Over at gunsamerica.com, Paul Helinski has received his recalled and repaired Springfield XD-S. Surprise! He likes it! And why not? The XD-S is a great gun except for, well, you know. Or do you? What exactly was wrong with XD-S 1.0 that caused the recall? YouTube’s Yankee Marshall did a fine video explaining the “deadly flaw” bedeviling the firearm [click here to view]—which didn’t reveal the exact cause of the problem. But now that Mr. Helinski has side-by-sided the old gun and XD-S 2.0 we can finally learn the truth about the XD-S recall. Well, not exactly . . .
Visually the “upgrade” to the XD-S amounts to a roll pin in the grip safety. Inside the pistol there are 3 other upgraded parts, the sear, the sear spring, and the disconnector. On field stripping, nothing is different at all. I am personally not a tinkerer, so I will most likely never take apart the insides to see what they actually did that is different in the guts of the gun.
Rats! My Google-Fu is weak on this one nd Springfield is staying stum. (Much like Bushmaster when a mil-spec firing pin caused their rifle to jump into fully-auto mode.) Does anyone know what was wrong with the original XD-S that caused the issues that triggered the recall? Meanwhile, good news! The new gun is even better than the old, even though the trigger pull is heavier than before. Apparently.
Springfield Armory has my confidence that the upgrade will make my XD-S safer, and that the upgrade will bring the same never fail reliability to my XD-S that it has always known. I have shot the upgrade guns, and I shoot them better. For now I have decided not to share my opinion of why I think we are all reporting that we shoot them better. It will be interesting to see whether people come up with the same explanation I have, or if it is more of a feel thing that everyone explains their own way. Suffice it to say that this little bump in the road for the sake of safety is not going to derail the XD-S as the leader of the pack in concealed carry. If you can get beg, borrow or rent one, try an XD-S for yourself. Unless you want something really tiny and that is all that will do, there is no better concealed carry pistol on the market.