing a new firearm.
    That'd be my guess. I'm sure the .40 is a fine caliber if manufactures would just realize that it uses higher pressure than a 9mm and design a gun with that in mind.

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    The XD locking block problem is about as big a problem as Glock's Kabooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElMonoDelMar View Post
    That'd be my guess. I'm sure the .40 is a fine caliber if manufactures would just realize that it uses higher pressure than a 9mm and design a gun with that in mind.
    Now that I agreed to the rules, I can comment

    I know of 2 people that had their Glocks split open on them in .40cal, yet have only heard of one 9mm showing cracks in the slide (high mileage gun) Both the .40's had ruptured casing just ahead of the rim. I will only get a .40cal in a Sig myself (not to mention the ability to change barrels)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester View Post
    Hmm, if they are saying some, thats an understatement. I had 4, XD's and all had the locking block crack, all 4 went back to springfield at one point or another, and 1 pistol was completely replaced.

    All were a 40, 1 was a sub, 1 was a tac. and 2 were service models.

    The sub and 1 service already had the "new" locking block.

    IMO the locking block was a bad design, and they just put a bandaid on it.

    BTW the sub had maybe 500 rounds and the tac maybe 1k. The services had around 5k each.
    ok ... Guess you don't believe in Product improvement.....

    You can always stick with your S&W "so safe they don't shoot" Pistols
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    I've put over 3K rounds through my XD-9 and have had no issues so far.
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    Had my XD 40 service locking block replaced after small stress cracks appeared after about 2000 rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
    ok ... Guess you don't believe in Product improvement.....

    You can always stick with your S&W "so safe they don't shoot" Pistols

    I do, but if they are going to improve it, fix the problem. I'm a machinest by trade, and their fix was bogus.

    Keep in mind that I still have a place in my heart for the XD, I like the pistol, but have issues with no parts for sale to the public.

    I'm also 10x more accurate with my M&P than the XD.

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