I like my XDs. I do. I'm quite pleased with them, but I have a beef with the design.
You see, I have found the most worthless feature I've ever seen on any gun. Its presence is actually starting to tick me off a little. It didn't used to bother me, but now I resent it slightly.
They say it's a safety feature, I say it makes the gun more dangerous.
It's indentified in the user's manual as a Loaded Chamber Indicator.
At first I was neutral to this feature. I didn't really want it, but it's starting to grate on me ever so slightly.
The problem is that all guns are always loaded. Of course they are. An unloaded gun is useless.
Therefore why should anyone need a loaded chamber indicator?
What's more, what if someone starts to rely on this indicator and it somehow malfunctioned? I realize that's nigh impossible because it's just a piece of metal on a pivoting pin and has nothing that can really break, but what if?
What I see as slightly more likely is somehow the indicator is falsely indicated as having the chamber loaded. That could also be a death sentence considering this is a single action pistol. Imagine a police officer issued this for a duty weapon hearing click instead of bang and then having to rack the slide in the middle of a gun fight... not good no matter how well trained you are!
I've honestly never used it. I don't trust it for one thing, and it would be a lousy habit to get into for another. I can't fathom what it's supposed to be good for.
This is one feature that needs to go.