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Thoughts on the Springfield XDS recall

I have been silent on the Springfield XDS recall mainly because it is all over the internet and I have nothing new to say. In general, I find SA’s support to be superb. While this may be there first recall (and learning experience) it is not their first XD problem. People have forgotten but the early XD’s were plagued with striker breakage (hmm..they were not the only ones with this striker problem) and they had a policy that they would not send out replacements (you had to send the pistol in). This caused me to choose another brand of striker pistol, the S&W M&P (both registered trademarks which I am not affiliated with) which ironically also suffered striker breakage problems. However, S&W ™ did just send me a replacement striker. SA XD’s also had finish problems which led to them using the Melonite process to treat the metal. The date that this occurred is actually somewhere in a post on this blog.

None of this is to detract from Springfield Armory. I am still a huge fan, own their pistols, and find their customer service excellent. In fact, in a blog post here recently the XDS was on my potential buy list. I ended up not getting one because, well, I think they are a little spendy for what they are, and (ironically) too new. Although I haven’t gotten it yet the Glock 30 won out for me. Springfield can survive this. Lots of recalls lately- S&W ™ Shield ™, Ruger SR9, Walther PPK, etc. Even almighty Glock has had its share of factory “upgrades.” I remember sending in my Glock 21, although quite a few years ago. They all have survived.

However, this isn’t to say that they handled this recall optimumly. The blog post below is from a current owner and I agree. The blog is also a neighbor :)

P.S. It is also noteworthy that SA doesn’t actually make the pistol. They import them from Croatia. For some reason folks seem to not know this. They are actually made by IM Metal and were originally imported under the name of HS2000. This fact only exacerbates the complexity of coordinating a recall.

Sources Report MARSOC to Purchase Colt 1911A1 Rail Guns – Soldier Systems

We have been waiting to hear the results of this for a while! It is the replacement for the hand-fit Colt 1911s they currently have. They could not have gone wrong with the Springfield or Colt entry. However, congrats Colt!


The Colt Rail Gun:

Springfield 1911 updates: fix hammer drop, add ring hammer, sear, sear spring and fit new safety

Well, it has been awhile since I posted 1911 hammer drop to half-cock (July 22, 2010!) Some projects just get pushed back. I have been messing with 10mm and 40s a lot more than 45ACPs lately, but I digress.

To recap my previous post…
The problem was that my 90s Edition Springfield 1911A1 (kind of in between the GI and the MilSpec before they offered either) had been converted with Ace Hindman’s help to 45 Super and spent a number of years running Ace’s “Tactical Loads” (185gr @ 1200-1400fps). Unfortunately, I suspect, that accelerated wear help bring about intermittent hammer drop. Meaning that the hammer falls from cock to half-cock. Not good.

Here is what it looked like (from the original post):

Examining it showed a little more wear on the hammer than I would like. I filed on it and was softer than I would have thought. In fact, I messed it up.

Oh well, I like ring hammers and might as well swap it out. Might as well do a few other things too since the parts more than likely would have to be fit. Here is what I ended up doing:

  1. STI Match Sear – these are HARD and are almost perfectly cut out of the bag
  2. EMC Ring (commander) round hammer – I just like the look of these and they are bars tock for the purists.
    The sear and hammer went together perfectly!
  3. Colt 1991 Commander grip safety – because I don’t need/want a beavertail, I don’t want to notch the stock one for the ring hammer. This one dropped right in.
  4. Wolff Sear Spring – very mild arching
  5. Replace frame pins – they had become loose, falling out if you tilt the pistol
  6. Colt aluminum solid long trigger – I love this trigger in my Delta. No frills, no set screw to back out. People looked at me like I was crazy. I think that if I had gone with a normal lightweight trigger I would not have had to arc the new sear spring. It replaces a Pachmayr long trigger (its polymer!)
  7. STI extended safety (more on this below). I actually wanted a classic 1911 Army-style safety but couldn’t find one. Oh well, single-sided safety it was.

So, I needed to fit the original stock safety to work with the new parts. So, I fit it (more like attempted). It actually came out decently and functional but it dropped down to the “fire” position a little too low and the detent stop was a little off.  A safety is cheap and I am kind of picky. My local gun smith fit it and checked that everything else was ok.

Here is what it looks like (finally) completed:


There we go, only 2 short years later it is completed and a new life for a pistol that I originally bought in 1990. At least I got better at taking pictures.

