Springfield Factory Trigger Job: Click Instead of Bang. Too Much Lube?

I recently sent my Springfield XD-M to the factory for a “Combat” trigger conversion. This afternoon, I brought the modified gun to the American Firearms School for a work out. The XD’s trigger was as crisp as a freshly-laundered shirt. But there was lots of clicks where there should have been bangs. I shot four types of ammo: Remington UMC, Hornady Critical Defense, Independence and Blazer. I switched magazines. Nope. I called Springfield Armory. After cautioning me for dry-firing (which I did a handful of times), Jacob reckons the gun may have come out of the factory with too much lubrication, which might have gunked-up the striker channel. Or something. I’m taking the XD-M to my gunsmith for a closer look.


  1. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

    I just picked up an XDm 3.8″ Compact in .40S&W and today brought it to Caswell’s in Mesa, AZ for a quick swap out of the sights (I had a set of TRU GLO night sights for a SIG P229). The gunsmith wanted to know “who did the trigger job?”. Like Rabbi, I find that most triggers are just fine for personal carry and home defense. The gunsmith was shocked to find that I simply did a thorough scrub and re-lube, and haven’t even put a round down range. I find it very odd that Springfield Custom sent out a pistol that didn’t perform 100%. I know a lot of guys who have had nothing but fantastic results and quick service from the Custom Shop. In the future, you may want to consider Springer Precision in Oregon – I did for my XD-9 Tactical Limited-Class Pistol and have been nothing but happy!

    1. avatar Travis says:

      Sounds like you are in my neck of the woods, I shoot there at least once a week. Have you shot their Monday Night Challenge? Its FUN!

      Ps: Paul is awesome, assuming he was the one commenting on your trigger.

      1. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

        No, it was a new guy – I haven’t been to Caswell’s in some time since it has been nice outside and since I started school, so when the new guy walked out from the back, I was surprised and asked where Paul was. Then of course, Paul walked out and said “here I am!”. I haven’t been up there on Monday’s – I usually go there on my lunch break. I may have to go back tomorrow – my front sight is barely visible in the dark and I know they both were super bright last night when I checked them out. Perhaps the front got smacked too hard and ruined the glass vial or sapphire.

  2. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

    You should purchase a #3 roll-pin punch and some replacement roll-pins (again, Springer Precision has them in stock) for your XDm. I enjoy being able to take apart my XD/XDm’s from time to time for a thorough scrubbing.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Messing around with the nuts and bolts of guns (so to speak) is part of the fun. I’m doing my own trigger jobs now.

  4. avatar Travis says:

    Admittedly, I know nothing of the actual specs of the “Combat Trigger” mod of the XDm. However, the question begs asking:

    If you have to pay extra for a combat trigger, what the F**K did it come with in the first place??

    Would you like your barrel with or without a hole in the end??

  5. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    All my Kimbers come straight from their custom shop, and they double check everything before they release any gun. I would like to know what your gunsmith thinks happened, because I’ve been considering buying a 45 XDM.

    1. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

      Sorry Joe, but I know of DOZENS of Kimber’s that won’t run for sh*t right out of the box, nor will they run with a proper “break in” (whatever the hell that means!).

      1. avatar benf223 says:

        I’ve own 3 Kimbers and have NEVER has issues. In fact there’s NO other pistol on the market that shoots as smooth as the Kimber.

  6. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I’ve heard the same thing Pat, but I’ve been lucky with my Kimbers and I know many Kimber owners who trust their lives to their Kimbers. There will always be exceptions, and all guns can experience a failure at anytime because any man made device can fail without exception.

    1. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

      I agree with you 100% – I was making the (unfortunate) point that just because something gets inspected, it doesn’t necessarily mean it was “tested” in a meaningful way… take any Chevy made from 1980 to 2011 for example…

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