Springfield snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with their XDS-9. The Croatian company’s compact 9mm striker-fired handgun was the GLOCK everybody wants but Gaston’s mob don’t make. (Yet?) The XDS-9 sold like ballistic hotcakes—until Springfield recalled it. According to Springfield’s website, “One of our customers reported that his XD-S™ had fired multiple shots unexpectedly and returned this pistol to us for our inspection. Our gunsmith recreated this situation in a test pistol by modifying the components of that pistol and was able to recreate the customer’s claim. Through extensive evaluation and testing of this pistol, we developed an improved engagement among critical components of the pistol to prevent the remote possibility of this unintentional discharge.” Huh. That’s not exactly what MAC has to say on the matter. Anyway, not to coin a phrase, the fix is in and . . .
Mac’s mate is not impressed. The trigger on the fixed XDS-9 has gained pull weight and added grittiness. While “breaking the gun in” reduces that weight and smoothes-out the trigger, I reckon that’s not good enough. How many owners are going to dry fire their guns a few thousands times to “fix” their XD-S trigger? Not many. And that’s a shame.
A handgun’s trigger is one of the if not the most important variable for accurate fire. (Just ask the New York City Police Department whose members shoot GLOCKs with a 13-pound trigger pull to attain a 17 percent hit ratio.) Ideally, a handgun’s trigger should be near-as-dammit perfect straight out of the box. In the real world, not so much. Ruger, for example, sent us a SR40 with an abominable trigger. A recently purchased GLOCK 19’s trigger was, well, let’s just say a Ghost Rocket Trigger kit transformed the gun.
So you pays your money you takes your chances, trigger-wise [NB: To avoid variations between examples, ask and then dry fire the gun you’re going to buy before you buy it.] Or drop in an aftermarket fix. And there are plenty of people who agree with Joe: “It functions just fine and that’s all that’s important.” Be that as it isn’t, you certainly don’t expect a company to recall your gun then send it back months later with a trigger that’s worse than the one you bought. Even if it is “safer.”
More than that, if the XDS-9’s trigger problem only affected the gun’s function when gripped incorrectly, it proves the old (new?) adage: if you build a smarter gun mother nature will build a stupider shooter. That is all.