Tenifer vs Melonite part 2 of 3 / Glock Gen4 slides are still Tenifer treated and made in Austria!


Previously, I had posted the information that I received personally from HEFUSA about Melonite vs Tenifer (LINK).

This is often a hot topic and I recently have seen claims that Glock is no longer Tenifer hardening their Gen4 slides, that the slides are made in the U.S. and it is illegal to Tenifer them, etc. etc.

Well, according to my conversation with Glock yesterday Gen4 slides (as well as the entire pistol) are indeed made in AUSTRIA and are assembled here in the U.S..

The slides and barrels are still Tenifer treated. The “top coat” however as most people have noticed has changed. Glock calls it their “matte” finish instead of the Gen3 “glossy.” Yes, it is more silverish than the previous deep black. I didn’t ask why or for details. The coating has nothing to do with Tenifer. Now back to my story…

Arguments about Tenifer/Melonite/etc. such as this one on XDTALK always seem to boil down to a lot of  “I heard…” and “I read…” or “I know because Gaston told my uncle’s friend’s coworker…” and NOT a lot of fact or verifiable informtion.

I post this thread because it contains all that conjecture but also because it contains some new information and new conjecture! I warn you, it is not until about page 6.

So, I found that HEF India offers Tenifer AND Melonite as finishing options! This kind of conflicts with what HEF USA told me – that Melonite is exclusive to the U.S.

We know that Tenifer is used in other industries (there is a link in that thread to some BMW parts literature that references it). So, what I suspect (here is where I cannot provide any proof) is that the name Tenifer is licensed to GLOCK exclusively in the firearms industry and Melonite to everyone else. Remember, Glock entered into this agreement with Durferrit, who owns the trademarks to both Tenifer and Melonite, back in the 80’s (if not earlier). No one in the firearms industry did anything remotely similar.

I have requested some additional information from HEF India to clarify if there is a difference. In converse, I have also requested some information on Springfield’s XD to see if they are Melonite’d here or in Croatia since HEFUSA said Melonite is exclusive to the U.S.. This may be of limited value though since the pistols are for the U.S. market and for a U.S. company. Oh, I also asked if they could/would/will offer Melonite on 1911’s for those curious (I am).

And so, the great Melonite/Tenifer debate(s) continue!

No more Browning HiPower in 40S&W — all steel 40’s scarce

Did anybody notice that the HiPower chambered for 40S&W is no longer on the website?
I was looking at current production ALL STEEL 40S&W’s and was disappointed to see that it is gone.

So, what does that leave?
1. CZ75 based pistols (compact discontinued although RAMI still made)
2. Tanfoglio EAA Witness (CZ copies)
3. Surely, somebody makes a 1911 chambered in 40. Perhaps STI
4. Springfield EMP (shrunken 1911)
5. Sig P229 Elite (I think this is still in production)

Used market!
1. S&W 4006 <---- leaning towards 2. Colt Defender 3. Browning/FN HiPower 4. Sig P229 stainless 5. HK P7M10 6. CZ75 Compact I am sure there are more, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind...

1911 hammer drop to half-cock

So, my Springfield Armory 1911-A1 (90’s edition = preMilspec and preGI) is finally showing its age. Purchased in 1990, it spent the first half of its life converted to 45 Super with the help of the round’s designer Ace Hindman. One day I will get around to scanning all of this stuff and write up an blog on the 45 Super.

Anyway, one of things that he recommended that I did not do is replace all of the internal MIM parts. I think 20 years later speaks well of these parts. However, recently I have noticed that the hammer falls to half-cock intermittently (if you were to rack it say 10 times it may fall once).

Not good.

I decided this was a good time to replace some of those MIM parts and make the pistol look a little more aesthetically pleasing. Here’s what I plan to put in it:

1. STI Match Sear – these are HARD and are almost perfectly cut out of the bag
2. EMC Ring (commander) round hammer – I just like the look of these and they are barstock for the purists.
3. Colt 1991 Commander grip safety – because I don’t need/want a beavertail and I don’t want to notch the stock one for the ring hammer
4. Wolff sear spring
5. Replace frame pins – they have become loose, falling out if you tilt the pistol
6. Colt aluminum solid long trigger – I love this trigger in my Delta. No frills, no set screw to back out.

We will see how well this all works out.

Here are a couple of before pics:

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